24 Apr 2020

Senior High Notes 24th April

Senior High Notes 24th April

I do hope you are all continuing to keep well.

I appreciate just how difficult this week is likely to have been for all families with the additional pressures of ensuring the children are busy with productive schoolwork. Please do not stress about being the perfect parent under these circumstances - it’s impossible!

I would like to share with you some lovely comments we have received from parents over the past few days. This is just a selection, there are many:

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for your continued hard work with this - I imagine it must be really hard getting to grips with new ways of teaching without the normal face-to-face interactions. The children said that yesterday using Teams was working much better and they both liked being able to ask questions and were encouraged by your quick responses.  As a family we really appreciate all that you’re doing.

Can I just add that already the level of contact and professionalism our daughters teachers are showing is fabulous, we are so impressed and couldn’t be happier that we moved her to Derby High. She is enjoying the work and is wholeheartedly throwing herself into it. 

She is completely into the work being provided on-line.  Listening in to her and a couple of her friends, they’re working so hard together.  I think she’s secretly enjoying using her brain again!

Just wanted to drop you a brief note to pass on our thanks and appreciation for all of the hard work that has gone in to supporting our children during these unprecedented times. I think you and the school have shown fantastic leadership and support and it further endorses our decision to choose Derby High for the education of our daughter.

I do appreciate all feedback from parents and pupils, as it all helps us to focus on what is working well and on consolidating good practice as we move forward. Please do use Survey Monkey, sent to you today, to keep us informed.

I would like to welcome Mr Philippe Ince to the Languages department. Mr Ince will be teaching French and German to A level.

Have a good weekend.

Best wishes,

Intermediate and Senior Physics Challenges 2020

March was a busy month with competitions organised by the British Physics Olympiad running for our U5 and L6.

Intermediate Physics Challenge; Nine U5 physics students gave up their lunch time to participate in the annual Intermediate Physics Challenge. This is a one hour paper which provides a real test of physics concepts, and like all Olympiad competitions, is aimed at the country’s best physics students. All our students performed well and should be proud of their achievement. We had eight commendations and one bronze; a bronze result puts students roughly in the top half of the country in terms of their score. Congratulations to everyone for all their efforts and achievements!

Senior Physics Challenge; All L6 physics students participated in the annual Senior Physics Challenge. The one hour paper provided some genuinely challenging physics problems to stretch and test them. All our students performed well and should be proud of their achievement. We had four commendations and one bronze; a bronze result puts students in the top half of the country in terms of their score. Congratulations to everyone for their achievements.

The Empty Toilet Roll Art Challenge

Over the Easter break a fun challenge was set by Mrs Martin-Smith to put those empty toilet roll tubes to creative use! The challenge was to transform these little blank canvases into a piece of art. Well done to Julia for winning the challenge with her hanging mobile in a tree, and to everyone who took part! To view the full gallery of artworks created by staff and pupils click here.


U6 Business A Level Scrapbook Competition

Every year the Edexcel exam board publishes a new research topic for the A Level business students to carry out some investigations. This year the topic was the entertainment industry which included; Netflix, musical theatre, plays, ticket agencies and films.  Students have been reading news articles since January this year and have collated these into fantastic scrapbooks. The competition ran over the Easter break and the students submitted their superb scrapbooks for judging. After a great deal of deliberation it was decided that Cerys should win the design category and Millie is the winner of the best use of media and news sites. To view the full gallery click here. 


Congratulations to Lauren, Megan and Natalie who showed great commitment with the ‘Getting Active Easter Competition’.  All three students achieved the gold level award for taking part in six or more exercise classes a week from one of the DownDogg Apps.

L6 Peak District trip

L6 Geographers enjoyed a great day in the Peak District National Park on the 13th March, investigating the water and carbon cycles in Peat Moorland. We were one of just ten schools granted access to a Site of Special Scientific Interest near Stanage Edge to examine the value of this landscape as a carbon sink. Did you know that the UK’s peat stores over one hundred times more carbon than the UK’s forests? In some places our groups measured carbon over 3 metres deep, meaning that the soil they were probing was formed over 3,000 years ago. All students worked really effectively as teams and will now be writing up a report of their findings in preparation for their Independent Investigation.


 Co-Curricular Corner

Whilst school is closed we will continue to keep Co-Curricular activities going. There is a range of wonderful tasks and activities that everyone can access, whether to support learning or just for fun. 

Rather than trying to have several activities running at once, we’ll be having a “Theme of the Week” (though of course, you can carry on with the activities for as long as you like!)  This week’s activities have been provided by the Maths Department, but perhaps relate more to how Maths is so present in Art. Take a look!



We love to showcase work that’s been done – please email Mr Lee with examples of your Maths Art! 

Next week would have been our Careers and Employability Fair, with lots of activities for all year groups and ages, so next week’s theme will be Careers and Employability. The resources will go out on Monday and will be suitable for each particular year group.

Safeguarding Corner

The NSPCC has created a number of resources to support parents and carers during this difficult time. Topics include:

  • Talking to a child worried about coronavirus
  • Parents working from home
  • Children staying home alone
  • Lockdown and separated parents
  • How to cope with tantrums and other difficult behaviour

The advice can be found on the NSPCC website here: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/coronavirus-advice-suppport-children-families-parents