03 Sep 2021
Primary High Notes 3rd September 2021
I hope you all had a wonderful summer and are now ready to settle back into the new academic year. The children have come back to school with a renewed energy and readiness for learning, and it has been so lovely to see them all again and to catch up with their summer news. The school is alive with excited voices again and it is brilliant to be back.
A warm welcome to all of our new pupils and staff - we have more pupils than ever before and much to look forward to.
I would like to welcome our new members of staff: Mrs Dawn Harper, Miss Hannah Law, Mrs Charlotte Miller-Odell, Dr Simba Ngwerume (Science) and Mr Rob Moorhouse (PE). Mrs Cath McBeth joins us as Head of Learning Enhancement, a new role incorporating SENCO in both Primary and Seniors. If you would like to discuss your child’s additional needs please contact Mrs McBeth by email CMcBeth@derbyhigh.derby.sch.uk.
Students’ hard work, coupled with the expertise of our staff, has ensured well-deserved success across both A level and GCSE this year. Our academic record continues to be particularly strong, with 56% of our 2021 A level grades being awarded A*, while 85% were A*/A grades (compared to 44.8% nationally). 72% of the year group achieved straight A*/As. In GCSEs this summer, an impressive 37% of grades overall were awarded the elusive top grade 9, and a remarkable 60% of grades at 9-8. 18 students achieved all 9–8 grades in their subjects, which is equivalent to them achieving A* grades across all of their subjects under the old system. I would like to thank all our staff for the unstinting and conscientious hard work that has been put into this year’s results, our governors for their encouragement, and our parents for their unceasing support of our aims and ambitions for these wonderful young people.
As always, we are more than happy to help you, should you have any further queries at this stage in the term. Please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Tennis in Primary
We are delighted to welcome Mr Rob Salmon as our new tennis coach. Mr Salmon will continue the exceptional tennis coaching our pupils have received from Mrs Rushby who retired at the end of the Summer Term.
Having represented Derbyshire as a junior, Mr Salmon went to play tennis at a university in America for a year before attending Oxford Brookes University. Having worked in the world of sports and marketing his passion remained tennis, undertaking a number of voluntary roles including being the Chair of the Derbyshire Tennis Association.
Rob became a full time tennis coach at Church Broughton Tennis Club, a Level 3 LTA coach and captained the Derbyshire boys’ U10 team. Rob believes that tennis can bring happiness, life skills and friendship to all those who play the game.
It will have been an exhausting couple of days for all of our pupils and they will need their sleep this weekend! Sleep will help them relax, re-boot and face the challenges of the week ahead with positivity, energy and focus.
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