Message from the Head

The aim of Debden Park High school is to provide an excellent education in a safe, supportive learning environment, where people are valued and make positive contributions to the school community, and where students go on to become responsible, independent members of society.


Debden Park High School was established in September 1999 on a tiny site in Chigwell, before moving to its current buildings in September 2001. We are very proud of our school, of our outstanding facilities and impressive surroundings, and it is a real privilege to work here.

At the heart of everything we do are our students. Our curriculum is student-centred and we aim for their education to be inspiring, stimulating and challenging. Our staff are appointed for their passion, their enthusiasm and their imagination in communicating with children to ensure that every single child in their classes is engaged, excited and challenged by the learning experience at all times.

Our vision is to empower students so that they are able to take control of their own future and have enhanced life chances as a result of learning with us. We are academically ambitious for our students and with the opening of our sixth form in September 2015 we are excited at now having the opportunity to nurture their love of learning into A Levels and beyond.

We want our students to become independent learners, who are critical in their thinking, informed in their choices and confident in their ability to succeed in the modern world, who are respectful and tolerant, driven and confident and who strive for the best. In addition to their academic lives we also want our students to benefit from extra curricular experiences in the arts, sport and culture which will help them become well rounded balanced adults.

We are also extremely proud of our status as a Teaching School and of the role we play in developing motivated, passionate and outstanding teachers and visionary leaders. We work in collaboration with King Harold Academy in Waltham Abbey and this partnership has at its heart a drive for success. Through learning across both schools, all will be inspired, challenged and prepared to embrace the modern world.


Our values:


Be Inspired

At the core of Debden Park High School are the people that create the school; students, staff and parents.  They are the inspiration that drives the schools improvement and makes it an inspiring place to learn, work and study.  Be Inspired is our drive to harness and enhance individual talents, skills, attributes and interests. This inspires and motivates all to learn.  This enables all to love their time at Debden Park High.

Be Involved

Our aim is to create a learning environment where all students feel that they are an integral part of the school community, who contribute confidently to their own learning and that of others. Our students will experience challenge and success both inside and outside of the classroom, they will feel secure in learning from failure and be proud of their achievements. We will strive to ensure every student has an opportunity to learn outside of the classroom, through a strong enrichment programme that caters for the enjoyment of all, where students will learn to work together, build strong friendships, demonstrate resilience and responsibility.   Staff and students will work collaboratively and share a mutual love of learning that exists within the classroom and beyond.

Be Challenged

At Debden Park High School, we set our students challenging targets within the classroom and beyond. In conquering these challenges, we hope to instil the resilience and confidence to allow our students to stand tall in a modern world.  Struggle builds character, we believe that all students, with hard work and the right support can achieve aspirational goals. We aim to give our students the opportunity to feel unstoppable when they achieve far more than they ever imagined.


Our vision is to create a caring, stimulating and secure environment in which staff and students can work and play safely. We nurture self esteem, self respect and a respect for others. Our students value the rights of others.  We expect our students to meet our high expectations in terms of both work and behaviour in a wide range of educational settings.

Be Ready

In order to embrace learning successfully, we need to Be Ready.  To Be Ready at Debden Park High School means for students to be :

Organised – prepare to be successful by having the appropriate equipment, appropriate uniform, and the appropriate mindset.

Willing – taking charge of their own learning, seizing every moment to be successful.

Be Driven

Through detailed, accurate, honest assessment and reflection, we will empower students to achieve their true potential.  We believe all students should make outstanding progress as they move through the school, irrespective of their starting points and backgrounds. It is our role to support, guide, and drive every student in every subject to successful outcomes. Individual academic and pastoral support ensure that all students have the every opportunities to access outstanding teaching and demonstrate outstanding learning.

Be Exceptional

Every day our students, teachers and staff strive to be exceptional, working together to ensure our school stands out.  For us it is not enough just to be the equal of everyone else. We do not hide in mediocrity.  We want to work harder, go further and achieve more than everyone else – because we believe every member of our school can be exceptional.

Our vision is to develop staff and students who have a shared vision of excellence and strive to be exceptional in all they do …………….because who wants to be ordinary when you can stand out and Be Exceptional?