What's On... Success Stories


Y12 hold Primary School Art Workshop
Wednesday, 3rd April 2019

Year 12 art A level students planned and hosted an art workshop for Year 3 students at William Levick Primary School on 1st April. "The whole experience was extremely rewarding" said Emilie Saville (student). Thank you for such a wonderful afternoon.

East Midlands Mini Marathon Trials
Sunday, 31st March 2019

On Sunday 31st March, Emma Shipley (U15 Girls), Bobbie Waugh (U13 Girls) and Josh Wragg (U15 Boys) qualified for the East Midlands London Mini Marathon team. Congratulations to these young athletes who took part in the marathon trial.

Yorks Road Relay Championships
Saturday, 30th March 2019

It was a good weekend for DHFS girls on Saturday 30th March. Leah Gregory won a team gold at the Yorkshire Road Relay Championships over a distance of 1.6 km in Leeds. Amy Allcard also ran a strong race. Congratulations girls on this great effort.

£253 raised by Comic Relief Bake Off
Monday, 18th March 2019

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the DHFS Bake Off on Friday 15th March. Your delicious cakey goods helped raise a mouth-watering £253.41 for Comic Relief. Thank you for all your efforts and the brilliant bakes you brought in to school.

£310.52 raised for Save the Children
Tuesday, 12th March 2019

You helped make the world better with a sweater. On the last Christmas Jumper Day, back in December 2018, we raised £310.52 for Save the Children. Thank you to everyone who took part by wearing their festive knits and donating to this wonderful cause!

Y10 are 'Maths Feast' puzzle winners
Wednesday, 6th March 2019

8 Year 10 students took part in the 'Maths Feast' competition on 6th March, competing against 13 other school teams from Sheffield and Derbyshire. The teams did DHFS proud with A Daff, S Groarke, H Jenkinson, and M Freeland winning the puzzle round!

£45 raised by Fairtrade 'Bake Off'
Friday, 1st March 2019

On Friday 1st March, 30+ students entered our Fairtrade Bake Off, after which, the mouth-watering treats were sold to raise £45 for Fairtrade. Local MP Lee Rowley judged Isabella and Jessica (KS3), Elliot (KS4) and Liam, Adam and Sam (KS5) the winners!

Y12 triumphs as West Side Story lead
Thursday, 21st February 2019

A huge well done to Owen Jenkinson, Year 12, for his performance in musical production 'West Side Story', where he played leading man Tony. English staff, who watched the show at Chesterfield's Pomegranate Theatre, thoroughly enjoyed it and said he was brilliant!

Y13 gains place at top theatre school
Monday, 11th February 2019

A level drama and theatre student, Lauren Wadsworth, has achieved a place at Laine Theatre Arts; a top performing arts training school with an excellent record of moving people into the performing arts industry. She's also holding audition call backs to other schools.

Students achieve UKMT school record
Thursday, 7th February 2019

130 students sat the UK Maths Trust Intermediate Challenge on Thursday 7th February: 62% achieved a certificate (a school record!), 5 placed in the top 2.5% of entrants nationally and go through to the international round on Thursday 21st March.

£1348.74 raised for children's charity
Wednesday, 6th February 2019

Many thanks to everyone involved with fundraising for The Children's Hospital Charity; We raised an impressive £1348.74 for the Sheffield Children's Hospital snowflake appeal. The money will help buy life-saving equipment and fund vital research.

Success at U13/15 Athletic Champs
Sunday, 3rd February 2019

Talented athletes Emma Shipley and Leah Gregory won their U15 Girls 800m heats at the U15/13 Athletice Championships this weekend to go through to the final, where Emma gained silver with an English Schools best time. Brilliant news girls!

£193.91 raised for Muscular Dystrophy
Friday, 1st February 2019

'Go Orange' day at DHFS on Friday 1st February, was a huge success, raising £193.91 overall throughout the day. The orange was everywhere! Sixth Form students and staff participated in the nationwide event to raise money for muscular dystrophy. Thanks folks.

Basketball winning streak continues...
Monday, 28th January 2019

Things are currently going very well in Basketball: w/c 28th January, Year 10 defeated Woodlands 60-14 in the County Cup, Year 7 won 29-0 against QUEGS, and our U18 girls defeated John Fisher School in the National Cup Quarter Final. Brilliant news everyone!

Sheffield Athletics Festival success
Sunday, 27th January 2019

At the Sheffield Athletics Festival this weekend: Claudia Turnell won U17G 800 silver; Leah Gregory took U15G 800 gold; Amy Allcard got U15G 800 bronze; Eniola Ajagbe took U17G 60 gold; Cosmo Johnson won U15B high jump gold and long jump bronze.

