Denstone College


Image for Denstone College


Video for Denstone College

  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of England
  • Roll: 369 (Boys) 248 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 11 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1868

General Information

The College combines its rich tradition and history with a forward thinking approach to education. We place proper emphasis on academic endeavour but a Denstone education is an all-round education, packed with opportunity and challenge, so enabling pupils to discover their true potential. Achievement, confidence and happiness are the foundations upon which our pupils build their success and they are at the heart of our aims for every child.


There have been many additions to College facilities over recent years, with a complete refurbishment of boarding accommodation, and three new builds: the Adamson’s Sports Complex, the Roper Music School and Tookey’s, the new home for English, RS and Philosophy & Ethics. The most recent addition, whilst not a new build is a new library which occupies almost the entire South Wing of the main building. The Chapel is central to school life, both spiritually and as a meeting place for the whole school.

Work has just been completed on a brand new classroom block to house Maths and Modern Foreign Languages. Pupils are now enjoying the state of the art flexible seating and desking and benefitting from the very latest in teaching technology.

Outside the classroom pupils now have the benefit of two astroturfs, two pavilions, acres of pitches and plentiful tennis and netball courts, a refurbished swimming pool and our EGU affiliated golf course.

Extra-curricular provision is well-resourced and every week over 40 activities are offered including a full programme of sports, music and drama. A good number of pupils achieve Gold, Silver and Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award each year and the Combined Cadet Force offers opportunity to develop personal qualities such as leadership, loyalty and team spirit,

Entrance Requirements

Entry into Year 7: Entrance examinations in English, Maths and Science, interview, current school report.

Entry into Year 9: Common Entrance or entrance examinations in English, Maths and Science, current school report.

Entry into Sixth Form: minimum of 16 points at GCSE, minimum of grade B in their chosen AS / A Level subjects, current school report.

Arrangements for international pupils to sit the entrance papers in their own country can be made.


Academic, All Rounder, Art, Drama, Design Technology, Music, Sixth Form and Sport.

Open Days

2018. Sat. 29th September

2019. Sat. 19th May


2018/2019. All per term.

Day. Years 7-9: £4379. Years 10 - 13: £5293. Weekly Boarding. Years 7-9: £6344. Years 10 - 13: £7134. Full Boarding. Year 7: £6344. Years 8 and 9: £8407. Years 10-13: £9216. Sibling discount available.

For International pupil fees please contact the College


ISI Inspection 2017

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr D M Derbyshire

Denstone College
ST14 5HN

[t]: 01889 590484
[f]: 01889 590744

Location Description

The College is set in beautiful grounds in rural Staffordshire. Three major airports; Manchester, East Midlands and Birmingham are within one hour's drive and the nearest mainline stations are Stafford, Derby, Stoke on Trent and a branch line at Uttoxeter.

To send an email to the school please fill in your details below and add a short message. If you are requesting a prospectus to be sent to you please include your postal address.

  • At UK Independent Schools Directory we take your privacy seriously and will only use your personal information to provide the services you have requested.

School News

In May three First Form pupils were successful in the ‘Youth Speaks’ event, a public speaking competition between local schools, organised by Uttoxeter Rotary

Caitlin Amos,

view more

Tristan Hood and Henry White all performed speeches on a topic of their choice in a convincing and compelling manner. They explored the future of electric cars, the nature of absolute morality and whether the NHS should be privatised. Audience members were impressed at their complex subject matter, their eloquent presentations and their engagement with the audience. The performances were even more impressive considering that their talks were entirely memorised. Tristan received the first prize in the event, and Caitlin secured second prize.

All three students should feel very proud of their powerful presentations. Well done!

Congratulations to Oliver Moriarty who has done superbly well to pass the application, exam and interview stages of The Arkwright Engineering Scholarship application

Oliver has been

view more

made an Arkwright Associate and awaits news of a company sponsor. This is a brilliant achievement and he should be very proud of this. This is a highly prestigious scholarship with around 160 awards made nationwide every year. The scheme identifies the next generation of leaders in engineering.

After a rigorous selection process, the Chairman and governors of Denstone College are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Miles Norris to be Headmaster

view more

with effect from September 2018.

Miles will succeed David Derbyshire, who has led the College with distinction since 1997. Currently Second Master at the College, Miles is in a unique position to build upon the huge strides the school has made under the current Headmaster.

