School Ethos

Our Vision

Proverbs 18:15

An intelligent heart acquires knowledge

and the ear of the

wise seeks knowledge.

Derby Cathedral School is a community that welcomes students, families and visitors of all faiths and none. The diversity and richness of such a family brings depth and a vibrancy to our core.

Underpinning and permeating our community are fundamental Christian values, of which we are proud. In line with the teachings of the Church of England we ask “for individuals to be the best they can be”.

We ask that all stakeholders of Derby Cathedral School uphold this philosophy through

their ACTIONS,



Our Ethos

Inclusivity and high expectations are central to our ethos and mission and we offer a warm welcome and a high-quality education to students from families practising all faiths and those with no faith.

We 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.

Applications received from families are judged against open, transparent and fair admissions criteria, which meet all requirements of the School's Admissions Code, Appeals Code and admissions legislation and provide full equality of access to those of any faith and to those of no faith. Additionally, fully planned and appropriately staffed alternative provision is available for those students who are opted out of any or all faith-based activities including collective worship.

Our wide curriculum offer including humanities is inclusive and embraces the world’s major religious and spiritual traditions. Timetabled, allocated time to faith-based activities is not disproportionate within our broad and balanced curriculum. The delivery of other curriculum areas, such as the study of evolution or theories of the origin of the universe in science, take place in keeping with the expectations of the National Curriculum and each relevant examination syllabus.

As an 11-19 secondary free school with a curriculum specialism in Music with mathematics, we have increased parental choice and diversity of provision in the Derby City area while contributing both to solving a basic need and to lifting education standards within the Local Authority. The curriculum specialisms are a key part of our vision and represent a platform from which we will build high levels of personal development, well-being and achievement from Year 7 onwards. In 2006 Lord Adonis said: “Music has a vital role to play in enriching the curriculum and driving up standards”. We continue to exploit the natural links between music and mathematics to secure gains in learning for our students.

Building on high expectations, Derby Cathedral School champions high academic attainment and excellent pastoral care.