13 May 2022

Senior High Notes 13th May 2022

Senior High Notes 13th May 2022

This week in the calendar is always full of mixed emotions as Year 13 enjoy their Leavers’ Celebrations and Year 11 go on Study Leave. For both year groups their educational journey changes path, with Year 11s looking forward to life in the Sixth Form where they will experience greater freedoms, which come hand-in-hand with greater responsibility.

Kindness, a belief in the importance of every individual and their voice, the determination to have a positive impact on the world around us; these values are what makes Derby High special, and they are what makes each of our leavers special.

I am not one for looking backwards in life, but this week is a fitting moment to pay tribute to their contribution to our school. Over the years they have taken part in many school events and activities, whether sporting, musical, dramatic or artistic. They have helped make our school a better place, improving it in ways both seen and unseen. They have acted as student leaders and role models in very positive ways.

However, instead of just celebrating what they have done, I would like to concentrate on the promise of what they will do in the years to come. Leaving Derby High, they are armed with confidence, determination and a strong set of values which means that they do not shy away from fighting for what they believe in. I am confident that in the years to come they will use what they have gained from their time here to continue to make a difference.

The Class of 2022 are a truly inspiring and phenomenal group of young people. Their dedication and resilience will be invaluable in their future careers and we wish them every bit of health, happiness and success as they move on from Derby High.

Best wishes,

Amy Chapman,


U6 Leavers’ Service

It was wonderful to have the whole Senior school together for a service to mark the end of our U6 students’ Derby High journey. Our Leavers’ Service yesterday morning was planned by U6, who chose the hymns and readings and wrote a prayer for the occasion. An entertaining and lively contribution from our House Captains was a new feature for the service, but one we hope to see again in future years. The musical performances were beautifully harmonised and touching; the Head Prefect, Lucy encouraged us to think about the importance of friendship and Eva, as Deputy Head Prefect wrote and read a clever and reflective poem. As always, the service ended with the very poignant handing over of the school banners to the new prefect team. Thank you and well done to all of U6 for such a thoughtful, inspiring and moving service.



U6 Leavers’ Celebration Evening

U6 celebrated the end of their time at Derby High School last night at their Leavers’ Celebration Evening. It was our pleasure to be able to welcome students and parents into school for a wonderful evening. Proceedings started with drinks and music on the Head’s Lawn before heading into the hall for an emotional night of speeches, presentations and tributes to this amazing cohort. We wish the U6 the very best of luck in their upcoming exams and beyond, they have been immense.



Best Wishes For Year 11

Yesterday our Year 11s marked their last day in school before going on study leave ahead of their GCSEs. We hope they all enjoyed their last timetabled day consisting of ice cream and lots of fun!

We wish the year group all the best in their exams and look forward to welcoming them all back at the end of term for more celebrations.

Performing Arts Workshop and Theatre Trip

This week we were lucky enough to have an alumni performer and writer, Sarah Middleton, visit to take a workshop with KS4 and KS5 drama students. Using her own script as an exemplar, she took us through her creation process, with drama games, dramaturgy, writing and performance along the way. The group enjoyed themselves and learnt a lot, benefitting from all of Sarah’s experience in the performing arts. 


The following evening, we saw her new play, Shewolves, at Derby Theatre. For many of us, it was our first post-covid theatre experience. It didn’t disappoint. The two-hander piece was full of humour, included fantastic set and performances, and even had references that most Derby High pupils would recognise: D of E and getting chased by cows in the Peak District!

The experience will undoubtedly help the students with the written exams, but was also incredibly inspiring for those with an interest in the arts. 

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze

A wonderful time was had last weekend by our Year 10 students in their first proper Duke of Edinburgh Bronze practice around Matlock. Setting off from Monyash on Saturday morning, they plodded over the Peak District terrain all day, assisted by perfect walking weather and ending up at Barn Farm Campsite.  Tents up, trangias fired up, blisters attended to, tea cooked and all quiet by about 10.30 p.m. on a surprisingly chilly night, then up early on Sunday to do it all again, ending up at Middleton Top on Sunday afternoon.  Splendid.

A few wrong turns here and there - totally standard for Bronze, getting things wrong is far more educational than getting them right all the time - but great spirit and determination shown by all and a great rehearsal for the qualifying expedition at the end of June.  Well done to all who took part, and many many thanks to the staff who gave up their valuable time at the weekend to help with checkpoints, camp over and helping get the wanderers back on track.



The Creative Writing and Art Competition Results

Jess (SHAPE Prefect) and Charlotte (Art Prefect) are delighted to announce the winners below:

First of all, we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who participated in our competition at the end of last year. It was lovely to see the creativity that went into your work, and it was a joy to read all of them.

For the fiction section, our winners are George (Year 9) and Beth (Year 9). We want to commend George for his beautifully and comic writing style in his own version of Inspector Morse, and Beth for her original interpretation of perspectives in The Hunger Games.

In the art section our winners are Eleanor (Year 11) and Bea (Year 10).

Eleanor with her beautiful pencil drawing based on the book, ‘Song of Achilles’ by Madeline. And Bea with her drawing based on the book ‘Klara and the Sun’ by Kazuo Ishiguro, with the hands showing ‘the relationship between the artificial friend Klara and her friend Josie and how dependent humans are becoming with technology.’


Thank you again to everyone who entered – we hope you keep on letting your imaginations soar!

PE Department Notice: Mouthguards 

All pupils will need a mouthguard for use in contact sport participation at school this coming year.

Titan Mouthguards will be catering for all students wishing to purchase a custom, dental-fit mouthguard with their remote E-Fitting service, allowing pupils to have their mouthguards fitted and received in advance of the start of the 2022/2023 school year. 

If you wish to take advantage of this service, please complete your online order form by clicking the following link: https://titanmouthguards.com/derby-high-school-order-form-2022/

Titan encourages the return of all E-Fitting Kits by no later than 15/08/2022. Any kits received later than this date will be subject to a 10-15 working day turn-around time, due to increased production demands after this date.

Any questions relating to mouthguards or any of the details above should be sent directly to Titan (not to school staff) via their customer service email address: info@titanmouthguards.com  

Summer Camps

Activate Camps will be at Derby High School for four weeks over the summer holidays. The camps are for children aged 5 to 14 years old who want to have fun during the school holidays! For more information on the dates and to book please go to: Kids Activity Camps | Multi Activity Camps (activatecamps.co.uk)

Exams Stress and Pressure

As we move towards exam season, it is normal for students to be feeling under more pressure than normal. With this in mind, we have shared the link below with our students in case they want some strategies to help them navigate this important time. This is also being addressed in form times, assemblies and lesson times across the school. Should any student want further support, the pastoral team are always here to help.

Exam stress and pressure | Childline