Derby Cathedral School will be the first Church of England secondary-phase school within the Diocese of Derby and is a joint venture between the Derby Diocesan Academy Trust (DDAT) and Derby Cathedral. We will work closely with the local Authority in the planning of the school and will forge strong links with schools across Derby including the established family of Derby Diocesan Academy Trust schools.

There are already 110 primary church schools in the Diocese who work very hard to provide the best possible education for their pupils. We will work closely with the Local Authority and local stakeholders in the planning of the secondary school and will forge strong links with schools across Derby including the established family of DDAT schools.

The Diocese and the Cathedral, under the Bishop’s guidance, have been playing a key role in raising aspirations and opportunities for the young people of Derby. Examples include:

  • The Redfern Commission, chaired by the Bishop of Derby, was made up from a panel of key representatives from local business and cultural organisations to investigate issues and opportunities in the City with the aim of enriching the quality of life for its citizens. It recognised the importance of raising aspiration and self-esteem in young people and forging links between schools and industry.
  • The Cathedral supports the growth of credit unions in the City, set up to help those in a difficult financial situation by providing better access to savings, affordable credit, debt advice and money management skills in the community. LifeSavers (the pilot financial education and savings clubs programme for primary schools run by the children with the local credit union) is planned for Derby as part of the Church’s commitment to equipping children with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to manage money well.
  • The Bishop and Chapter actively create opportunities for youngsters through their Cathedral Apprenticeships in local commercial outlets. Derbyshire teenager Joseph Grimoldby made the national headlines when he became the first apprentice Cathedral Verger in the country.
  • Music has proved a very successful media in reaching out to young people of all faiths across Derby. This is demonstrated through the establishment of Derby Youth Choir, the use of the Cathedral as a music education hub by East Midlands Orchestra, our work with Jamia Mosque and our Cathedral music tutelage – in particular, the organists – in helping to secure places at Russell Group universities.

Derby Cathedral School will be a school with its own Local Governing Body but will be able to access all of the operational structures, services and support already established within Derby Diocesan Academy Trust. In addition, the school will be accountable to the Secretary of State for Education through the terms of its Funding Agreement.

Together, the school’s proposer team bring a huge amount of experience and knowledge to facilitate the creation of a high-performing school.

The key members of the Trust are:

Bishop Alastair Redfern, the Rt Rev. the Lord Bishop of Derby

“The Cathedral is committed to supporting the regeneration of Derby, to raising young people’s aspirations and equipping them with the tools they need to lead a fulfilling life. Derby Cathedral School is the next important step of our plan and will deliver a first-rate education, ensuring that pupils reach their maximum potential and access world-class jobs in our vibrant city. I look forward to working with members of the local community to further develop our plans for this exciting new school.”

David Channon (Vice Chair)

“As Director of Education for the Derby Diocesan Board of Education and CEO of the Derby Diocesan Academy Trust, I am delighted that our proposals for Derby’s first Church of England secondary-phase school appeal not only to those with children already attending the highly popular Church primary schools within the Diocese, but equally to families of all faiths and none who wish to access a high quality education with high expectations.”

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