Latest Updates

Cashless Catering

Our cashless catering system will be up and running from Monday 24th September 2018. Letters have been sent home with students today but please do contact us if you have any questions. ParentPay is also fully available to parents/carers.

Water Supply

A note to inform parents and carers of year 7 students: The school had some routine plumbing work completed at Midland House overnight (18th/19th September) and as a precaution we have asked our students not to drink water from the taps. We have had plenty of bottled spring water delivered this morning which is freely available for our students. We also have a chilled water dispenser available for students to fill up their own water bottles. Tap water is fine to use for washing hands etc. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

School bags:
This seems to have caused some confusion and hopefully we can add some clarity. School bags can be your preferred design i.e. a rucksack or shoulder bag but they should have minimal branding on them. A small logo is not an issue, however heavily branded products often lead to unnecessary “fashion-wars” and this isn’t our preference at the start of term. Students will have the option of a locker during their time at the school and bags can be stored there when not personally being carried.

The school will work with students during the first week of term in order to make applications for the “b_line” bus pass. As previously mentioned at the Evening Events, Arriva buses are offering a discounted weekly pass for students, these can be secured by visiting their website.

Due to parental requests, staff (a minimum of 2) from the school will meet students at the bus station during the first week of term, in order to walk to Midland House. Students are to meet beside bay number 1. They are to insist on seeing the member of staff’s ID card and obviously should not leave the bus station alone with any other adult. The staff will leave the bus station at 8:20pm promptly, in order to access school at an appropriate time. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact is by email at and we will endeavour to respond as quickly as possible.

Events for parents & carers – 24th 25th 26th April

Parents and carers with children joining Derby Cathedral School this September, as well as those considering one of the limited number of Year 7 places still available, are invited to attend one of our update meetings being held at locations around the city:

Tuesday 24th April, 6.00pm
Boulton St Mary’s Community Centre DE24 0EN (Please note there is limited parking available in the centre itself, some on-street parking is available on Barrett Street)

Wednesday 25th April, 6.00pm
Derby Cathedral DE1 3GP

Thursday 26th April, 6.00pm
Bishop Lonsdale CE Primary School DE22 3HH

Our Headteacher Designate, Mr Inglis, will be updating you on progress towards the opening of the school and providing some key information on the school day, term dates, uniform and more. We also hope to introduce you to some of the newly recruited teaching team and senior leaders (depending on their current school commitments).

We hope to see many of you there!

Limited Year 7 places available – apply now!

We have a limited number of Year 7 places available for this September.

Apply now

Informal roadshow events 29th January – 1st February

Come and meet Mr Gordon Inglis, Headteacher Designate of the proposed Derby Cathedral School.

We are running a roadshow of events for you to find out more about our plans for the school, scheduled to open in September 2018 with six Year 7 classes (180 places).

Roadshow events

Monday 29th January, 3.30pm: Firs Primary School

Tuesday 30th January, 3.30pm: Hardwick Primary School

Wednesday 31st January, 3.30pm: Bishop Lonsdale Primary School

Thursday 1st February, 3.30pm: Walter Evans School

Drop in and meet the Head!

We very much welcome prospective parents/carers and the community to attend our roadshow of events to hear about our plans to establish the Derby Cathedral School in September 2018.

This is an opportunity to ask any questions that you may have, and for us to share our plans for how the school will deliver high-quality education for its students. Our Headteacher Designate Mr Gordon Inglis will be available to meet you and take you through his vision and plan for the Derby Cathedral School.

The roadshow is also an opportunity for you to give your feedback on the location of the permanent site for the school at Friar Gate Goods Yard which was recently secured.

You can also visit the Site Consultation page to give your feedback.

The Derby Cathedral School is scheduled to open this September in temporary accommodation at Midland House in Nelson Street while the new building is constructed.

Derby Cathedral School is the City’s first Church of England co-educational 11-19 secondary school, including a sixth form. It will deliver a broad and balanced curriculum, with a specialism in Music and Mathematics, encouraging self-confidence and accelerating cognitive development for all learners:

  • Building high levels of personal development, well-being and achievement
  • Providing a warm welcome and a high-quality education to students from families practising all faiths and those with no faith

Inclusivity and high expectations will be integral to our ethos and mission. Derby Cathedral School will also offer a high-quality spiritual, moral, social and cultural education while promoting British values relating to democracy, the rule of law, tolerance and individual liberty.

