On schedule to open at Midland House next September

Derby Cathedral School, the City’s first Church of England co-educational 11-19 secondary school is on track to open in September 2018.

The school will have a curriculum specialism in Music and Mathematics and is being established by Derby Diocesan Academy Trust (DDAT) and Derby Cathedral to help meet the need for additional high-quality secondary places in the Derby area and to give local families more choice.

The school will open with up to 180 Year 7 places in temporary accommodation in central Derby at Midland House in Nelson Street, DE1 2SA, whilst the brand new state-of-the-art facilities are being developed on a permanent site. Works on preparing Midland House for occupation by a secondary school will commence shortly to ensure that all the facilities required are in place to facilitate a high standard of education from day one.

David Channon, CEO of Derby Diocesan Academy Trust, commented:
“We are making excellent progress and our search for an exceptional and inspirational leader is already under way. Discussions with the City Council and Education & Skills Funding Agency are continuing positively to identify a permanent site in and around the City Centre. Strong links will be forged with the family of schools across Derby and our state-of-the-art facilities will be shared with the community.

Consultation for Derby Cathedral School runs until Monday 24th July 2017 and drop-in Consultation Events will be held on Tuesday 27th June from 1.00pm – 3.00pm and Wednesday 5th July 6.30pm – 8.30pm at Derby Cathedral, Iron Gate, Derby DE1 3GP. More information about the consultation can be found at www.derbycathedralschool.org.uk/consultation.

The Rev Dr Elizabeth Thomson, Canon Missioner at Derby Cathedral, commented: “This consultation gives us the chance to continue to seek the views of prospective parents, students and stakeholders, giving them the opportunity to help shape the secondary school so that it meets the needs of the Derby community. I look forward to working with members of the local community to further develop our plans for this exciting new school which will deliver a first-rate education, ensuring that pupils reach their maximum potential and access world-class jobs in our vibrant City. 

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Excellent progress continues to be made

Solid progress continues to be made on a number of fronts at Derby Cathedral School, and we are pleased to share with you a brief update on the latest developments.

The Project Steering Group has been working with the Department for Education (DfE), the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and Derby City Council to ensure that we are on track at this stage of the project phase. The focus of our work has of course been on identifying the best site for Derby Cathedral School, with consideration to location, access, size and overall feasibility. Being a city centre location, this has not been an easy task but we have been able to focus on a shortlist of options from a long list on which the EFA have been carrying out technical and financial assessments.

We are unable to share details at this stage as the EFA stipulates that the details of potential locations must be kept confidential until a site has been secured, but rest assured that we are working hard towards achieving this as soon as possible. Once the site has been secured and once the time needed for obtaining planning permission and completing any necessary building works or refurbishment has been assessed, we will be in a position to share details of the proposed location and also the proposed opening date of Derby Cathedral School.

The Project Steering Group has been undertaking the workstreams as required by the DfE, and we are pleased to report that we are on course with no issues to date. We are currently developing concepts around the curriculum, the school’s branding and policies, and over the coming weeks, we will start to consider plans for headteacher recruitment and consultation with the communities that Derby Cathedral School will serve.

We will share all of this with you as soon as we possibly can and following the appropriate decision protocols. In the meantime, we really value your ongoing support and hope that you continue to be as excited as we are about working towards opening Derby Cathedral School.

Thank you.

Derby Cathedral School Team

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Progress update

Since receiving the green light from the Department for Education (DfE) to enter the ‘pre-opening’ phase, we have been able to progress our plans to make our vision for Derby Cathedral School a reality.

We have attended our first meeting with the DfE and a highly experienced project management team has formally been appointed to guide the school towards a successful opening. One of the first key tasks is for the Education Funding Agency (EFA) to secure a site that is suitable for the creation of a high-quality learning environment facilitating a first-rate education to our students.

Derby Cathedral School is being established by the Derby Diocesan Academy Trust and Derby Cathedral to help meet the need for secondary school places in the area and also to provide families with more choice. As such, we had originally hoped that a September 2017 opening date would be viable.

Since submitting our application, the DfE has reviewed its policy on confirming the provisional opening date for a free school. In previous application rounds, a provisional opening date was confirmed upon approval to enter the pre-opening phase. However, the DfE will now only agree this once a suitable site has been secured.

As negotiations around securing a site are commercially sensitive, the EFA stipulates that the details of potential sites must be kept confidential until a site has been confirmed and once they have assessed the time needed for obtaining planning permission and completing necessary building works or refurbishment. We will share details of the proposed location of Derby Cathedral School as soon as we are able.

We understand that this will be a disappointment to those of you with children starting secondary school next autumn, but this change in DfE policy will enable parents of prospective students applying for a place at a proposed new free school to have confidence in its opening date.

We would like to thank you all for your tremendous support and to reassure you that we are continuing to make progress on the non-site related elements of the project.

We will keep you informed of our progress through our website and on the Derby Cathedral School Facebook page.

Derby Cathedral School Team

Approved!

