Welcome from the Head Teacher


I am very pleased to welcome you to The Fernwood School website and hope you find it informative. You will be able to read about the underpinning values and ethos that make Fernwood such a fantastic and high achieving school.

Students at Fernwood experience a broad, balanced and engaging curriculum that provides them with the necessary building blocks of knowledge, skills and understanding enabling them to be successful in their qualifications and beyond. The curriculum is delivered by a team of highly skilled specialist subject teachers who are dedicated to ensuring all students achieve their full potential, whilst also promoting a lifelong love of learning. Outcomes for learners are strong with students consistently making progress well above the national average. 

Chris Gell

About The Fernwood School

'High Performing'

Fernwood is a high performing, 11-16 multi-cultural school recognised by Ofsted and the DfE for excellent academic standards and outstanding care and discipline. The school achieved Leading Edge status for excellent practice in 2004 and became a Specialist Technology College in 2005 and a Specialist School in Mathematics and Science in 2010. We are also a recognised centre of excellence for Languages, Expressive Arts and Sport. Fernwood works in direct partnership with Bilborough College securing a number of places annually for students to study a wide range of courses including A levels and the International Baccalaureate. Recent figures show that a very high proportion of our students’ progress to Higher Education courses, many securing places at top universities including Oxford and Cambridge. The school offers equally strong vocational routes into further education and training.

Each child in our community is unique and precious, equally valued for their culture and contributions. We have very high expectations of all; hard work and self discipline, courtesy and respect are all key values which we instill in children right from the start. At the heart of our ethos is equality of opportunity and shared understanding, respect and tolerance for each other’s differences and needs. Aims: To challenge every pupil to raise their aspirations and excel in academic achievements. To instill in pupils the values and characteristics necessary to become successful, confident and responsible members of society. To teach pupils the value of self-discipline, resilience and endeavour in order to become life-long learners. 


Working for us

Fernwood is an 11-16 School enjoying an excellent reputation for high standards of achievement and behaviour.

We offer a school with:

  • An ethos of ‘High Achievement with Care and Discipline for All’
  • A teaching profession that is dedicated, innovative and talented
  • A teaching profession that is treated with respect and afforded autonomy in the classroom
  • A wonderful group of students who behave well and have high aspirations
  • A strong Progress 8 score
  • Staff and Governors that are professional and enjoy working together for the benefit of the young people we serve
  • An Ofsted outstanding judgement
  • Leading Edge Status

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