Latest News

Updates and news will appear here in reverse chronological order.

If you are a current parent or carer, please download our app for the latest updates which are pushed directly to your phone. Search for SZapp in the App Store or Google Play Store. Once downloaded please search for Derby Cathedral School and register yourself as parent/guardian by toggling the green button.

In addition, we can be found on Facebook by searching 'Derby Cathedral School' and on Twitter @DerbyCathSchool

Latest photographs of the new site progress: Updated 27/04/2020

Letter from our new Headteacher: An introduction letter for our new Headteacher Mrs. Brown.

Letter regarding the new site update:  An update about the newsite and what progress is being made.

Letter regarding School Closure: The latest information regarding the School closure.

Letter regarding Coronavirus Update:  An update to the information regarding school and the corona virus.

Letter regarding Planning Permission: Important informatio regarding the planning permission for the new school site.

Letter regarding Coronavirus: Important health information and advice regarding Coronavirus.

Letter regarding changes to teaching staff and classes:  Important information regarding a number of staff changes, alterations to classes, and a number of other important updates.

Update to the Behaviour Policy: Some very important updates have taken place to our Behaviour Policy.  It is important that you read these to ensure your child understands the high expectations of students of Derby Cathedral School.

Letter regarding the Derby Cathedral School: Update to planning permission

Letter regarding the resignation of Mr. Inglis (a copy of this letter will be sent home with students week commencing Monday 20th January 2020)

Letter regarding interim arrangements in the absence of Mr Inglis

Letter regarding uniform: Please read

Letter regarding trip to Derby Theatre on Thursday 5th December

Mrs Stewart is Braving the Shave at the Christmas Fayre

The wonderful Mrs Stewart, Assistant Headteacher, will be braving the shave in support of Macmillan Cancer during the Christmas Fayre on Friday 13th December. Any donations would be gratefully received online and further donations can be made during the Christmas Fayre. More information can be found here

Letter regarding Non-Uniform Day on Friday 15th November 2019

Letter regarding events in December

Letter regarding car parking from the Headteacher

Year 7 Form Tutor Parents' Evenings

These will be held over two nights to facilitate appointments for all parents/carers, namely Tuesday 15th October and Thursday 24th October. Both evenings are from 4-7pm.

Slots with your child's Form Tutor will be bookable through our online platform My Child At School accessed via using the unique login details sent out on Tuesday 8th October by letter.

iDEA Letter from Mr C Johnson regarding The Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award. 

iDEA homework letter

October Letter from the Headteacher which covers b_line cards, homeworks and emails sent to our info@ email address.


Recent Letters

Please click on the links below to access two letters recently sent home, one regarding Macmillan Coffee Morning and the other in regards to our upcoming Harvest Festival.

Harvest Festival 2019

Macmillan Coffee Morning 2019

Arriva Student Travel

Please click here for more information about discounted tickets for students who use Arriva buses Bus discounts - Arriva.pdf

English Author Visit to Derby University June 2019

We were recently invited to Derby University for an informative and engaging session with author David Solomons. Students who recently entered BBC Radio's 500 Word competition were chosen to go and the morning was enjoyed by all involved.


Installation of new Bishop of Derby May 2019

We were very proud to have recently participated in the installation of the new Bishop of Derby, Bishop Libby, on Saturday 25th May. 


Austria Trip Information Evening Monday 13th June at 6pm

There will be an Information Evening about June's Austria trip on Monday 13th May at 6pm in the school's main hall. We will cover all topics from what to pack, itinerary to behaviour expectations. There will be a Q and A session where we will answer all queries and address any concerns. 

The Evening will be led by Mrs Dickinson, Teacher of RE and Trip Leader.

Ample free parking is available in the school's car park located off Hulland Street behind the car parks for the train station. Please note that there are parking restrictions on Nelson Street and at the side entrance of the school.

Newsletter Issue 5

The latest edition of our Newsletter (Issue 5) has now been published. It can be accessed by clicking on the orange Latest Newsletter tile on the SZapp or alternatively can be found at this link

Paper copies will be available at the school reception from Monday 29th April.

FAO Parents/Carers of students going to Valencia in June 

Good Afternoon,

There will be an Information Evening about June's Valencia trip on Wednesday 8th May at 6pm in the school's main hall. We will cover all topics from what to pack, itinerary to behaviour expectations. There will be a Q and A session where we will answer all queries and address any concerns. 

