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Teaching and Learning

Teaching is engaging and inspirational at The Derby High School. Our students always tell us that our teachers are the best thing about our school! We are really fortunate to have such a devoted and dedicated team of teachers, always ready to go the extra mile for our students. All of our teachers are well qualified specialists with a real passion for their subject.

We place high value on professional development and close at 2.30 pm every Wednesday fortnight so our teachers can update their skills and give our students the best possible deal.


Here's what our students told us in 2014

"The teaching at The Derby High School couldn't have been better. The staff are generous to all students and want what is best for everyone" Leaver 2014

"All the pastoral support has been exceptional and has supported me when I needed it, causing me to progress well"
Leaver 2014

"I have received a lot of help and support from the teachers like revision classes so that I can get better grades in my subjects"
Leaver 2014

"The teaching has been amazing and I feel that I've learnt a lot"
Leaver 2014

"I've become more confident since I've been here"
Leaver 2014

"The support has been tremendous at Derby. The teachers are very supportive and helpful"
Leaver 2014

"The teachers at this school are unique because they don't give up on you unless you give up on yourself. and even when you give up on yourself they will still push you and encourage you" Leaver 2014


Professional Development

We place a really high value on ensuring our teachers have the best possible skills. Throughout the year, our teachers take part in high quality professional development. Our early closure and training days mean we can bring the top trainers into our school and we also make sure our teachers share their expertise with each other.

Teaching is a complex business so we talk about teaching all the time! Every member of staff from the Headteacher down is really knowledgeable and passionate about how to teach best. We also provide training and team teaching experiences for teachers in other schools.

We are a very active partner of The Ogden Trust, The Comino Foundation, The Ideas Foundation and the Bury Schools Learning Collaborative. All of these organisations help us to keep bang up to date with the latest thinking and best methodology.


Teacher Training


As an excellent school, we feel we have a duty to help train the teachers of tomorrow. We take teaching training very seriously and are a Leading Partnership School for Manchester Metropolitan University. We also have many years' experience in Teach Direct working with Edge Hill University.