05 Oct 2020

Senior High Notes 2nd October

Senior High Notes 2nd October


This week has seen the first group of U6 students ready to complete their applications for University in 2021. I enjoy meeting with each student to discuss their final choices and reading their very impressive personal statements, which go into depth on their reasons for applying for a specific course and outline their many skills and interests. These are amazing young people with exciting futures ahead.

At the other end of the age spectrum, Year 1 pupils visited me in my office this week, having the opportunity to ask their own questions about Derby High, which I thoroughly enjoyed. 

I am receiving very positive feedback relating to our blended learning offering, with reference to how seamless it has been for pupils having to self-isolate at home, who have been able to access live lessons through Microsoft Teams.

We have been busy preparing for our very first live online Open Morning tomorrow. It is an excellent opportunity to showcase the benefits of a Derby High education at every age group.  If you know of any families who may be interested in joining Derby High, it’s not too late to register.  Contact our Registrar, Sue Callaghan via admissions@derbyhigh.derby.sch.uk

Best wishes, 


Duke of Edinburgh Qualifying Expedition

Well done to all the U5 students who participated in the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme during 2019-2020. It has been a very different experience for this year’s students, who had to undertake many of their sectional activities at home during lockdown. Congratulations to all those who supported neighbours, families and local communities with shopping, dog walking and gardening; for undertaking a variety of online YouTube classes from yoga, Zumba, dance, sign language, or outdoor physical activities including running, cycling and keep fit. Their award culminated in the expedition section with 2 sessions in the school grounds preparing and cooking their own food, followed by an evening erecting tents and cooking, with 2 days of walks around the Markeaton and Brailsford areas over the last two weekends totalling 13km & 16km. Both routes enabled students to put their navigation skills into practice over some challenging routes, with lots of chatter and support throughout all the groups. All students successfully completed the expedition and will receive their certificates in the post. The DofE expeditions could not go ahead without the help and support of members of staff, so thank you to the ten members of staff who volunteered to support the teams throughout the expedition and to those staff members who have acted as assessors for students as they undertake their activities. We look forward to many students moving on to undertake their Silver Award. A great success!!


Year 7 Physics

In the last couple of weeks, the U3s have been trying to view and take photos of the moon as part of their topic on Space. In many cases, this is their first attempt at taking a photo of something in the night sky. The results have been impressive. Well done!



Countdown to World Space Week

We are celebrating World Space Week here at Derby High School, which takes place from 4th to 10th October. 

We recommend trying any of the following next week to get more involved in learning about Space (weather permitting!!):

  • Watch the iPlayer beginners guide to star gazing: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000db8r/the-sky-at-night-a-beginners-guide
  • Look out a pair of binoculars at home and look at the moon, it'll still be quite big next  week
  • Find Mars in the eastern sky as soon as it's dark.
  • Jupiter and Saturn also still visible in the evening to the south.
  • Venus high in the east early morning.
  • What is a nebula? What different types are there?
  • Look for some obvious constellations in early evening (Ursa Major to the north at the moment, Cassiopeia to the north east)

DT Club

During Wednesday lunch time, DT club created models for a stop motion animation project. The students have created a story board and are now making the characters from plasticine.



The Immerse Education Essay Competition 2021

Win a place on Immerse Education's academic programmes!

The Immerse Education Essay Competition offers students the opportunity to win a 100% scholarship to participate on an Immerse academic programme.

Academic enrichment programmes in Cambridge University and Oxford University colleges provide unique study abroad experiences designed for motivated young learners from around the world. Online academic programmes deliver the highlights of these programmes in a dynamic virtual environment.

In order to enter, students aged 13-18 are required to submit essay responses to a pre-set question relating to their chosen subject and age group. From Medicine, Computer Science, Physics, Engineering, Creative Writing, English Literature, and many more subjects, there is a category for every area of interest. Students from all nationalities are welcome to enter the competition.

For further details, and to enter, visit https://www.immerse.education/essay-competition/


Co-Curricular Clubs

It’s been great to see the variety of lunchtime clubs back on offer at Derby High School, including craft, DT, Politics, Philosophy and Current Affairs.


U5 Careers Guidance

U5 will have the option in the next 2 weeks to undertake the more comprehensive version of the Fast Tomato skills profiling app called Morrisby Online.  Please check your Highpost emails to give consent for your daughter to take part.  Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about Careers and Employability Guidance at Derby High School.

 Optimistic October!

As we say goodbye to 'Self-care September', we are now welcoming 'Optimistic October'! Here is a copy of the calendar in case you want to use it at home, and it will be available in all form rooms for students.  



Activate Camps Survival Adventure 26th – 28th Oct

Join Activate Camps at Derby High School over half term, from 26th to 28th October. For 5 to 14 year olds. For more information and to book click here. 


Cycle Derby Half Term Activities

Cycle Derby are putting on some great cycling opportunities over Half Term, catering for all ages.  Activities include Learn to Ride sessions, through to riding at Darley Moor racing track  in Ashbourne. Click here for more information.

Safeguarding Corner

 X-Box Family Settings

Microsoft have recently released some new management features that parents can use. Available for iOS and Android, it is a free download and it has some great features, e.g.:

  • Create new child accounts.
  • Manage screen time limits (including grant more time).
  • Accept or decline friend requests.
  • View and manage friends list.

You can see the full article by clicking here.