Royal astronomer inspires uniforms

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Students at a Denby school started term in style as they modelled a brand new uniform.

John Flamsteed Community School students arrived for the first day of the new school year in their new uniform, inspired by the work of John Flamsteed of Denby, the first Astronomer Royal.

Navy blue blazers represent the night sky with silver edging and stripes on the tie to represent the stars.

The uniform was designed by the student council last Autumn.

The new look arrives 
after the school’s best-ever GCSE results in August with 60 per cent achieving five A*-C grades with English and maths and 70 per 
cent achieving A* to C in English.

The school is now looking to develop Post-16 study from September 2016 by joining in partnership with Ripley Academy to launch a new and ambitious option for all post-16 students in the area to be known as the Amber Valley Sixth Form.

Year 11 student Lauryn Jewkes is a fan of the new school uniform.

She said: “I feel very proud to wear this uniform and I think we all look really smart. It represents John Flamsteed Community School in a very positive way.”

Head boy Oliver Beeston said students opted to wear the uniform.

He said: “This uniform was the choice of the whole student body and even Year 11 opted to wear it. We are very proud of our school and its success.”

John Flamsteed Community School is hosting an open day for Year Five and Six parents and students on Thursday September 24.

Should parents or carers wish to book a tour of the school in the morning at 9am, 10am or 11am, please contact the school’s reception team.

In addition to this, the school will host an interactive open evening from 7pm for parents, carers and Year Five and Six pupils for which you do not have to book.

Headteach Lisa Walton is proud of the growing school.

She said: “We do indeed encourage all of our students and staff to reach for the stars and I am tremendously proud to be the headteacher of this caring and ambitious establishment.”

For more information or to book a tour of the school, please contact 01332 880260, email or visit the website at