Ockbrook School

Ockbrook School
Mottoes Vicit Agnus Noster Eum Sequamer
("Our Lamb has conquered, let us follow Him")
In Christo omnia possum
("I can do all things through Christ", from Phil 4:13)
Established 1799
Type Independent day and boarding
Religion Moravian Church
Headmaster Mr Tom Brooksby
Chair of Governors Mrs Amanda Redgate
Location The Settlement
DE72 3RJ
Coordinates: 52°55′16″N 1°22′34″W / 52.921°N 1.3761°W / 52.921; -1.3761
Local authority Derbyshire
DfE number 830/6002
DfE URN 113007 Tables
Students 410~
Gender Boys and Girls
Ages 3–18
Colours Red     
Website www.ockbrooksch.co.uk

Ockbrook School is a coeducational day and boarding school for children aged 2-18 years, situated in beautiful rural Derbyshire. Boarding is for boys and girls from age 11. Our young people are confident and inquisitive, leaving school highly qualified and well-equipped to succeed at university and in professional life.

Ockbrook was founded by the Moravian Church and its Christian heritage is evidenced by its school emblem, which features the Agnus Dei, and the school motto, which is also the motto of the Church.


An extension to the Ladies school in the 1880s.

Ockbrook was founded in 1799 by the Moravian Church and still maintains a Christian ethos. The school was originally a ladies' school and the boys' school did not open until 1813. It became a girls-only school in 1915. The primary section later became coeducational, although this is now being extended throughout the school.[1]

The Church is still responsible for the school but responsibility is now exercised largely through the school’s local board of governors, chaired by one of the Church trustees.

A history of the school was published in 2000 as part of the bicentenary celebrations (1799–1999).[2]

In March 2012 the board of governors announced the decision to extend the 11+ intake to boys beginning in September 2013 as a step towards coeducation.[3]


The main building in the school, referred to as "main school" is used for most lessons and houses the English, Maths, Humanities and Languages departments, along with other smaller classrooms for 6th form use. The main school also provides form rooms for years 7–13.

The Grange is a primary building located near to the main school, next to the Birtill Hall (named after a previous Head Teacher.) The Mount is a further primary building, housing nursery and years 1, and 2. Pupils move over to The Grange for years 3, 4, 5 and 6.

The school also has a Sports Complex, Arts and Technology complex (named Mallieux Centre), Music centre, Lecturer Room and Science complex (opened in 2003.)


Former pupils are entitled membership of the Ockbrook School Leavers' Association (OSLA).[4][5]

For more information and event about OSLA, please refer to http://www.ockbrooksch.co.uk/osla/

Notes and references

  1. "Pupils to be given new identity". Derby Telegraph. 28 June 2011.
  2. Bold Shall I Stand, James Muckle, Ockbrook School, ISBN 0-9536600-0-1
  3. "After nearly 100 years, school decides to open its doors to boys again". Derby Telegraph. 15 March 2012.
  4. "School's old girls recall scary teachers and air raid sirens". Derby Telegraph. 6 July 2010.
  5. "OSLA – Ockbrook School - Senior School". ockbrooksch.co.uk.
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