Derby High is an independent day school conveniently situated on the outskirts of Derby. Our friendly, happy Primary School takes girls and boys aged between 3 and 11 whilst our busy, ambitious Senior School educates girls only up to age 18.
An environment where children love to learn, come into school excited for the challenges ahead of them, have the space to share their creativity and are led by teachers whose enthusiasm for the children they teach is evident from the moment you set foot in the classrooms. Derby High Primary is a vibrant, fun place to be whilst achieving high academic standards and establishing excellent levels of behaviour. The school encourages and helps to develop confidence from an early age and keeps its pupils incredibly busy through a wide range of extra curricular activities and events.
Our broad curriculum is explored by the children in a variety of ways, topic work, performances and class assemblies, songs, visits and themed days all help to bring our curriculum to life. Our academic expectations for our pupils are high and we find that the children in our school respond well to this, setting them in good stead for their future studies once their Primary years are behind them.
Budding sBudding singers from Derby High School’s Primary Department performed at one of the largest school choir concerts in the world. More than 30 pupils from Years 5 and 6 sang at the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham at the Young Voices concert.
30th January 2019 — Budding singers from Derby High School’s Primary Department performed at one of the largest school choir concerts in the world.
More than 30 pupils from Years 5 and 6 sang at the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham at the Young Voices concert.
Schools from across the country took part in the event, which involved more than 6,000 students singing a range of songs in front of school staff, parents and family members.
Derby High School students were asked to learn 13 songs with actions in school before taking part in a rehearsal at the Resorts World Arena during the day and performing in the evening.
Pop star Tony Hadley performed with students along with dancers Urban Strides led by Andy Instone, who has run street dance workshops at Derby High School.
Pupil Charlotte Brealey, 10, said she thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the concert.
She said: “It was a really great experience and we were really lucky to be part of it.”
Pupil Hannah Ita, 10, said she would love to do it all again.
She said: “It’s the first time I’ve done anything like this and I really enjoyed it. It was fun and energetic.”
“I can only use one word to describe it, it was amazing. It was really nice singing with so many people and it’s definitely something that I’d like to do again,” said pupil Jessica Stokes-Barrett, 10.
Pupil Olisa Ijenene said: “It was so much fun and I’d definitely like to go again.”
Sara Evans-Bolger, Year 5 class teacher at Derby High School, said that it was an amazing experience to hear so many children singing together.
She said: “It was lovely because when we arrived we were all different schools wearing our own uniforms but we became one choir during the concert and all the children were wearing their Young Voices t-shirts. It was amazing and very powerful to hear that many children singing together.”
There was also a special treat for teaching assistant Carol Hitchcock who met Mr Hadley during an autograph signing session.
For the past 20 years, Young Voices has staged the largest children's choir concerts in the world. Over 2 million children have taken part in a Young Voices concert and the organisation believes passionately in inspiring the next generation to find their love for music.
During a tour, each night between 5,000-8,000 children perform as a single choir to a sold-out audience of family and friends.
A Derby High Primary pupil is celebrating success in a national competition. Megan Kerry (Year 5) was selected as a runner-up in the Malala’s Magic Pencil Schools competition, which attracted more than 5,000 entries nationwide.
23rd April 2018 — A pupil in Derby High School’s Primary Department is celebrating success in a national competition.
Megan Kerry was selected as a runner-up in the Malala’s Magic Pencil Schools competition, which attracted more than 5,000 entries.
Entrants were asked to write down how they would use a magic pencil and Megan said she would use it to erase people’s negative thoughts about themselves.
Megan said: “Our teacher told us about the competition at Writing Club and we had to think about what we would do if we had a magic pencil. There were some things that I didn’t think I was very good at so I thought it would be good to use a magic pencil to erase those feelings and to help my friends too. I didn’t think I would be a runner-up. I was really surprised but very pleased.”
In an email to Derby High School, the competition organisers congratulated Megan on her entry.
They said: “I am delighted to let you know that your student, Megan Kerry, has been selected by our judging panel (including Malala Yousafzai) as one of our runners-up in the Malala’s Magic Pencil schools competition which you entered at the end of last year. We had over 5,000 entries of an extremely high calibre, so this is a formidable achievement of which she should be incredibly proud.
“Megan’s idea, to erase people’s bad thoughts about themselves and help them gain confidence, caught the judges’ attention for its empathetic idea and heartfelt, passionate rationale. Please do pass on our congratulations on this amazing achievement.”
Derby High School will receive £100 worth of books.
Pupils at Derby High Primary were spellbound during a magical Wizardry Week. Every pupil took part in the themed week and experienced a range of activities which were linked to the curriculum.
1st March 2018 — On the first day everyone dressed up, including teachers, and throughout the rest of the week pupils enjoyed making fizzing potions, measuring wands and liquids, writing poetry, painting and drawing.
Jane Swainston, Key Stage Two co-ordinator at Derby High Primary, said: “It was a totally immersive week for the pupils and the activities related to different subject areas such as Science, Maths, Art and literacy.
“It was completely cross-curricular and it was about collaborative learning too as all different age groups worked together. It was about developing their thinking as well.
“They loved it and it really spurred them on to be inspired. It was great to be able to focus on this for a whole week; it’s a different way of learning which is all about seeing that little spark in the children and their excitement about learning.”
Michelle Hannaford, Head of Derby High Primary, said the Wizardry Week was a great success. She said: “The wizardry day launching the week captured pupils' imaginations and inspired learning beyond the normal restraints of the classroom.”
Music was in the air at Derby High Primary as the finalists took to the stage for the Junior House Music Competition. The standard was extremely high with over 90 entries in the heats stages.
21st February 2018 — Soloists competed in the categories of woodwind, brass, strings, percussion, voice and piano. Many pupils showed fantastic initiative in organising and rehearsing duets and group pieces. The Soundstart programme which began 3 years ago has had a tremendous impact on the number of musicians making extremely impressive progress on their instruments.
Mr Temple (Director of Music in the Senior School) was an encouraging adjudicator who had some very hard decisions to make.
The overall Lower School Musician of the Year was awarded to Olisaemeka Ijeneme and the overall Upper School Musician of the Year was awarded to Esther Morris.
The House Choirs were superbly organised by our Year 6 House Captains and the Disney theme brought plenty of magic to the afternoon. Renditions of songs from The Jungle Book, Mary Poppins and The Little Mermaid looked and sounded brilliant but it was St David, accessorized with goggles and Hawaiian skirts who just pipped the others to the post with their bubbling performance of Under the Sea.
There was a tense moment as the points were added up…….and overall the winner was…. St Andrew!
The first step in our admissions process is to arrange a convenient time for you to visit the Primary School. This can be done by contacting our Registrar.
On your visit you will be given a tour of our Primary School by Mrs Hannaford, our Primary Head, who will be more than happy to explain the ethos of the school, show you examples of work and answer any queries you may have. Please feel free to bring your child along on the tour – we love showing people around our school!
Following your tour of the Primary School our Senior Head will be available to show parents of girls around the Senior School so that you can see how girls progress from one stage of their education to the next.
The next stage after the tour is to register your child with us. You can do this by returning the registration form and registration fee (currently £100) to the Registrar.
We will then invite your child to spend a morning in school joining in with a class of pupils of their own age. During that time we will observe them socially with other children and ascertain their readiness to learn. Older pupils would have some work to complete to identify their current level of working.