New head aims to push standards even higher

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New Belper School headteacher, Martyn Cooper, is determined to drive up standards and says the school is a “real sleeping giant”.

The 38-year-old who took over the reins at the beginning of ther autumn term following the retirement of former head Trevor Harding, joins the school within weeks of its GCSE students gaining some of their best-ever results.

However, the father-of-three says there is still room for improvement and has also pledged to build on the school’s links within the community.

Mr Cooper said: “When I heard Trevor was leaving, I jumped at the chance and I’m elated to be here.

“There are magnifient plans for the future. Relationships with pupils and the community are superb and I feel there is a genuine pride in the school and that is really infectious.

“The school achieved some of its best ever results, with 62 per cent getting A* to C grades in their GCSEs and I want that momentum to continue and the results to get even better.

“I’m looking for moments that are truly oustanding - wow moments that leave your jaw on the floor.

“One of our year 10s helped an old man who had fallen over and rang an ambulance for him this week and he was so humble about it and it’s that kind of spirit I want to encourage.”

Parents will get the chance to meet Derby County supporter Mr Cooper, who has 16 years of experience in the teaching profession and was previously head at Frederick Gent School in South Normanton for five years, at the Belper School and Sixth FormOpen Evening tomorow, Thursday, September 19.

He will be giving presentations at 5.45pm and 6.45pm in the school hall and there will also be chance to see the wide range of work, extra-curricular and enrichment activities students experience. They can get involved with hands-on activities which will interest and entertain adults and children alike. They will also be able to chat with teachers informally about the work in their departments.

A crèche will be provided by staff and students on the Year 13 Health and Social Care course for children aged two to seven.

Meanwhile, the school which opened in September, 1973, is also gearing-up for celebrations to mark its 40th anniversary on October 17.

Former pupils are being invited to attend a party at the school. Email 40thparty@belperschool.co.uk for further information.