Letter from the new Headteacher
I am writing to introduce myself as the new Headteacher of Derby Cathedral School. I am delighted to be joining the school on 4th May 2020 and am very much looking forward to getting know the whole community as soon as is possible. This will not be a straightforward task in these strange times but hopefully it won’t be too long until we can all meet in person.
Having started and led a successful Free School for the past six years, I am aware of what a privilege and responsibility this role is. The Derby Cathedral School is at an exciting stage of its development. There is so much to look forward to, from the new school building to the growth of each successive year group, their GCSE options, in a few years, the Sixth Form. Deepening the relationship with the Cathedral and developing the specialisms of music and mathematics over time are also areas I will be focusing on. I have already been struck by the vibrant, diverse and welcoming community the school is and I will ensure that it continues to be this way.
The School asks “for individuals to be the best they can be”. This aspiration is at the heart of my own work ethos. I have high expectations for everyone and work hard to ensure that all individuals receive the support they need to meet their goals.
Education has the power to transform lives and learning should be an exciting and enriching experience. The school’s vision is based around the Bible verse:
An intelligent heart acquires knowledge and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. (Proverbs 18:15)
It is my aim that every child at Derby Cathedral School is best placed to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to take confident steps into their future world of continued education, training and employment.
However, whilst learning is at the very core of its vision, the school community is more than just a place to acquire academic knowledge. It is also one where students will learn fundamental values and skills needed for a happy and fulfilled life. A place where they can learn to be an active member of a community. School is also a time that gives students many shared experiences and memories that will stay with them for life.
Many of these memories will be happy ones but sadly, our paths in life can contain times of sadness. I am very much aware that the tragic death of one of our students is one of those. I have been very touched by the care and compassion shown by the staff at this extremely difficult time and my thoughts and prayers also go out to the family. When possible, we will plan for the school community to remember their friend and student in an appropriate way.
Derby Cathedral School has made an excellent start in being a beacon school for the city. The true character of the staff and students is visible in the way all have responded to the current situation. The elements of FAITH (Fellowship, Aspiration, Integrity, Tenacity and Humility) have been actively demonstrated. I feel very honoured to be joining such a fantastic team and community and I look forward to being able to meet you and your children soon.
With warm wishes to you and your family,
Mrs J. Brown