Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis will be at Chesterfield College later to open a new building.
The heptathelete will open a new reception and learning centre area where pupils can study, eat and socialise.
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A lack of political will is holding back schools in the Midlands, which has some of the worst in the UK, the head of Ofsted will say.
After a wet and windy start, rain will clear to the north to leave it dry, with easing winds but largely cloudy skies.
Early rain will clear northwards during the morning, allowing drier conditions behind.