Welcome to Year 10

The Head of Year 10 is Miss Nicholson 

The Pastoral Year Lead for Year 10 is Mr Blackwood 

Year 10 is a crucial and important point in any student’s education as it marks the beginning of Key Stage 4. Students will need to maintain those high expectations in order to prepare and focus for their GCSE’s.  

It will be a year where students will be embedding and developing the skills and work ethic that will enable them to flourish and succeed. It will also be a year where students can put the FAITH values at the heart of everything they do. They will need to show tenacity whilst adapting to change with new timetables, an increased workload and the introduction of different subjects such as business studies and health and social care to name just a few.  

Students will spend Year 10 thinking ahead to where they want their learning pathways to take them beyond Derby Cathedral School. It will be a time for thinking about careers, college, A-levels, apprenticeships and for students to really reflect on themselves and to focus on where they want to be and what they need to do to get there. Students will each have individual appointments with our careers advisor, Miss Rowley, to discuss their future plans and how to get there. Year 10 will also be the year of work experience for our students which is an excellent opportunity to gain an insight into different job roles and gain some experience.  

Year 10 begin and end each day with tutor time where each day different activities take place. For Year 10, as we progress through the year, those activities will turn more towards study skills and revision strategies as we turn our focus onto our PPE’s (Pre-Public Examinations) and future GCSE’s. 


AM tutor – Merits and Planner Review  

Checking student progress, rewards, attendance and home communication 

PM tutor – Mindful moment for a Monday 

Providing students with a range of different mindful strategies to use 


AM tutor – Numeracy Ninjas  

A range of numeracy activities for students to complete individually 

PM tutor – Behaviour data review 

A reflection on how the whole tutor groups’ first couple of days have been with time to celebrate successes and set targets moving forward 


AM tutor – FAITH Thursdays / Smart Student Council  

Class discussion on a recent news topic and how it links into our FAITH values.  
Smart Student council sessions are designed as areas of discussion and allow students to think about how we can improve all areas of our school. 

PM tutor – Whole Class Reading 

Group reading task and discussions  


AM tutor – Head of Year Collective Worship 

Key messages delivered to students and an assembly on a particular topic.  

PM tutor – Behaviour data review 

A reflection on how the whole tutors’ past couple of days have been with time to celebrate successes and set targets moving forward 


AM tutor – Whole class reading  

Group reading task and discussions 

PM tutor – Tutor Challenge 

A bespoke challenge set by each form tutor 


Not only it is vital that our students reach their academic potential, but it is also important that we focus beyond the classroom in order to ensure that their experience at Derby Cathedral School leaves them feeling enriched and informed about wider life and culture outside of school. We hope to help students become responsible, caring and happy citizens who are able to contribute positively to wider society. We will aim to do this by not only providing an extensive list of extra-curricular activities and trips but also by allowing students to develop their leadership skills with groups such as our Smart Student Council and Year 11 Prom Committee.  

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