Y11 reaches FutureChef National Final
Wednesday, 23rd January 2019

Leigh Speight has reached the FutureChef National Final, beating tough competition from the region. She is now 1 of 10 out of 12,000 entries. She'll be going to Westminster Kingsway College for the finals in March, to be judged by industry and celebrity chefs.

Sixth Form in Top 15% of UK schools
Wednesday, 16th January 2019

DHFS Sixth Form has received a certificate from ALPS in acknowledgement of the outstanding progress students make during their time with us. In 2017-18, our Sixth Form was within the top 15% of schools and colleges nationally. Well done everyone!

Mr Howell: Inspirational Teacher!
Tuesday, 15th January 2019

Congratulations to our Director of Sixth Form, Mr Howell, who has been nominated for a University of Oxford Inspirational Teachers Award. The scheme recognises the crucial role teachers play in encouraging talented students in their schools or colleges.

Y11 wins Northern Indoor U17 800m
Sunday, 13th January 2019

It's a great start to 2019 for Gabriel Gisborne in Year 11, who, this weekend, won the North of England Indoor Men's U17 800m title to go with his outdoor title from last year. He also broke the championship record with a winning time of 1.57.83. Amazing!

Y10 Northern Indoor Champs success
Sunday, 13th January 2019

Congratulations to Eniola Ajagbe, Year 10, on a successful 2019 Northern Indoor Championships; She got to finals in the Women's U17 60m, and semi-final in the 200m category in her first season out. Very tough qualifications and final against 6 national champions.

NED Cross Country champion success
Thursday, 10th January 2019

Great success in NED Cross Country on Thursday 10th January. Y7 girls, Y8/9 girls, and Y10/11 boys, all became NED champions! 12 students have been selected to represent NED at Derbyshire Schools Cross Country Championships on Saturday 19th January.

U13/U15 Derbyshire X-Country Golds
Saturday, 5th January 2019

A huge congratulations to Cosmo Johnson (Year 8) and Emma Shipley (Year 9) who, on Saturday 5th January, became Derbyshire County U13 Boys and U15 Girls Cross Country 2019 Champions respectively. Strong races with outstanding finishes. Well done both.

DHFS sponsors hospital snowflake
Monday, 17th December 2018

DHFS are proud to sponsor an illuminated snowflake on Sheffield Children's Hospital; Money raised from our non-uniform day on Friday 21st December, will help support this worthwhile cause and go towards expanding the Emergency Department.

74 Christmas hampers delivered
Monday, 17th December 2018

What a fantastic effort by all mentor groups; 74 Christmas hampers in total have been distributed to people throughout our local community. You should all be very proud of yourselves! Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

ITV reports on campaign milestone
Friday, 14th December 2018

Maddie Smith in Year 12 recently became the 10,000th young person to register as a bone marrow donor for the Anthony Nolan Trust. ITV News visited DHFS on Friday 14th December to report on this major milestone for the campaign. Congratulations.

Students celebrate Bronze DofE Award
Wednesday, 5th December 2018

Having spent last year undertaking activities to gain a Bronze DofE Award, including football, horse riding, helping children, music, martial arts, camping, and hiking, students attended a presentation evening on 5th December, to formally celebrate their achievements.

Continued success in girls' football
Monday, 26th November 2018

Still undefeated in all cups so far this year! U12 go to County SF and Round 2 Nationals; U13 go to Round 4 Nationals and County QF; U15 go to County QF and Round 4 Nationals; U16 go to County QF and Round 3 Nationals; U18 go to Round 3 Nationals.

Y10 inspired at Mathematics event
Friday, 23rd November 2018

Year 10 maths students visited Salford University in Manchester on Friday 23rd November, to enjoy a series of interactive GCSE Maths in Action lectures showing how mathematical theory can be applied to every day problems. It was an enlightening day.

£143.88 raised for Children in Need
Friday, 23rd November 2018

Students and staff took part in fun World Record Challenge attempts for Children in Need on Friday 23rd November, involving various amounts of flipping, spinning, jumping, and munching. Well done and thanks for all the support. We raised £143.88!

FutureChef scores 39/40 in Local Final
Wednesday, 21st November 2018

Sam (Year 9) and Leigh (Year 11) competed in the Springboard FutureChef Local Finals on Wednesday 21st November. They made a 2-course meal for under £7, and Leigh got an amazing score of 39/40! She'll be competing in the National Finals in January.

