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The de Ferrers Academy

The de Ferrers Academy is a significantly larger than average 11-18 academy in Burton-upon-Trent, a town traditionally renowned for its brewing industry.

We have more than 2400 students on roll over three sites, meaning we are one of England’s top twenty largest schools.

The Dove Campus is for Y7/Y8 to provide a ‘middle years’ environment for students as they make the transition to secondary education. The Trent Campus for Y9-Y11 and aims to prepare students for Level 2 courses which are predominantly GCSE. The academy promotes an EBacc curriculum whilst also trying to meet pupils’ interests and needs.

The impressive Sixth Form Campus is in the town centre and provides a stepping stone to Higher Education, offering a mainly traditional A Level programme, complimented by BTEC and CTEC qualifications for 500 students from both de Ferrers students and other local secondary providers.  

The academy was the founding member of The de Ferrers Trust in 2015. A new set of values for all of our Trust’s schools was introduced in September 2019: Work hard, be kind, choose wisely and we expect both students and staff to visibly live by these values.

The de Ferrers Academy is held in high regard by the local community, hence the decision to increase our Pupil Admission Number due to being oversubscribed year-on-year. There was also significant local support for the move to the Sixth Form Campus to provide more opportunities for Burton students. 

The academy holds a number of quality marks: SSAT Leading Edge & Framework for Exceptional Education; Apple Distinguished School; Chamber Schools Member (East Midlands); Ofsted Good (Jan 2017).  From September 2021 all students from Y7-13, will be provided with an iPad for their learning.

There are 44 different languages spoken in students’ homes. The majority of our students, 64%, are from a white heritage background and a significant number of students (17%) have a Pakistani heritage.