At The Derby High School we
have always been committed to investing in the leaders of the future. We are proud to be the face of modern British
democratic society and are committed to developing tomorrow’s citizens.
To inspire and challenge our
students we offer a wide range of opportunities from Year 7 to Year 11.
We want our students to make a difference to the world in which they live. Everyone at The Derby
High School is expected to abide by the 7RS. Through assemblies and regular discussion all students understand what it means in practice.
Older students are proud to
take responsibility for younger ones.
Our training programmes help them to be effective buddies and mentors
with students looking after new entrants from Year 8 onwards.
Younger students have many other
opportunities to take responsibility, for example, as library buddies and form
Our Senior Team of Head Boy
and Head Girl and their Deputies provide excellent role models for our students
as they demonstrate responsibility, supporting the ethos of our school and
playing a vital part in our front of house events. All Year 11 students have an active role to
play as prefects and take their responsibilities seriously.
The Leadership Spirit
programme empowers our students, equipping them with a wide range of
skills. A real appreciation of the views
of others is key to tolerance and respect.
They are challenged on a residential and develop self-belief and team
work skills through problem solving, climbing, caving, Laser Quest and
Nightline. A four day residential at
Manchester University is a key part of the programme. Over the years, our senior student team have
tended to be graduates from the Leadership Spirit Programme.
Peer counselling ensures that
our students receive the very best emotional care and guidance.
A vibrant school council
ensures that issues that matter to pupils are regularly debated in an
appropriate forum helping students to challenge ideas, negotiate and listen to
the viewpoints of others. Students then
participate in wider decision making, for example, contributing to Bury’s
Circles of Influence.
We encourage students to make a difference to their community and beyond. The Derby High School had several students elected as members of the Youth Parliament over recent years. All learners are given the opportunity to vote for candidates in Bury during the elections. The experience they have of voting in the Youth Parliament elections develops their understanding of democracy and the values that accompany it, ensuring they mature into responsible citizens.
opportunities are pursued by many of our pupils who are always seeking ways to
help those in need.
The Student Enterprise team
work on real briefs, for example, marketing Bury Football Club or taking up the
Stock Market challenge.
By being part of
a small company students are able to develop business and financial awareness.
Economic awareness is fostered
in a wide range of ways. The Lionheart
Challenge event, for example, sponsored by Greater Manchester Police engages
pupils to develop an anti-bullying product allowing them to take a lead in
Lifeskills day helps pupils to
develop people skills, work skills and money skills.
Science busking involved our
student scientists going out into the community and promoting the wonders of
science to the general public.
We have worked hard to provide
a unique programme of opportunities which provide our students with real
challenge and insight helping them to play a useful and positive role in the