“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

Each year group at Derby Cathedral School is led by a Head 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. They are assisted by a full time non-teaching Behaviour Support Officer.

Our Heads of Year are:

Name Year Group Email address
Miss Nicholson Year 7 b.nicholson@derbycathedralschool.org.uk
Mrs Oakes Year 8 s.oakes@derbycathedralschool.org.uk
Mrs Barlow Year 9 m.barlow@derbycathedralschool.org.uk
Mr Capon Year 10 c.capon@derbycathedralschool.org.uk

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

The Pastoral Support Team are:

Mrs. Smith Deputy DSL
Mrs Lucas Deputy DSL
Mrs. DeFreitas Learning Mentor
Ms Kang Behaviour Support Lead
Mr Blackwood Behaviour Support Officer
Mr Woolley Navigation Manager
Ms Bate-Walters Navigation Teaching Assistant
Ms Gordon Navigation Teaching Assistant

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 Mr P Drijfhout
7Derwent Ms V Lynch
7Merlin Ms L Smith
7Midland Ms B Nicholson
7Nightingale Ms U Rashid
7Peak Mr A Shabir and Mr J Turner
Year 8 Tutor
8Bakewell Mr M Adler
8Derwent Ms B Goldsmith/Mr M Shooter
8Merlin Mrs I Akinyemi
8Midland Ms B Woodward
8Nightingale Mrs J Young
8Peak Ms B Youens
Year 9 Tutor
9Bakewell Mr M Rawson
9Derwent Mr S Richardson
9Merlin Ms R Winfield
9Midland Ms S Spencer
9Nightingale Mrs K McLennan
9Peak Ms B Woodward
Year 10 Tutor
10Bakewell Ms J Eaton
10Derwent Mrs D Mackenzie
10Merlin Mr M Simpson
10Midland Mr D Salter
10Nightingale Ms C Radford
10Peak Mr C Saunders

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