18 Sep 2020

Senior High Notes 18th September

Senior High Notes 18th September

The weather this week has been glorious and ideal for students learning and playing outside. It has been wonderful to see pupils across our Primary and Senior enjoying classes outside. Yesterday afternoon, I heard loud noises coming from the field, I thought I ought to investigate! The field came into view as I walked by the side of the Sports Hall and I could see all of Year 12 out enjoying a fantastic game of bench ball. As many parents will know bench ball at Derby High is taken incredibly seriously. Yesterday was no exception! Further down the field, Mr Gould had brought his Year 2 class outside for PSHE. 


I do hope the weather stays nice this weekend for our students completing their Duke of Edinburgh expedition. Although I’s not quite the DofE expedition we are used to, our staff have worked closely with DofE to ensure our students can complete their award.

Best Wishes

Derby High Virtual Science Fair 2020

During our period of remote learning, students in U3 and L4 participated in Derby High’s first ever Virtual Science Fair. As we were actually ahead of where we would normally have been, in terms of teaching, we decided to create an exciting opportunity for the three science departments to collaborate and get creative; the Science Fair was born! This ran over the course of three weeks and entailed choosing an interesting question from within the realm of science, planning how to carry out an experiment to try and answer their chosen question, and producing a final project.

The amount of effort that students put in was tremendous and some of the final projects were so well done that they even included some advanced level content! Once all final projects were submitted and assessed, one winner was chosen from U3 and one from L4. Congratulations to Zainab for taking the “U3 Best in Year Prize” and Poppy for taking the “L4 Best in Year Prize”. There were, however, so many other wonderful projects that we then awarded 28 highly commended certificates!

Well done to all involved. You really did us proud!

Mrs Aydi and the Science Team

Lower Sixth A Level

L6 A level business students have now had their mystery bags, stuffed full of new products currently on the market. Their project is now to carry out a review of the products and submit this as a presentation or video. A great way to enjoy real world rather than virtual classroom teaching and to get students talking about; enterprise, business, marketing and new product development.


Netball Club 

It was fantastic to get netball club and other lunch time clubs back up and running this week. L5 started the week off learning some new drills and playing a game with the new England Netball guidelines. Being 4ft away definitely make it harder for defenders to intercept the ball, zonal marking is the way forward! 


Co-Curricular Clubs

Co-Curricular Clubs have restarted this week with excellent levels of participation from all year groups in a fascinating range of opportunities – craft, DT, Politics and Philosophy, Current Affairs, handbells and, of course, our usual range of sporting and musical activities. Thanks to all staff giving up their lunchtimes to run these clubs and well done to all those who have attended.  It’s great to have Co-Curricular back – watch this space next week for a gallery!

All About Apprenticeships

All About Apprenticeships has issued a Parents’ and Carers’ pack this September, looking at preparing for a new school year, T Levels, careers in coding, supporting disabled individuals to access apprenticeships, life as a healthcare apprentice, apprenticeships with Travis Perkins and much more.  To download the pack click here.

Magic Moments

A really lovely part of my week is receiving nominations of students who have done wonderful things this week. I was inundated with suggestions from staff and have enjoyed writing postcards and making phone calls home to say thank you and well done today. We are so lucky to work with such kind, thoughtful and hardworking students.

Mrs Bellman

Microsoft Teams Guide for Students

A guide for students on using Microsoft Teams and how to scan a document can be accessed via the links below.  

How to scan a document: click here. 

Student guide to teams: click here.

Notice Regarding Food and Sweets

As you know, our main priority is keeping the school community safe. Therefore, for now, no student should bring any food or sweets into school, whether for their own consumption or for sharing. This is to avoid any cross-contamination and to keep them safe, not to spoil their fun – we know they love bringing in treats to share with their friends on special occasions. As soon as it is safe to do so, we will of course let you know and it will be fine to do this again.

The only exception to this is that students may bring in their own fruit for break time.  This must be fruit and only fruit due to potential allergens that can be found in other foods, and again, is to keep our community safe.

Thank you for your cooperation and your understanding,

Mrs Bellman

Safeguarding Corner

Supporting your child's mental health

The mental health of students remains a priority for all of us, but the information available can sometimes be a little daunting and intimidating.  This link offers accessible advice and guidance, as well as useful contact details for parents and carers on how best to support your child's mental health and wellbeing.



Here is a reminder of the useful guidance for parents released over the summer by the government.  Some very useful links and guidelines here.