Bemrose School

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The Bemrose School
Motto Learning together, working together, achieving together
Established 1930
Type Trust School from 2009, previously mixed comprehensive (1975 to 2009), originally a boys grammar school from 1930 to 1975.
Location Uttoxeter New Road
DE22 3HU
England England
Houses Chatsworth, Haddon, Hardwick, Kedleston

The Bemrose School is a foundation trust secondary school situated on Uttoxeter New Road, Derby, England, with an age range of pupils from 11 – 18. The school has enjoyed considerable success in meeting the needs of students from many different backgrounds and has helped pupils of all abilities to achieve better than average progress, as was recognised by the September 2012 Ofsted inspection. It also has one of the lowest NEET (not in education, employment or training) figures of any inner city schools in the Country, in 2012 it was below 2%. In recognition of the high quality CEG (careers, education and guidance) work the school was awarded the Career Mark5 award in 2010.

Since April 2004 the school has been led by Headteacher Jo Ward, who arrived in challenging times due to a critical Ofsted judgement in June 2003 which had placed the school in special measures. Since then exam results have improved year on year and her leadership has transformed the school from being Ofsted judged inadequate to good. Student behaviour has also improved significantly and the school was complimented as a "harmonious and friendly community" in the most recent Ofsted inspection.

In June 2012 the Royal Navy launched a scheme to affiliate its latest submarine with a secondary school in Derby. The city was first affiliated with HMS Ambush as the submarine engines are made at Rolls-Royce in Derby. The Bemrose School was chosen as the affiliated school, an affiliation which will last for the lifetime of the submarine. In the summer of 2012 members of the ships company visited the school for the formal affiliation event and staff from the school have visited the submarine at BAE systems in Barrow-in-Furness. The school is very proud to have been chosen and to be affiliated to HMS Ambush.


A new school called the Derby Municipal Secondary School for Boys was founded in Abbey Street, Derby, and opened on 12 September 1902. In December 1923, a new site for the school was acquired in Uttoxeter Road, Derby, and for some years was used for games. New school buildings designed by the architect Alexander Macpherson were built on the new site in 1928–1930 at a cost of £71,746, and when the school moved into them in 1930 it was renamed Bemrose School, in honour of the services to education of the Bemrose family of Derby, and in particular of Dr Henry Howe Bemrose.[1] The new school was officially opened on 11 July 1930 by Sir Charles Trevelyan, President of the Board of Education.[2]

A memorial to the sixty-eight old boys of the former Derby Municipal Secondary School who died in the First World War was moved to the new school's main corridor where it remains to this day.[3]

The school was originally divided into seven houses, each with its own colour and motto: Burke (Nil nisi bene), Drake (Semper audacter), Gainsborough (Vis unita fortior), Nelson, Newton (Consilio et animis), Sidney (Animo et fide), and Wellington (Pactum serva).[4] In present times, the houses remain but there are now just four named after stately homes in Derbyshire – Chatsworth, Hardwick, Haddon, Kedleston.

The school became a grammar school, until in 1975 it was merged with Rykneld Boys' Secondary Modern School to make a new comprehensive school, when girls were first admitted.


  • 1930–1951: Mr W. A. Macfarlane MA (Oxon.) (previously head of the Derby Municipal Secondary School for Boys, 1923–1930)[5]
  • 1951–1957: Mr Eric G. Bennett MA (Cantab.)[6][7]
  • 1958–1971: Dr Raymond Chapman PhD (Innsbruck),[8][9] previously head master of Firth Park Grammar School, Sheffield[10]
  • 1972–1983: Mr W. M. Wearne MA,[11][12] previously head master of the Anglo-Colombian School, Bogota[13]
  • 1983–1993: Mr Robert Hobson
  • 1993–1997: Mr Robert Kenney
  • 1998–2000: Mr Julian Chartres
  • 2001–2003: Mr Richard Feist
  • 2004–  : Ms Joanne Ward BSc, MA in Ed, FRSA

Old Bemrosians[edit]

See also Old Bemrosians.


  • Grimshaw, Frank, It Was Different in My Day (2002)
  • Baker, Thompson and Sarfras, The History of Bemrose School 1930–2005 (2009)


In 2010 The Bemrose School opened Elmtree, a specialist autism unit, it is a separate unit to ERF opened some years ago.


Archived version of site, which lapsed around 1 Jan 2008

  1. ^ Opening Day at (accessed 23 November 2009): Alderman Henry Howe Bemrose MA ScD JP was Chairman of the school's governing body, the son of Sir Henry Howe Bemrose MP and the father of Sir Max Bemrose MP.
  2. ^ History at (accessed 22 June 2008)
  3. ^ The World War I Memorial at (accessed 22 June 2008)
  4. ^ Bemrose home page at (accessed 22 June 2008)
  5. ^ Bemrose School Staff, 1933 at, accessed 30 October 2013
  6. ^ Bemrose Head leaving at, accessed 30 October 2013
  7. ^ Appointed headmaster of Bemrose School at, accessed 30 October 2013
  8. ^ Code Breaker's Years of Silence at, accessed 30 October 2013
  9. ^ Learning from the master in Derby Evening Telegraph dated 2 May 1995
  10. ^ The Times, 29 October 1957; pg. 5; col G
  11. ^ Wells, Martin, Attitude of teachers a bright hope at, accessed 29 July 2008
  12. ^ Farewell Booklet 1982 at, accessed 29 July 2008
  13. ^ The Times, 22 October 1971; pg. 14; col D
  14. ^ Brian Lux at (accessed 30 October 2013)
  15. ^ Colin Mortlock at (accessed 22 June 2008)
  16. ^ James Bolam at, accessed 30 October 2013
  17. ^ Special Minute : Professor Ian Stewart William Blanchard BSc (Econ) PhD at (accessed 22 June 2008)
  18. ^ Christopher Jensen-Butler at (accessed 30 October 2013)
  19. ^ Sir Nigel Rudd profile at (accessed 30 October 2013)
  20. ^ Pictures of Derby at (accessed 30 October 2013)
  21. ^ Steve Powell at (accessed 22 June 2008)
  22. ^ [1]

Coordinates: 52°58′N 1°19′W / 52.967°N 1.317°W / 52.967; -1.317