Derby Cathedral and Derby Diocesan Academy Trust (DDAT) are delighted to announce that the Secretary of State for Education has decided that our application to establish Derby Cathedral School should proceed to the next stage of the free schools process – the pre-opening phase.  This is a significant step towards opening our school and we wish to thank everyone who supported and helped create the vision to establish this important school.

Derby Cathedral School is proposed to be the first Church of England Secondary School within the Diocese of Derby. Dean of Derby Cathedral, The Very Reverend Dr John Davies, said:

“I am thrilled that the Department for Education has recognised the need for a new secondary school, committed to raising aspirations and opportunities, serving the families of Derby. We now have the opportunity to work with parents and the community to develop an outstanding school that will equip students with skills and qualifications that will enable them to access high-quality careers in and around the City. I can’t wait to start work with my colleagues and our partners to make this great vision become a reality.”

Bishop Alastair Redfern, Chair of Derby Diocesan Academy Trust commented:

“This is tremendous news for everyone, and I know so many parents and supporters have been waiting with baited breath on the outcome of the DfE decision. We have been overwhelmed with the levels of support and encouragement that we have had for this proposed school, from councillors to MPs, from local schools to the Cathedral congregation and critically from the communities in and around Derby.”

The Trust will start planning its pre-opening programme, including further consultations and events in Derby, leading up to the opening of the school. One of the first tasks will be to determine the site for the school working closely with the Education Funding Agency, and once identified a proposed opening date for the new school will be announced. The Trust will share its programme as soon as it is developed and agreed with the Department for Education.

If you have not yet registered your interest and would like to be kept updated with the school’s progress, please complete the short form.

We’re waiting for the news…

Just before the Summer Break, the Derby Cathedral School Team were invited to attend an interview with the Department for Education (DfE).

We are currently awaiting the decision of the DfE as to whether the school can move ahead to the pre-opening stage of development whereby a number of important activities will begin.

We hope to hear very soon and will share any news with you as soon as we do hear! Thank you for your ongoing support which is much appreciated.

Please continue to support our plans

We are continuing to collect registrations of interest as we need to show the Department for Education that we have continued and growing support for the school from prospective parents and members of the local community.

If you are considering Derby Cathedral School for your child(ren) but have not yet registered your support, please complete the short online form.

If you do not have a child starting secondary school in 2017 or later but support this proposed school, please email us at info@derbycathedralschool.org.uk.

Keep your eye on our website for further updates or join us on Facebook for all the latest news.

Kind regards

Derby Cathedral School Team

Application now in!

Our application to the Department for Education (DfE) to open Derby Cathedral School has now been submitted!

The application contained a detailed business case for our school, including detailed answers to questions about parental demand, the type of school we will provide, the school’s ethos and the capability of our team. We are now waiting to hear whether we have been shortlisted for an interview by the DfE, which is the next stage of the process and an opportunity to discuss our proposal in depth.

We’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who has shown their support and registered their interest in Derby Cathedral School – we’ll let you know as soon as we have any news!

Thank you for your continued support.

Derby Cathedral School Team

One week to register your support!

With just one week to go before we submit our bid to the Department for Education to make our vision for Derby Cathedral School a reality, please register your support by Monday 29th February. Demonstrating the level of support for the school is a key element of our application to the Department for Education and the higher the level of demand, the more chance the school has of being approved.

If you have a child due to start secondary school in September 2017 or later and have not yet registered your support for Derby Cathedral School, please complete the short registration form.

If you do not have a child starting secondary school in 2017 or later but would like to share your thoughts or suggestions, please email us at info@derbycathedralschool.org.uk.

Please spread the word – together we can make this happen!

Derby Cathedral School Team

Two weeks to go!

We have been delighted with the positive response from prospective parents and members of the wider community. Demonstrating the level of support for the school is a key element of our application to the Department for Education and the higher the level of demand, the more chance the school has of being approved.

If you have a child due to start secondary school in September 2017 or later and have not yet registered your support for Derby Cathedral School, please complete the short online form.

If you do not have a child starting secondary school in 2017 or later but would like to share your thoughts or suggestions, please email us at info@derbycathedralschool.org.uk.

Thank you for your ongoing support – every registration brings us one step closer to making our vision for Derby Cathedral School a reality.

Derby Cathedral School Team

Part of the family of local schools

Derby Cathedral School will be an inclusive school with high expectations which will offer a warm welcome and a high quality education to students from all families, regardless of faith. Our plans for the proposed secondary school are a continuation of the Diocese and Cathedral’s commitment to raising aspirations and opportunities for the young people of Derby.

We will have access to all of the operational structures and services already established within the Diocese of Derby Academy Trust schools. Our state-of-the-art facilities will be shared with the local community and strong links will be forged with other schools in the local area. With our proposals supported by Anne Martin, Head of the highly-regarded Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Ashbourne and Brian Walker, Head of the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ West Park Community School in Spondon, we are already well on the way to joining the family of local schools, working together to equip students with the skills and qualifications to enable them to access high quality careers in and around the vibrant City.

If you haven’t already done so, please support our proposals by completing the registration form.

You can also share your thoughts and suggestions by emailing us at info@derbycathedralschool.org.uk.

Please spread the word!

Derby Cathedral School Team