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Important Messages

Term 5 Ends: 22nd May

School closes for half term break on Friday 22nd May. Bring £1 to come in non-uniform.

Y10 Trial Exams: 15-19th June

Most Year 10 trial exams take place from 15th to 19th June. MFL trial exams: 8th, 9th, 11th June.

Apply for Student Finance: 27th Jan

Applications for 15/16 full-time student finance are open. Apply on the student finance website.

Featured Stories

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DHFS student raising money for NAS: 31st May 2015

DHFS sixth form student and pianist, Robert Wolstenholme, will be supporting The National Autistic Society when he shares his musical skills at Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre in Sheffield on Sunday 31st May 2015...

Learning Community Awards Evening: 5th May 2015

On Tuesday 5th May, 2015, over 50 Year 11 students, from local schools, and their guests, attended the annual Learning Community awards ceremony at the Winding Wheel in Chesterfield...

C'field College BTEC Football try out: 3rd June 2015

Ever thought about studying the beautiful game? Try out the Chesterfield College BTEC Football Programme on Wednesday 3rd June, 2015, from 5pm to 8pm for a taster session which includes training, playing and fitness tests...

Ski Trip: Folgarida, Italy - 16th to 23rd January, 2016

The Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School PE department will once again be offering a residential ski trip to Folgarida, Italy. The trip aims to give students the opportunity to learn and develop skills in either skiing or snowboarding...

U16 Girls County Cup Football Finals: April 2015

On the bright but breezy evening of Tuesday the 28th of April, 2015, our U16 girls football team played their second consecutive County Cup final against Woodlands School, at Derby College Broomfield Hall Campus...

Sixth Former Delivers Compelling Autism Presentation

Sixth former Elena Sheldon visited a Senior Leadership Team meeting recently to talk to us about her EPQ (Extended Project Qualification). Her presentation was compelling and brilliantly delivered...

Baroness of Yardley visits DHFS: 24th April 2015

On Friday 24th April 2015 Baroness Estelle Morris of Yardley (former Secretary of State for Education) visited Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School to praise the work of our Year 9 iVolunteer students...

SEND / Disabilities Engagement Sessions: May 2015

From 20th May to 16th June 2015, Derbyshire County Council are hosting a series of local engagement sessions for all families who have children/young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities...

DCC Summer Reading Challenge 2015

The Summer Reading Challenge is the UK's biggest reading promotion for children, and has been running annually since 1999. And it's back for 2015! Apply to be a volunteer by Saturday 6th June 2015...

Options Choices - A Careers Toolkit for Parents

The government document contained in this article offers advice and guidance to parents; to help you support your child approaching Year 9 or Sixth Form options - helping you to help them make the right choice...


Dear Visitor,

Welcome to our website. I hope that it provides you with an insight into our work, organisation and learning resources as well as providing information regarding DHFS.

We have a long and proud tradition of success from the original Dronfield Grammar School, endowed in 1579 by Henry Fanshawe, to the present day as a Specialist Technology College with over 1800 students aged from 11-18 years. Our aim is to provide excellence in all areas of our work with young people so that they may move forward, ready to take their rightful place in society as citizens of the 21st century.


The school was inspected under the new September 2013 Evaluation Schedule on Wednesday the 11th and Thursday 12th September. The report is published below along with a letter from Miss Roche, Headteacher.


Sixth Form: A fantastic place to study A Levels.

Sixth Form

We aim to treat students as individuals and provide appropriate support to enable them to achieve their full potential within a high achieving, disciplined and safe community. We're committed to providing the best possible learning environment.

Forthcoming Events

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Exam Weeks - Y7/8/9
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Mon Jun 01 @15:45 - 16:45
Tue Jun 02
Exam Weeks - Y7/8/9

School Calendar

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Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School is committed to enabling all young people within our local community to achieve their full potential within a high achieving, disciplined and safe environment.


In & Around Dronfield

Dronfield is situated in the eastern foothills of the Pennines, equidistant from the busy city of Sheffield in the North and the Derbyshire market town of Chesterfield in the South.


School History

From the foundation of the original Henry Fanshawe School in 1579 by Thomas Fanshawe, education in Dronfield has seen many changes, many successes and some setbacks.