At Allestree Woodlands, we pride ourselves on the warm and friendly atmosphere of the school. Relationships are important and we endeavour to ensure that every student feels safe and happy. We strive for the best achievements for our students and believe that every young person deserves the chance to feel successful at school.

Our school motto, ‘Aspire and Achieve’, sums up our hopes and expectations for every student who is part of our school community. But, we know that aspiration is a risky business; after all, if you dream big, there is always that chance that you might not reach your ambitious goal. This means that staff at Allestree Woodlands must build bravery and courage in the ways they teach and the relationships they form with students. We must both support and challenge all young people to aspire, to dream of what might lie ahead and to work hard to make those ambitious goals possible. Why settle for less than our very best? When aspiration and hard work are combined, people achieve amazing things. That is our aim at Allestree Woodlands: to see every young person aspire to reach or exceed their potential and work hard towards that goal, in turn receiving excellent teaching and support to achieve it and to feel a sense of self-worth and pride in doing so.

We are lucky to be a thriving school with a growing intake, a wide level 3 subject offer at post-16, superb extra-curricular opportunities in sports, technology and the creative and performing arts as well as possessing tremendous facilities. If you would like to know more, take a look at our website or arrange a visit. We have open evenings planned for this half-term for prospective students and their parents and you are most welcome to come along and get a feel for what Allestree Woodlands is all about.

Gemma Penny - Headteacher


New Vacancy for Teaching Assistant

We are currently recruiting for a Teaching Assistant. Please see our vacancies page for more information.


Welcome to the new school year 2018-2019

I do hope you have had a good summer.

We are really looking forward to welcoming you to school on Tuesday 4th September 2018.

Please be in school, in full school uniform, according to the following times:


  • Year 7 - 8.45am in the Theatre
  • Year 12 - 9.45am in the Theatre
  • Year 13 - 10.30am in the Theatre
  • Years 8-11 - 11.30am - please go to your Form rooms.


Best wishes,

Alan Brady, Headteacher


Year 11 Prom - Pride Park Stadium

The Year 11 Prom will take place THIS Thursday (5/7/18) at Pride Park Stadium 

The timings of the evening are as follows


19.00 Arrival of guests with arrival drink at the Pedigree suite

19.45 Dinner to be served 

23.00 Bar to close and all students to have departed by 23.30 

Please can you remind students that Allestree Woodlands School and Derby County Football Club retain the right to refuse entry to any students on arrival or during the event. This will happen if we feel students are not meeting our expected standards or whose behaviour may put the enjoyment of this event by students and staff in jeopardy. In this instance students will be prevented from entering the premises and parents will be contacted and a refund would not be possible.


We hope that all students have a fun and enjoyable evening, and that this event is a positive memory of your time at Allestree Woodlands School.


New Vacancy for a part-time Teacher of Chemistry and Environmental Science

We are currently recruiting for a part-time Teacher of Chemistry. Please see our vacancies page for more information.

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