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Friday 30th Jan

School will remain closed today due to site safety, ice on transport routes and staffing issues. We have had information from all parts of South Yorkshire and Derbyshire from staff from 5am this morning, some have set off and had to turn around, parts of Dronfield are very dangerous so please be careful on any journeys you have to undertake.

Work will be set as usual for students and this will be checked in the next lesson with the teacher who set it. We may be physically closed but remain open in relation to student and staff work. This has been a very difficult decision; some schools with very localised catchment are opening late, an increasing number are closing.

Thank you for your understanding.

Teresa Roche




Thursday 29th Jan

Update 2230

The site has been snow ploughed this evening, car parks and walkways have been cleared and gritted. We will be on site from 6am tomorrow and will confirm arrangements as soon as possible. At this stage we plan to open but much will depend on overnight conditions and the possibility of disruption to travel. We have to get over 400 students in on public transport and over 200 staff in by various means if we are to operate normally.

Thank you for your understanding.

Teresa Roche



School closed today due to weather conditions causing serious disruption and the forecast for further heavy snow. Updates will be posted on Twitter @DHFSUpdate and on the web site. Work will be set for students and completion will be checked when students have their next lesson with the teacher setting the work on their return to school.

We took the decsion at 0600 based on on-site visuals and Dronfield locality updates, the weather forecast for the rest of the morning and the traffic conditions. In addition, staff have updated since before 6am re: their local conditions. Meadowhead has been very busy with long tailbacks into Sheffield. Holmesfield difficult since last night. Other areas have been very variable and some have no issues at present.

I will write to all parents today to provide a full update.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused by this change in our arrangements and thank you for the positive feedback received.

Teresa Roche



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Important Messages

Apply for Student Finance: from 27th Jan

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

6th Form Applications: 30th Jan

Year 11 students: The deadline for Sixth Form applications is Friday 30th January, 2015.

Whole School Closure: 4th Feb

School will be closed to students on Wednesday 4th February, for staff training.

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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.


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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.