18 Oct 2019

Primary High Notes 18th Oct

Primary High Notes 18th Oct

It was lovely seeing so many of you at Monday’s Harry Potter event. What an incredible evening! Thank you to Jim Kay for an entertaining and interesting talk about his illustrations of the Harry Potter books. A special thank you to Mrs Bussey for organising this wonderful event.

15 Sixth Form students, along with Chaplain Jo and Mrs Driver have arrived safely in India for a special 10 day visit, where they will be working in a community supporting the work of a local school. Do check our Twitter feed for more updates and photos over the next week.

Harvest Festival is always a highlight of this month and as always the music was fantastic! Thank you to Mrs Lesley, our Primary staff and all the children for such high quality music.

Our Primary Open Morning is on Friday 8th November from 10.00am - 12.00noon. This is an excellent opportunity for prospective parents to see our Primary School in action, including our Preschool area, and observe first hand the relationships which underpin the quality learning and care at the heart of Derby High School. Please do let your friends know about this event.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that our Preschool offers places, both full and part time, to girls and boys aged 3 and 4, welcoming children from the start of term after their third birthday. Parents and children (aged 2 to 4) are welcome to join us for Stay & Play every Friday afternoon during term time.

I hope that you all have a lovely half term and that everyone has an opportunity to rest and return to school on 4th November, fully refreshed.

Best wishes,




The day had finally arrived and it was a wonderful one.  Jim Kay, illustrator of the beautiful full colour Harry Potter books, was here on Monday night, to talk to us about his journey as an artist, bringing to life this iconic series.

His talk was full of warmth and humour and for someone so talented he was very self-deprecating.  Who knew that his pictures were often created with the paint taster pots you would find in B&Q?

We learnt that Jim was born in Derbyshire and that he used furniture he saw at Calke Abbey as part of Hagrid’s Hut.  There is also a picture inspired by Joseph Wright that appears in his latest book.

The evening was full of students, parents, alumni, staff, invited guests and external visitors.  The Loughborough Quidditch team were here and have offered Quidditch matches to our students so watch this space!

Cupcakes were devoured to give energy while the book signing queue stretched through the library and into the hall.  Jim gave everybody his time and interest and we all went away with the warm atmosphere of the evening still with us.

Ian from Bloomsbury publishers, Annie Everall of Author’s Aloud, Amanda from H & H Spalding Booksellers and everybody at Derby High made this possible.  Great teamwork and a wonderful way to spend an evening.



Mrs Tudor has wristbands, keyrings, snap bands, and zip pulls available for sale, as well as the traditional poppies, in aid of the British Legion.


Miss Bailey was so proud of the whole class for their performance. As the children have been learning about play scripts within their English lessons, the class were able to write parts of the script, direct, and design how they wanted the performance to look. They demonstrated their knowledge of Ancient Greek inventions and then performed a myth, ‘The story of Daedalus and Icarus’.  Well done Year 4 Haddon!





Some of our Year 6 had a great session in science today looking at microorganisms and the differences between mould and bacteria. Do you know the differences - take a look at some of their models it might help you.



Phil the caretaker brought the Wrens two pumpkins from his allotment. So they decided to use them to bake a Pumpkin and Ginger Teabread!  They read ‘Winnie’s amazing pumpkin’, made the cake and they even learnt a song in music with Mrs Lesley, about pumpkins. They sent an invitation to all the caretakers and Mrs Youngman to join them for afternoon tea.  Mrs Courtney-Hale was particularly impressed that all the children tried and enjoyed the teabread.