02 Sep 2022

Senior High Notes 2nd September 2022

Senior High Notes 2nd September 2022

It was lovely seeing everyone return to school this week after such a long time apart. I would like to extend an especially warm welcome to all our new students and parents who joined us for the first time. We look forward to getting to know you better as we look with anticipation to the term ahead. I have been delighted to see such a buzz around school this week, with the classrooms full of happy chatter and excellent work going on already. On Thursday I visited every class across the whole school; I was very impressed to see first-hand how quickly the children were all settling into the new term and new routines.

I would like to welcome our new members of staff: Ms Lucy Howard (Head of Psychology), Mr Stuart Hutchinson (teacher of Spanish and French), Mr Brian Jay (Caretaker), Miss Vivienne Jones (teacher of Biology), Miss Emily Kay (teacher of Art), Mrs Jane Storey (part time teacher of Music), Mr Marcus Wesley (teacher of Physics), Mr Wesley Ryan (Science Technician), Mrs Emma Smith (part time teacher of English) and Mrs Jenny Sample (part time teacher of Maths). In addition within school the following staff take up new roles; Mrs Jenny Bower-Gormley (Head of Politics), Miss Sue Callaghan (Head’s PA), Mrs Kristy Orpwood (Registrar), and Mrs Caroline Wood (Head of Biology).

Over the summer our support staff team have been working hard to prepare the school for the new academic year. The sports hall has had a refresh with a brand new floor and repainting. We look forward to welcoming you to sporting fixtures shortly.

We are currently finalising the exciting plans for the new build and courts, expecting building work to commence next month. I will write separately next week with full details.

Please remember our door is always open; we want to discuss your concerns and questions and wish to learn more about your child’s achievements outside of school. By working in partnership we can ensure that these wonderful young people, brimming with potential, achieve their very best going onto a happy and bright future.

Best Wishes,

Start of Year Service

Our Senior School gathered together yesterday morning for our Start of Year service. It was wonderful to be together as a community and to reflect on the theme of choosing life! We talked about choosing to start afresh, choosing what we do and all the choices we are making about who we are and who we are becoming.

Co-curricular clubs

Co-curricular clubs will start on Monday. There is a fantastic range of opportunities here for everyone. Clubs are a great way of making new friends and of finding new interests. Please do have a look and encourage your child to participate in some old favourites and try out some new adventures!

To view this term’s timetable please click here.

Senior School and Sixth Form Handbook

Our Senior School and Sixth Form Handbook for parents and students can be downloaded by clicking here

Within the booklet there is a lot of useful information about student life in the Senior School.

Parent Portal App

The Derby High parent portal provides personalised, easy to view information on the school and specifically on your child.

Valuable information available on the portal includes your child’s reports, timetables, news and the school’s calendar, including sport fixtures.

If you have any issues logging into our new parent portal please email networkadmins@derbyhigh.derby.sch.uk

Safeguarding Corner

Gaming and Loot Boxes

Many students participate in some sort of gaming activity. Please watch this 15 minute webinar about how to keep children safe while gaming, and check out the infographic about loot boxes for more information.

Click here to watch the webinar: Keeping Children Safe on Gaming Platforms | Webinar for parents and carers | Safer Internet Day 2022 - YouTube

To view the infographic on Loot boxes, please click here. 

Snapchat 'Meet ups'

We always counsel our students to turn off 'snapmaps' in order to avoid their location being published on the app. However, Snapchat have now released a new feature which, unless disabled, will give other people the user's exact location, including directions and how long it will take to get there. Here is a useful article about the dangers and how to disable to feature: SAFEGUARDING ALERT – Snapchat Meet Up - Ineqe Safeguarding Group


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