08 Jul 2022

Senior High Notes 8th July 2022

Senior High Notes 8th July 2022

Whilst I do not want to dwell too much upon the unprecedented challenges of the past two years, I do want to share with you my admiration for the courage and resilience that all members of this community have demonstrated. As we now begin to emerge from the other side of this crisis, we do so in the sure knowledge that those bonds which have been forged in adversity, have only served to enrich and intensify our relationships with one another. We have inspired each other to live with hope and face the future in the sure knowledge that we are now in a stronger position than ever before.

Looking back over this past year, there have been so many fantastic events, highlighting the opportunities to explore, create, innovate, discover and collaborate, which help each child find their passion and nurture their talents. It has been wonderful to be able to welcome parents and grandparents into school for these events, to share in the success and enthusiasm of the children.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank those staff who are leaving Derby High at the end of this term. Mrs Linda Seymour (French and German), Mr Jeremy Bournon (Art) and Mrs Julie Winter (Senior Science Technician) retire with 25 years’ service between them. Mrs Kelly Aydi, Dr Georgina Bhattacharyya, Mr Alec Lee, Mrs Julia Seddon, and Miss Ana Uribe are moving on to new positions elsewhere. We wish them all a very happy future, whether it be in a retirement well deserved, or in a new place of work. I would like to record my thanks to all Derby High staff for their hard work and dedication this year.

We have come to the end of a very successful year with outstanding achievements across many different areas of school life, right up to the last day of term. I want to thank each and every one of you for your support throughout this year - firstly, for choosing Derby High School and secondly for trusting us with your child’s education.

Finally, may I wish you all an enjoyable and safe summer holiday.

Best wishes,

Duke of Edinburgh Awards


49 of our Year 10 students successfully completed their Bronze Qualifying Expedition on the weekend of 25th/26th June. The two-day expedition involved walking from Longnor to Middleton Top in Derbyshire, with an overnight camp near Hartington. Despite the odd navigational error along the way, all teams showed great persistence in making it to the end.



This week, 28 of our Year 11 students embarked on their Silver expedition. Having spent the last couple of months preparing for and sitting their GCSEs, it was good to get out into the fresh air for three days. The expedition started in Onecote in Staffordshire and finished in Over Haddon in Derbyshire; overnight camps being at Hulme End and Hurdlow. The students showed great resilience and camaraderie on what was a physically demanding trek. 




For the first time, a bumper crop of 19 upper and lower sixth took on one of the biggest physical challenges the UK has to offer - The Yorkshire 3 peaks.

The weather was perfect for the first Peak - the wonderful Pen-Y-Ghent.  Students ascended the more gentle side whilst Mr Lee and Mr King ascended up the other, to meet at the top for a magnificent view. After a meander back down to the campsite, they settled for the night at Horton-in-Ribblesdale. 

Everyone was up and ready on Saturday morning for the next Peak - Ingleborough.  Noted as the most challenging one of the three, wildly changing weather and heavy fog lead to some frayed nerves all round, but as always the students all got through it in high spirits.  Another minor snag of flooded stepping-stones needed a quick re-route, but the group all ended up at the next campsite, inbetween Ingleborough and the final Peak of Whernside.

Whernside is a long walk but less arduous in terms of terrain so it was good for the students to know that they had broken the back of the expedition.  Again, the weather was very changeable - lovely sunshine one minute, then fog and heavy showers the next, but students showed great character and all finished in good time.

The final leg on Monday morning was a cross-country walk from the campsite to the chequered flag back in Horton-in-Ribblesdale at the foot of Pen-Y-Ghent.  Never had Mr Lee witnessed Gold D of E students running to cross the line, but the Year 12s did!

A magnificent time was had by all.  Thank you to Mrs Davies for all the planning and organisation behind the trip, and to all the accompanying staff. Well done to all the students who took on the fantastic challenge.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

This week, the English Department welcomed a visit from West End in Schools to work with the Year 7 forms on drama activities based around A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Designed to enhance their knowledge of aspects of the play, and to endorse their work in drama lessons, the workshop had our students up and acting, exploring physicality, role-playing and performing lines from Shakespeare’s celebrated play. It was a hectic but joyful morning and an excellent way to bring the Summer Term to a close!

Comments from our students on the visit;

The activities for a Midsummer Night’s Dream were witty, fun and engaging to take part in. The multitude of things to do was brilliant, including imagination warm-up line reading + motion and attaching emotions to slabs of text to make them good! Daniel U3ii

This workshop was very educational about the play and helped improve my acting in general with the activities we did. We read out lines of the play in pairs, and we experimented with our body language and our expressions. I really liked Eleanor because she was really supportive of us and really nice as well. Avarie U3ii


Dance Show

On Monday, students from both Primary and Senior, performed together in our Senior hall and presented a wonderful Disney themed showcase.  

The children have all enjoyed dance club this year and this was a fantastic opportunity to show parents their amazing progress. Everyone danced beautifully, performing with confidence and enthusiasm.

All the students had a fantastic time and are all looking forward to another dance show next year.

For more photos click here. A link will be sent to the Senior students’ parents who performed via High Post to watch the recording of the performance.


Silverstone Grand Prix

A big well done to Caden in L5 and Josh in Y1 for their amazing dance performance at Silverstone Grand Prix. 1720 children from dance schools across the UK came together to perform in front of a crowd of 141,00 people at the Silverstone Grand Prix last weekend. Well done to both our students!


Tuesday 30th Aug: Staff Training (inset day)          

Wednesday 31st August 8.35am to 1.40pm: Induction for Year 7 & Year 12

Term Begins: Thursday 1st September