Our Headteacher Mrs Amy Chapman leads an extremely dedicated team of staff here at Derby High.
Mrs Chapman attended Nottingham Girls’ High School until the age of 18 when she went to The University of Nottingham to study Industrial Economics.
She completed a PGCE in Economics and Business Studies at the University of Warwick and began teaching at Harry Carlton Comprehensive School – now known as East Leake Academy. She was a Business Studies and Economics teacher and became acting head of department. A move to Arnold School in Blackpool followed and she went on to become Head of Economics and Business Studies at Cheltenham College.
Mrs Chapman then took up a role at Gordonstoun in Scotland, where she was Housemistress in charge of a boarding house and taught Economics and Business Studies. During her time at Gordonstoun, the school was featured on a Sky One documentary called Gordonstoun: A Different Class which was about life at a boarding school. In 2016, Mrs Chapman was appointed Deputy Head here at Derby High School, and was promoted to Head in September 2018.
Mrs Chapman has been principal examiner for GCSE Economics and has co-authored two books for GCSE Economics. She also has an MA in Education: Leadership and Management from the Open University.
Deputy Head - Annie Jordan
Annie Jordan joined Derby High School in 2007, with the intention of staying for 2 years – she loves it so much she is still here! Annie was appointed Deputy Head in 2018 and her previous roles included Head of History, Assistant Director of Studies and Assistant Head (Teaching and Learning).
After working for the Magistrates’ Court Service between 1993 and 1996, Annie studied for her BA Hons History degree at the University of Wolverhampton. She worked at the Birmingham Midshires Bank head office before completing her PGCE. Her first role in teaching was at Hagley Park Sports College in Rugeley where she spent two years before moving to Doha College in Qatar.
Annie said: “I’ve loved every minute of my time at Derby High. The teachers are passionate about their subjects and committed to helping students excel. Derby High students are wonderful young people, curious about the world around them and enthusiastic in embracing the diversity of opportunity available here. The challenge of readying young people for life after school is increasingly complex and exciting. All Derby High staff, teachers and support staff in every area, play an invaluable part in building the networks of support and challenge which prepare our students so well for taking their place in the world. I would have loved to attend a school like this and feel enormously privileged to be part of it. How we spend our days is how we spend our lives, and I can’t think of any more exciting or rewarding career than helping to lead this wonderful school into the future.”
In her spare time Annie loves reading, cooking and practising yoga.
Head of Primary - Mr Jeremy Harper
Mr Jeremy Harper, Head of Primary, joined Derby High in September 2020 with a wealth of teaching and leadership experience, gained at highly successful independent and state maintained schools. Before Mr Harper joined Derby High he was Deputy Head at Ranby House School, a position he held since September 2015. Prior to this he was at The Elms as a Year 6 class teacher, Head of Boys’ Games, Key Stage 2 Pastoral Leader and Key Stage 2 Academic Leader, Director of Studies and latterly Acting Deputy Head.
In the Spring Term, when Mr Harper was interviewed by a panel of Derby High pupils who asked him why he became a teacher, he answered, “I have always had a thirst for learning and an enjoyment of school. In particular I loved primary school and had several inspirational teachers. One in particular lives strong in my memory and I have always tried to emulate him by developing a life-long love of learning in others.”
Mr Harper has a love for sport, which is beneficial for physical and mental well-being for pupils, and so Derby High Primary has incorporated an additional sports afternoon to the weekly timetable. Along with his role as Head of Primary, Mr Harper loves teaching PE and relishes every sporting opportunity.
All of our teaching staff are qualified teachers, committed to the ethos of the school and offer extremely high levels of support to our students across the whole age range (3 to 18).