30 Sep 2022

Senior High Notes 30th September 2022

Senior High Notes 30th September 2022

Here at Derby High it is so true every Friday that we have had a very busy week. Our students astound me with all that they do alongside their studies. I am always so impressed by the willingness and desire from our students to be involved and give their best in everything they do and the dedication from our staff to offer a breadth of opportunities for their pupils. Our celebration assemblies are a wonderful opportunity for us to share so many fantastic achievements and successes in a wide range of academic and co-curricular endeavours. This week I was delighted to be able to present certificates for Music, LAMDA and super-curricular language immersion challenge, along with the U16 Quad Cup Champions in netball and the House Netball Cup.

At the end of my assembly I set the students a challenge – think without limits. Initially I asked Mrs Martin-Smith, who is a competitive cyclist to explain how she rides a bike in competition. She explained how she stands at the side, climbs on and sits on the seat - everyone agreed that this was how they also rode a bike. I then showed everyone a video of an Italian cyclist taking part in a race. His fellow competitors were cycling along but this cyclist assumed the plank position on the bike with his legs straight out behind him. He flew past all the other competitors! This was a great example of someone thinking outside of the box, doing something different, that would help them get better. I am of course not suggesting we all ride round in this superman pose (I am told it has now been banned in competition!), however we are probably all guilty of doing things because that’s what you are supposed to do or that is the way it has always been done. If you view things as unchangeable, then nothing will ever change for the better.

Best wishes,

Cake at Break for Macmillan Cancer Support

On Tuesday morning, we had a special break time in support of Macmillan Cancer Support. Thank you to our catering team, Chartwells, for supplying delicious cakes and to all of our school community for their kind donations.


Whole School Photo

We are pleased to announce that our new whole school photograph is ready to order. The school photo is a long-standing tradition at Derby High School. It was a great opportunity for us all to come together and mark the beginning of the academic year.

Parents have received a HighPost explaining how to order a copy. The order deadline to order copies delivered directly to school, is Friday 14th October.

If you would like to watch our time-lapse video on YouTube, please click here.

'Othello' Theatre Trip

On Saturday, A Level Theatre Studies, A Level English Literature and GCSE Drama students visited The Curve Theatre, Leicester, to see a dynamic production of 'Othello' to support their study of the text. 

They were gripped by the powerful choreography and fearless energy of the production, which offered new interpretations of character and theme, opening up rich avenues for discussion.

Psychology – Criminal Personality Study

In Psychology, our A level students are studying forensics and if there really is a ‘criminal personality’. Last week, they completed and evaluated Eyesenck’s personality test (which is used to identify a ‘criminal personality’), and also compared it to other types of personality study such as the OCEAN test.

Samantha (U6) kindly explains below;

As I enjoy studying the Jungian cognitive functions and personality types in my free time, I prepared a presentation where I discussed the differences between Jungian functions and MBTI, what each cognitive function’s personality traits are, and if there could be a ‘criminal personality’ from the Jungian functions.

To test my theory, I conducted a small study; I used a website called Personality Database and analysed the profiles of 100 criminals to find the most common functions that could make a ‘criminal personality’. I also evaluated my study (in the same way we evaluated Eyesenck in class) to practise my analysis skills and to also put my own work under the microscope.

Overall, I really enjoyed being able to present my interests to the class and to also link it to forensics and criminality, which allowed me to try something new!

House Netball

Last week was our final round of fixtures for Year 7 to Year 9 for our House Netball competition. The competition included a Year 7 team, and a combined Year 8 and 9 team. Each age group played against the three other houses in a round robin. The points from last week’s Year 10 to Year 13 competition were added to last week’s competition. This has determined the final over all House Netball winner!


St David were the overall House Netball winners with a fantastic 37 points, closely followed by St Patrick, then St Andrew and finally St George. It is nice to see that all of the houses won one of the age group competitions.

Well done to all of the players and to our amazing House Captains for organising their teams so efficiently.

House Netball





























Overall winners





U13 Football Tournament at Repton

Our U13 football team continue to impress and play some excellent football. The team were victorious once again this week at an independent school tournament, hosted by Repton Prep. After a cautious draw against St. Anselm's in our first game, we went on to comfortably beat Yarlet School and Repton Prep.  Although credit is usually attributed to the goal scorers, a special mention must go to Chester, Mason, Ned, Rory and George for defending our goal and not conceding a goal through the whole afternoon.  We look forward to next week's game!

