Coronavirus Update

Due to the current situation, unfortunately (in line with national government guidance) John Port Spencer Academy is currently closed to all but a small group of students. If your child is in a vulnerable group or if you are a Critical Care Worker and you are not already accessing the available provision, please contact us at Please note that the Key Worker provision ends on Friday 17th July.

Work has been set for all students and this can be accessed on show my homework, by email and also on google classroom. More information about accessing work is available here: Please continue to check your child’s progress on Show my Homework. If you have any issues with accessing any of the accounts, please email

We are currently preparing for a full return in September. We will be making some changes to reduce large gatherings, so assemblies will be by video link and lunchtimes will be split between year groups to reduce crowds and queues.  Students will be in full uniform in September and will be required to bring all essential equipment as they will be unable to share or borrow equipment. Further details will be sent to parents when these are available.

Below is some information for parents and students about useful safeguarding organisations.

During this period of school closure we recognise that students will be spending more time online. The local authority have sent us some support and guidance for parents with regards to online safety from one of Derbyshire’s leading online safety specialists – Traci Good. A link to a helpful video clip is below that covers issues such as parental controls (and how to set them), which apps have seen a surge in popularity since the pandemic, and age specific information aimed at 0-5’s, 6-11’s and over 11’s.

YouTube Online Safety – Traci Good

Please contact us if you require support and advice for your child whilst they are not in school. The safeguarding page on this website is also full of useful information.

We have received information from Derbyshire School nurses (Derbyshire School age team) to let you know that parents can refer their child to a school nurse directly by calling 01246 515100 or using the link/referral form through the Derbyshire School nurses website They also have a Facebook page

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, GCSE and A level exams have been cancelled for the summer of 2020. The Government and Ofqual have published information about the exams and how grades will be calculated. The latest information is below:

We hope that all of our families stay safe and well, and we look forward to welcoming our students back to John Port in the near future.

People with symptoms are no longer asked to call NHS 111, but rather to look for information on the NHS website and 111 online. Anyone with a ‘new, continuous’ cough or high temperature has been asked to stay at home and self-isolate for fourteen days.

Information about the simple steps families can take to limit the spread of coronavirus is available here.

Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline

The DfE have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Welcome to John Port Spencer Academy

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John Port Spencer Academy is a large secondary academy in Etwall, Derbyshire. With almost 2,000 students on roll we are one of the biggest secondary academies in the country. Academic standards at John Port Spencer Academy are high and students are challenged to achieve according to their ability. Our focus is on attainment, and we offer the support and guidance to allow students to develop as individuals.

Our scale allows us to combine an academic focus with a unique enrichment and sports offer, including a community leisure centre and extensive sports pitches on site. Based on the estate of a medieval manor house, our school grounds are unique, and include protected micro-environments and listed monuments on site.

At John Port Spencer Academy, we offer an exceptional quality of education for students from the villages and communities of South Derbyshire. When you choose John Port, you choose to be part of something special.

Your future. Your way.

John Port Spencer Academy is part of Spencer Academies Trust, a multi-academy trust with schools across the East Midlands, and with a strategic focus on Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. A high performing regional MAT with a national reputation for excellence, Spencer Academies Trust schools include primary, secondary and sixth form provision.