Derby High School, Derby
|Type||Independent day school|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Headteacher||Mrs D. Gould NPQH, BA Hons (Birmingham) PGCE (Birmingham)|
|Staff||45 full time, 10 part time|
|Gender||Coeducational age 3–11; girls only 11–18|
Derby High School officially opened at Oxford Villas, a semi-detached house in Osmaston Road, in January 1892, later moving up the road to The Field (now demolished).
Prior to the start of the Second World War the school was forced to evacuate because of its vulnerable position close to Rolls-Royce and the Locomotive Works, both considered prime targets for German bombers. It moved to Mackworth House, now the Mackworth Hotel, a much smaller premises with no playing fields. Instead, children would play on a street and a teacher would keep watch for traffic. In 1940 the school returned to Osmaston Road but was damaged during an air raid on 19 August.
In 1955 discussions were held about moving the school to the site – then known as Hilltop – that it currently occupies in Hillsway, Littleover. The building was purchased but lengthy renovations had to be carried out and was hampered by a fire at The Field that caused more than £4,000 worth of damage. The school entered more troubled times as its buildings at Osmaston Road were flooded after the 1957 East Midlands earthquake damaged some pipes. After much difficulty it finally moved to Hilltop where it has been ever since.
Derby High celebrated its 120th anniversary in January 2012. A book, High Life, containing historical information and old photos was published to commemorate the occasion.
The senior school begins with Year 7, which has two forms of equal ability, each with a form tutor. Girls are taught in forms for all subjects except Maths, for which there are sets. In Year 7, the traditional core subjects are taught: English (with Drama), Maths, History, Geography, French, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Art, Music, Design Technology, Home Economics, Religious Studies, PE and ICT.
In Year 8, German or Spanish becomes a second language.
In Years 9, 10, and 11, all subjects are offered to GCSE. All girls must take Maths and English and choose seven other courses, including at least one language and one science.
Years 12 and 13 are the Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth, with most girls taking three A-levels or maybe four.
There are also programmes of visits to support learning, with regular trips to places and events outside the school for sciences, History, Geography, and Religious Studies.
Activities outside school are strongly encouraged and include school plays, the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, public speaking, debating, the school choir, and school clubs for music, crafts, science and photography. There are music and drama workshops, some being joint events with the nearby boys' school Derby Grammar School.
Physical education is compulsory for all children in the school. The main school sports are hockey, netball, gymnastics, and tennis, plus dance, basketball, badminton, rounders, swimming, trampolining, and volleyball.
There is an active "Old Girl's" society, a network for previous pupils of the school. Meet ups consist of lunches and a summer "get together" on the Headmaster's lawn.
- "Get an all-round education at Derby High School". Derby Telegraph. 20 September 2011.
- "£3m development underway at Derby High School". Derby Telegraph. 27 December 2008.
- "Disaster struck when two boys stole sweets and set fire to historic school". Derby Telegraph. 28 November 2011.
- "School prepares to celebrate its 120th birthday despite some near disasters". Derby Telegraph. 21 November 2011.
- Results – GCSE 2011
- Senior School curriculum
- Alumni – Old Girl's Society. Retrieved 24 August 2015