“Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example…in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”

1 Timothy 4:12

Here at Derby Cathedral School we want every student to feel safe and happy and to be the very best version of themselves.

The Pastoral Team

If there is anything that is worrying you? It might be school work, homework or friendship issues, anything at all, please ask to speak in the first instance to your child’s Form Tutor. They may in turn speak to your child’s Head of Year. You can contact your child’s Form Tutor or Head of Year by phoning 01332 325710 or emailing info@derbycathedralschool.org.uk


If you have concerns about the safety of yourself, your friends or family, then please speak to one of the safeguarding team. See our safeguarding page and safeguarding policy for more information. We have also created a Parent Information Leaflet on Safeguarding and Wellbeing which you may also find useful. See our Safeguarding page for more information.

Heads of Year

Year groups at Derby Cathedral School are led by a Heads of Year. This member of staff has overall responsibility for the behaviour, attendance and attainment of that year group. All Heads of Year are full time, qualified teachers with a teaching timetable. Each year group is supported by a full time non-teaching Pastoral Year Lead.

Our Heads of Year are:

Name Year Group Email address
Mr D Brierley Year 7 d.brierley@derbycathedralschool.org.uk
Mrs S Wood Year 8 s.wood@derbycathedralschool.org.uk
Mrs V Lynch Year 9 v.lynch@derbycathedralschool.org.uk
Miss B Nicholson Year 10 b.nicholson@derbycathedralschool.org.uk
Mr D Thompson Year 11 d.thompson@derbycathedralschool.org.uk

The Head of Year may also ask the Pastoral Support Team to provide additional help.

The Pastoral Support Team:

Mrs E Bracey Lead Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)
Mrs A Lucas Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)
Ms H Kang Year 7 Pastoral Year Lead
Ms A Gordon Year 8 Pastoral Year Lead
Mrs P Smith Year 9 Pastoral Year Lead
Mr S Blackwood Year 10 Pastoral Year Lead
Mr A Fearn Year 11 Pastoral Year Lead
Mr D Woolley Learning Hub Lead

Form Tutors:

If you wish to contact your child's Form Tutor, their email address is their first initial.surname@derbycathedralschool.org.uk for example the email address of Mr A Shabir is a.shabir@derbycathedralschool.org.uk 

Year 7 Tutor
7Bakewell Mrs A Gibson
7Derwent Ms E Andres
7Merlin Mr M Shooter
7Midland Mrs R Whitehead
7Nightingale Mr E Tuso
7Peak Mr B Webster
Year 8 Tutor
8Bakewell Mrs R Edwards
8Derwent Ms M Foulkes
8Merlin Mr A King
8Midland Mr J Bailey
8Nightingale Ms M Iqbal
8Peak Ms K Hollins
Year 9 Tutor
9Bakewell Mr P Drijfhout
9Derwent Mr J Turner
9Merlin Mrs L Smith
9Midland Miss A Wrampling
9Nightingale Ms U Rashid 
9Peak Mr A Shabir
Year 10 Tutor
10Bakewell Mr M Adler
10Derwent Ms B Goldsmith
10Merlin Mr T Williamson
10Midland Ms B Woodward
10Nightingale Mrs J Young
10Peak Miss B Youens
Year 11 Tutor
11Bakewell Mr M Rawson
11Derwent Ms S Richardson
11Merlin Ms R Winfield 
11Midland Mrs S Spencer
11Nightingale Mrs K McLennan
11Peak Ms V Woodward

Tutors meet with their tutor group every morning to get set up for the day. They follow a tutor programme of Collective Worship.

Our programme of Collective Worship at DCS is varied and includes:

  • Guided reading of a text chosen by the English Department
  • Literacy and numeracy activities
  • Discussion of news items via websites such as Newsround
  • Discussion of the week’s Picture News
  • Discussion of key international days or charity events such as Harvest, Black History Month, Remembrance, International Languages Week etc.

See our Collective Worship page for more information.


Our FAITH values inform all aspects of life at DCS, whether that is our approach to safeguarding, behaviour, teaching and learning or future careers.

We rewards students regularly for demonstrating these values and they are prominently displayed around school. The values are:

  • Fellowship
  • Aspiration
  • Integrity
  • Tenacity
  • Humility