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St Clares School
Rough Heanor Road, Mickleover, DE3 5AZ, UK Derby
+44 (0)1332-511757


Vision statement

Clear thoughts - Bright Ideas - Fair Play

At St. Clares we aim to heighten aspirations, expectations and motivation in order to improve the quality of student achievement.

Mission statement

St. Clares School is committed to encouraging students to reach their full potential as individuals by helping them to develop

  • decision-making skills
  • self confidence
  • knowledge and creativity
  • tolerance of other people and respect for their views and beliefs

Our aim is to develop a calm, safe and purposeful environment where students feel valued and can develop a sense of self-worth and of belonging.

We wish to help our students become caring, independent young people who are able to make a positive contribution to society as responsible citizens.


St. Clares is a purpose built school for students aged 11-16 whose educational needs cannot adequately be met in mainstream schools.

Situated in the southwestern part of the City of Derby, the school caters for approximately 110 students all of whom have a Statement of Special Educational Need. The majority of our students have moderate learning difficulties and some have associated emotional and behaviour needs.

Built in the 1970's the school has excellent facilities including attractive, well-equipped classrooms, a Design Technology workshop, Food Technology Room, Information Technology Suite, Science Room, Gymnasium/Sports Hall and custom built Leavers Suite. The school is fortunate to be set in large school grounds with generously proportioned play areas and school playing field.

The school offers all its students a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum including a full entitlement to the National Curriculum.


  1. To prepare students for adult life in a multi-cultural society and provide equal opportunity for all, regardless of ability, race, religion, culture and gender.
  2. To provide a broad, balanced differentiated and relevant curriculum to include the National Curriculum that encourages every student to acquire knowledge, skills and understanding relevant to adult life, the world of work and leisure.
  3. To help each student to develop to their full potential and yet to be sensitive to the needs of others.
  4. To develop self-esteem and positive self-image.
  5. To help each student to become a happy, caring citizen capable of contributing to society in a positive way


All students at St. Clares have access to a broad, balanced, differentiated and relevant curriculum, which includes National Curriculum entitlement. Class sizes are kept small, allowing programmes to be devised to suit the needs of each student. Personal as well as academic skills are nurtured to encourage the development of confident, well-adjusted, sensitive and independent young people.

All students at St. Clares have a Local Education Authority Statement of Special Educational Need. This is reviewed annually with students and parent/carers. Students work towards Individual Education Plan targets every half term.

As in any secondary school, the secondary curriculum is organised so that students receive tuition from subject specialists in Food Technology, Design Technology and Information Technology. Full National Curriculum entitlement forms the basis of study but students are also offered a variety of other opportunities according to performance and need.

Emphasis is placed on the preparation of the individual for a happy and independent life outside St. Clares. In Year 11 students undertake Work Experience.

External examinations are now available in a number of subjects. Achievement tests in Mathematics, Literacy, Science, P.E., Religious Education and Art G.C.S.E. are on offer to all students. All students also complete the ASDAN Youth Award accredited scheme.

Every student leaves St. Clares with a National Record of Achievement. This is a summary of all they have achieved during their school experience.

Parent/carers of the Year 11 group are invited in to the "Leavers Award Ceremony" held in July every year.


We aim to ensure that students at St. Clares have opportunities to develop their sporting skills and we encourage their involvement in competition with other children of similar abilities throughout the surrounding East Midlands area. We take part in cross country and football competitions every year and have established sporting links with a sister special school in London. Year 10 students may have the opportunity of a residential journey and all students in Years 7-9 experience Outdoor and Adventurous activities every year at Carsington Water. Good use is also made of the school's mini-bus with numerous educational and recreational trips. Visits are made throughout the year to many interesting venues. These trips are often linked to the Class rewards systems that operate throughout the school.

Students in Year 11 visit Lancaster Sports Centre. It forms two units in the OC.R. Certificate in Physical Education. The students follow the British Trampoline Federation's Star Award Scheme and a circuit-training programme to exercise the whole body using current technologies. Parental support for this activity is greatly appreciated as it lies outside the school budget.

Popular activities such as Football, Cricket, Cross country running and Dance are offered during the year.


Admissions may be made at any time during the year, but the majority take place in September. St. Clares School provides education for children with moderate learning difficulties and more complex needs and all admissions are made in accordance with the current school, LEA policy and the appropriate legislation. Students enter St. Clares with a Statement of Educational Need made under the 1981 Act, and after parents/carers and child have visited the school.

Places are offered subject to availability and suitability and only if parents feel they can support the recommendations set out in this booklet and the Home/School Agreement. Mutual co-operation and respect between parents and staff of the school is key to the success of students at St. Clares.

A copy of the school's Admissions Policy is available to parents on request.

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