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As the inaugural Headteacher of the soon to open Derby Cathedral School, I am honoured to be able to introduce you to our hopes, vision and newly appointed staff. It has been a fantastic journey to reach this pre-opening milestone and as plans are evolving for our new, state-of-the art building in Friar Gate, I can only assume that this enjoyment will continue.
The number of student applications has exceeded our expectations and we will open in September with our standard intake of 6 classes. This has led to the recruitment of a range of staff, suitably qualified to deliver the full secondary national curriculum. Many of the staff have written a short introduction which can now be accessed here on the website. I am very proud of the staff appointments and I am sure we will make the perfect team as we welcome our first student cohort in September.
Our bond with Derby Cathedral is an immense source of pride and excitement. The calendar is already filling with opportunities; from a service to celebrate education on September 9th to our Christmas Service on December 21st, we have many events planned. The Cathedral Music Director and our own school appointed Director, are already planning strategies to enhance provision and access for students. Watch this space for the emergence of a formidable brass ensemble in the Autumn term.
Midland House is currently undergoing a significant amount of redecoration, refurbishment and general improvement, ready for our temporary occupation. The handover from the contractors isn’t scheduled until August, however we have negotiated with them to host a day and evening transition event there in late June / early July. The dates will be confirmed and shared as soon as we have clarity from the contractors. Furniture has been ordered, teaching resources secured and myself and colleagues are all geared up for a busy summer period. We are working with our technology provider (Gaia) on a weekly basis, ensuring we have the right devices, internet access and equipment to enhance the learning experience from day 1. We have also appointed the contractor to provide our breakfast club, break snacks and school lunches, so rest assured nobody will go hungry at Midland House.
I have met with the architect from the Department for Education to begin the design process for the Friar Gate site and I am looking forward to including the ideas and aspirations of our students as the process evolves. We have already visited some recent school constructions and aim to repeat this with a group of students, as soon as the opportunity presents itself.
Our uniform and term dates have now been finalised and are also detailed on this website. The uniform is sourced from a highly reputable local supplier and meets our brief for quality, durability and value for money.
As policies, procedures and key information is agreed, it will be posted on this website and a number of fundamental policies are already accessible, having previously passed quality control with the Department for Education.
Should you have any questions regarding the school, wish to visit us in September as part of your decision making for intake in 2019 or think you might want to join the team, please use the contact address shown on the website.
Mr G. Inglis
Derby Cathedral School