Welcome to Year 10

The Head of Year 10 is Mr C Capon

Year 10 is one of the most important years in education.  It marks the start of start of KS4 with GCSE study commencing in earnest.

Students will be looking ahead to think about where they want their learning pathways to take them beyond Derby Cathedral School.  It is a time for thinking about careers, college, A-levels, apprenticeships and for students to reflect on themselves and really focus on where they want to be, and what they need to do to get there.   We are all here to guide the students and Year 10 very experienced Form Tutors to help guide them through this vital year and the next one.  Each form is assigned a House and students earn ClassCharts points throughout the year, which contribute to the house competition. 

Year 10 start each day with collective worship where depending on the day different activities take place.  For Year 10, as we progress through the year, those activities turn more towards GCSEs, Study Skills and revision techniques.

Monday Head of Year Collective Worship Celebration of achievement and key messages
Tuesday Picture News Class discussion on a recent news topic
Wednesday Cathedral Collective Worship Exploring key areas of FAITH
Thursday Merits and Planner Review Checking student progress, rewards and home communication
Friday Collective Reading Group reading task and discussions

At Derby Cathedral School, we expect all students to follow our FAITH values, and for Year 10 these values should already be well embedded.  Of course, these values are important for every year group, but for Year 10s, we really target these towards success in KS4, as without these, that success will be impossible to achieve.

Throughout the year we carry out different activities as a year group. Examples from this year are:


  • Reverse advent calendar where students created and filled an advent calendar with items donated to the Derby Women’s Centre and the Padley Centre.
  • Extra Curricular activities. For more information please click here Enrichment
  • Year 10 also have the opportunity to apply for the ‘Voices in Action’ Youth Council which is run by Derby City Council,

Year 10 will also be offered to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.  This is an internationally recognised award and, not only is it a fantastic opportunity for the students to show all the Faith values and to improve and develop a wide range of personal skills, but will also help to give our students a great advantage when applying for college and apprenticeship positions when they leave us. 

We aim to make everyone’s time at Derby Cathedral School an enjoyable learning experience, and strive to provide students with the support they need to flourish in their time at secondary school.