Community spirit is at the heart of our school. Traditional values combine
with outstanding pastoral care providing the best possible educational
experience for our students.

We were established in 1799 by the Moravian Church and are one of the
oldest schools in the UK. Today, we retain links with our Moravian foundations
through our Christian ethos, whilst welcoming pupils of all ethnic,
religious and culturally diverse backgrounds.

We value the individuality of all our students. You and your child enjoy a
place within friendly and welcoming surroundings, offering academic rigour
and variety. We welcome boarders and acknowledge the positive impact that
boarding has on our overall community, increasing cultural diversity and
adding to our friendly outlook.



Chair of Governors
Mrs A Redgate, LL.B

Contact details:
Ockbrook School
The Settlement
DE72 3RJ
T: 01332 673532
Email: aredgate@ockbrooksch.co.uk


Vice Chairman
Mr J Luke

Dr G Lamming, FRCOG
Dr V Poultney, M Ed
Rev J Kreusel
Mr C Purcell, BA (Hons), MCIPR
Mrs G Taylor, F.C.A
Mr J Bailey

Clerk to the Governors
Mrs J Buckley



Leadership Team

Mr T Brooksby, Headmaster, BEd (Alsager) NPQH
Ms H Springall, Deputy Head, BA (Newcastle)* MA (Open) NPQH
Mrs S Worthington, Head of Primary & Music Coordinator, BA (Exeter)*
Mr R Beach, Deputy Head of Primary, ICT Lead BA (Sussex)*
Ms V Lee, Director of Studies & Examinations Officer, BA (Leeds)*
Mrs S Wood, Head of Lowers (Y7-10), BA (Hull)*
Mr A Walsh, Head of Achievement & Progress, BA (Huddersfield)*
Mr N Gupta, Head of Physics & Head of Uppers, BSc MAPSE (Leicester)*

Senior Department

Mrs L Archibald, Food Technology & Head of Careers, BA (Leeds)
Mrs J Bacall, English and Business, BA (Sheffield)*
Mrs F Birkbeck, Psychology, BA (Edinburgh)* MEd
Ms K Chetwin, Science & Business Studies, BSc (London), BA (Nottingham)
Ms K Cleland, English/EAL, MA (Glasgow)*, Budowa House Captain
Mrs L Colgan, Head of Drama & Theatre Studies (Maternity cover for Mrs S West)
Mrs L Coggle, Mathematics, BSc (Sheffield)*
Mrs R Dwight, Geography, BSc (Loughborough)*
Mrs F Faulkner, Head of IT/Computing/Product Design, BSc (Newcastle)*
Mrs C Fletcher-Eaton, Head of Religious Studies, BSc (Loughborough)
Mrs M Lamell, Drama and LAMDA, BA (Dartington)*
Mrs E Marsh, Physics/Sciences,  BSc (Leeds)*, Cennick House Captain
Mrs J McGahey, Head of Art & Design/Photography, BA (Leeds)*, Comenius House Captain
Mr J McNaughton, Geography, MA (Cambridge)*
Mrs S Mitchell, Head of English, BA (Hull)*
Mrs K Moorhouse, Assistant Head of Uppers, Head of Physical Education/Dance,  BSc (Loughborough)*
Mr R Moorhouse, PE, BSc (Loughborough)*, MSC
Mrs J Moses, Head of Modern Languages, German / French, BA (Nottingham)*
Mr B Mistry, Chemistry / Science, BSc (Loughborough)*
Mrs A M Newton, Head of Mathematics, BSc (Essex)*
Mrs R O’Reilly, Physical Education/Dance, BA (Liverpool)*
Mrs S Price, Chemistry/Sciences, BSc (York)*
Miss A Renow, Head of History,  BA (Leicester) MEd (Nottingham)
Mr T Sands, Technology, BA (Sheffield)*
Mrs S Scott, Sciences, BSc (Hertfordshire)*
Mrs T Sidery, English, B Ed (Nottingham)
Mr E Swindell, Director of Music, B Mu, M Mu (Manchester)
Mrs P Theaker, Mathematics, BSc (Nottingham)*
Mrs J Wakefield, IT/Computing, BSc (Uni of Wales)*
Mrs M Watkins, French/English/EAL, BA (Leeds)*
Mrs S West, Drama & Theatre Studies, BA (Birmingham)
Mrs A Wright, History, BA (Derby)*

