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Welcome to Derby Cathedral School

Welcome to Derby Cathedral School

Important Information:

Updated 26/05/20

Updated 15/05/2020

Emailing School:

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.

Returning to work for key/critical workers:

Following the Prime Minister’s government announcement yesterday regarding returning to work for key/critical workers. If this now applies to you and your family and you have a new need for your child to be in school, please contact with further details. Many thanks.

Welcome to our new Headteacher:

We would like to welcome our new Headeacher, Mrs Brown, who has officially started in her new role today.  Even though, in these unusual circumstances, we can't greet Mrs Brown face to face, we are sending her our best wishes and want to extend to her our biggest DCS welcome.  As we look forward to exciting times ahead, we would also like to thank Dr. Heery for his incredible contribution in helping DCS through, what can only be described as, a series of very unforeseen and unsual circumstances.  So, thank you Dr. Heery and welcome Mrs Brown.  Mrs Brown has previously intrioduced herself to the DCS community in a letter which can be accessed here.  An email has also been sent to all parents and carers, so if you haven't recieved this, please can you contact

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.



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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