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Headteacher's welcome

We are proud to be a high achieving school that offers so many exciting opportunities for all our students.  The school has high expectations of itself and its students and the teaching and pastoral care available here is exceptional. Students are looked after extremely well whilst also being challenged to achieve their best.

In 2013 The Derby High School became the only school in the UK to win two national awards for educational excellence at the TES School Awards in London.  Ofsted 2014 acknowledged the achievements of the school highlighting the outstanding leadership at all levels. In June 2015 we received an Educational Outcomes Award from the SSAT for being in the top 20% of schools nationally for student progress at GCSE.  These accomplishments are a testament to the talented, hardworking and dedicated staff we have here.  

The Derby High School is truly a unique school. Positive relationships between and within staff and students is a key strength and ensure all who work here see school as a happy and caring place in which to learn. Furthermore, the distinctive experiences offered enable our students to leave us as confident, well rounded and forward thinking young people equipped to make an impact in their own and other's lives. I warmly invite you to come and see what we have to offer.

Ms C H Hubert, Headteacher

Mission Statement


Excellence, Tradition and Imagination    

We are committed to achieving excellence to raising standards of achievement, extending opportunity, exploring the importance of Science and the Arts and to benefitting our community.  High levels of literacy and numeracy are of paramount importance.     

Our vision for the future challenges the notion that Science and the Arts represent two different cultures.  Rather we view Science and the Arts as complementary disciplines contributing jointly to cultural development and the creation of new knowledge.   

Discovery is the common goal for each discipline, understanding the watchword for both.  Scientists and artists alike must nurture a capacity for original and imaginative thought and each must be prepared to embark upon a journey of exploration.  We acknowledge that the skills and thought processes attributed to each discipline are distinctive; we contend that our children must develop abilities in both.  

Science is the dominant force of this century.  The great advances in science technology – bio-genetics, medical treatments, alternative fuels, the internet, our understanding of the universe-change the circumstances of our human lives and culture.  Our children must have a real understanding of scientific principles and the ability to respond thoughtfully and judiciously to increasingly complex ethical issues.  

We are committed to offering a first class academic education coupled with excellent vocational opportunities and preparation for the world of work.  Sport is a strength and all of our students learn how to ‘Live Well’; to cook, eat healthily and be physically active.  Personal, moral, cultural and social education is crucial to the life of our school.  

Through our curriculum we aim to enable all children to develop:  

  • Thinking skills in science, mathematics and the arts
  • Logic deduction, investigation and analysis
  • Creativity, imagination, communication and performance
  • Problem solving, teamwork, initiative and independent learning
  • The ability to work flexibly with ICT and new technologies 

Our values are enshrined in the 7Rs: Respectful, Responsible, Ready, Reasonable, Resourceful, Resilient, Right Impression. Citizenship and ethical education take centre stage in our school and we value our partnerships with all our stakeholders and our role within the community. We are proud to be the face of modern democratic Britain. We seek to develop our students as leaders, equipping them, not only to live in our future world, but to shape that future world and create a better tomorrow.