01 Apr 2022

Senior High Notes 1st April 2022

Senior High Notes 1st April 2022

Energising, exciting, fabulous! This term has been absolutely wonderful as we have been able to get back to so many more of the normal school activities and events which have had to either be on hold or moved online over the last two years. With sports fixtures, concerts, productions, competitions for STEM, music, maths and so much more, our weekly celebration assemblies have been full to the brim.

We rounded off the term with our first in person music concert for over 2 years. It was particularly impressive to see so many students involved, with nearly half of all senior school students taking part. The music department at Derby High has a proud history of wowing audiences with outstanding performances, and Tuesday evening’s Senior Spring Concert was no exception. It was fantastic to hear from such a variety of individuals, groups, ensembles and choirs. It really showcased the depth of talent from our students.

An enormous amount has been accomplished this term by students and staff. It is only ever possible to provide a flavour and a snapshot of all that is going on at Derby High through my weekly High Notes, but whatever your sons and daughters have been involved in, at whatever level, I congratulate them for their commitment, achievement and good humour. I thank you for all that you do to guide, support and encourage them. I would also like to thank the staff for their dedication and commitment to excellence.

I hope you and your family have a restful and enjoyable Easter break. I look forward to seeing your children refreshed and ready to learn on the 25th April.

Best wishes

Easter Celebration

This morning, our Senior School gathered together for our Easter Celebration. We enjoyed listening to readings and the beautiful singing of the Intermediate and Senior Choir, as well as singing hymns together.

As a part of our service, we gathered together strings of raffia, which represent our prayers, hopes and dreams, and which will be hung out at the front of the school in the days ahead.


Senior Spring Concert

On Tuesday evening we welcomed guests to our Senior Spring Concert. It was wonderful to see the students perform in the Senior Hall to a live audience. The evening featured many of our ensembles and soloists who won the Senior categories from our House Music competition. We were delighted to have our student led House Choirs performing as part of the programme, which was the concluding part of our House Music competition. Thank you to Mrs Seymour for being our adjudicator and crowning Saint Patrick as the winning House Choir. 

Thank you to all of our performers, Mrs Lesley and our peripatetic music team for their various roles in preparing students, leading ensembles and performing. For more photos please visit the gallery on our website by clicking here.



Visit from Alumni Designer, Tori Murphy

Interior designer, household and kitchen ware brand originator Tori Murphy, who was Derby High School student in the 1980s, visited the Art Department on Tuesday morning to talk to Year 8 and Sixth Form artists. The morning unfolded as a Q&A about her career, her business and her products. She had also kindly brought examples of her retail business with her and her original sketchbooks from her application to the Royal College of Art. It was a wonderfully informative morning about her company; discovering not only about her current collaborations with famous brands such as Harrods and Heals, but also her exciting future ventures and vision for her company. On the careers front, it was very exciting for the pupils to see the potential and possible direction for where their creative education at Derby High School could take them.


Duke of Edinburgh Gold Practice

Last weekend 18 Sixth Form students and accompanying staff undertook their Practice for the upcoming Gold Duke of Edinburgh outing in and around Edale, Kinder Scout and the High Peak area of Derbyshire.  We were blessed with absolutely glorious weather for the whole weekend which certainly helped with the navigation and walking aspects of the event but this was still an arduous and demanding 3 day trek involving steep terrain and therefore requiring determination and resilience.  We are pleased to be able to report that all students successfully completed this Practice run, despite the usual array of blisters and bruises from their rucksacks.  Well done everyone - and now for the "real thing" in the Yorkshire Dales in July!

Mr. Lee, Mr. King and Mrs. Davies


U3 Photography Club

U3 Photography clubs current project is to illustrate photographically the subjects studied at Derby High to go on display in the different departments; they are independently planning, staging, lighting and finally editing the shots. This is a little taster of their first collaboration for Drama and we hope you agree it is absolutely amazing! A big well done to all of the creative and talented U3 photographers from Mrs Martin-Smith!

Library News

The following students have obtained their "First Library Award" for completing training to be a student library team member. This involves committing to volunteering for 1 hour a week and helping with the day to day running of the school library as well as helping with displays and promoting activities.

