03 Jul 2020

Primary High Notes 3rd July

Primary High Notes 3rd July

Dream, Believe, Achieve - my message to our new Year 7 students joining the Senior School in September, when we experienced our first ever online induction session last week. But of course, this is a pertinent message for each and every one of our pupils across all age groups.

“The only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.” — Michelle Obama.

Looking back on this incredibly unusual summer term, we have all had to reassess how we operate to achieve our goals, and sometimes even reassess our goals, especially in the short term. But it hasn’t stopped any of us from dreaming big, believing in ourselves and achieving success. And the outstanding work has kept rolling in from the very first day of lockdown and the closure of our buildings. We have featured lots of fantastic examples on our website, Twitter and Facebook pages.

To those leaving Derby High at the end of this term, we wish you the very best and always remember “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” (Eleanor Roosevelt). We are always here for you and look forward to hearing all about your future successes.

Following two years’ service as Chair, Mr Glenn Jones has stepped down from the Board of Governors at Derby High School. We wish to thank him for his support of the school.

I am delighted to announce that Mrs Jane Bullivant will step up to the role of Chair of Governors. Mrs Bullivant is a parent of two alumni and a long-standing governor and I am very much looking forward to working with her.

What, then, of the future? What can parents expect of our school as we move through this period of time and the return to school commences in September? I would suggest that things may well be a bit different, building on the positive experiences of this past term. First, there will be a renewed energy and pleasure in collaborative activities which can only happen when children are working and playing in the same place as others – activities such as sport, collaborative teamwork and projects. Secondly, there will be a renewed focus on the value of technology and blended learning; learning which combines the presence of the teacher with access to a wide range of resources from across the globe.

Our intention is to open as normal in September. So much may change before we return and we will need to adapt our plans accordingly, in line with government, medical and sector advice. I would like to assure you that work has already begun at senior leadership level to identify a timetable and requirements for a full and safe return for the whole school.  I will communicate again in August to ensure you are fully appraised of our plans.

I am confident that the future will be bright, as we end this term on a high, with much thanks to our innovative and dedicated teachers. The independent school sector has repeatedly demonstrated its resilience over the years and undoubtedly will do again through this current crisis. By supporting one another in our school community, with time and patience, I am confident we will get through this together, even stronger than before, and continue to achieve further success in the future.

Best Wishes,


Sports Day 2020

Thank you to all the pupils, staff and parents for getting involved in our first ever virtual sports day! To watch the video with the results please click here.


Live Violin and Viola Concert

Yesterday evening Mrs Benson organised a virtual live concert for her violin and viola pupils.  It was a real treat watching their performances and it was fantastic to see the progress they have made over the last term.  Well done and congratulations to Aashi, Lydia, Charlotte, Eleanor, Emma, Esther, Hannah, Khadija, Laaibah, Leo, Rowan, Sofia, Tabitha, Isla and Imaan.

End of Year Service

Click here to watch our End of Year Service. With thanks to Chaplain Jo, Mrs Chapman and Head Girl, Hannah.



Over the summer term we have sent storytime videos out to our Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils every day. In total we have recorded and posted fifty stories on our school’s YouTube channel. To listen to our final story time this term from Mrs Chapman, please click here.

With access to libraries and bookshops limited over the summer break, Books for Topics have published the best online storytimes for children to access freely at home. For more information and to download their storytimes visit the website by clicking here. 

The Cup Song Challenge

It was wonderful to see so many pupils, staff and pets get involved in the cup challenge over the summer term. To watch the video click here.  


National Book Tokens

We'd love your support to help us win £5,000 of National Book Tokens for our school's library. Derby High School pupils love to read! Studies show that reading for pleasure doesn't just give children an advantage academically; it can improve their wellbeing, too.

Please click here and nominate our school. The more nominations the more chance of us winning! Thank you for your support.

Safeguarding Corner

Originally published in April, the Government have published a new update to, "Advice and guidance to help parents and carers to keep children safe online during the coronavirus outbreak.” It has some useful guidance and resources in it. To see the update click here.