26th July 2021 — Derby Grammar School has said a fond farewell to their current Head following three years of continued growth and success.
Dr Ruth Norris leaves after being headhunted to take the helm at one of the world’s leading international schools in Switzerland.
On the final day of term, she sent a heartfelt letter to parents: "It has been an honour to have served Derby Grammar School since 2018.
"We have moved through challenging times, navigating the complexities of COVID-19. But, this has not overshadowed what has also been an extremely rewarding time.
"I have been privileged in watching our pupils grow into remarkable young people, equipped to deal with life’s challenges.
"Your children are a credit to you all, and I speak on behalf of the whole staff team that it is a true pleasure to work in such a special community."
Dr Norris joined as Head in June 2018, and has implemented a range of improvements at the school.
A new Senior Leadership Team has been created, with academic, pastoral and co-curricular focus at its core.
Dr Norris has also been instrumental in Derby Grammar School achieving a meteoric rise in GCSE and A Level results over the last two years.
The letter continues: "No Head feels that the job is ‘done’, but I know that the School is well placed for its next three-year strategic development plan under the talented leadership of Paul Logan, who will continue to be ambitious for the bright future of the School."
Paul Logan, who joins the school as Head Teacher in September, will be liaising closely over the coming months to ensure there is a seamless handover and to work on the next phase of the School’s strategic development.