Please do drop into one of our events, we look forward to seeing you!

Derby Cathedral School Team

Location of permanent site announced!

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Derby Cathedral School, which was given the green light by the Department for Education to progress to the ‘pre-opening’ stage last year, has announced that the Education and Skills Funding Agency has secured their permanent site, having acquired the western half of the former Friar Gate Goods Yard site.

Derby Cathedral School will open in September 2018 in temporary accommodation at Midland House (Nelson Street, Derby), before moving to brand new state-of-the-art facilities located at the Friar Gate Goods Yard site. The development and construction of the permanent site and buildings are expected to take three years.

Dean of the Cathedral, The Revd Canon Dr Stephen Hance says:

“Derby Cathedral School is opening in response to local support for our proposals to provide high-quality education provision within a nurturing Church of England environment and to help meet the need for more Secondary School places.

We are delighted that we can now announce where the permanent site for the school will be. Friar Gate Goods Yard was our preferred location from the very beginning of the process due to its central location within close proximity to the Cathedral, and its need for development to enhance the infrastructure of the City”.

David Channon, Director of Education for the Diocese of Derby and CEO of Derby Diocesan Academy Trust (DDAT) says:

“Following this significant milestone, the Trust and Project Team are working hard to develop plans for the refurbishment of the temporary site, appoint a full complement of staff for the first year, and finalise the education plans and policies which are being refined by our Headteacher Designate, Mr. Gordon Inglis. We are also continuing to work in very close partnership with Derby City Council in developing this exciting new school for the children and young people in Derby ”.

Admissions for Derby Cathedral School remain open and can be made via the school website.

Although applications will be managed outside the Local Authority coordinated admissions process in the first year, the Cathedral School team are working extremely closely with the relevant departments of Derby City Council. Applications are invited from those of all faiths and none.

Plans for the development of the 9-acre site secured are currently being progressed and will be shared with the community as soon as possible. Meanwhile, refurbishment works on Midland House (the school’s temporary site) will begin in the Spring Term 2018 to ensure that the building can meet the needs of a new Church of England secondary school opening in September 2018.

Announcement for prospective parents

Many thanks to all who joined us at last night’s ‘Meet the Headteacher’ event. It was fantastic to meet so many of you and we were delighted with the positive response to our Headteacher Designate Gordon Inglis‘ talk and the number of families keen to secure a Year 7 place for their child at Derby Cathedral School for 2018. We will be sharing the answers to questions asked at the event on the FAQs page of our website shortly.

We were pleased to announce at the event that the application deadline has been extended to 31st December 2017, to coincide with the expected announcement of the permanent site for the school. Gordon will now be joining Derby Cathedral School as Headteacher Designate in December and there will be further opportunities to meet Gordon prior to the application deadline.

Negotiations between the Department for Education and the vendors are ongoing, and it is anticipated that contracts will be exchanged in December when we will be permitted to formally announce the location of the site.

The site will be within the City Centre, DE1 postcode area and within easy walking distance of the Cathedral.

In the meantime, we will be working to prepare the school for opening at its temporary site at Midland House in Nelson Street, DE1 2SA in September 2018. It is expected that we will move to brand new state-of-the-art buildings in September 2020.

Your application for Derby Cathedral School will be a risk-free choice for 2018 as applications are made IN ADDITION to the usual Local Authority process. An application to Derby Cathedral School will be considered entirely separately and will not affect any other school applications you make via the LA.

You may be offered two places on 1st March 2018, one from your three LA choices and an additional offer from Derby Cathedral School. You can then decide which offer to accept.

Please complete your application for a Year 7 place at Derby Cathedral School before 31st December 2017.

Meet the Headteacher on Wednesday 18th October

Families with children starting secondary school next September are invited to meet our recently appointed Headteacher Designate, Gordon Inglis, at our upcoming event.