The Evening will be led by Miss Amiss, Head of MFL and Trip Leader.

Ample free parking is available in the school's car park located off Hulland Street as shown in blue in the picture below, behind the car parks for the train station. Please note that there are parking restrictions on Nelson Street and at the side entrance of the school.

Best wishes,

Derby Cathedral School

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SENDCo Clinics

Mr Chapple, our SENDCo, runs a clinic every Friday from 9 until 10am. If you would like to make an appointment to speak with Mr Chapple during this time, please telephone 01332 325710 or email 

Young people and social media

Particularly following a weekend or school holiday, we are often asked to deal with issues relating to or stemming from social media. Whilst we will always try to assist, we would kindly ask that you consult the below image which clearly shows that for the children at Derby Cathedral School at present, all of whom are 11 or 12 years old, no social media site is legal. All are targeted at young people 13 years and above. This is one of the many reasons why we do not allow mobile phones to be used within school. Whilst we acknowledge the many positives that social media can offer when used legally and responsibly, we would ask that you engage with your son or daughter to assess their social media usage, if any. Our students are truly wonderful young people however social media can be an unwelcome and indeed intrusive influence in what is a formative stage of their lives.


Foreign Language Spelling Bee Success

We are very proud to announce that following the East Midlands Regional round of the Foreign Language Spelling Bee, two of our students have made it to the national finals in Cambridge this summer. In fact, we took 1st and 2nd place in the competition in Stamford this evening. Well done to all involved!

Spelling Bee Stamford

Newsletter Issue 4

The fourth edition of our newsletter has now been published via the Schoolzine app (SZapp). If you have yet to download this application, please search for 'Schoolzine' in the Google Play Store or in the App Store. It is free to use with the creation of an account. 

A limited number of paper copies are available from reception. 

Should you wish to read previous editions, they can be found here with 2018 editions being downloadable by selecting that year on the right hand side of the page.

Paper copies of previous editions can be requested by contacting the school reception.

Comic Relief: March 2019

We had a wonderful day on Friday 15th March to mark Comic Relief Day. A very large number of students brought in a wonderful array of baked goods which proved very popular at break and lunch time. 

House points were awarded to all entries alongside four top prizes because ranking them proved impossible and some individual points for exceptional effort, creative design or volume.

In addition to the funds raised by students paying for the privilege of wearning non-uniform, we are delighted to confirm that we raised £267 for the charity.

We'd like to extend a heartfelt thank you to any parents/carers who assisted in the baking, packing and transport of the baked goods to us on the morning of the 15th. Your support is very much appreciated as always.

comic relief

September 2019 Open Events

As we did last year, we will hold Open Afternoons in the two weeks commencing September 16th and 23rd. During this time we will hold tours between 2pm and 3pm and between 4pm and 5pm. There is no need to book, we will accommodate all visitors.

Our Open Evening events for prospective students will be held on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th September, both starting at 6pm in the Main Hall.

Permanent Site

We are very pleased to announce that BAM Construction have been appointed as the building contractors who will deliver the new site of Derby Cathedral School on the former Friar Gate Goods Yard.

For more information please click on 'Information' and then 'Permanent Site'. 


Friday 23rd November: Parent Governor Vacancy

We currently have a vacancy for two parent governors and are seeking nominations. Please click on the link below to access full information about these vacancies, the nomination process and the deadline for nominations.

If you have any questions, please contact us via the usual methods.

Parent_Governor Vacancy Letter_November 2018

Contact Form

Should you wish to contact us for any reason, you can now fill in our contact form by clicking on the "Contact Us" tab on the top right of the website. The direct link is 

Children in Need 2018

We are delighted to announce that Friday's non-uniform day raised £172.76 for Children in Need. We'd like to extend our thanks for your generosity in supporting this very worthy cause. 

Further information about the Comic Relief non-uniform day, as chosen by the Student Council, will be released in the coming months

Austria and Valencia Trips June 2019

Places for both the Austria and Valencia trips in June 2019 have now been allocated to students. As the Austria trip was oversubscribed, places were allocated by random selection following this morning's assembly. All students who expressed an interest for this trip were present for the random draw of names. 

