Welcome to Derby Cathedral School

Welcome to Derby Cathedral School

Important Information:

Updated 06/04/2020

Free School Meals Voucher Update:

Parents should now have received a link to an electronic voucher for their child’s first week of free school meal entitlement since the school closure.  The latest details regarding where and how to use the vouchers can be found here.

Relocation of the Hub School for students of Key Workers:

From Monday 30 March 2020, Derby Cathedral School will be closed until further notice due to CoVid 19. Students whose parents are Key Workers will be attending Arboretum Primary School.

For any general school enquiry, please email info@derbycathedralschool.org.uk where it will be picked up as soon as possible.

For any enquiry regarding home learning activities, please email distancelearning@derbycathedralschool.org.uk.

For anything of an urgent nature, please call the emergency contact line on 07718 479789

Free School Meals Update:

Parents/carers of students entitlted to free school meals need to ensure that we are holding the most up-to-date telephone number and email address.  This is VITAL as the government scheme for vouchers is due to be rolled out electronically during w/c 30th March 2020.  Without this information you will not recieve your voucher.  Please send the following information to info@derbycathedralschool.org.uk:

  • Student's name;
  • Parent/carer name;
  • Parent/carer telephone number;
  • Parent/carer email address

Please note: we cannot answer individual queries about the roll-out of this initiative as we are awaiting further guidance.  More information will follow.

All home learning needs to be completed either in the book provided or in an online booklet, if this is available. If work is completed electronically, it will need to be printed off and brought into school when you return. Your learning resources will be available on the school website and be accessed via the ‘Home’ tab at the top of the page and then select ‘Online Resources’.  Click on the subject link and then the year group link to access the resources that you will need.  A suggested timetable is available on the ‘Online Resources’ page.

You must remember to write the subject, title and date each time you complete a piece of work. Do not forget to underline and rule off each piece of work in your Home Learning exercise book.

 If you have any difficulty with your work, your parents should email: distancelearning@derbycathedralschool.org.uk clearly stating in the Subject Line, the subject and teacher e.g. FAO: Mr Coucill - PSHE

To parents of students joining us in Year 7, September 2020. You should have now received your admission pack through the post. In light of imminent school closures, please return your information to us as a matter of urgency so that we can process this in readiness for their arrival in the new academic year.
Please regularly check our website and social media pages for further updates.

Helpful Resources and Activities:

It is always important to ensure we engage in activities that help us keep our minds and bodies as fit as possible.  This is especially true during these uncertain times when mental and physical wellbeing are paramount. Below you will find a growing list of resources, links and activites which aim to keep everyone mentally and physically active.

Latest Newsletter:

Our latest newsletter is available to view here.

Easter Thoughts and Activities:

For the upcoming Easter festival, we have put together some resources that students and families can work on and discuss together over the Easter period.  The resources have been split into four sessions, each of which can be accessed via our Online Resources page. Alternatively, the complete four sessions can be accessed here.  There is also a Reading Challenge which should keep you very occupied over the Easter period and this can be accessed here.

Action For Children have been working to put together a Feeling Good Booklet that can be completed by anybody who may be struggling to cope with the current situation.  You can find it by clicking the link here, and you can complete the work work in your Work Books, or feel free to print the document which can be worked on at your pace.

Advice from the Director of E-Safety Training Ltd:

Traci Good, Director of E-Safety Training Ltd, has put together some useful YouTube videos aimed at helping parents and carers monitor and support their children when screen time is inevitably on the increase.  It will look at tips with regards to parental controls, which apps have seen a surge in popularity and advice around young people staying in touch safely with their friends.


How to keep active and healthy: This document contains some great advice regarding physical and mental well being during this uncertain period.

Photography Competition:

Mr Saunders is starting a photography competition. You can enter a photo anytime over the next month or so. The photo must be indoors and must not include anyone's face. One entry per person. Try and be as wacky, weird and creative as you can and feel free to use any filters or editing apps that you want to.

First prize is a £20 INTU voucher, 2nd is a £10 INTU voucher and 3rd a £5 INTU voucher and merits for all who send an entry.

Send your entries to distancelearning@derbycathedralschool.org.uk with Mr Saunders Photocomp as your 'subject'. 

Good luck

Take the DCS FAITH Challenge

Download the PDF challenge and see how many you can complete for merit points. DCS_faith_challenge.pdf

And to get you started, follow the link below to the British Sign Languge on-line course (grid number 18).  There may be a wait due to demand, but enter your email address and they will contact you when it's your turn.

British Sign Language On-line Enrollment

We are honoured to be able to introduce you to our hopes, vision and ethos.

We are currently oversubscribed in our two year groups, namely 7 and 8. The number of student applications for our original cohort of Year 7s, our current cohort in September 2019 and our future September 2020 cohort have far exceeded expectations and we opened in September 2018 with our standard intake of 6 classes. This led to the recruitment of a range of staff, suitably qualified to deliver the full secondary national curriculum. I am very proud of the dynamic staff appointments we have now made for academic year 2019/20 and we will soon announce new posts for academic year 2020/21.



Looking for details about our uniform? Please click here https://derbycathedralschool.org.uk/uniform

Looking for our term dates? Please click here https://derbycathedralschool.org.uk/term-dates

Our bond with Derby Cathedral is an immense source of pride and excitement. Our calendar is filled with opportunities which grow year on year. Our inaugural Christmas Service took place on December 21st 2018 and our second will take place on 20th December 2019. The Cathedral Music Director and our own Director of Music Mr. J Emberley frequently collaborate on strategies to enhance provision and access for students. Watch this space for the emergence of a formidable brass ensemble in due course.

Contractors have been appointed to bring the vision for our permanent site off Friar Gate to reality and we are 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 term dates for 2019/20 are detailed on this website.

All of our policies are found on the Information page of this website and paper copies are available on request.

Our school newsletter gives a wonderful insight into life at the school, with both current and previous editions found via this link https://www.derbycathedralschool.org.uk/news/archive

Should you have any questions regarding the school, wish to visit us as part of your decision making for intake in 2021/22 or think you might want to join the team, please contact us via the details posted on the website.

Senior Leadership Team
Derby Cathedral School