Scholarships, Awards and Accreditations

Independent School’s Inspectorate

We’re proud of our teaching and the success of our pupils, but don’t just take our word for it – Denstone College Preparatory School is regularly assessed by the Independent School’s Inspectorate.  Our most recent report confirmed that we are achieving consistently good – and often excellent – results. Our curriculum, broad spectrum of activities and emphasis on moral and ethical values were particularly praised.

Of the school’s curriculum, inspectors stated that it is: ‘of good quality and contributes well to high attainment and good progress’ adding that pupils are ‘successful in gaining entry to local selective senior schools, with a significant number being awarded scholarships.’

Our nursery also came in for praise with inspectors saying that ‘Every child is well catered for; they flourish in the safe and caring environment, and effective planning and observation aids provision for next steps and ensures appropriate levels of challenge for each child.’

Scholarships and Exhibitions

In the Independent School system, to gain entrance to their chosen senior school, pupils must sit entrance examinations in English, mathematics and science.  The pupils who achieve the highest grades from all those who have sat the exams are then awarded Scholarships or Exhibitions. Where applicable, pupils can also be assessed on their musical, artistic and sporting abilities and, if successful, will receive scholarships for tuition.

Scholarships provide financial awards for academic performance or on the basis of notable ability.  Scholarships can therefore be essential in helping children to realise their talent and full potential.

When they reach Year Six, pupils receive study skills classes to prepare them for the external entrance and scholarship exams for their chosen senior school, usually Denstone College.

Historically, our pupils have all secured places at their chosen senior schools, with many being awarded academic scholarships or scholarships for all round achievement, music, art, drama or sport – something the honours boards in our reception are a testament to.

Success in the Arts and Sport

At Denstone College Preparatory School, we’re not just focused on academic achievement; we also work hard to nurture our pupils’ talents in music, drama, art and sport.

We have an exceptional musical tradition and members or our school choir are regularly selected to join the prestigious National Children’s Choir of Great Britain, whose senior members perform around the world. To secure a place, pupils are assessed on their sight reading and singing ability and competition is extremely fierce.  Once selected pupils attend residential courses twice a year where they learn about singing techniques and different musical styles.

The choir also competes in the annual Derby Arts Festival, which celebrates the performances of amateur musicians, singers and dancers, where it has won prizes for more than five consecutive years.

Many Main Prep and Pre-Prep pupils follow the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) ‘Speaking Verse and Prose’ syllabus, with all achieving passes, many with merit or distinction.

We have a strong focus on art and pupils are taught to paint in acrylics and water colour as well as printing, clay and three dimensional work.  For those who demonstrate a talent and passion for art, there is a lunch time scholar group to help develop their skills.  Pupils from this group are encouraged to enter competitions which recently saw a Denstone Prep School Pupil reach the regional final to design a logo for Google.

Sport forms an important part of life at Denstone Prep School and many pupils take part in competitive events both in and out of school. Our rugby team has enjoyed particular success winning the Derby Sevens Festival in 2010 and reaching the semi-final in 2011. Members of both our rugby and cricket teams also play at club, district and county level, whilst some of our hockey team take part in local league matches.