Q&A for Y6 Students/Parents Carers

Who will oversee Year 7 in September?

Mr Marshall will be the Head of Year for Year 7. Form Tutors will be the first port of call for parents and carers as they will see the students every day for collective worship. We will tell parents and carers in due course of their child’s Form Tutor and how to contact them.

Will I be with in a class with my friends?

It might be the case you are with a current friend in your class group however, that cannot be guaranteed. We balance our groups to ensure there is a mix of students from all different backgrounds, primary schools, areas and with a variety of interests, hobbies and skills. Every year this is one thing students and parents/carers worry about but within the first week of school they have all made new friends with similar interests. You will meet lots of new people and break and lunch is for catching up with old and new friends alike.

How are the teaching groups organised?

Teaching groups are the same as your form group e.g. if you are in 7Derwent you attend all lessons with 7Derwent. We have mixed ability teaching groups at DCS. Your form group tells you which house you are in e.g. if you are in 7Nightingale you are part of Nightingale House. Any house points you earn from merits go into the overall total for Nightingale.

Which languages will I study?

Students study Spanish at DCS. At present, no other languages are offered but this might change as the school grows. We currently offer Mandarin as an extra-curricular club subject to demand and attendance.

How big are the class sizes?

There will be around 30 students in each class.

How do I pay for my school lunch?

All students have their thumb print scanned so parents/carers can pay using ParentPay online or cash can be deposited at our machine in school. This machine cannot give change. Then once you purchase your food before school, break time or lunch time your thumb will be scanned and the money taken from your account.

Do I have to have school lunch from the canteen?

No, students can bring packed lunches with them.

What happens if I get lost?

Derby Cathedral School is quite a small site at the moment and Year 7 will be in their own side of the building. Each classroom will have a number on the door and there will be lots of members of staff around to help you. There will be a map in your planner.

What are the school timings of the day?

School starts at 8:45am sharp and finishes at 3:15pm. You should arrive at school by 8:30am to ensure you are not late. Traffic is common in the area around school. The school gates open at 8am and breakfast is available for purchase in the canteen. We have a morning break and a lunch break. Extra-curricular clubs take place every afternoon apart from Friday and finish at approximately 4:15pm.

How many lesson do we have each day?

Currently students have 6 lessons each day.

What extra-curricular activities do you have at DCS?

We have lots of clubs at Derby Cathedral School such as; STEM club, History club, board games and sporting clubs to name a few. A calendar of clubs available will be given out during your first week at school by your form tutor.

Can jewellery be worn?

Jewellery should be kept to a minimum. One small signet ring is permitted, as is one pair of small stud earrings, worn in the lobe of the ear only. No other piercings are permitted on health and safety grounds. Should you arrive with another piercing other than an earring in the lobe of the ear you will be asked to remove this immediately. False or fake nails are not permitted on the same health and safety grounds. Nail polish is not allowed nor is make-up.

What uniform do we need?

All information can be found on our website here. Please note that trainers of any description are not allowed, apart from during PE lessons. Shoes for school must be formal, black school shoes.

What will I need with me on my first day of school?

Your pencil case filled with all the necessary equipment, school bag, a transparent (see through) drinks bottle or bottle of water, a coat (weather dependant) and a packed lunch if you do not have school lunches.

Can I bring my mobile phone to school?

Phones are not permitted to be used at any time during the school day. This includes before school, break time and lunchtime. If you choose to bring a phone to school, this is at your own risk. If it is seen, heard or noticed it will be confiscated and taken to reception, and a same day after school detention will be issued. If it is confiscated a second time your parents/carers have to come into school to collect it and a lengthier after school detention is issued.

What happens if I have a problem, question, worry or concern?

If you are worried about something or have any questions or concerns, you must tell a member of staff. You should first speak to your Form Tutor whom you see every morning for collective worship. You can also speak to your Head of Year Mr Marshall. Staff will listen and take action to solve any problems.

Will I be rewarded for excellent work, attendance or participation?

Yes! We love rewarding students at DCS and do this every single day. We issues merits in all lessons which lead to house points and merit certificates are then awarded in collective worship. We send postcards home for excellent work, and we award house points in weekly collective worship for Student of the Week (you will receive a very snazzy badge) and the house group with the best attendance gets to keep the attendance trophy for the week. Students are also able to get queue jump passes. All rewards you get contribute to your house and help them to compete in the house competition which runs all year and culminates in sports day.

If you have any questions please contact us at info@derbycathedralschool.org.uk.