Set in 100 acres of Staffordshire countryside, Denstone College was founded in 1873 with 46 boarding boys as pupils. The founder, Nathaniel Woodard, was a man of great social conscience and established schools because he believed education was fundamental to changing poverty and social deprivations. Denstone College continues to be part of the Woodard group of schools. Today we have more than 600 pupils and Denstone is still one of the best independent schools in Staffordshire.
Christian ethos and pastoral care
The enduring Christian ethos which Nathaniel Woodard first developed at Denstone has remained until this day. From this extends our interest in delivering first class pastoral care to our students and the best welfare, health and safety for them to grow, develop and thrive. Both ISC and Ofsted have remarked upon our outstanding standard of pastoral care. The College Chaplain is at the centre of this system and a high percentage of our staff live on site. There is also an on site Medical Centre.
Three school system and houses
The three school system remains at the heart of Denstone’s approach to education. Every pupil belongs to a House which fosters friendships and camaraderie. Pupils represent their House in an array of sports and there are House music and drama festivals, social nights out and other activities. Each year also culminates in a House dinner. The House system helps provide pastoral care for pupils as each is managed by the Head and Captain of each House and a team of tutors. These tutors meet regularly with pupils to discuss reports, problems, achievements and other issues.