20 Sep 2018

Senior Speech Day 2018

The academic and extra-curricular achievements of students across Derby High’s Senior School were celebrated at Speech Day.

Prizes were awarded for success across all areas of school life which included sporting, musical and creative activities.

Parents, students and staff attended the event at the Riverside Centre, Pride Park, and were welcomed by Glenn Jones, Chair of Governors at Derby High School.  He said: “We are going to celebrate the many achievements of students over the past year and during the summer. You are all a great success and you will have some very proud parents here.”

Mr Jones then asked students to acknowledge their parents’ contribution by applauding them. He also thanked retiring headteacher Denise Gould for her service to school before wishing new headteacher Amy Chapman luck in the next chapter of Derby High School.

Mrs Chapman detailed highlights of the previous academic year as she delivered her report to the audience.  She said: “A very warm welcome to Speech Day 2018 and in particular to the girls who joined the Senior School this term; many of you are here for the first time. I hope you are enjoying being part of our vibrant community. Speech Day is about recognising achievement in its broadest sense, to inspire you to reach for the stars and reflect on all that you have achieved as a group and as individuals.”

Mrs Chapman talked about the excellent results that were achieved at both A-level and GCSE in the summer, which positioned Derby High School as the number one independent school in the local area.  She added: “It’s not just about the grades, it’s about the story behind those achievements and we are very proud of each and every one of our students.”

Sarah Brook, CEO of The Sparkle Foundation, a charitable organisation which cares for orphans and vulnerable children in Malawi, was guest speaker at the event.  She talked about her own journey and how she set up The Sparkle Foundation at the age of 21 before offering students some advice.  She said: “Keep striving and don’t give up, live with purpose and integrity and don’t let others discourage you from achieving your dreams. Are you living and making the most of every day and being true to who you are?”

19th September 2018