Welcome from the Head of School



Driffield School & Sixth Form is an 11 – 19 Comprehensive School which offers education for approximately 1,800 students living in Driffield and the Wolds.

Students at Driffield School & Sixth Form succeed and succeed well. We are rightly proud of our students and the excellent support and opportunities they receive from staff. We have high expectations of our students and we esteem the qualities of tolerance, courtesy and hard work in the daily life of our school.

Broader educational opportunitiesMs D Pickering

Whilst our students are successful academically, we also regard the provision of broader educational opportunities as equally important. Our students are able to benefit from a wide range of activities which help them develop personally, socially and culturally and prepare them to become responsible citizens of the 21st Century. This aspect of our work is reflected in teaching and learning in the classroom and is enhanced by a vibrant programme of extra-curricular activities, exchanges and visits in the areas of sport, drama, music, foreign visits and much, much more. In short, we seek to provide an environment within which each child can feel secure and to which each student, whatever their strengths or abilities, can make a contribution. Students rise to the challenge of our high expectations of work, behaviour and discipline and enjoy being part of the school because they know they are valued.

A real community

We are a real community built upon the foundations of trust, honesty and mutual respect. Our relationships with parents form the bedrock upon which each student’s success is built. We look forward to working with all parents and other partners in order to enhance further the many opportunities offered to the young people we serve and hope that everyone shares our pride in their achievements.

It is important to recognise that young people come with a variety of talents and gifts; there is an important place for the cheerful, the considerate, the shy and the extrovert. We hope we can provide opportunities for these attributes to shine. 

Driffield School & Sixth Form is a special place because of the emphasis we give to care. We have always laid great store on students obtaining their maximum potential. Academic success for all is important to us, and we believe in education for all throughout life.

Flexible and adaptable students

All our students can achieve great progress. We are fortunate to have a highly qualified and trained staff who are hard working and committed to the school. We need to help students to develop flexibility and adaptability. Unskilled jobs are increasingly rare and we need to work with parents to provide the skills, experiences and opportunities that will be needed if students are to cope with the demands of this century. We must therefore equip students with the necessary skills to use modern technology, learn independently, work in a group and lead a team. Such experiences come from lessons with a variety of teaching and learning formats, and also from our rich programme of extension activities. These include our sporting activities, Young Enterprise activities, Work Experience, exchange visits abroad and those visits organised locally to places of environmental, cultural or religious interest.

Values and Aims

Driffield School & Sixth Form is a high performing, inclusive school intent on best serving the needs of our community.


  • We recognise the vital importance of positive relationships that are founded on fairness, tolerance, mutual respect and trust.
  • We believe in being open and honest with each other, and supporting each other.
  • We want everyone to be able to contribute, and everyone to have the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

Above all else, we value each other


  • To provide a safe, supportive and positive environment for learning, for all.
  • To inspire all students and raise aspirations.
  • To ensure that all students acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding to equip them for life.
  • To work collaboratively and sustainably with other partners to provide the best learning opportunities for our students, our staff and our community.

We hope that parents and students will share with us and help promote our aims and values. Driffield School & Sixth Form always welcomes parents and encourages them to play a full and active role in their child’s education. We look forward to building a long and rewarding partnership. 

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