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Important Messages

Parents: Driving and onsite access

Please drop off and pick up your child/ren well away from our very busy school site.

Y13 Parents Evening: 21st October

We expect all Year 13 students to make appointments with staff. 4pm - 6:30pm.

Term 1 Ends: 24th October

School closes on Friday 24th October. Please bring £1 to wear non-uniform.  

Featured Stories

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Year 9 Writing Contest: Deadline 1st December 2014

The first of our 2014 writing competitions is now open. We're asking Year 9 students to write a poem, in any form, and about any conflict. Win a £50 Meadowhall voucher and book-related goodies...

GCSE Performing Arts reviews: 10th Oct 2014

DHFS student, Olivia Woolfe, reviews two GCSE Performing Arts performance evenings; 'Blackout' by Davey Anderson in Year 10, and 'Food, Glorious Food' by Year 11, from which £100 was raised for charity...

Fencing success for our potential 2016 Olympian

Congratulations to Matt Cooper in Year 12 who has gone up to number 11 in the British cadet rankings for Fencing, after finishing 11th in a London competition during the early part of October 2014...

Get Safe Online Week: 20th - 26th October 2014

To help increase awareness of the steps you can take against online criminals, Get Safe Online Week 2014 will be held from 20th to 26th October. Play your part in protecting people of all ages from becoming victims...

Nicola Minichiello - Living for Sport: 15th Oct 2014

On Wednesday 15th October, 2014, Nicola Minichiello came back to school to tell our Year 7, 8 and 9 students about her journey from being a student at Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School, to the Olympics!...

DHFS Sports Report: Sports Results - October 2014

Week commencing 13th October at Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School, featured football and hockey; Under 14s girls, under 14s boys and Year 12 girls. Read the full story to find out more about our sporting achievements...

Make Your Mark: Youth Parliament (11-18 years)

The UK Youth Parliament is debating in the House of Commons on the 14th November 2014, and members in Derbyshire will be debating. To decide the 5 debated topics, a vote is open to every 11-18 year old in the country...

Year 12 Buddy Reading: 29th October 2014

Once a week on a Monday mentor time in the LRC, Year 12 students read with their paired Year 7 student for 25 minutes (from 8:50am to 9:15am). Interested? Find out how you can do your bit...

Extreme Reading: Extreme reads in exciting places

DHFS staff and students have been emailing in their extreme reading pictures that reflect what they were reading and the range of exciting activities that they got up to over the summer break...

Bolsover District Council training: Nov 2014

Bolsover District Council are looking to recruit another 10 learners for their Traineeship programme. Out of the 10 learners that have just finished, 5 was offered full time apprenticeship position paid at minimum wage...


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

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.