18 Sep 2019

Derby High School has welcomed boys to its Senior School for the first time in its 127-year history.

Derby High School has welcomed boys to its Senior School for the first time in its 127-year history.

Boys already attended the school’s Primary Department and from this month (September 2019) they were able to join in Year 7 and the Sixth Form. The boys in the Sixth Form are acting as mentors for the boys in Year 7.

Ben Clarkson has joined the Sixth Form from an all boys boarding school. He is studying A-levels in Maths, Business and French.

He said: “I used to attend Derby High in the Primary Department but left because there wasn’t an option then to join the Senior School. My family still live in this area and my mum thought it would be a good idea to consider the possibly of coming back. I waited for my GCSE results and then I started here on the first day of school this month. It is different to the school I was at before; I think it’s mainly the atmosphere which is a lot calmer. I think it’s a good place for me.”

Ciernan Cooke, 11, said he had found it easy to settle into life at Derby High School.

He said: “I started here in the last two weeks of Year 6 and it’s been amazing. It’s really good; I love spending time with the other boys and we talk to the girls too.”

Yassin Elriedy, 11, said he loved the library at Derby High School.

He said: “Coming here has been a good choice for me. I came to look around and I loved the library because I love books and reading. Being in a school that was all girls doesn’t bother me; it’s fine and it’s good to have the older boys as mentors.”

Head teacher Amy Chapman said the boys had settled in well to life at Derby High School, in Littleover.

She said: “Building on the success of our co-educational Infant and Junior School, we believe the best preparation for a rewarding and fulfilling life is a first class education for boys and girls learning together as partners and equals – just as they will work together as adults to take on opportunities and tackle challenges.

“There is a growing demand among parents for an education where girls and boys learn side by side; not just academically, but really learning to live and work together as equals. Our girls already know they can do anything they set their minds to, and they will continue to know this with boys around them.

“We now have the opportunity to develop boys in the same way; maintaining a healthy culture of progress and respect in all we do. By educating girls and boys together during those key adolescent years, our aim is to ensure that true equality remains part of their expectations of themselves and of others. We are excited to move into this new phase of Derby High history.”