About us – St Martins, Horizons, DFN Project SEARCH
St Martins School is a secondary special school for pupils aged 11-19 years of age. The school currently provides 194 places for SEND students across Derby City, Derbyshire and Nottingham LAs. We are based on the Derwent Campus, where we are co-located with Noel Baker Academy. We have a successful vocational SEND 16-19 provision called Horizons. This is based at a satellite hub in the Guildhall Market, Derby city centre . We also run a DFN Project SEARCH internship programme at the Royal Derby Hospital for Year 14 students. There are 64% FSM students on roll, which is significantly above the national average and reflects the socio-economic and deprivation index for the school and locality. Use of the Pupil Premium Grant, attached to these students, is identified on the website. The school continues to respond positively to the changing demographics and profile of students who are referred to us by the LA. There has been an increase in the number of students with ASD and Complex Needs diagnoses, and CPD training is strategically planned to this development.
The school remains focused completely on
excellence in teaching and learning, maximising achievement and progression for all students and facilitating personal career development and job satisfaction for all the staff teams. Although graded outstanding in our last Ofsted inspection, we constantly seek to do things better and strive for curriculum innovation and creativity to achieve this.
Our motto is “We learn, we respect, we’re family” . We have developed a unique curriculum concept called “SHAPE”. Our focus is on creating confident individuals, successful learners, and responsible citizens. We place great emphasis on valuing and developing excellent relations with our families, local and global communities as well as the numerous partnerships we have. We are all very proud of our school, students, staff, families and community.
We are a forward thinking school and have been approved by the National College to be a National Teaching School. We are also a lead school in the Derby Teaching Schools Alliance. We seek excellence in all we do, but always remind ourselves that the learning progress, personal development, welfare and achievements of our amazing students must always be at the centre of everything we do: any visit to see our school will confirm this.