Chellaston Academy

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Chellaston Academy
Chellaston school sign.JPG
Established1977[1] (became Academy in 2010)
TypeAcademy, formerly Foundation School
HeadteacherMr Ray Ruszczynski
LocationSwarkestone Road
Chellaston, Derby
Derbyshire
DE73 5UB
England
Local authorityDerby City Council
GenderCoeducational
Ages11–18
HousesNone
ColoursGreen, White, Black
PublicationThe Causeway
Websitewww.chellaston.derby.sch.uk
 
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Chellaston Academy
Chellaston school sign.JPG
Established1977[1] (became Academy in 2010)
TypeAcademy, formerly Foundation School
HeadteacherMr Ray Ruszczynski
LocationSwarkestone Road
Chellaston, Derby
Derbyshire
DE73 5UB
England
Local authorityDerby City Council
GenderCoeducational
Ages11–18
HousesNone
ColoursGreen, White, Black
PublicationThe Causeway
Websitewww.chellaston.derby.sch.uk

Chellaston Academy, formerly Chellaston Foundation School, is a comprehensive school, technology college[1] and Academy in Chellaston in the Derby area of England, United Kingdom.

Its catchment area traditionally includes Chellaston, Aston-on-Trent, Weston-on-Trent, Melbourne, Ticknall, Barrow upon Trent and other areas of South Derbyshire.

Pupils' ages range from 11 year-olds in year 7, through to adults in the sixth form college. The school opened in 1977[1] and its sixth form is the largest in Derby.[1] In 2005, the school had a total of 1580 students.

The school has historically had a newsletter, called The Causeway.[2] However, information formerly conveyed by the Causeway has been, since the academic year starting 2010, delivered by the schools "Learning Platform", an online facility for the storage of shared files and the distribution of school news powered by Microsoft SharePoint.

In November 2008, an in-school taped radio show and podcast was started up by a group of Sixth Form students. The podcast aims to entertain pupils both in school and at home as well as attracting outside attention to the school.[3] The podcast ran for only a year.

The school officially became an Academy on 1 December 2010.

Background Information

The first build of the school started in 1975 and was finished in 1977, providing 450 places for students, and the second build, completed in November 1978, created another 300 places. In September 1994, an extension to the technology block was completed, facilitating the options of Art, Design, Wet and Dry Textiles along with other such technology facilities, while the Performing Arts Studio (in the main block) was converted from the Lecture Theater.

A £2.21m Sixth Form Centre was opened in September 1995. Simultaneously, the library was extended.

In 1997, the school was further extended to accommodate the growing number of students wanting to attend. A specialised Mathematics block was completed, containing 8 classrooms. The sports hall was also completed. The Humanities block was built in 2000 along with another four science labs in a new building (loosely specialised for the teaching of biology), separate from the existing science block. In January 2003, the Humanities block was substantially extending, adding a Refectory (functioning as a substitute to the Main Hall as a canteen) and a large new IT suite.

In September 2004, the Music and Drama block was built in order to accommodate the increasing applicants, allowing the school to hold approximately 1700 students. Traditionally, the school catering was managed by the in-school catering team. However, in 2009 the management of student meals was outsourced to an independent company, as part of the Chellaston Academy Healthy Schools Programme. The construction of three new laboratories has recently been completed in September 2011, increasing the number of classrooms in the Science Block.

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Coordinates: 52°51′58″N 1°26′22″W / 52.86611°N 1.43944°W / 52.86611; -1.43944