The ‘Meet the Headteacher’ event will take place on Wednesday 18th October from 6.00pm – 7.00pm at Derby Cathedral, 18-19 Iron Gate, Derby DE1 3GP.

We would be grateful if you could email any questions you may have about our plans for Derby Cathedral School ahead of the event to ensure that Gordon covers the answers to the most frequently asked questions with everyone on the day.

There will be further opportunities to meet Gordon when he starts full time in January.

Make your ‘risk-free’ application by 31st October

Inspirational Headteacher and Chair of Governors appointed!

Gordon Inglis
Headteacher Designate
Brian Walker MBE Chair of Governors

Derby Cathedral School is excited to announce the appointment of its Headteacher and Chair of Governors.

Gordon Inglis will be joining Derby Cathedral School as Headteacher Designate in January 2018 to prepare the school for opening at its temporary site at Midland House in September 2018. He leaves the highly regarded ‘The Bolsover School’ where he has successfully led the school for over ten years. Ofsted praised his leadership at the school, and in particular for engendering a strong set of values through the school where equality, tolerance and understanding lie at the heart of the curriculum.

“I have spent nearly 30 years in education, twelve as Headteacher. I am thrilled to be given this opportunity to share my knowledge and experience to help establish the Derby Cathedral School. I am eager to drive the curriculum development and instil our Christian ethos, and to work with Cathedral and Diocesan Trust colleagues to put everything in place for next autumn, including recruiting a team of equally excited and impassioned staff to make the school a success from day one.

“Choosing a child’s secondary school is one of the most important decisions that parents will make. Derby Cathedral School will have the advantage of being part of a wider Diocesan and academy trust (DDAT) family. I very much look forward to meeting parents and prospective students very soon to share my vision for Derby Cathedral School.”

Families with children due to start secondary school next September will have the opportunity to meet Gordon at Open Events currently being organised to take place prior to the admissions deadline on 31st October 2017. Details of the open events will be widely publicised on the school’s website and through Facebook. Parents are also encouraged to sign up to the school’s newsletter.

We are also delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Brian Walker MBE as the Chair of Governors of Derby Cathedral School.

Brian has been the Headteacher of West Park School (Spondon, Derby) for 20 years and is wholly committed to improving educational performance across the city of Derby. West Park School is a high-performing mathematics and computing academy and is recognised as one of the best schools in the Country. West Park School was acknowledged in March 2017 by Nick Gibb MP as being within the top 5% of schools nationally in terms of the progress made by pupils, using the Progress 8 measure. In addition, the Real Schools Guide 2017 announced West Park as being the ‘best school in Derbyshire’.

Brian is a National Leader in Education and has recently been awarded an MBE for services to Education. His knowledge of the local, regional and national education landscape will provide Derby Cathedral School with firm foundations.

Applications for a Year 7 place at Derby Cathedral School for September 2018 are now being accepted. In the first year, Derby Cathedral School will process applications outside the normal local authority process for coordinating school offers. This means parents will need to complete their LA common application form for other choices of school in addition to the online application for Derby Cathedral School. An application to Derby Cathedral School will be considered entirely separately and will not affect any other school applications made via the LA. It is, in effect, an additional choice of school.

The closing date for applications is 31st October 2017. Those offered a place at Derby Cathedral School will receive two offers from the LA on 1st March: one from their three LA choices and an additional offer from Derby Cathedral School. They can then decide which offer to accept.

Apply for a Year 7 place – a ‘risk-free’ choice for 2018

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Year 7 admissions for 2018 open on 14th September

Derby Cathedral School is on schedule to open in September 2018 with six Year 7 classes (180 places) and admissions will open on 14th September. We will be organising open events this autumn, ahead of the Year 7 application deadline of 31st October.

In our first year of operation, we will sit outside the Local Authority coordinated admissions process although we will be working closely with colleagues at the LA.

In essence, an application to Derby Cathedral School is a risk-free choice for 2018 as applications are made in addition to the usual Local Authority process. This gives parents/carers a chance they may be offered two places, one from Derby Cathedral School and one through the Local Authority.

Read more about Year 7 admission arrangements for 2018

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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

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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