Year 11 Quad Cup

It is an annual tradition for Derby High School to compete in the Year 11 Quad Cup against Littleover Community School, Chellaston Academy and Allestree Woodlands School. Last year, Littleover won the tournament by just one goal and took home the trophy. This week Littleover hosted the competition and we were able to win back the trophy. Our team played some incredible netball, winning all of their games. We now hold the trophy until we meet again next year.

1st XI Girls Hockey Vs Repton

Last week, the 1st XI girl's hockey team travelled to play a friendly against Repton's 3rd XI. Our team comprised of students from Year 7 to U6, who typically play club hockey outside of school, and it was fantastic to see them gel so well as a team.

Repton were tough, fast-paced and well-drilled opponents. Despite a number of goals, the Derby High girls dug deep and never gave up. There were some promising passages of play and periods of possession, and all of the girls kept their focus throughout the game. They certainly demonstrated fantastic resilience and fight, and it was evident that their tactical awareness grew as the game went on.

We look forward to another friendly fixture with Repton later on in the term. The team should be proud of their efforts!

Year 11 Netball

This is the first year we have taken part in Inspiresport Sisters n Sport National Netball U16 Cup for Schools 2022/23. This week we had our first round, against The Priory Ruskin Academy, Grantham. The competition consists of four rounds, then a semi-final, quarterfinal and finishes with a final in March. Teams must win their first two games to get through into the Cup final.

Poppy, Priya, Daisy, Elsie, Immie, Lottie and Lia played some incredible netball, not only were they skilful in their performance but they played with grace and decorum. It was a pleasure to take the team to the fixture and fantastic to watch the girls take a clear win for the first round of the competition.

The whole team performed so well but a special mention must go to Elsie, who played a great circle game. She started in her usual position as defence, making lots of great interception and then took on the challenge of changing to GS. She made great movements in the circle, which gave her centre court players the perfect opportunity to feed the ball to her under the post. Elise did not waste these goal scoring opportunities and helped score over half of the goals for that quarter, well done Elsie! 

The team will find out soon whom their next fixture is against.  This will be played by 5th November.

If any parents or staff would like to keep up with the fixtures and results please follow our progress on the website: inspiresport Sisters n Sport National Netball Cup for Schools 2022/23 - U16 Round 1 Draw - COMPETITIONS

Amelia Competes in All England National Championships

Amelia (Year 7) has been performing in Ballroom and Latin dancing for several years. Last weekend she competed in the “All England National Championships”. This was a prestigious event, with the top children across the country competing in their categories.

It was a very tough but exciting competition and although Amelia didn't make the finals, she was very happy to make the semis. The next stop will be a competition at the mecca of ballroom dancing, the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, which takes place in November. 


Fantastic Work Experience for Ciernan

During the summer break, Ciernan (Year 9) was able to secure invaluable work experience with Leicester Tigers, coaching on their summer rugby camps alongside attending DPP sessions known as the ‘Development Player Pathway’. He was also able to hold up the Premiership trophy in the process!

In addition to this, Ciernan also coached younger rugby players at rugby camps at Lichfield, Syston and Trent College over the holidays.  

Ciernan continues to progress with his own rugby playing, playing as a leading player for Melbourne U15’s in their exploits in the NLD; Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire cup.


Tickets on Sale: Alice in Wonderland: Down the Rabbit Hole

We are delighted to announce that tickets are on sale for our Lower Senior School Drama production. Tickets are available from student reception in the Senior School. Adults £5, Children and Senior Citizens £3.

Uniform Reminder

As the weather turns and students may have outdoor PE on a wet / cold day, please do remind them to bring spare kit or uniform to change into as necessary.

Safeguarding Corner

Social Media Event for Parents: 5th Oct

A reminder that Social media expert, Mark Saxby from Positive Social will be sharing how parents can help their children make good choices on social media and how you can help protect them on the networks on Wednesday, 5th October, 5.30pm - 6.30pm.

If you would like to attend please reply to the HighPost sent to parents earlier this week.

Thank you.  

TikTok Playbook – Essential Guide

Internet matters.org has created an interactive Playbook to explain TikTok. It contains all the information and advice you need to recognise the potential safeguarding issues, understand the latest privacy and security features and support students to use the platform safely.

To get the TikTok Playbook, please click here.

Tuesday 4th October, 6pm, information on Teams for students attending Berlin Trip in October half term.

Wednesday 5th October, 5:30pm to 6:30pm, Positive Social Online Safety Session for parents, Senior Hall 

Thursday 6th October, Sixth Form Art & DT Trip to London

Thursday 6th October, Year 9 English Trip (Mrs Steer’s group) Jekyll and Hyde

Friday 7th October, Alice in Wonderland: Down the Rabbit Hole, 7pm, Senior Hall