Derby Cathedral School has been approved by the Department for Education to enter the pre-opening phase.  The 11-19 secondary school is being established by the Derby Diocesan Academy Trust (DDAT) and Derby Cathedral to help meet the need for additional high-quality secondary places in the Derby area and also to give families more choice.

One of the first key tasks is for the Education Funding Agency (EFA) to secure a site for the school. As negotiations around securing a site are commercially sensitive, the EFA stipulates that details must be kept confidential until a site has been confirmed. Once a suitable site has been secured, a provisional opening date will be agreed.

We plan to open with four Year 7 classes (120 places) and admit the same number of Year 7 pupils each year thereafter. Derby Cathedral School will be a Church of England school and will be fully inclusive and free to attend, welcoming pupils of all abilities, from all backgrounds, of all faiths and none.

The state-of-the-art school will offer a broad and balanced curriculum taught by qualified teachers. Our specialism in Music and Mathematics will be enhanced by strong links with the Cathedral Choir and Music Department, and students will also benefit from an extended school day, excellent pastoral care and a wide range of enrichment opportunities. As Derby’s regeneration framework moves the city towards becoming the UK’s hi-tech industries capital, we will equip students with the skills and qualifications to enable them to access high-quality careers in and around the vibrant city.

Our plans for Derby Cathedral School have been developed following extensive engagement with the local community and are a continuation of the Diocese and Cathedral’s commitment to raising aspirations and opportunities for the young people of Derby. We will continue to seek the views of prospective parents, students and stakeholders, giving them the opportunity to help shape the school so that it meets the needs of the local community.

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Derby Cathedral School Team