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Denbigh School
Burchard Crescent, Shenley Church End, MK5 6EX, UK Milton Keynes
+44 (0)1908 505030

Welcome to the new online presence for Denbigh School.

Use the links to the right to choose entry by DLC Portal or Website. The information centre will lead you directly to some of the latest news & events at Denbigh.

Denbigh School is a popular and successful specialist school which provides a well ordered, and disciplined learning environment.

As a result, our students achieve academic and technological excellence and extend their sporting, artistic and musical accomplishments.

The school fosters personal development that helps students to find the meaning in their lives and respond with creativity and determination to challenges that arise through the rapid pace of social change.

About Denbigh School...

A Foundation School:

Denbigh School is a mixed 11 – 19 Specialist School providing quality secondary education for students on the West Flank of Milton Keynes.

The School has 1451* students and 176 staff. Denbigh School is a foundation school which means that it is self governing, has control of its own budget and employs its own staff.

A Specialist School:

Denbigh is a Specialist School.

It has Technology College status and as such provides a mathematical, scientific and technological curriculum which goes beyond the National Curriculum.

The School aims to provide an education which:

  • develops an education culture that promotes and enables the use of new technology in enhancing learning and processing information to empower all students to greater attainment
  • contributes to the economic growth of Milton Keynes through the development of Mathematics, Science and Technology beyond the requirements of the National Curriculum, and in line with the needs of the Milton Keynes business community;
  • provides a learning experience which encourages young people to feel competent and confident about entering the world of work and enthusiastic as to the opportunities for employment and life-long learning available in Milton Keynes.

School Policies & Performances...

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The Denbigh school day is divided into lessons lasting an hour.

Some lessons and activities are arranged to be attended after regular school hours. This gives greater flexibility in the amount of time allotted to different subjects and activities.

From September 2007 the school day will finish at 3:00pm.

Times of the School Day:

  • 8.30am - Lesson 1
  • 9.30am - Lesson 2
  • 10.30am - Break
  • 11.00am - Lesson 4
  • 12.00noon - Lesson 5
  • 1.00pm - Lunch and Tutorial Session (40 minute Lunch, 20 minute Tutorial)
  • 2.00pm - Lesson 9
  • 3.00pm - School ends or Period 6 (Sixth Form Only)
  • 4.00pm - School ends for Sixth Form


Our Mission Statement

"Creating a culture of success to extend lifetime opportunities for young people."

A Specialist Technology College

"Using the latest educational technology to raise student attainment."

The School is committed to using the opportunities afforded by specialist technology status to raise the attainment of all students at the School. 

During the 10 years of specialist status the School has enhanced its Information and Communication Technology facilities to include 9 computer rooms, 60 workstations in the Independent Learning Centre and a dedicated Sixth Form Study Area comprising 28 workstations. 

Computer technology supports the teaching and learning of every student in subjects across the curriculum, from students using the Apple Mac suite in Graphics to Music students who have a state of the art Music Technology Recording and Editing suite at their disposal.

The School’s 365 desk top computers and 150 laptop computers allow students to process information relating to their studies and have high speed access to educational material and the Internet. 

The School’s ratio of one computer to every three students is considerably higher than the national average.

A Good Education For All:

Denbigh is committed to providing an appropriate education for students of all abilities, helping each student to maximise their chances of success:

Provision for more able students:

We make provision for able students by:

  • Accelerating and extending their study of Mathematics;
  • Giving opportunities for them to study separate Sciences - Physics, Chemistry and Biology at GCSE;
  • Giving opportunities for them to extend Integrated Humanities to include Geography or History;
  • Events to support the Gifted and Talented.

A broad balanced education for those that make progress at the national expectation.

Each student completing their Year 11 last year has, on average achieved the equivalent of 8 GCSEs at Grade A. 

The majority of students go on to join the Sixth Form where they study a programme to include up to five A Levels.

Working with the Local Community

Denbigh School is committed to maintaining close links with the local community. 

