The Ferrers School Aspire, Achieve, Acclaim

    About Us

     The Ferrers School is an 11-18 co-educational comprehensive which opened in 1980. Major extensions, completed in 1993, have provided outstanding facilities throughout the school. In 2004 a new dance studio was built, along with a covered entrance to the school, extensive disabled facilities and new changing rooms.  Our Applied Learning Centre was opened in 2010 for the teaching of Creative and Media subjects.  A new all-weather 3G sports surface was completed in 2015.  In September 2016 there were just over 1,000 students on the roll including over 170 in the Sixth Form.
    Higham Ferrers, a small town of 5,500, lies on the edge of the Nene Valley close to the Cambridge-Northamptonshire border. Higham Ferrers itself has a long and interesting history.  It was one of the first towns in England to receive a Charter and still retains its own Mayor.  It has a beautiful main street of stone built houses and a large parish church which has the Bede House and a tiny 15th century grammar school building in its close. Also in Higham Ferrers are to be found the ruins of a college founded in the 15th century and the site of a castle.

    The people of Higham Ferrers are proud of their town and its educational traditions and were delighted when The Ferrers School opened in 1980.  The School now plays a very important part in the life of the local community.
    Higham Ferrers and its neighbouring town of Rushden are served by two comprehensive schools which share the common “catchment area” of the two towns.  The two comprehensive schools draw students from six primary schools in Higham Ferrers and Rushden, with almost all students in Higham Ferrers Junior School and Henry Chichele transferring to The Ferrers, in addition to large numbers from the Rushden primary schools.  A number of students also attend The Ferrers from villages outside of the immediate area.  At Post-16 level we work in partnership with neighbouring secondary schools - Huxlow and Rushden - within the context of the East Northamptonshire Sixth Form Consortium (TENC).  In a competitive local context, The Ferrers is regularly over-subscribed.  Our standard admission number is 180 in each year group.

    Mission, Vision and Values

    Our mission is expressed as “Aspire, Achieve, Acclaim”.

    • Aspire – we have the highest aspirations for our students, and we expect them to have high expectations in all that they do.
    • Achieve – we want all students to achieve their best in all that they do. We set challenging  targets and constantly seek ways to raise levels of achievement for all.
    • Acclaim we celebrate and reward the achievement of our students. We foster a climate in which success is recognised and celebrated to support students’ aspirations and achievements.

    Our vision

    To send our students out into the world as confident, well-rounded, aspirational and high achieving young people who will make a positive contribution to the local and wider community as responsible and ambitious citizens.

    Our values

    We base what we do around the following core values:

    • Learning – we are ambitious to create and develop successful, effective learners
    • Respect – we believe that all people have the right to be treated with consideration and dignity
    • Participation – we expect everyone to actively contribute to their success
    • Aspiration – we strive to always be the best we can
    • Celebration – we recognise and reward the successes of our students
    • Collaboration – we know that we can gain by working with, contributing to and learning from partners in our local and wider community

    Our aims

    We aim to:

    • provide a high quality education that enables all students to experience success
    • provide a full range of opportunities for education and personal development which enable our students to become independent, successful and resilient so they go on to lead fulfilling lives
    • provide a safe, well-ordered school community based on caring and supportive relationships with the shared values of respect, honesty, integrity and tolerance
    • support our students in developing skills and competencies for life so they can make a positive contribution to their communities as caring, responsible, well informed citizens.
    • create a professional learning community in which staff can learn and develop alongside the students, facilitating lifelong learning for all of our citizens.

    "The highly effective leadership team work with a common purpose to create the optimum learning environment for the students of the school."  Basic Skills Quality Mark assessment, March 2017

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