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Welcome to our Website


Welcome to our website, which will provide you with important information about The Pingle Academy.  Our mission statement is ‘RESPECT l ENGAGE l SUCCEED - a place for everyone’.

We are part of The de Ferrers Trust and our shared values are PRIDE: Partnership, Respect, Integrity, Determination and Excellence.  When you visit the Academy, you will see ‘Pingle Pride’ in evidence, in our students who are smartly dressed, co-operative and positively engaged in learning and Academy life.

Our Academy is caring and inclusive, with a strong team of well qualified and committed staff. 

Learning and progress are at the heart of the Academy.  We have the highest expectation of every student and encourage all to ‘Aspire and Achieve’.  Our students want to learn and make progress. English and Mathematics are of prime importance.  We offer a broad and balanced curriculum at KS3 and have a wide range of option choices at GCSE and A Level.  All students are challenged and supported to meet and surpass their targets. Our A Level results in 2017 were our best ever.

Students join us at 11 years of age from a range of primary schools and the majority remain with us until they have completed their A Levels.  We welcome external applications into the Sixth Form and also applications from students moving into the area during the course of the academic year.  We have a comprehensive induction programme to enable new starters to settle in quickly. 

We have an exceptional Sixth Form and our students aspire to achieve at the highest level in order to gain a place.  We accept students from other local schools/Academies, who are attracted by our wide range of courses, our caring environment and our students’ track record of success.  In 2017, our progress score was the highest of all 12 local Sixth Forms and the third highest in Derbyshire.  Our students invariably go on to access the course/university/higher apprenticeship of their choice and we are very proud of their success.

Students joining us as High Prior Attainers become members of our Pingle Plus group and are challenged in their learning to reach the highest academic standards.  We also have excellent support for students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. 

We prepare students well for their future life.  Students access a wide range of options, including apprenticeships and they embark on degree courses at universities across the country, including Oxbridge.

We pay careful attention to students’ health and well-being.  Students have opportunities to get involved in visits and extra-curricular activities.  These are very important for character development and also valuable in terms of giving every single student the chance to shine and be the best that they can be.

Our Academy is a happy place and serves the community well.  We very much value links with parents, carers and the community; together, we make a difference. 

       “You and your senior leaders have a relentless and uncompromising focus on the highest
        standards, so that every student achieves as well as they can.”   
Ofsted, July 2015

Visitors to the Academy are always warmly welcomed.  If you would like to find out more about the Academy, please contact Mrs Wagstaff, my PA who will be happy to arrange a visit.  It will be a pleasure to show you round, giving you the opportunity to see the Academy on a normal day and to ask any questions you may have.  I look forward to welcoming you.

Mrs V Sharples
Principal