“Thus says the Lord who made the earth, the Lord who formed it to establish it—the Lord is his name: Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”
We are delighted to have strong links with Derby Cathedral across many areas of school.
Over the years, we have welcomed members of the clergy to our school, for example the Very Reverend Dean of Derby and the current Bishop, Bishop Libby. Cathedral staff contribute to our acts of collective worship, especially at key points in the Christian calendar such as Harvest, Christmas and Easter.
Every year our students visit the Cathedral for a special service that links to the school and Christian calendar:
Year 7: Welcome Service and Easter Service
Year 8: Christmas Service
Year 9: Easter Service
Year 10: Christmas Service
Year 11: Leavers Service
Year 12: Welcome Service
Year 13: Leavers Service
We also have developing links between the Cathedral and our subject areas in order to enrich their curriculum. For example, in 2022-23 the science and RE department enjoyed taking a group of students to 'God and the Big Bang' at the Cathedral giving students the opportunity to explore the relationship between science and Christianity. Our GCSE drama students have performed some of their practice exam pieces in the beautiful setting of the Cathedral and many of our students have performed musical pieces and given readings during various services.
In 2023-24 we are delighted to strengthen our musical links with all of year 7 participating in the 'music in schools' project with the Cathedral. All students receive a singing lesson every week with Cathedral staff.
Our staff have enjoyed training at the Cathedral designed to familiarise them with aspects of the Cathedral's heritage, history, space and ethos in order to help plan further enrichment activities. We are delighted that our students can benefit from our close relationship with the Cathedral enabling them to make the most of this magnificent and precious resource for the city of Derby.