A Welcome from our Head

Welcome to Derby High School.

Here at Derby High we currently educate over 600 students between the ages of 3 to 18, in our purpose-built buildings in the leafy suburb of Littleover in Derby. Our Primary School teaches both boys and girls in every year group, whilst our Senior School started welcoming boys into Years 7 and 12 from 2019, as we move to becoming fully coeducational throughout the school.

Our core focus, embedded in the Derby High ethos and values, of the personal and academic development of our pupils remains at the forefront of everything we do. I would like to highlight here our particular strengths. Our small class sizes enable each child to progress at their own speed, with the support and challenge of exceptionally well qualified teachers. Each lunchtime and after school, we offer a wide variety of clubs and activities and we encourage all our pupils to try something new each term, as well as continue to develop skills in areas they have grown to love. Our many and varied trips and residential experiences ensure each child is encouraged to expand their boundaries within a safe and secure environment. We take pride in our excellent pastoral care throughout all stages in the school, with pupils feeling confident they are listened to and looked after.

Our academic record continues to be particularly strong, with 56% of our 2021 A level grades being awarded A*, while 85% were A*/A grades (compared to 44.8% nationally). 72% of the year group achieved straight A*/As. In GCSEs in 2021, an impressive 37% of grades overall were awarded the elusive top grade 9, and a remarkable 60% of grades at 9-8. 18 students achieved all 9–8 grades in their subjects, which is equivalent to them achieving A* grades across all of their subjects under the old system.

It is my privilege and joy to lead such a vibrant and successful school and, if you are considering investing in your child’s future, I encourage you to contact us to arrange a personal tour with me. I will be happy to show you round and answer any questions you may have, and to expand further on my vision and values for Derby High as we continue our new exciting phase of educating boys and girls throughout the school. In the meantime, please take a moment to look at our virtual tour by clicking here.

I look forward to welcoming you.

Amy Chapman