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Welcome to Derby Cathedral School

Welcome to Derby Cathedral School

Important Information:

Updated 10/07/20

September Opening:

*Please note - the message below now contains an updated link that should work for all parents/carers

Dear Parents/Carers,

 We are currently working through the new government guidance for schools opening fully in September. More detailed information will be sent to you towards the end of next week about how the school will operate for the start of next academic year. Please be aware that all students are expected to be back in school full time and will be taught by specialist staff in normal groups sizes. As per the guidelines, they will be expected to wear normal uniform and must have their own equipment everyday.

Our information document will include all of the health and safety measures that we are putting in place to ensure that all students will receive a full curriculum entitlement whilst also reducing the risk of transmitting infection. When this information arrives, please take some time to read it carefully and together with your child. We are planning to have some time on the first day back to explain it again, in detail, to all students.

There is a great deal of planning involved and each school has to ensure that they adapt the guidance appropriately into their own building and daily routines. Whilst I know that you will be keen to have the detail, it is really important that we taken the time to ensure it is planned thoroughly.

Thank you for your patience with this. As part of our planning we have been asked to survey all parents about the expected method of transport to school by their child. Please can you take a few minutes to complete the following survey by Monday 20th July:

 This will be extremely helpful to our planning and that of the local transport systems.

 Kind regards

Mrs J Brown

HPV vaccinations Summer 2020: 

The Immunisation Team have reported a fantastic response to the drive through/walk in session.  For more information, please follow this link from Derbyshire Community Health Services Immunisation Team regarding HPV Vaccinations for current Year 8 students, both boys and girls. 

This is being offered remotely due to school closures.  A drive-through service continues to be available for those parents wanting their child to have the vaccine with sessions at various locations across the city.  Please be sure to follow the instructions and book an appointment slot in advance, do not attend a session without an appointment. The team are also able to facilitate arrivals on foot at all locations.

This service is offered by the NHS and so enquiries should be directed to:

South Derbyshire and Derby City, Repton Health Centre, Askew Grove, Repton. Derbyshire, DE65 6SH Telephone: 01283 707178 

Kind regards,

Derby Cathedral School

Refectory Prices 2020/2021:

Please click here to view a copy of the pricelist for the refectory at Derby Cathedral School from September 2020. Items are individually priced for your reference. A meal deal comprising of a main meal, dessert and selected drink is available at the cost of £2.50. The free school meal allowance is to be increased from September to £2.50 per day.

Stay at Home Ensemble:

I would like to extend a huge thanks to all students and staff who have contributed to our recent music challenge. A particular thanks must go to the parents that have supported and encouraged their children to get involved, support with all of the technical requirements and moral support to make this a success.  We hope you enjoy it and brings you a smile.

Tavelling to School by Bus:

Organised by Arriva Travel, for just over £1.00 a day your child will get unlimited access to travel on any Arriva bus across all our routes in Derby.

  • Arriva Child Saver Tickets are available for children up to & including Year 11.
  • Arriva Student Saver Tickets are valid for anyone 16+ in full time education.

Saver tickets will cover their travel to and from school, and also travel at evenings, weekends and throughout school holidays. Arriva’s Direct Debit scheme allows parents or guardians to spread the cost of their child’s ticket over affordable monthly payments with no contract involved. To arrange your Direct Debit please visit:

To ensure delivery of tickets in time for the start of the new school year, Aviva recommend registering by the end of July.

Once registered you can select either to receive your monthly pass by post or sent to your child’s mobile phone. This ticket will rollover every month for as long as the direct debit remains active. 

For any queries regarding the scheme, please email:

Useful Contact Details for Year 6 Transition Students, Parents and Carers:

Please note that it is important to follow the appropriate instructions when emailing the school so that your query can be dealt with as efficiently as possible:

Many thanks for your cooperation in helping us to help you get your communications dealt with quickly and efficiently.

School Attendance for Children of Keyworkers:

Following on from the government’s announcement that Lockdown will be extended for a further three weeks, if you are a keyworker that has not yet required school provision for your child but will do so moving forward, please inform us by contacting school at

In line with government requirements, we will need proof of your essential employment in the form of a contact number for your current employer and a clear outline of the days on which your child now requires attendance at school. Please note, government guidance continues to remain the same i.e. that if a child can be kept at home in any circumstance, this should be the preferred option.

Please remember that students whose parents are Key Workers will be attending Arboretum Primary School.

For any general school enquiry, please email where it will be picked up as soon as possible. For anything of an urgent nature, please call the emergency contact line on 07718 479789

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.

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

  • 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 resources are available on the school website via the ‘Home’ tab at the top of the page and then ‘Online Resources’.  Click on the subject link and then find the resources appropriate to your year group.  A suggested timetable is available on the ‘Online Resources’ page.

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

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

Looking for our term dates? Please click here

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

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