• Sports Relief 2018

    Take part in Sports Relief on Friday 23 March, Period 5...click here for further details and sponsorship form.

  • Dacorum Teaching School Alliance

    Ever thought of teaching? Teacher Training through School Direct with the Dacorum Teaching School Alliance click here for further details.

  • Business Ambassador Henkel Hosts Skills Breakfast for Students

    On Wednesday 24 January, leading manufacturing and FMCG company, Henkel, hosted a Skills Breakfast at its premises in Hemel Hempstead. The meeting was for students of The Astley Cooper School to meet with prospective employers, click here to read the full article.

  • A Successful Start

    Work-Based learning has been running for a term now and the course aims to build a bridge to employment for those looking to get into the job market at 16, click here to read more.

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I am very pleased to welcome you to The Astley Cooper School, an 11-18 Co-operative Trust school on the outskirts of Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire. We are proud of the progress made by our students and welcome visitors to the school to see the excellent facilities and positive learning environment.

This is an exciting time in the history of Astley Cooper.  Over the last three years, we have seen significant improvements in our work, which were recognised in our Ofsted inspection. We are a good school where expectations of staff and students are high.

 We are an inclusive school providing opportunities for students of all abilities.  We know all our young people as individuals and firmly believe that a student who feels happy, safe and valued is a student who enjoys learning and achieves their academic potential.  Our staff are hardworking, committed professionals who work closely together and have high expectations of the students in our care.

Last year, I was asked to contribute an article to The Parliamentary Review.   We are one of 11 schools in the South of England featured in this prestigious publication which highlights best practice in outstanding and improving schools.  Our Deputy Headteacher, Mr Stevens, and I attended an evening reception at the House of Commons to launch the publication of the Review. We were proud to have received this national recognition of the work done at Astley Cooper.

We are an ambitious school where students’ aspirations are rising. Over the past three years our GCSE examination results have been the best in the school’s history.  The school is a calm, purposeful, friendly community and there is mutual respect between adults and students.  I hope that you will come to visit us and see the school at work.  You will be made to feel very welcome.

Edward Gaynor, Headteacher