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Dear Visitor,

Welcome to the website of Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School which provides an insight into life at the school. Through the website you are able to access an abundance of articles, news stories, photographs and documents on a wide variety of areas, with contacts details and links for further information should this be required.

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, attaining notable achievements across a spectrum of subjects and aspects of education. Sustained success over time is a strong feature of our proud history, with the website highlighting many of these accomplishments.

We firmly believe in our motto of ‘success with care’ and deliver this through our framework, structures and daily practices. 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.

We believe and ensure that every member of our community matters and is valued for the unique contribution they make to our school. We welcome and celebrate diversity. We also challenge all within our community, adults and students, to give of their best at all times in an environment where commitment outweighs compliance.

Latest Successes

  • DHFS Christmas GIG 2019

    On the 10th December 2019, many of the music students of DHFS performed in the Christmas Gig. The concert began around 7pm and ran through the evening. This was attended by multiple creative students, friends, family and teachers. It was seen to be a great success.

  • DHFS Extra Curricular Sports News December 2019.

    2018-2019 saw a very successful year for the students and for the department with team results, individual results in school competitions and success for students in competitions outside school.

  • Pantomime Ends The Year With A Bang

    During the week commencing 16th December 2019, the annual Christmas pantomime was performed in Fanshawe Hall to a sold-out audience for evening and afternoon performances, as well as a morning performance for primary school children.

  • Sixth Form Open Evening 2019

    The annual Sixth Form Open Evening at DHFS was held between 6pm and 9pm on Wednesday 13th November and was attended by over 200 internal and external students, parents and carers.

  • Remembrance Service 2019

    "We come to give thanks for what they have done, to remember what they did" quotes Rev. Peter Bold as 130 students aged 11-18 in both school and service uniform gathered at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month to pay their respects for the soldiers who fought for us to be here today.

  • Friends of Dronfield Station Writing Competition 2019

    This October, DHFS students from years 10 and 11 were lucky enough to be involved once again in the annual Friends of Dronfield Station writing competition. For this year's competition the students were allowed to write a short story as opposed to a traditional essay; the only stipulation being that their stories had to feature trains.

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  • Curriculum: Student Learning

    Our central purpose is to ensure that all children achieve the highest standards of which they are capable; Whether in the classroom, on the sports field, in concert or on stage, or in the range of opportunities we offer to students at all stages of their education.

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  • Mental Health: Student Wellbeing

    It is thought that 3 out of 4 diagnosable mental illnesses start in childhood. At DHFS we pledge to support every child. Our mental health awareness area may be helpful for students, staff, and parents and carers, in supporting our young people with a range of concerns.

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  • Assessment, Recording, Reporting

    Many changes have been made to the way students are assessed and to the way we record and report their achievements and progress in school. These changes have happened nationally and include how GCSEs are graded; On a 9-1 scale rather than A*-G.

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