  • Advika (Year 9)
  • Sophie (Year 8)
  • Emily  (Year 9)
  • Anabelle (Year 9)


We had one student who gained her bronze award - Diya (Year 10), Diya completed her D of E volunteering by helping in the library and completing some extra tasks, one of which included designing a library map for the online catalogue, making it easier to find books in the library. Well done, Diya.  We also said goodbye to our year 11 team members, Madeleine, Saffron, Jaspreet and Chandni. These students have been released from their commitments prior to exams, but we are sure to see them for a while yet. A huge thank you to your hard work over the years.

U4 Spanish

U4 Spanish had the opportunity to practice their speaking skills with our pen pal school in Valencia. They had a great time asking and answering questions. After the Easter holidays, the students will be sending letters to Spain to tell them about their holidays. ¡Fantástico chicos!

U42 French

U42 have been working hard this term, so as an end of term treat they had fun making these little birds. They learnt the rhyme "deux petits oiseaux " and acted it out using their lovely birds . Bonnes vacances!

Adopta un Abuelo.  

Spanish A-level students have had an exciting new opportunity during the last few weeks. Miss Uribe has been liaising with the charity “Adopt a grandparent”, which is a charity that wants to pay tribute to the elderly and position them in the place they deserve. In Spain, more than 2 million elderly people live alone, 360,000 live in residences and 60% do not receive visits. Our students have written letters “to a grandparent” and have therefore had a wonderful opportunity to practice their writing skills with native speakers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkCKZSnBAsU&t=56s(video expressing gratitude to the students). 


Girls U13 ISFA Regional League Victory

The U13 girls’ team travelled to Twycross House School on Wednesday for their final match in the Independent Schools Regional League.

This was truly a game of two halves. Derby High totally dominated the first half with Twycross House School rarely getting into our half of the pitch, but we failed to score in a continually congested penalty area.

The team were not happy at the way they played in the first half and they promised to try harder in the second half and win every ball. After a few missed changes, Niamh (L42) scored two goals in quick succession followed by goals from Louisa (L41) and Emma (U31).  The final score was 4-0 and this was our first victory in our final game! Congratulations to all the players who have been involved throughout the season.

Year 7 and 8 Netball, DCCT City Tournament

On Tuesday the 29th March, Year 8 participated in a home netball tournament and they triumphantly won all of their matches and progressed to the finals. They then managed to win the finals and won the tournament! They played against Eccelsbourne, Lees Brook, Divinci and Chellaston.

By Holly, Sumi and Anastasia, Year 8

The Year 7 netball team also played in the DCCT City Tournament. U3 played first against Derby Cathedral School and they drew 0-0.  It was end to end and was a good warm up game. They next played Woodlands School and it was a nail biting game, but unfortunately the team lost 1-0. After a short break, we then triumphed against Leedsbrook with some amazing shooting from Indi. For the final game we played Chellaston School and we won 2-0. The U3 team were second so just out of the finals. Well done to everyone who played and was involved, and thanks for some great coaching from Miss Stirland.

By Daisy, Year 7

Kindness Survey Update

Back in 2021 Mr. Lee did an assembly on what it meant to be kind.  This included a link to a global Psychology study into the nature of kindness and how kind we were (or thought we were!).  The results are now in - here is the link to the findings.


Safeguarding Corner

Grand Theft Auto V - Updated

Over the years the amount of children playing this game hasn't gone down, and this includes children from Y2 upwards. GTA V has recently been updated so that players with newer Playstation and Xbox devices can take advantage of faster processing speeds. There is also a mode where 30 players can play together in the game. To find out more and for advice for parents, click here.

From Alan McKenzie's online safety briefing:

What Are Anonymous and Honesty Apps?

At their core, these are apps which allow users to interact with each other without revealing who the users are. They are used for a variety of reasons, such as being able to ask questions that may be embarrassing, but equally they can be used to cause harm.

Internet Matters have put together a really useful page which answers many questions around anonymous and honesty apps.  You can find the page HERE.

Setting Up Devices for Children

Many of the parents/carers I speak to are not aware of the features that are available on devices, broadband etc. which can be used to help protect their children. Internet Matters have a huge range of advice and guidance, which includes simple guides to set up devices including tablets, phones, gaming devices and much more. A good starting page is THIS one.