The School participates in a two way process, drawing on the knowledge and expertise of the local community to equip students with the skills, confidence and creativity that today’s workplace demands and, in return, using the expertise and facilities in the School to support the local community.

Managers of local companies support the School’s careers education programme - giving practical advice on university entry, advice on interview technique, access to modern apprenticeships and an explanation of the manager's role in the work force. 

Local companies also participate in the Year 10 work experience programme.

Denbigh supports its local community by:

  • providing a children’s university for pupils in partner schools;
  • providing technical support for teachers in partner schools;
  • providing IT training for teaching and associate staff at Denbigh;
  • providing leisure facilities through Shenley Leisure Centre;
  • accommodating continuing adult education through Shenley Adult Education Centre and the Open University


400 students which combines the very highest of academic standards with a wide range of social and sporting activities.

Students are encouraged to participate in the wider life of the School and gain experience of working with younger students and the wider community.

Students pursue a wide range of courses including:

  • Level 3 Advanced courses (one and two years)
  • Level 2 Intermediate courses (one year)
  • repeat GCSEs. 

6th Form Tutors:

  • Ms H Mrogan
  • Mrs L Oscroft
  • Mr D Dalby
  • Mr D Cook
  • Mrs P Coletta
  • Mrs Y Monaghan
  • Mrs H Brown
  • Mrs S Baldwin
  • Mrs J Heinemann
  • Mrs C Bower

the Football Academy:

Denbigh School also runs a Football Academy where students can take a BTEC First in Sport and FA coaching awards.

Please check back regularly to keep an eye on updates.


Denbigh's academic structure is one of Faculties that comprise a number of related subjects.

You can access information about each faculty using the links below or to the left.

The links on the left will change depending on the page you are currently viewing.

Art & Design Technology Mrs G Spittle
[ Head of Faculty ]
English & Media Ms H Brown
[ Head of Faculty ]
Humanities Mr J Waters
[ Head of Faculty ]
ICT & Business Mr M Russell
[ Head of Faculty ]
Mathematics Miss J Millard
[ Head of Faculty ]
Languages Mrs L Giles
[ Head of Faculty ]
Performing Arts Miss A Nightingale
[ Head of Faculty ]
Physical Education Mr N Monaghan
[ Head of Faculty ]
Science Miss C Archer
[ Head of Faculty ]
Careers & Work Experience Mrs J Astley-Jones
Student Support Mrs A Cotter
[ S.E.N.C.O. ]

Extra-Curricular activities @ Denbigh

Denbigh School runs a variety of extra curricular activities. Use the menu on the left to navigate between club home pages.

Students have the opportunity to visit the School’s residential centre at Longrigg in Cumbria, where there is a full range of outdoor pursuits.

Other extra-curricular activities, which take place at lunchtime or after school, include

  • Art Club
  • Dance Ejay
  • Vocal Group
  • Jazz Band
  • Green Power Car Club
  • Remote Control Club
  • Robotics
  • Street Dance
  • Citizenship - Global Active People,
  • Pantomime
  • School Production
  • Battle of the Bands
  • Talent Show
  • There are also coursework clinic sessions to assist with study across a wide range of subjects.

The School has also competed in the annual Rock Challenge, a national schools Dance competition.  

the Pastoral System @ denbigh...

IN 2007 there will be 4 x 20 minute tutorial sessions per week + 1 x 20 minute assembly.

These sessions are timetabled & attendance is compulsory, as it one of the main methods for distributing important documents & information

Tutorials are one of the main means of providing our Pastoral Care:

  • a regular Thought for the Week challenges the students to form & consider their own opinions on matters of relevance

  • Tutorial activities that support and supplement Personal, Social & Health Education [ P.S.H.E. ] throughout the School

  • Mentoring of students, to help guide them in their studies & lives.

