Derby High School 德比中学, Hillsway, Littleover,
Derby DE23 7DT
Tel: 01332 514267 Fax: 01332 516085
• GIRLS, 3–18, Day, Boys 3–11 only
• Pupils 600, Upper sixth 35
• Termly fees £1820–£2395
• GSA, Woodard
• Enquiries/application to the Headmaster’s Secretary
What it’s like
Founded in 1892, it is a Woodard girls’ school set in a self-contained suburban
site on the outskirts of Derby. The prep and pre-prep schools (which are both
co-ed) are distinct, although they are on the same site as the senior school and
with a common head. Most of the senior school buildings are purpose built; there
has been a great deal of investment including, most recently, a sports hall and
sixth form common room. A large proportion of the senior school intake comes
from the prep school. Although a Church of England school, children of other
religions are welcomed. Examination results are good. Music is strong and there
is much success across a range of arts at the Derby Arts Festival. In sport,
hockey is particularly successful and each year there are several county and
international players. There is successful participation in the Duke of
Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and Young Enterprise. Numerous house competitions
including music, drama and a variety of sports.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 3–18; 600 day pupils (107 boys, 493
girls). Senior department 11–18, 300 girls.
Entrance: Main entry ages 3–11, 13 and 16. Own entrance exam used; for
sixth-form entry, 5 GCSEs at least grade C (grade B in sixth-form subjects). No
special skills or religious requirements. 50% of new senior intake from state
schools (plus few to sixth form). Up to 60% of senior department from own prep
Scholarships, bursaries & extras Up to 15 pa scholarships, value
£700–£3000: 4 music, 2 sport, others academic (3–10 at 11, 10 at 16). Usually 3
bursaries for eg children of clergy. Average extras £70 a term; textbooks leased
and school buys back.
Head & staff
Headmaster: Colin Callaghan, appointed in 2004. Educated at Exeter
University (French & German). Previously Deputy Head at Worksop College, taught
languages at Royal Hospital School.
Teaching staff: 35 full time, 15 part time. Annual turnover 10%. Average
GCSE: In 2003, 44 pupils in upper fifth: 98% gained at least grade C in
9+ subjects. Average GCSE score 69 (60 over 5 years).
A-levels: 35 in upper sixth. Average final point score achieved by upper
sixth formers 420.
University & college entrance 90% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (15% after a gap year). 15% took courses in medicine,
dentistry & veterinary science, 12% in science & engineering, 20% in law, 15% in
humanities & social sciences, 10% in art & design, 28% in other vocational
subjects. Others typically go on to professional training eg accountancy,
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 16+ AS/A-level subjects.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
in addition, all take AS-level general studies (A-level optional). 40% take
science and technology A-levels; 40% arts/humanities; 20% both. Key skills
taught as an extension of general studies.
Vocational: Work experience available. RSA certificate in IT compulsory.
Special provision: Specialist teaching for dyslexic pupils and for EFL.
Languages: French compulsory for 3 years, German for 2, then one or both
to GCSE; A-level offered in both. Regular exchanges (Germany and France).
ICT: Taught as a discrete subject (4 lessons per year group). 90
computers for pupil use (7 hours a day), all networked and many with email and
internet access. Most pupils take Clait and IBT II.
Music: Up to 50% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. Some 7 musical groups including orchestra, wind band, choirs,
chamber groups etc. 1 pupil in National Youth Orchestra; choir and orchestra
perform locally; regular winners at local arts festivals.
Drama: Drama offered at GCSE. Majority of pupils are involved in school
and house/other productions.
Art & design: GCSE and A-level. Design also offered.
Sport & activities
Sport: Hockey, netball, tennis, athletics compulsory. Optional: rounders,
squash, aerobics, badminton. Sixth formers only: horse-riding, trampolining,
multigym, swimming, sailing. BAGA and RYA exams may be taken. Several county
hockey and netball players; U18 county hockey captain.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. Community service optional. Up to 10 clubs, eg drama, crafts, maths,
computing, cookery, various sports and Young Enterprise.
Uniform: School uniform worn, varied in the sixth form.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Prefects, head girl, head of house
and house prefects – both Head and school involved in appointments.
Religion: Attendance at religious worship compulsory although there is an
Social: Some joint activities with local boys’ school. Trips abroad
include field courses (to France and Germany), expeditions (to eg South Africa,
Brazil, Japan, Mexico), skiing (Austria). Pupils allowed to bring own car or
bike to school. Meals self-service. No tobacco allowed; no alcohol (except for
sixth form at 2 formal dinners).
Discipline Pupils failing to produce homework once would expect
verbal punishment; those caught smoking cannabis on the premises could expect
suspension or expulsion, depending on their record.
Alumni association is run by Mrs M Cutts, 67 Blagreaves Lane,