All students who returned a reply slip for Valencia have secured a place as it was not oversubscribed.

This is a reminder that for Austria only pupils need to be competent swimmers (i.e. able to swim 100 metres) and also be competent at riding a bicycle.

We would kindly ask that you now make your £100 deposit payment via ParentPay. The deadline for this is Friday 23rd November 2018. Should we not receive your deposit by then, your son or daughter's place will be allocated to another student on the waiting list. Deposits are non-refundable. 

*Important: By giving consent for your child to take part in this trip and paying the deposit, you are agreeing that if your child's attendance drops below 95% or their behaviour gives cause for concern, their place will be withdrawn and no refund will be given. Places will be withdrawn at the Headteacher's discretion.

Recruitment for September 2019

With the enrolment of a  second year group in September 2019 the school needs to double its staffing complement. Therefore, we are currently recruiting teaching posts for September 2019. At present, we have six jobs advertised on :

  • Teacher of Maths with ICT
  • Teacher of Science
  • Maths with PE (boys)
  • Teacher of History
  • Teacher of English
  • Teacher of Geography

Applications are made through the TES portal and all details can be accessed via the link above. If you wish to visit the school prior to submitting an application, please contact us. 

The closing date for applications is Friday 23rd November 2018 with interviews scheduled for early December for shortlisted candidates.


Schoolzine Application

If you are a current parent/carer, we would encourage you to download the free Schoolzine app as it will instantly alert you to updates from us here at Derby Cathedral School. 

Please search 'Schoolzine' in the Apple App Store or Android Google Play Store and you will find the app. It is green and entitled 'Szapp'. Please follow the subsequent instructions, selecting 'Europe' as the region and then searching for the school. You will then be prompted for an email address and password to sign up. Finally, please toggle the 'parent/guardian' button to green to receive the appropriate set of updates. 

If you would like further advice on this, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

*Please note this application is different to My Child At School. We do not currently use My Child At School to provide you with updates or alerts.

Full details are available at this link 

Newsletter Issue 2

The second edition of our newsletter has been published via the Schoolzine app. You can also access it via this link 

Paper copies are available at reception from Tuesday 13th November.

Enrichment Week Trips June 2019

A letter was sent home last week detailing the three trips that we plan to run during Enrichment Week next June. This letter will appear on the Schoolzine app in due course. 

We are at the stage of gauging potential interest for these trips-two of which are overseas residential-by way of asking for deposits and reply slips. Should a trip not meet the minimum numbers, deposits will be refunded however in all other cases deposits are non-refundable. 

Due to the nature of Enrichment Week, it is only possible to attend one of the three trips. 

After reading the letter, please don't hesitate to contact us should you have any queries. 

A full and engaging programme of in-school activities will be on offer for those who do not attend the residential trips. 

Car parking

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Our car park and drop off area is now open and is shaded in blue on the map above. 
We have over 60 spaces at our disposal and would strongly recommend that you use this area, which is completely free of barriers, to drop off, pick up and wait for your son or daughter. 
The area in front of the school reception (Nelson Street) is a private road with parking restrictions on both sides, including double yellow lines. Congestion on this road poses a verifiable danger for our pupils when they leave at 3:15pm and indeed members of the public. We strongly discourage you from parking or waiting here. Parking fines have been issued and parking attendants frequently sweep the area. 
The quickest way for pupils to access this car park is by leaving the school through the courtyard (playground) and exiting via the back gate. Pupils are very familiar with the car park's location because it is our fire assembly point.

Futsal Success!

Boys' Futsal Tournament

On Wednesday 24th October the boys represented Derby Cathedral School at the DCSSP Year 7 Futsal tournament held at Noel Baker School.

This was an event of many firsts: the first time any team had ever represented Derby Cathedral School, the first time the boys had played together, and of course the first time other schools and students in the surrounding area had the pleasure of playing against us.

The boys first played Derby Moor and after a very confident start drew 0-0, going on to play St Benedict's B team winning 2-0, Tyrell scoring Derby Cathedral's first ever goal. The boys then qualified for the next round and played a superb game against St Benedict's A which finished 2-0.

They then faced Noel Baker in the final. After full time and a very evenly matched game the score was 0-0. After some excellent saves from Jake the score remained 0-0 after golden goal time. Lewis, Tyrell and Jozua bravely stepped up and volunteered to take the penalties in a very tense finale but unfortunately we just missed out, losing 3-1 on penalties.

