Visiting Speakers

We regularly invite visiting speakers into school to give our students an insight into the world beyond school, be that as a student at university, as an apprentice in industry or in the wider world of work.  Many of these speakers are former Derby High students but this is not always the case.  Our network reaches far and wide to bring in a wide range of people with a wide range of experiences.

Amy-Louise Lakey (DHS Class of 2013) - WSP - Graduate Engineer

It was great to welcome back Amy-Louise Lakey who returned to speak at Derby High during National Apprenticeship Week.

Amy talked to students about life after DHS and her experiences so far at WSP where she works as a Graduate Engineer in Flooding and Drainage.


Laura Sutton - The Cake Spa - Entrepreneur

Students in the Sixth Form were visited by Laura Sutton from The Cake Spa company in Lichfield.  Laura explained how she had become an entrepreneur and set up her own business, selling cupcakes, marshmallows, wedding cakes and sweet treats.  Students were able to hear her inspiring talk as part of the business lunch speakers program at the school, where local entrepreneurs are invited in to speak to the students. The talk was well attended, and all those that came to hear about Laura's business were treated to a salted caramel cupcake and some raspberry marshmallows. 



Hannah Hurdley (DHS Class of 2018) - JCB - Higher Apprentice

It was lovely to welcome Hannah Hurdley back to Derby High. She spoke in assembly about her experience of Higher Apprenticeships - appropriate for those completing A-Levels and looking for an alternative to university. Hannah left DHS last summer with excellent A Levels and is currently undertaking her Higher Apprenticeship with JCB in business. Keen to learn new skills in a fast paced environment, Hannah is relishing the challenge.   

She led a great assembly dispelling the myths about degree apprenticeships and exalting the advantages of being an apprentice. Hannah advised using enrichment options to help yourself stand out from the crowd - D of E, EPQ, ARTiculation, YE, EES, MOOCs/Futurelearn, coaching, jobs - all of these things can help you build the transferable skills that employers are looking for!


Laura Brookes (DHS Class of 2018) - Studying Law at Oxford

We were delighted in December to welcome back Laura Brookes of the Class of 2018.  Laura had just completed her first term of Law at Oxford University and very kindly offered to talk to our students about studying Law, applying to institutions such as Oxford and Cambridge, and generally aiming high and being aspirational.

She spoke to a range of students from U4 (Year 9) to U6 and busted several myths about studying at Oxford!  The short version – go for it, you are good enough!