  • Diary checking


Admission Arrangements for Year 12 (16+) entry into Denbigh School in September 2008:

Admission Criteria for Internal students

Applications are welcomed from all Year 11 students. Conditional offers made will indicate the appropriate route of study on the basis of GCSE performance.  

Application forms will be available in January 2008 and must be returned by February half term.

Admission Criteria for External students

The number of intended admissions is 60 (this figure does not include students who currently attend Denbigh and wish to transfer into the Sixth Form). 

The intended admission number of 60 refers to the number of pupils to be admitted to the School for the first time.

On receipt of the application, students will be made a conditional offer of a place in the Sixth Form.

Entry to the Sixth Form is subject to a student having achieved the appropriate grades for their intended route of study.  

Prospective students should consult the Sixth Form Prospectus for individual subject requirements.
Where applications from suitably qualified students in other schools exceed the number of places available, the following criteria will be applied in the order set out below:-

  • Students who live in the defined area of Denbigh School.
  • Students who have a sibling attending Denbigh School
  • Students for whom places on appropriate courses are available.

Please note:

[1] The defined area includes Crownhill, Great Holm, Loughton, Shenley Church End, Shenley Lodge and Two Mile Ash.

[2] You may be asked to provide proof of permanent residence in the defined area.

[3] Siblings are defined as children who permanently reside at the same address and for whom the parent/carer also has parental responsibility, whether or not they are blood-related.  

This does not include blood-related brothers or sisters who live at separate addresses.  

If there is any doubt, parents may be asked to provide a copy of the award notice for child benefit, to prove parental responsibility and/or their permanent residence.

[4]  In circumstances where the School’s admission number has been exceeded and the pupil applications meet the above criteria equally, preference will be given to those young people who live closest to the School measured in a straight line from the School’s main entrance to the front door of the child’s permanent place of residence.

In the case of multi-occupancy residence e.g. a block of flats, this would be measured to the main entrance to the building from the street.

This will be done using appropriate computer software which can provide suitably accurate measurements.

Where the programme produces the same distance measurement stairways, corridors and walkways will be measured to the front door of the specific flat or apartment in which the child is permanently resident.

Admission Numbers

The admission number for Denbigh School in September 2008 is 200. 

This is the number of children who will be admitted to the School in Year 7 in 2008.

This number reflects the amount of accommodation available at the School and also takes into consideration the available places at other local schools. 

In exceptional circumstances, it is possible, by agreement with the Governors and Milton Keynes Council, for a school to exceed its admission number. 

Admission Policy:

You have a right to say which school you prefer, but you do not have the right to choose a school place. 

For example, Denbigh School has an admission number of 200.  If 500 parents apply for a place as the preferred choice for their child, it is clearly necessary to apply the oversubscription criteria for entry shown below. 

When the School is oversubscribed, the places are allocated based on the ‘oversubscription criteria’.

Mid-Year Admissions Policy for Denbigh School, Years 7-11 from 2008:

This policy relates to all admissions to Denbigh School in Years 7-11, except for the initial September entry into Year 7 which is managed as part of the Coordinated Admissions Programme for the Local Authority, and which is explained in the document “Admission Arrangements for Year 7 (11+) entry into Denbigh School in September 2008”.

Parents should be aware that this is an oversubscribed School with more applicants than places available and that every year many parents are unsuccessful in their application for a place.

Denbigh School will consider applications for admissions in Years 7 to 11 throughout the year, with any available places allocated strictly in accordance with this admissions policy. 

For children who wish to attend Denbigh after the September in which they enter Year 7, a School Transfer Request and prospectus is available from the School’s Admissions Office. 

Parents/carers should complete the form and return it to the Headteacher at the School address. Verbal or telephone applications will not be considered.

During term time, the School aims to respond to applications within seven working days. 

Applications made during the school holidays will generally be processed when school resumes.

Unsuccessful applicants will be offered the opportunity to have their application reviewed by an Independent Appeal Panel and will also be offered the opportunity of placing their child’s name on the school’s waiting list, details of which are given below

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