02 Nov 2020

Senior High Notes 16th October

Senior High Notes 16th October

As we come to the end of a very busy half term, I would like to take this opportunity to thank every member of our school community for the positive and understanding way that each and every one of you has contributed to ensure we all keep safe. Without such high levels of consideration for others and adherence to our safety measures, it might not have been possible to have reached this stage in the term with no bubble “bursting”.

We are fully prepared to teach via online live lessons from 2nd November, if there is a “circuit-breaker” lockdown imposed at that point. Students have taken home all the books and materials they would require for that eventuality. Should any announcement be made with regards to schools, during half term, I will write to all parents with the full plans for online live lessons.

I hope you have now had the opportunity to read our 2019-20 Highlights magazine, which was sent home earlier this week via the children. This is the first year we have included both Primary and Senior in one publication, which means that Highlights now showcases the busy life of the whole community of Derby High, where academic attainment is a key element of school life, complemented by a broad and enriching co-curriculum to provide a rounded education.

I wish everyone a good two week break. I hope you and your family stay well and have a chance to spend quality time together.

Best Wishes, 


Derby High Announces Their First Greenpower Team

Eleven aspiring Engineers at Derby High School have joined together to form the school’s very first Greenpower team.

The students, all currently in the Lower Sixth in the Sixth Form, are planning to build their very own electric car this academic year. The design is currently underway and is being led by student Alex Hill, currently studying A levels in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. Alex is designing the car as part of his Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Alex said “this is a fantastic opportunity for me to demonstrate my leadership skills. Ever since I was a young boy I’ve wanted to build and race a car. Having Greenpower on my CV when I apply to university will help me stand out and is something to be immensely proud of”.

Year 7 students will be able to join the team next year to compete in the IET Formula 24 challenge, once the initial car has been designed and constructed. The Derby High Greenpower team are now seeking sponsorship for their car. Any individuals or businesses who may be able to offer support in any way, please contact Mrs Rachael Cotton, rcotton@derbyhigh.derby,sch.uk.

To read the full press release click here https://www.derbyhigh.derby.sch.uk/news/view/984


U3 Art


In Art this week, U3 have been studying Constructivist Sculptors and as you can see, their own responses were completely mind blowing!  What a terrific half term U3 have had in the art room, Mrs Martin-Smith and Mr Bournon are very proud of you all!

U4 Answer Some Ultimate Questions in Religious Studies

In RS this half term, U4 have been trying to ask and answer philosophical questions about the existence of God. U42 produced some truly outstanding creative pieces of work that showcased their ideas. They made scrapbooks, paintings, a top trumps game, giant unfolding posters and so much more!

Well done, U42. Miss Wilson and Mrs Driver are looking forward to seeing U41’s projects after half term.



A Level French


A Level French

This week Upper Sixth French A level students have been doing a role play on criminality in France. Each student took on a different role, including a defence lawyer, refugee, criminal, prosecution lawyer, and of course, a judge!

A Level Art & Design Fine Art and Textiles


A Level Art & Design Fine Art and Textiles students have settled well into their new studio spaces. The Art and Design gallery is a hive of creativity with Sixth Form students well underway with their chosen specialisms.


Engineering Education Scheme (EES)

Despite the current situation, our Engineering Education Scheme team have managed to complete their project. Working with JCB to design and build a prototype for a beach cleaning attachment, this pertinent and interesting brief has been more of a challenge than normal, but the students worked hard together and have completed their work, gaining a Gold Industrial Cadet award. Congratulations to them all!


Business Enterprise

This year, the Year 12s are participating in Business Enterprise, a competition which requires initiative, creativity and teamwork. The 3 teams will then have to successfully create a product which caters towards their target market and be able to advertise in the most effective way possible, with Covid-19 making this year’s competition increasingly difficult. There will be multiple sales after October half term in which you can purchase their wonderful products and perhaps buy early Christmas presents! So be sure to keep an eye out!


Careers and Employability

For the last three Thursday afternoons our Lower Sixth students have had their first input on Careers and Employability.  Working closely with our partners the students have seen some fantastic, up to date information from InvestIN. They have covered topics such as what employers are looking for, how to network and market yourself and how to use social media platforms such as LinkedIN.  There’s been plenty for Lower Sixth to think about!  https://investin.org/

Safeguarding Corner

NetAware have provided some useful safety reviews and advice on apps that are popular amongst our students.  You may wish to check them out here: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/   

If you click on the links you can find more detail about how to change safety settings etc.

Roblox is particularly popular with our younger students and has been in the media this week regarding reported online grooming.  The relevant page and advice to parents regarding safe interaction on this app can be found here: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/roblox/

With any app we would always advise the following:

  • Explore it together
  • Do your own research: there are plenty of parents' guides to different apps available, often on the apps own website.  Check the age rating of the game
  • Talk to your child about what they’re sharing
  • Let them know that they can talk to you
  • Set up any privacy or safety features together, and talk about why they are there.

The 'New Normal'

This 'new normal' in which we are all living can put a strain us; adults and children alike.  It is easy to get caught up in the uncertainties ahead.  Here is a useful article which outlines some of the ways we can work through any anxieties in a positive way https://metro.co.uk/2020/09/23/how-to-push-through-six-month-coronavirus-wall-13309340