02 Jul 2021

Senior High Notes 2nd July 2021

Senior High Notes 2nd July 2021

What a year! We have worked our way through it and we have all learned a lot. As the academic year draws to a close, I would like to thank everyone in the Derby High community. Despite the challenges, so much has been achieved. I have been overwhelmed by the strength of our school community and its resilience in response to the pandemic. The willingness of our staff and students to adapt, sometimes at short notice, has also been truly inspirational. I am extremely grateful to all our staff for everything they have done to ensure the smooth running of the school and support the education of our students. Our students have taken everything in their stride this year, they have stayed positive, inquisitive and engaged, even when learning went online. Thank you also to you, the parents, for supporting your children and our staff as we navigated through the year, keeping everyone safe.

We have managed to carefully navigate this last 12 months with only 2 bubbles burst in Seniors (both in the Autumn Term). This is no mean feat, as schools locally have closed classes and year groups on numerous occasions and most recently a number of schools have closed early for the summer holidays due to increasing cases. I want to thank everyone involved in ensuring the safety of the whole school community.

At the end of this term we say goodbye to three members of staff. Dr Nelmes retires after 41 years teaching Chemistry, along with leading and supporting STEM projects and activities at Derby High. Mrs Driver also retires after 24 years. She has been Head of RS and Head of Key Stage 3, she has been a great support to students, staff and parents. Mrs Hilton leaves Derby High to develop her authoring opportunities after 8 years at the school, where she has been Head of Business and ICT, along with leading the very successful Young Enterprise groups.


Yesterday the whole school came together to celebrate the end of the academic year with a BBQ (and an ice cream van!) on the field. It was so lovely to see everyone together, something we have not been able to do all year, albeit in year group bubbles, enjoying the sunshine and celebrating the end of the year.


Today has been fabulous as we recognise and celebrate the many achievements completed by our students this year. We are all very proud of the progress made by our students and the success they have achieved.

Best wishes,

Sporting Achievements


Darcy (U5) took part in the Aintree Amateur Finals last week. It was the biggest show she has ever been to with over 750 horses competing over 3 days. She rode fantastically well in the qualifying rounds, securing a place in the finals. She rode brilliantly and got into the jump off where she came a very creditable 11th.  Well, done Darcy!



This week Millie (U4) filmed her floor, vault and beam performances to compete in the IGA (Independent Gymnastics Association) National Championships 2021. The competition would normal take place in Milton Keynes but due to covid it is taking place virtual and competitor must film their routines and send them to be judged. Millie continues to show her dedication to gymnastics and has not let lock-down or restrictions stop her from training. Good luck in the rest of the competition, DHS will be rooting for you.


Gold and Silver DofE


Senior Sports Day

Last week we held our annual Senior Sports Day. The first event which was 1500m, which is not the easiest event so a special mention to everyone who competed. This was then followed by a series of traditional and fun races which included races such as the skipping race and dressing up race.

Whilst the track events were happening, we also had the traditional field events of high jump, long jump, shotput and discus. Throughout the day we were entertained by Dr Mathews who provided us with teacher’s sporting triumphs, disasters and amusing stories and some classic sports day tunes such as ‘We are the champions’. After a turbulent year, it was nice to have an event to bring us all together, competing and celebrating our achievements. All of the houses gave equal support to the competitors, presenting banners and cheering house chants. We had two students break Derby High School records!  James completed the 200m in 27.63 seconds, beating the previous record from 2013. Annabelle completed the 300m in 47 seconds, which is 0.77seconds faster than her previous record in 2019. These 2 students won the Victor/Victrix Ludorum trophy which is awarded to the athletes who scored the most points on the day. Congratulations to St David for being the overall winners. A big thank you to Mr Dodson and Mrs Coggle for calculating the scores and to the PE department - Miss Stirland, Miss Allum and Mrs Goodman for organising and running the day and the senior teaching staff who assisted running the events.

The House Captains


Safeguarding Corner

Poparazzi - the new app in town

A new app is creeping up the charts and challenging TikTok to the top spot.  Due to various privacy and contact requests, it's worth reading this article and talking to your children about it: Poparazzi hypes itself to the top of the App Store | TechCrunch


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In this edition, they have linked in with Jo Tonks from Barnardos in understanding more about online exploitation both criminal and sexual through online Apps/Games, etc due to an increase through the pandemic. 

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