Updates and news will appear here in reverse chronological order.

If you are a current parent or carer, please download our app for the latest updates which are pushed directly to your phone. Search for SZapp in the App Store or Google Play Store. Once downloaded please search for Derby Cathedral School and register yourself as parent/guardian by toggling the green button.

In addition, we can be found on Facebook by searching 'Derby Cathedral School' and on Twitter @DerbyCathSchool

Permanent Site

We are very pleased to announce that BAM Construction have been appointed as the building contractors who will deliver the new site of Derby Cathedral School on the former Friar Gate Goods Yard.

For more information please click on 'Information' and then 'Permanent Site'. 


Friday 23rd November: Parent Governor Vacancy

We currently have a vacancy for two parent governors and are seeking nominations. Please click on the link below to access full information about these vacancies, the nomination process and the deadline for nominations.

If you have any questions, please contact us via the usual methods.

Parent_Governor Vacancy Letter_November 2018

Contact Form

Should you wish to contact us for any reason, you can now fill in our contact form by clicking on the "Contact Us" tab on the top right of the website. The direct link is https://www.derbycathedralschool.org.uk/contact 

Children in Need 2018

We are delighted to announce that Friday's non-uniform day raised £172.76 for Children in Need. We'd like to extend our thanks for your generosity in supporting this very worthy cause. 

Further information about the Comic Relief non-uniform day, as chosen by the Student Council, will be released in the coming months

Austria and Valencia Trips June 2019

Places for both the Austria and Valencia trips in June 2019 have now been allocated to students. As the Austria trip was oversubscribed, places were allocated by random selection following this morning's assembly. All students who expressed an interest for this trip were present for the random draw of names. 

All students who returned a reply slip for Valencia have secured a place as it was not oversubscribed.

This is a reminder that for Austria only pupils need to be competent swimmers (i.e. able to swim 100 metres) and also be competent at riding a bicycle.

We would kindly ask that you now make your £100 deposit payment via ParentPay. The deadline for this is Friday 23rd November 2018. Should we not receive your deposit by then, your son or daughter's place will be allocated to another student on the waiting list. Deposits are non-refundable. 

*Important: By giving consent for your child to take part in this trip and paying the deposit, you are agreeing that if your child's attendance drops below 95% or their behaviour gives cause for concern, their place will be withdrawn and no refund will be given. Places will be withdrawn at the Headteacher's discretion.

Recruitment for September 2019


With the enrolment of a  second year group in September 2019 the school needs to double its staffing complement. Therefore, we are currently recruiting teaching posts for September 2019. At present, we have six jobs advertised on www.tes.com :

  • Teacher of Maths with ICT
  • Teacher of Science
  • Maths with PE (boys)
  • Teacher of History
  • Teacher of English
  • Teacher of Geography

Applications are made through the TES portal and all details can be accessed via the link above. If you wish to visit the school prior to submitting an application, please contact us. 

The closing date for applications is Friday 23rd November 2018 with interviews scheduled for early December for shortlisted candidates.


Schoolzine Application

If you are a current parent/carer, we would encourage you to download the free Schoolzine app as it will instantly alert you to updates from us here at Derby Cathedral School. 

Please search 'Schoolzine' in the Apple App Store or Android Google Play Store and you will find the app. It is green and entitled 'Szapp'. Please follow the subsequent instructions, selecting 'Europe' as the region and then searching for the school. You will then be prompted for an email address and password to sign up. Finally, please toggle the 'parent/guardian' button to green to receive the appropriate set of updates. 

If you would like further advice on this, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

*Please note this application is different to My Child At School. We do not currently use My Child At School to provide you with updates or alerts.

Full details are available at this link https://www.derbycathedralschool.org.uk/szapp 

Newsletter Issue 2

The second edition of our newsletter has been published via the Schoolzine app. You can also access it via this link https://www.derbycathedralschool.org.uk/news?nid=3 

Paper copies are available at reception from Tuesday 13th November.

Enrichment Week Trips June 2019

A letter was sent home last week detailing the three trips that we plan to run during Enrichment Week next June. This letter will appear on the Schoolzine app in due course. 

We are at the stage of gauging potential interest for these trips-two of which are overseas residential-by way of asking for deposits and reply slips. Should a trip not meet the minimum numbers, deposits will be refunded however in all other cases deposits are non-refundable. 

Due to the nature of Enrichment Week, it is only possible to attend one of the three trips. 

After reading the letter, please don't hesitate to contact us should you have any queries. 

A full and engaging programme of in-school activities will be on offer for those who do not attend the residential trips. 

Car parking

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Our car park and drop off area is now open and is shaded in blue on the map above. 
We have over 60 spaces at our disposal and would strongly recommend that you use this area, which is completely free of barriers, to drop off, pick up and wait for your son or daughter. 
The area in front of the school reception (Nelson Street) is a private road with parking restrictions on both sides, including double yellow lines. Congestion on this road poses a verifiable danger for our pupils when they leave at 3:15pm and indeed members of the public. We strongly discourage you from parking or waiting here. Parking fines have been issued and parking attendants frequently sweep the area. 
The quickest way for pupils to access this car park is by leaving the school through the courtyard (playground) and exiting via the back gate. Pupils are very familiar with the car park's location because it is our fire assembly point.

