Frequently Asked Questions

Is this a Free School?

Yes. Free schools are state-funded schools that have the same legal status as academies.

Who is it run by?

The school is part of the Derby Diocesan Academy Trust. The school will be run by the Headteacher and the leadership team who are answerable to a local governing body and board of trust directors.

Where is Derby Cathedral School situated?

We opened in September 2018 in temporary accommodation at Midland House (Nelson Street, Derby DE1 2SA), whilst our brand new state-of-the-art facilities are being developed on the permanent site located at the western half of the former Friar Gate Goods Yard site. The development and construction of the permanent site and buildings are expected to be completed during the later part of the academic year 2020-21. Details on this development can be found on our webpage 'New Site Progress Update'.

What year groups do you have?

During the academic year 2020-21 we will have years 7, 8 and 9. Each year we take on another year 7 cohort and will continue to increase up to, amd including year 13. The first academic year where the school will have all year groups 7 - 13 will be in 2024-25.

Will the school have a Sixth Form?

Yes, the Sixth Form will start in the academic year 2023-24. More details, including course information, will be available during the academic year 2022-23 and applications will open in the Autumn Term 2022.

Is the school selective?

No. Derby Cathedral School welcomes students of all abilities, of all faiths and none. All free schools have to follow the Admissions Code in the same way as all state-funded schools and our inclusive admissions policy will at all times be open, transparent and fair. More details about our admissions policy can be found on the Admissions tab on our website.

What is the catchment area for Derby Cathedral School?

There is no catchment area for Derby Cathedral School. The school is based in the centre of Derby and seeks to serve all communities within the City. Places are allocated in accordance with our admissions policy. If more than 180 applications are received, places will be allocated in line with the published oversubscription criteria and distance will only be used in the event of a tie-break whereby the place will be offered to the student living closest to the school site. More details about our admissions policy can be found on the Admissions tab on our website.

How can I apply for a place?

Please see the Admissions section of the website: How and When to Apply

Will Derby Cathedral School be inspected by Ofsted?

Yes. The school will be subject to inspection in the same way as other maintained schools and academies. All new schools are inspected by Ofsted before they open. The school will also be subject to a SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) inspection. This will take place shortly after the first full Ofsted inspection.

How will the school be accountable?

The school will be run by a local board of governors who will, in turn, be accountable to the board of directors of the Derby Diocesan Academy Trust. In addition, the school will be accountable to the Department for Education through the terms of its Funding Agreement. More details about the structure of the local governing body can be found on our wepage 'Governing Body'.