03 Mar 2021

Exciting News! Three Form Entry in Senior School in September 2021

Exciting News! Three Form Entry in Senior School in September 2021


It’s now three years since Derby High, an independent co-educational day school with 540 students, announced that it was welcoming boys into the Senior School, after 125 years of educating girls only from the age of 11. For the Primary pupils, co-education was something to which they were already well accustomed, with each year group from ages 3-11 having a mix of boys and girls. 

The success of the decision to move to welcoming boys throughout was clear right from the beginning, with boys joining the Senior School both in Year 7 and the Sixth Form in 2019. Two years on, the school is expanding further, adding an additional form for pupils at age 11, in response to increased demand for places. 

Mrs Amy Chapman, Head of Derby High, said, “This week saw the deadline for responses to our offers of places to join Year 7 next academic year, and I am delighted to confirm that we have sufficient acceptances to be in the very positive position of creating three forms (compared to our usual two) in Year 7 in September 2021”. 

“Whilst we experienced an increased number of external applicants of very high quality this year, we were also pleased with the usual high retention figure of those boys and girls currently in Year 6 in our Junior School.”

“We have created a new position of Head of Year 7, whose job it will be to support academically and pastorally all Year 7 pupils as they transition into the Senior School. This increased focus on Year 7 is particularly important this year, as the children have had two years of interrupted education prior to moving up to Senior School.”

Mrs Chapman went on to say, “In my many conversations with parents regarding recruitment and retention of children, I am hugely proud of the strength of Derby High’s reputation in the local community. Parents appreciate that our core focus, embedded in the Derby High ethos and values, of the personal and academic development of our pupils remains at the forefront of everything we do. Each one of our teachers expects and achieves high standards, valuing each pupil’s individual journey, resulting in a very vibrant, happy and successful school.”

Mrs Chapman concluded by saying, “By increasing the number of forms, we can still offer places to boys and girls who move into the area or who may wish to still consider joining us in September”.