Senior & Primary

Mrs C McBeth, SENDco & Teaching and Learning (primary), B Ed MSC (Loughborough)

Early Years Department

Mrs S Taylor, Head of Early Years, EYFS & SEND Coordinator, BA (Scarborough)*
Miss G Cresswell, Teacher (Maternity Cover for Mrs N Felstead), BA (Nottingham Trent)


Mrs S Breedon, English Coordinator, BA (Nottingham)*
Mrs J Cresswell, B Ed (College of St Mark & St John)
Mrs L Ireland,  PSHCE Coordinator, B Ed (Derby)
Mrs M Lamell, Drama Teacher, BA (Newcastle)*
Mrs H Marsden, History & Geography Coordinator, B Ed (Derby)
Mrs K Morris, Art/D.T. Coordinator, BA (Norwich School of Art & Design)
Mrs J Mullineux, Teacher, B Ed (Bedford College)
Mrs B Thornton, Science Coordinator, B Ed (Derby)
Mrs M Watkins, French, BA (Leeds)*
Mr D Williams, PE Coordinator, B Ed (Bangor)
Mrs P Ward, Teacher, Cert Ed (Kesteven)


Nurse Lisa Tanser RN

Support Staff

Mrs E Green, Business Manager
Mrs J Buckley, Operations Manager
Miss C McMain, PA to Headmaster
Mrs J Sheldon, Registrar
Mrs N Brierley, Finance and HR Assistant
Miss L Lambord, Administrator
Mrs S Everill, Administrator
Mr A Crowter, Network Manger


Mrs S Cullen, BSc Combined Science
Miss V Betesta


Mrs C Purcell BSc (Hons) Biology, MSc Environmental Ecotoxicology

* PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate of Education)

Classroom Assistants

Mrs C Bowers
Miss C Brewster
Mrs S Cooper
Miss N Faulkner
Mrs J Federici
Miss S Hawksworth
Mrs A-M Heaps
Mrs L Holmes
Mrs A Kenyon
Mrs J Leighton
Mrs C Newby
Mrs K Nutty
Mrs S Payne
Mrs M Shawcross
Ms D Sycamore

 House Parents

Mrs M Cooper
Miss Jemima Cresswell
Mrs C Dalby
Mr A Evans
Mrs R Gascoigne
Mrs J Halford
Mrs G Hawkins
Mrs W Holmes EN
Mrs C Horspool
Ms A Hughes
Miss L McClay
Miss H Naylor
Miss M Spectrum
Ms D Sycamore
Miss K Sharrat
Mrs K Taylor

Catering/Housekeeping – Chartwells

Grounds & Maintenance

Mr D Bailey
Mr P Davis-Wells
Mr P Kinsella
Mr A White

Mini Bus

Mr T Shepherd


Whole School Inspection
Independent Schools’ Inspectorate
February 2013

Our most recent report in February 2013 rewards the hard work of all our
stakeholders: students, parents, staff and governors, in their efforts to improve
still further on what is already a very high standard. The findings of the latest
team of inspectors are without doubt excellent.  Please click on the link below to access the whole report.



Intermediate Boarding Inspection Report
Independent Schools’ Inspectorate
January 2016

Please click on the link below to access the whole report.

Ockbrook School Intermediate Boarding Inspection Report










We are consistently placed among the top schools in the region’s performance
tables and are in the top tier of independent schools nationally. We are large
enough to boast a broad curriculum with specialist staff members and modern
facilities, yet small enough to retain a personal approach to teaching under
which our students flourish.

Every year a large number of our pupils continue their academic undertakings
in higher education, often gaining entry to Russell Group Universities, a band
of top-level universities internationally recognised for their academic