20 May 2022

Senior High Notes 20th May 2022

Senior High Notes 20th May 2022

In a world where everybody is unique, what matters is giving every young person the time and the space to become the true individual we know they can be. At Derby High, we work hard to enrich each pupil’s experiences, enhance their personal development and give them the opportunity to develop their individuality their way. We are fortunate to be able to support children from their very first steps up to university entry and beyond, and it has been a pleasure for me this week to see examples from both ends of the journey.

On Wednesday I had a surprise visit from Maisie, who has just finished her first year at Stirling University. She is absolutely loving it and doing incredibly well (1st and 2:1s in her exams this year). It was also lovely to hear about how she is enjoying playing football both for the university and Alloa Athletic FC Women’s team, a recently formed local team. Maisie joined Derby High pre-school in 2006 aged 3, continuing all the way through the school, until she left for university last summer. It is clear that Maisie is flourishing at university. She was quick to comment that so much of her success now is down to the help, support and care she received here at Derby High. She also said that work was easier at university than in Sixth Form - she has only had to write 3 essays this year so far! She was clear that DHS was such a great preparation for university.

Then in the afternoon the Wrens, our pre-school class, came to visit me in my office. They had some wonderful questions, showing great curiosity about what I actually do in my office! It was exciting to listen to their enthusiasm and delight in learning new things.


Best wishes,

House Art 2022 Results

Charlotte and Amy U6 (outgoing Art Prefects) were delighted to announce the winners for House Art this week. Thank you to everyone who participated this year, the standard of work was extremely high. Congratulations to everyone who took part.

The overall winning house is Saint Andrew. The individual winners are as follows: 

People’s Choice Joint Runners Up

Eleanor U5:

Eva U6:

People’s Choice Winner

Indiana, U3

KS3 Art & Design Prefect Choice

Joy, L4

KS4/5 Art & Design Prefect Choice

Maddie, L6


Faraday STEM Engineering Challenge

Last Friday we took six Year 8 Physics students to the regional heats of this prestigious competition at Derby University.  Their task was to design and manufacture (with strict limits on time, budget and equipment) an invention that could be used in a medical setting. Our team designed a robotic device that could be used to alert medical staff to a distressed patient.

We’re delighted to announce that our team won! Sadly, they did not quite score enough points on the very strict awarding scale to make it through to the National Finals, but the team were very close.  Our students worked brilliantly well together and have set the bar very highly for all forthcoming years and participants.

Very well done indeed to Hannah, Dhyhyra, Jack, Scout, Jessica and Nirun.

Gold Duke of Edinburgh Presentation

It was a pleasure to be able to spend a sunny morning in the gardens of Buckingham Palace on Monday 16th May, and to be able to celebrate eight of our former students’ successes in achieving their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. This has taken a great deal of resilience and determination, particularly as they were working on their awards throughout the pandemic. They are now all studying at universities around the country. Prince Edward thanked all of the volunteers and leaders who made the award scheme possible, and we all enjoyed listening to the speakers Johannes Radebe of Strictly fame and Ben Fogle. Mrs Roe.

U14 Rounders Tournament

On Tuesday afternoon, the U14 Rounders team competed in the Derby City Rounders tournament. They played a round robin format against 4 other schools, winning 3 games and drawing 1 against West Park. This meant that the result of the tournament went down to rounders scored in total and excitingly Derby High emerged as the winners!

U15 Rounders City Competition

Last week Derby High School took a U15 rounders team to compete in the city tournament. The competition was held at Chellaston School and we played against 5 other schools. Each game gave the teams one innings of batting and one of fielding, teams were also awarded minus rounders if a batter got out. Our U15 team won all of their games, demonstrating some effective fielding skills. This means the team are through to the county rounds in June. Well done to the entire team and we look forward to the County Competition.

Finlay Performs in Moana

Finlay (Year 7) took part in a theatre production of Disney’s Moana Jr on Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th May. Performing for the first time with his musical theatre youth company, the Kristian Thomas Company, Finlay played the role of Chief Tui at the Duchess Theatre in Long Eaton.

Finlay is now busy with rehearsals for the next production “Out of the box” taking place in July. Well done, Finlay!

Hannah to Compete in the National Championships  

It is fantastic to hear about Hannah’s success in the Regional Qualifiers. Hannah (U5) took a well-earned break from her GCSE studies to compete in the Regional Qualifiers for the Riding for the Disabled (RDA) Dressage competition. Hannah came first in her class and scored high enough to compete at the National Championships in July (held at Hartpury College, Gloucester), gaining her highest mark ever.  We are really proud of Hannah’s achievements and can’t wait to follow her journey to Regionals and wish her all the luck in her training leading up to the event.

Rookie Lifeguard for Jessica 

Well done to Jessica (Year 8) for achieving her Rookie Lifeguard Life Support last week, which was her First Aid award. She also achieved her Rookie Gold 1. Fantastic commit shown from Jessica, well done!


Safeguarding Corner

Festival Safety

Soon, many older teenagers will be packing their pop-ups tents and wellies for a high-old time at the their first festival. For most, their weekend will be exciting and eventful. For others, it may be memorable for the wrong reasons.

The Festival Safe website aims to help first-time festival (and hardened veterans) have a safe experience. Amongst other topics, the site includes a section on alcohol and other drugs, including:

  • Understanding The Law
  • General Harm Reduction Guide
  • Alcohol Harm Reduction Guide
  • Drugs Harm Reduction Guide
  • Drug Testing

Festival Safe can be found here:


Online Self-Harm - Facts and Advice

This is an area that doesn't get a lot of attention, yet we know that it is an area which is increasing. Online self-harm can be a very serious issue and can require specialised intervention to give a child or young person the help they desperately need. Internet matters have put together some facts and advice for parents.

You can find the facts and advice HERE.

Discord App

What parents and carers need to know about Discord, from National Online Safety. Click here to view a copy of the guide on Twitter.