Educated at Cranleigh School, Miles read Geography at Keble College, Oxford, where he gained his Masters before completing a PGCE, also at Keble.  He taught at Haileybury before joining Denstone as Head of Senior School Boys’ Boarding in 2008.  He then became Second Master in 2014. During his career to date he has been involved in most aspects of boarding school life, introducing an inaugural co-curricular programme at Haileybury, coaching all three main boys’ sports at both schools, and holding the post of Commanding Officer of the RAF Section at Denstone. He has successfully completed a variety of endurance events, including the gruelling Marathon des Sables and Thames Meander ultramarathons, and is now working towards his black belt in Judo.

Miles’ wife, Ruth is Director of Academic Excellence at the College, herself a graduate of both Oxford and Cambridge Universities. They have two daughters, Evie and Nuala, both of whom attend Denstone College Preparatory School at Smallwood Manor.

Chairman Kevin Threlfall said, “Our pupil numbers and reputation have grown consistently over the last twenty years, and we are indebted to David Derbyshire for the legacy he will leave behind. Miles Norris is an outstanding candidate and still only 39 years of age. He has an exciting vision for Denstone College as a beacon of excellence, and with age and experience on his side, he is uniquely placed to maintain and develop our wonderful school.”

Miles Norris said, “It is an honour to be invited to lead the College.  It is a remarkable community, blessed with a very special relationship between pupils and staff.  I will work tirelessly to enable pupils to meet their high aspirations through a holistic education underpinned by academic excellence and spiritual guidance.”

Denstone College independent day and boarding school Staffordshire

On the hottest day of the year so far, a group of pupils, staff and governors watched as Headmaster David Derbyshire cut the ribbon and

view more

opened the College’s magnificent new Maths and Languages block.

Named for the Headmaster, The Derbyshire building is a two storey, 12 classroom building with smartboards and the latest in classroom technology and furniture; an energy-efficient, natural ventilation system, low-emission boilers and intelligent technology-controlled lighting, blinds and zoned heating. Pupils are now enjoying the state of the art flexible seating and desking and benefitting from the very latest in teaching technology.

This is the latest in a series of developments including the Adamson’s Sports Complex, the Threlfall Library and Tookey’s, the home of English and Philosophy & Ethics.  The College continues to invest in new and improved facilities, including a sixteen bed extension to girls’ boarding accommodation and a rolling programme of investment into other boarding areas. Boarding numbers at the College continue to rise gradually.

Mr Derbyshire recently announced his intention to retire in September 2018 after 20 very successful years at the helm, and the College Council has appointed Mr Miles Norris to take over the reins on his departure.(

Denstone College independent school Staffordshire

SAM Lewis was only five when Jonny Wilkinson and co guided England to World Cup glory in 2003. But that day instilled a dream of

view more

forging a career in professional rugby which has moved a step closer after the teenager signed a one-year contract with Leicester Tigers this month.

The 18-year-old also recently made his first steps to emulating his childhood heroes on the international stage, winning four caps for England under-18s, and has also been placed on standby for the team’s forthcoming tour of South Africa.

The Milwich lock, who played for Stafford RFC from six to 11, said: “Rugby is the only sport that I enjoy participating in.

“I like the fact that’s it’s a contact game.”

Lewis played for England in the Under-18s Five Nations Festival, including in their final match against Wales, which saw them crowned unofficial champions after ending the tournament with a 100 per cent record.

Now he will hope to be on the plane for South Africa in August, having been told to “have his passport and suitcase with him at all times”, should an injury to a team-mate see him called up at short notice.

After Stafford, Lewis played for Stoke until the age of 15, and has since been part of Leicester’s outreach programme, combining playing for the Tigers with studying for his A-Levels at Denstone College.

The former All Saints, Bednall, and Brooklands pupil has been offered an unconditional place to study at Leeds Beckett University, but has deferred that for a gap year which he will spend trying to cement his place in the Welford Road setup.

He said: “If my dream of playing professional rugby doesn’t work out, I hope to study for a degree in sports business management so would like to work in the sports industry from a marketing perspective.”

Lewis has played for Staffordshire under-16s, under-17s and under-18s, Midlands Clubs and Schools under-18s and for Leicester Tigers from under-16 to under-18 level.

He captained Staffordshire under-18s last year and is Denstone’s current captain.

School website design: Innermedia