05 Mar 2021

Primary High Notes 5th March 2021

Primary High Notes 5th March 2021

It’s now three years since we announced our decision to welcome boys into the Senior School, after 125 years of educating girls only from the age of 11. 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.

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 3 forms (compared to our usual 2) 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. I am delighted to let you know that Miss Allum, Head of PSHE and teacher of PE will be our new Head of Year 7. 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.

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.

I wish to thank all of our senior school students and parents today who came into school for our LFD tests ahead of coming back to school on Monday. A hugely efficient process run by Mrs Peake, Mrs Forbes and Mrs Orpwood ensured that our students were able to efficiently and safely move through the testing. All staff and senior school students will be able to take LFD tests twice a week, adding an extra layer of safety to our precautionary measures.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming all of our pupils back to school on Monday.

Best Wishes

World Book Day

Yesterday was World Book Day and each year group marked the day through their activities.

The Book Fairy visited the Pre-School and left the children with lots of amazing stories!

Everyone was so excited to find the gifts in the classroom and enjoyed sharing the stories with their friends. 


Year 4 created their favourite book characters using a toilet roll – amazing creations! Eesha, Aarav and Rebecca also took on some extra challenges from Mrs Hamilton by putting themselves in a cover and creating characters on the floor, fabulous work!


Harry Potter Sorting Hat Art

Year 4 created some incredible Sorting Hats by following a tutorial, they explored different shading techniques and ways of making their hats look 3D, by using a combination of felt tips and crayons. Mrs Hamilton and Dr E-B loved how expressive and different all the faces in the hats were!


Returning Notes for Parents

Car parking – for everyone’s safety, please can we kindly remind parents not to park on the school site during school hours. Thank you for your support with this.

Trophies – If any children have a Prize Giving trophy, the Tunnicliffe Cup or the McCandless Cup at home, please can your child return this to Mrs Tudor as soon as possible, thank you.

Clubs and Activities – We are delighted to say that Clubs and Activities will be on from Monday 8th March.  To view the latest time table please click here.

Safeguarding Corner

Returning to school

Some children will undoubtedly find the transition back to being in school tricky at first.  We have extra support in place from tutors and the pastoral team, but of course, your child may need support from you too.

There are some useful tips in this article: Psychologists' tips: preparing children for return to school | Schools | The Guardian and here from Youngminds Supporting a child returning to school after lockdown (youngminds.org.uk). And finally, some help and advice from Childline here: https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/school-college-and-work/school-college/school/

YouTube - More Parental Controls

YouTube state these new features are available for families to help them to monitor what their children can see:

Explore - videos suitable for children 9+

Explore more - suitable for children 13+

Most of YouTube - almost everything on YouTube except videos marked as 18+ (this is the current Restricted Mode on YouTube).

If you want to read more, there's an in-depth guide HERE