Y7 wins silver NDP trampoline medal
Sunday, 18th November 2018

Congratulations to Mia Passingham in Year 7, who achieved 2nd place in the NDP Trampolining Competition on 18th November! Mia is a dedicated member of Chesterfield Trampolining Club and regularly enters club and county competitions.

Station essay writer praised by Mayor
Monday, 12th November 2018

Congratulations to Lauren Oldale (BUX01), who was presented with a certificate and a prize of £100, by Dronfield Town Mayor, on Monday 12th November, for her essay entitled 'A Good Public Transport System is Essential For Towns Like Dronfield'.

U18 girls win Round 2 in National Cup
Friday, 9th November 2018

The U18 girls football team won 3-2 in the 2nd round of the English Schools' Football National Cup, playing against South Hunsley Sixth Form College. With goals from Megan Jones and Eve Moat, the U18s march on to Round 3. Marvellous game, ladies!

Poppies and keyrings for Remembrance
Friday, 9th November 2018

2018 marks 100 years since the end of the World War 1, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Students made clay poppies and acrylic keyrings in honour of the DHFS service men who lost their lives, and to raise funds for Help for Heroes.

U16 girls win Round 2 in National Cup
Thursday, 8th November 2018

The U16 girls' football team played Tapton School in the English Schools' Football National Cup. DHFS girls clinched the win after originally going 1-0 up. The final score was 2-1 on the bitterly cold evening, but the team got on with it and progress to Round 3!

NED Primary Sports Hall Athletics
Thursday, 8th November 2018

On 8th November, we hosted the NED Primary School Sports Hall Athletics Competition for Year 5 and 6. 8 schools competed and Gorseybrigg won. Thanks to our 25 young sports leaders for helping. It was a great success and we saw a few Olympians in the making.

Puppet Workshop at Stonelow Juniors
Friday, 26th October 2018

Year 10 performing arts and drama assistants lead a puppetry workshop with Stonlelow Junior's Year 5 students for their creativity week. They devised their own puppet shows to music, and performed to classmates. Thanks for this enjoyable afternoon.

Y12 inspired at Mathematics event
Thursday, 25th October 2018

Year 12 maths students attended a Maths Inspiration event on 25th October, fronted by four mathematicians, a jug of water, and a boomerang. The event showed how maths can be used in the real world to help solve problems and understand the world better.

Basketballers upskill with Sheff Sharks
Tuesday, 23rd October 2018

On Tuesday 23rd October, 3 students took part in a taster session with DBL Sheffield Sharks Basketball Team at the EIS. Warm-up drills, honing skills, and atmospheric thrills; The day had it all. Great work everyone and thanks to the Sharks for this fab opportunity.

Northern cross country relay success
Saturday, 20th October 2018

Much success in the x3 relays on Saturday 20th October: Gabriel Gisborne achieved a Northern silver medal and South Yorkshire gold for the team U17 event (8th fastest time), and Emma Shipley gained an U15 double gold (3rd fastest time). Brilliant!

Cultural bakes raise £47.60 for charity
Wednesday, 26th September 2018

We celebrated the 'European Day of Languages' on 26th September with a cultural 'Bake Off'. Well done to winners, Holly Rylance and Charlotte Colley! All the bakes were wonderful and the sale afterwards raised £47.60 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Mission Recycling: Success!
Monday, 24th September 2018

Last year's focus on getting recycling initiated within school has been achieved! There'll be four 100 litre recycling bins to collect plastic bottles, for Phoenix Hall, Fanshawe Diner, Henry's and the Hub. This wouldn't have been possible without your help and support!

SkillForce graduates gain Prince Award
Tuesday, 18th September 2018

Four students attended the Prince William Awards Ceremony at Birmingham Uni on 18th September. David Walliams presented, and they were later photographed with him and Prince William. Each received a graduation certificate for their SkillForce efforts.

Strong year of GCSE results at DHFS
Thursday, 23rd August 2018

We celebrated another strong year of GCSE results this August; 58% of students achieved grades 5-9 in English and maths (78% got min. standard passes in both). Creative and technology subjects scored high above national figures and we had 66 grade 9s in science!

A Level students gain 100% pass rate
Thursday, 16th August 2018

100% A Level pass rate has been achieved by hard graft; 64% of students achieved at least 1 A*/A/B grade, 26% gained A*/A grades, and quite amazing progress made by some individuals who battled against challenging circumstances. Well done all!