Our students have the opportunity to take part in nationally recognised Awards Schemes alongside studying for their A Levels. Each year we enter at least two teams for the Young Enterprise competition, one for the Engineering Education Scheme and many of our students work towards their Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards whilst in our Sixth Form.
Derby High School is a “Centre of Excellence” for its work in Enterprise Education. The award was made by Young Enterprise and recognises the School’s commitment and success within the company programme that encourages sixth form students to set up and run their own businesses.
Young Enterprise is always popular amongst our Lower Sixth students and many take part in the programme each year. Teams from Derby High have enjoyed tremendous success including two county champion companies and a variety of different awards ranging from Best Business Plan to Best Marketing.
Students are expected to run their own companies, choosing a name, electing their own Board of Directors, deciding on a product to manufacture and market, and hopefully making a profit! The Companies are run from September to the following June. They take part in the ‘Company Competion’ where they will be expected to attend a Trade Fair and write a report including a business plan.
As well as gaining valuable experience in the running of a successful company, working as a team and meeting people from business and industry, University admissions tutors and employers are impressed by Young Enterprise involvement. Every year the students who have taken part draw extensively from the experience when writing their personal statements for university applications.
Engineering Education Scheme
This is an opportunity for a team of Lower Sixth students to carry out a project whilst being mentored by representatives from a company who help them to come up with a solution to a problem of genuine interest. A team from Derby High worked recently with Rolls-Royce and their project outcome had the potential to save a great deal of money.
After a period of preparation, the bulk of the project is carried out during a two-day residential held in Loughborough University in January. The team then submit a detailed project report at the end of the Spring Term. At the beginning of the Summer Term they attend the Celebration and Assessment day, where they are interviewed by a panel of judges and answer questions about their project on their display stand.
Duke of Edinburgh Awards
Derby High is very proud to be a licenced centre for the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme.
Students in our Sixth Form can work towards the Silver and Gold Awards and to achieve these they have set objectives in four areas: volunteering, physical, skills and expedition.
As well as helping the girls to form new friendships, the scheme gives them a wide range of valuable life skills including independence, strength of character, self-confidence, responsibility and leadership.