Futsal Success!

Boys' Futsal Tournament

On Wednesday 24th October the boys represented Derby Cathedral School at the DCSSP Year 7 Futsal tournament held at Noel Baker School.

This was an event of many firsts: the first time any team had ever represented Derby Cathedral School, the first time the boys had played together, and of course the first time other schools and students in the surrounding area had the pleasure of playing against us.

The boys first played Derby Moor and after a very confident start drew 0-0, going on to play St Benedict's B team winning 2-0, Tyrell scoring Derby Cathedral's first ever goal. The boys then qualified for the next round and played a superb game against St Benedict's A which finished 2-0.

They then faced Noel Baker in the final. After full time and a very evenly matched game the score was 0-0. After some excellent saves from Jake the score remained 0-0 after golden goal time. Lewis, Tyrell and Jozua bravely stepped up and volunteered to take the penalties in a very tense finale but unfortunately we just missed out, losing 3-1 on penalties.

Despite finishing the tournament in second place overall the boys now move on to the County finals in December.

Well done boys we are extremely proud of your achievements.


Girls' Futsal Tournament

On Tuesday 6th November the girls represented Derby Cathedral School at the DCSSP Year 7 Futsal tournament held at Noel Baker School.

The girls were determined to follow in the boys' footsteps and they most definitely kept their promise.

Eight teams entered the competition and Derby Cathedral School came away as champions, securing a place at the County finals in December.

The girls played 5 games in total and results were as follows:

Derby Cathedral 0 v Silverhill 0

Derby Cathedral 1 v Oakwood B 0

Derby Cathedral 2 v Noel Baker 1

Derby Cathedral 2 v Chellaston 0

Final: Derby Cathedral 3 v Silverhill 2

All the girls played extremely well, the goal scorers were Aleena, Charlotte and Caitlin. Faith saved a penalty during the final to secure the overall win for Derby Cathedral School.

Well done girls we are extremely proud of your achievements.


Children in Need: Friday 16th November 2018

The recently elected Student Council have voted on which national charity events should be supported by a non-uniform day here at Derby Cathedral School. Discussion with Mr Inglis revealed that he is willing to allow a maximum of two such days in any one academic year. During this school year we have opted to support the Children in Need and Comic Relief events.

As Children in Need is scheduled for Friday 16th November, we will be holding a non-uniform day on this date. If students wish to take part they should make a £1 donation to the charity via their form tutor. All money will be collected in prior to the actual day. 

The school rules regarding jewellery will remain in force on this and all future non-uniform days as they are linked to our health and safety policy in school.

Monday 5th November 2018

Parents' Evening Thursday 8th November 5pm-7pm

Some appointments for this evening are still available. Please log on to My Child At School, select 'Parents' Evenings' from the menu on the left and then select a convenient slot to meet with your son or daughter's form tutor. 

If you encounter any problems with this system or wish to contact us to discuss, please do not hesitate to do so.

Friday 12th October 2018: My Child At School (MCAS)

Login details for our parent portal, My Child At School, have been sent out today. The attached letter and guide gives full details on how to use the portal. 

In addition, the letter makes reference to two upcoming form tutor parents' evenings, which will take place on:

Wednesday 24th October from 4pm to 6pm

Thursday 8th November from 5pm to 7pm

You will be able to book an appointment slot with your child's form tutor on whichever evening suits you best. 

Monday 8th October 2018: Newsletter Issue 1

The inaugural edition of our school newsletter is now accessible by clicking on the 'Contact Us' tab and then clicking on 'Latest Newsletter'

Paper copies are also available at Reception

Friday 5th October: Harvest Celebration

We hosted our first Harvest Celebration on Friday 5th October here at Derby Cathedral School.  Students and their families were extremely generous with their donations and the donation to the Padley Centre in Derby-to be distributed to the most vulnerable members of our community-was greatly received.

Further details will be in the first edition of our newsletter, to be published shortly.

Monday 1st October 2018

Dear Parents/Carers,

We now have for sale via Parentpay the following items:

-Casio FX-GT85 Plus Scientific calculator £8 (the recommended calculator for pupils here at school)

-Geometry set £1

-Exam pack which includes the calculator, geometry set and two clear plastic pencil cases £9

Once purchased please ask your son or daughter to speak with Ms Heppleston who will distribute the item.

Monday 24th September 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

Many thanks for letting us know of some issues you were experiencing with ParentPay. 

We understand these issues have now been rectified therefore we would kindly ask that you log on and check that any money you have added is successfully showing in your son or daughter's account. If you continue to encounter problems please contact us.

As stated before, there is a machine in school that accepts cash which will then be automatically loaded onto your son or daughter's account. However, it is important to note that this machine cannot give change.

Monday 17th September 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

Homework Club runs Monday to Thursday until 4:30pm. However, it is important to note that there is no Homework Club or other after school activities on a Friday. Therefore, please ensure that appropriate arrangements are in place for your son or daughter as they will leave the school premises after lesson 6 has finished at 3:15pm. 

This is especially important if you normally collect your son or daughter, as pick-up will need to take place by 3:30pm.