Summer holidays?

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While many people might imagine the school gates stay firmly locked during the summer holidays, it was all action at Netherthorpe School, Staveley, Derbyshire’s oldest state secondary school.

An intrepid group of sixth formers embarked on a memorable expedition to the rainforests of Honduras.

As well as facing the rigours of a unique camping experience, the students took part in important conservation work.

On their return to school they found many changes taking place with building work well underway.

The old gym has been demolished and the structures for several new buildings were in place.

A new multi-purpose sports area has been laid, ready to welcome the students back in the new term.

The climax of the summer came with the arrival of record A-level and GCSE results.

Many delighted students opened their results envelopes to find they had achieved the qualifications needed for life-enhancing opportunities.

The final weeks of the summer holiday saw the school preparing for the new term, making sure that the building projects were being carefully managed to ensure that all Netherthorpe’s traditional educational opportunities would be fully available to the returning students, both in the classroom and beyond, even if not all of them will be as far afield as the Honduran rainforests.