Welcome to the Year 8 section of the website

The Head of Year 8 is Mrs Wood.

Year 8 is the year for students to really focus on being the best they can be; it is a time for students to put our ‘FAITH’ values in to practice. After a settling in period during Year 7 and knowing that in Year 9, students will have many important decisions to make, Year 8 is the perfect time for our students to focus on their own learning and school experiences.

Every morning at Derby Cathedral School starts with a collective worship with their Form Tutor. Different activities are carried out throughout the week. Each form is assigned a House and students earn positive points on Class Charts throughout the year which contribute to the house competition. Students can also ‘cash in’ their positive points for rewards on the Class Charts system.


‘Drop Everything And Read’ and a Weekly Attendance check

A chance for students to lose themselves in a good book whilst the Form Tutor goes through their individual Weekly Attendance for the previous week.


Collective Worship in the Main Hall

A whole year group Assembly either led by Miss Oakes (Head of Year 8) or a member of the Senior Leadership Team.


Numeracy Ninjas

Activities designed to fill gaps in students' basic mental calculation strategies and also to empower them with the numeracy skills and fluency required to fully access GCSE Maths.


Our FAITH Values in action

An opportunity to reflect on what our FAITH values look like in the wider world.


Study Skills and Knowledge Organisers

Giving students the tools to enable them to be successful learners and to utilise Knowledge Organisers effectively.

At Derby Cathedral School we expect all students to follow our FAITH values. 

All of our school rules are based around the FAITH values. We believe in developing a well-rounded individual who can succeed in life when leaving our school and the FAITH values help to support this development.
Throughout the year we carry out different activities as a year group. Examples from this year are:

  • Harvest Festival –  All students bring in donated items for the Padley Centre. 
  • Reverse advent calendar where students created and filled an advent calendar with items which we donated to AGE UK. 
  • Extra-Curricular activities such as the below. For more information please see Enrichment:
    • Music Production Band
    • Rock Band
    • Knit, Stitch and Natter
    • Table Tennis
    • Futsal
    • Handball
    • Creative Writing
    • Spanish Club
    • Horrible Histories Club
    • Games Club
    • Cooking Club
    • Drama Club
    • Media/School Magazine
  • Year 8 have also had the opportunity in past years to apply for the Voices in Action Youth Council which is run by Derby City Council

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.