Despite finishing the tournament in second place overall the boys now move on to the County finals in December.

Well done boys we are extremely proud of your achievements.


Girls' Futsal Tournament

On Tuesday 6th November the girls represented Derby Cathedral School at the DCSSP Year 7 Futsal tournament held at Noel Baker School.

The girls were determined to follow in the boys' footsteps and they most definitely kept their promise.

Eight teams entered the competition and Derby Cathedral School came away as champions, securing a place at the County finals in December.

The girls played 5 games in total and results were as follows:

Derby Cathedral 0 v Silverhill 0

Derby Cathedral 1 v Oakwood B 0

Derby Cathedral 2 v Noel Baker 1

Derby Cathedral 2 v Chellaston 0

Final: Derby Cathedral 3 v Silverhill 2

All the girls played extremely well, the goal scorers were Aleena, Charlotte and Caitlin. Faith saved a penalty during the final to secure the overall win for Derby Cathedral School.

Well done girls we are extremely proud of your achievements.


Children in Need: Friday 16th November 2018

The recently elected Student Council have voted on which national charity events should be supported by a non-uniform day here at Derby Cathedral School. Discussion with Mr Inglis revealed that he is willing to allow a maximum of two such days in any one academic year. During this school year we have opted to support the Children in Need and Comic Relief events.

As Children in Need is scheduled for Friday 16th November, we will be holding a non-uniform day on this date. If students wish to take part they should make a £1 donation to the charity via their form tutor. All money will be collected in prior to the actual day. 

The school rules regarding jewellery will remain in force on this and all future non-uniform days as they are linked to our health and safety policy in school.

Monday 5th November 2018

Parents' Evening Thursday 8th November 5pm-7pm

Some appointments for this evening are still available. Please log on to My Child At School, select 'Parents' Evenings' from the menu on the left and then select a convenient slot to meet with your son or daughter's form tutor. 

If you encounter any problems with this system or wish to contact us to discuss, please do not hesitate to do so.

Friday 12th October 2018: My Child At School (MCAS)

Login details for our parent portal, My Child At School, have been sent out today. The attached letter and guide gives full details on how to use the portal. 

In addition, the letter makes reference to two upcoming form tutor parents' evenings, which will take place on:

Wednesday 24th October from 4pm to 6pm

Thursday 8th November from 5pm to 7pm

You will be able to book an appointment slot with your child's form tutor on whichever evening suits you best. 

Monday 8th October 2018: Newsletter Issue 1

The inaugural edition of our school newsletter is now accessible by clicking on the 'Contact Us' tab and then clicking on 'Latest Newsletter'

Paper copies are also available at Reception

Friday 5th October: Harvest Celebration

We hosted our first Harvest Celebration on Friday 5th October here at Derby Cathedral School.  Students and their families were extremely generous with their donations and the donation to the Padley Centre in Derby-to be distributed to the most vulnerable members of our community-was greatly received.

Further details will be in the first edition of our newsletter, to be published shortly.

Monday 1st October 2018

Dear Parents/Carers,

We now have for sale via Parentpay the following items:

-Casio FX-GT85 Plus Scientific calculator £8 (the recommended calculator for pupils here at school)

-Geometry set £1

-Exam pack which includes the calculator, geometry set and two clear plastic pencil cases £9

Once purchased please ask your son or daughter to speak with Ms Heppleston who will distribute the item.

Monday 24th September 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

Many thanks for letting us know of some issues you were experiencing with ParentPay. 

We understand these issues have now been rectified therefore we would kindly ask that you log on and check that any money you have added is successfully showing in your son or daughter's account. If you continue to encounter problems please contact us.

As stated before, there is a machine in school that accepts cash which will then be automatically loaded onto your son or daughter's account. However, it is important to note that this machine cannot give change.

Monday 17th September 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

Homework Club runs Monday to Thursday until 4:30pm. However, it is important to note that there is no Homework Club or other after school activities on a Friday. Therefore, please ensure that appropriate arrangements are in place for your son or daughter as they will leave the school premises after lesson 6 has finished at 3:15pm. 

This is especially important if you normally collect your son or daughter, as pick-up will need to take place by 3:30pm.