Brookfield Community School, Chesterfield

Brookfield Community School is an academy school located on Chatsworth Road (A619) in the west of Chesterfield, Derbyshire. The school's most recent Ofsted inspection judged it to be 'requires improvement'.[4]

Brookfield Community School
Chatsworth Road

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S40 3NS

Coordinates53.23188°N 1.47052°W / 53.23188; -1.47052
Local authorityDerbyshire
Department for Education URN136548 Tables
Chair of GovernorsDr J Thacker [1]
HeadteacherMr Hirst[2]
Staff7 senior leadership, 77 teaching, 74 support [3]
Age11 to 18
Enrolment1226 (2016/2017)


Brookfield Community School is a comprehensive secondary school which caters for around 1300 students between the ages 11–18 (Years 7-13), including approximately 300 sixth formers.[5]

Academic performance

In the data for the year 2016/2017, the school had a Progress 8 score of -0.14, indicating that pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 had made less progress, on average, than pupils across England who got similar results at the end of Key Stage 2. The same data shows 57% of pupils achieving a GCSE grade 5 or above in English & Maths.[6]


Brookfield Community School's history stretches back to the founding of the Chesterfield Grammar School in 1598.[7] This school taught boys throughout the 17th and 18th century, until its closure in 1832. In 1845, the school was restarted in a new building (which remains on Sheffield Road today, and is now part of Chesterfield College), expanding to a size of around 500 in 1928.[8] Additional land on Storrs Road (on the west side of the town) was acquired in the 1930s, but minimally used due to lack of funds and the Second World War. In 1949, work began on the levelling of playing fields on the site, which was opened in 1953.[9]

The present site of Brookfield (on Chatsworth Road/Brookside, adjacent to the Storrs Road playing fields) was opened for Chesterfield School in 1967.[10] Following the Education Act 1944, the school became a state-sponsored grammar school.

Brookfield Community School was formed in 1991, following the closure of the grammar school in a re-organisation of schools in Chesterfield,[11] On 1 April 2011, Brookfield Community School officially gained academy status.[12]

Notable former pupils

Chesterfield Grammar School

Former teachers

  • Cyril Bibby, biologist; taught biology (1938–40)
  • Paul Holmes,[15] History master (1979–83), Liberal Democrat MP for Chesterfield (2001–10)
  • Cec Thompson, former professional rugby league footballer; Head of Economics and Rugby Master (at the school for 17 years, retired 1991)


  1. "Governors". Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  2. "Contact Us". Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  3. "Brookfield Community School - Staff List" (PDF). Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  4. "Brookfield Academy Trust Ofsted Report May 2018". 13 July 2018. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  5. "About Us". Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  6. "Brookfield Academy Trust - GOV.UK - Find and compare schools in England". Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  7. "CHESTERFIELD GRAMMAR SCHOOL : Based on a brief history by Roy Smith published in Reflections Magazine in March/April 2007" (PDF). Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  8. "The Best Days of Your Life?" (PDF). Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  9. "65th annual Athletics Sports Day" (PDF). Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  10. "OFFICIAL OPENING of the NEW BUILDING for CHESTERFIELD SCHOOL" (PDF). Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  11. "A Tribute To Excellence : 1598 - 1991" (PDF). Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  12. "200 invalid-request". Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  13. "CP Teens UK". Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  14. "Chris Adams - Cricket Players and Officials". Cricinfo. Retrieved 11 August 2010.
  15. "Examination of Witnesses (Questions 960 - 979)". House of Commons. 8 December 2003. Retrieved 5 August 2011.

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