The Pingle School is an 11-19, co-educational, foundation, comprehensive school.
We wish to help parents and carers to prepare their children for adult lives in a rapidly changing world. Our main aims are to provide a broad and stimulating curriculum, engage students in their learning and ensure they all progress rapidly, regardless of their starting points.
Our school is a community where people pride themselves on having respect for each other. We share responsibility for creating a safe and pleasant place to work. Our mission statement is “A place for everyone: RESPECT | ENGAGE | SUCCEED”.
This is an inclusive school and we are proud of our efforts to educate and care for all our students, whatever their abilities. We aim to remove barriers to learning and achievement so that all students can be the best that they can be.
The Pingle School is pleasantly situated adjacent to open countryside, yet close to the centre of Swadlincote, a South Derbyshire town of some 25,000 inhabitants. Although older industries such as pottery still exist, many smaller firms have been established in recent years. There has been considerable residential development with an increase of commuters to surrounding towns.
More than twenty years ago the area was scarred by large areas of industrial dereliction, but following considerable reclamation the area is now more attractive, and boasts a Ski Centre and well-equipped Sports Centre. Indeed Swadlincote lies at the heart of the new National Forest area.
The school lies within easy reach of Burton-on-Trent, Derby, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Tamworth and Lichfield, and is close to the M42, A42 and A38. The Peak District National Park and many attractive areas of South Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Leicestershire are also within easy reach.
Teaching and Learning
All students are assigned to a form tutor who will provide support for them on a day-to-day basis. The form tutor, as the first point of contact, fulfils a vital role in the care of every child. Each year group is managed by a Head of Year who provides additional support and guidance and ensures support is provided by a wide range of agencies. Links with our partner schools, both primary and secondary, are very strong and we strive to ensure a smooth and problem-free transition for all new students.
The Pingle School has a full complement of highly qualified and experienced staff who are positive role models for our students. The Pingle School is committed to the continuing professional development of all staff in order to improve the quality of service we provide.
All students follow courses which fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum achieved through a common core for years 7, 8 and 9 and a core plus option choices for years 10 and 11. Students have the opportunity to participate in work experience and enterprise activities. Students are grouped throughout years 7-11 according to academic ability in most curriculum areas.
The Sixth Form
We have a large, thriving Sixth Form of students drawn from the South Derbyshire area and we offer a wide range of academic and vocational courses. Large numbers of our students gain places at universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, each year. Other leavers have entered employment, or training in a variety of occupational areas. Sixth Form students are based in purpose-built accommodation.
Special Educational Needs
The Pingle School has an Enhanced Resource Facility for students with significant learning difficulties. We do, however, consider it important to provide opportunities wherever possible for these students to integrate with mainstream students. Some of these youngsters find it difficult to cope with the demands of mainstream school and are placed in the Learning Support Base where they can receive the specialist help they need. All students follow the national curriculum at a level appropriate to their needs and abilities and most classes are supported by a teaching assistant. We also have an Autism Resource Centre (ARC) and a Pupil Support Centre.
- Students are encouraged to lead an active and healthy life.
- There is an extensive range of clubs including Art and Design based activities, Music and Drama, ICT and games.
- Provision for sport is excellent and a broad range of clubs and teams enjoy our excellent facilities.
- We run a homework club after school for one hour each evening of the week in the Library and the Library is popular at break and lunchtimes.
Links with the Community
Our Adult and Community Education programme and comprehensive range of out-of-hours activities, combined with excellent facilities, help to ensure that there are opportunities to acquire knowledge, skills and understanding in preparation for adult life and to develop confidence, motivation and a thirst for lifelong learning. Community based groups use our facilities throughout the year and students are involved in supporting some of the activities provided.
The school’s ‘Extensions’ programme provides a wide range of community education courses in the evenings, from examination classes to more general interest classes. The school’s website has information on the full programme which includes swimming classes for young and old, using the school’s own swimming pool. Local clubs and societies are able to affiliate to make use of the school’s facilities, including sports pitches, the gymnasium, the sports hall, the swimming pool, the artificial turf pitch, the music and drama centre, the main hall and classrooms.