Welcome to the Anthony Gell School

Anthony Gell is a relatively small, rural, 11-18 comprehensive school serving the community of Wirksworth and its surrounding villages. We take students from Middleton, Cromford, Bonsall, Brassington, Kirk Ireton, Carsington & Hopton, Turnditch, Wirksworth and Crich Carr schools as well as a significant number from outside our catchment area.

We believe that school is a place where students should be happy and secure and should therefore develop their potential to the full. We have high expectations of all our students, both in their academic standards and also in their behaviour. We are a school for the whole community and want all students to be successful, whatever their academic ability or talents.

As a Specialist Sports College, we have excellent sports facilities and encourage all of our students to find ways to develop a healthy lifestyle and to take part in a wide range of activities. We also use sport as an inspiration and motivating factor in our work across the curriculum.

We are proud that our exam results have reflected our determination to succeed. Our GCSE and A-level results in 2011 were our best ever and also showed a strong value added score for many students.

Presently we take in about one hundred students per year, splitting them into four mixed ability classes and four Houses. We pride ourselves in our strong pastoral care and our determination to treat each student as an individual. We work to develop strong partnerships with parents and the wider community and we are pleased that our school facilities are available to the community 7 days a week. The only way to get a real feel for the school is to visit, so please contact me by email or by phone if you would like to visit. You are very welcome to see the school in action.

David Baker, Headteacher


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