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U19 Netball Friendly vs Woodlands

The pace of the game was fast and furious and the passing was superb as the Derby High U19 team took on rivals Woodlands. As always the Woodlands players were tall and talented but the girls from Derby High read their game plan terrifically and made some outstanding decisions to keep ahead of their opposition.

Nine goals to five after the first quarter, Derby High demonstrated great fitness and tenacity to stay ahead by fifteen goals to eleven at half time. Captain Evie Miller focused the team on their strengths and was very influential in the centre third. Issey Yee covered the court brilliantly with some fabulous passing from Chloe Smith and Ariah Khinda. In defence Mirela Novakovic and Beth Kemp did a great job to prevent the goal shooter from receiving the ball and Mohan Kaur made some breath-taking interceptions to deny the very tall Woodlands goal attack. Becky Moon and Alex Rowley worked tirelessly in the shooting circle against some very assertive defenders and achieved a final score result for Derby High by 30 goals to 20.

Well done U19s!

Regional Trampolining

Mrs Hancock and Miss Allum took nine talented sportswomen to the prestigious Regional Trampolining Competition at Loughborough on Sunday.

The girls have been training extremely hard to execute two complex routines with good height and form and were nervous yet excited to compete.

Lydia Kammerer was the first to perform and the youngest member of the team. She completed both her routines to a good standard earning marks of 6.7 and above and came 86 out of 136 entrants. Ella Blurton  was next to compete and has made fantastic progress with her routines. She finished in 100th place from the 136 entrants. Lydia Scott performed two routines with poise and grace and earned marks all above 7.4 to give her a final position of 46 out of 136. Finally in the U14 age group was Eliza Richold who kept her nerve and bounced well to achieve marks of over 7.0 resulting in a position of 69th out of 136.

The team as a whole secured a 16th place out of 25 teams - a great achievement.

The Under 19 team had to wait until the afternoon before their competition started but were very keen to demonstrate their skills. Sofia Richardson was the first to compete and performed 2 stylish and neat routines to impress the judges. Tilly Garside also impressed with her somersaults and jumps and the team grew in confidence. Alicia Brockwell had a minor mistake on her set routine but stormed back with a very good voluntary routine and Ellie Holden the captain of the team capped off the Derby High endeavours with two fantastic routines with the highest permitted difficulty score.

With 3 best scores counting towards the total the Derby High team knew that they had given their best but it was an anxious wait for the other teams to finish. The top 2 teams would go through to the Zonal round on the 5th February which is one step away from the Nationals and the U19s were absolutely delighted to find out that it would be them!! A superb achievement!

Mrs Hancock thanked all the girls for their achievements and persistence in training including Megan Austin who was the U19 team reserve. She was also grateful to Lindy Pople for helping to coach the girls to such a high standard.

Well done everyone!! 


U12B Netball Friendly vs Woodlands

The U12B team played a friendly match versus Woodlands and were extremely keen to develop their skills throughout the game.

Captain Ella Scully motivated her team well and the game was really close, quickly moving from defence to attack and vice versa. At the close the Derby High team were unlucky to lose by just one goal with a final score of 2-3.

Well done to all the team members – Lois Oliver, Megan Strange, Gia Malhi, Sarita Badwal, Evie K, Alexia West, Eshaal Sannan, Ella Scully, Alexis Fradley, Lottie Muckleroy, Sophia Werezak and Charlotte Spincer. 

U13A Netball vs Woodlands

The U13s were on fine form as they played netball against strong local rivals Woodlands. The squad of 10 all worked extremely well as a team to change attack in to defence and make the most of their scoring opportunities.

Lucy Malpas and Harriet Eden were awarded player of the match for thwarting many scoring opportunities by Woodlands and the score was a win to Derby High by 8 goals to 2.

The team were Amba Macara, Alice Proudler, Lauren Kitsi, Harriet Eden, Kate Robertson, Libby Bateman-Arkinstall, Ellie Penter, Lucy Malpas, Gopika Rao, Bianca Paunescu and captain Freya Hannaford.

U14 County Netball Tournament

“It was cold but it was brilliant!” was the immediate response of the Captain Romilly Das after the U14 County Netball Tournament.

The squad of 12 travelled to Repton for this prestigious competition and were excited if a little apprehensive about how they would fare against other schools from the whole of the county. The usual positive attitude was adopted and everyone agreed that they would grasp the opportunity to play their very best despite the temperature of only 2 degrees!

The starting line-up against Ockbrook saw some dominant shooting from Poppy Baker and Issi Bryon and some great passes in the mid court from Connie Magill, Caitlin Oram and Liv Dale. Defensively, Maddie Rich and Lucy Rantzen worked hard to thwart scoring opportunities from the opposition and were rewarded with a win by 6 goals to 3.

Tupton School were the next team to play and they were a bit of an unknown in terms of their playing ability. However, Katie Mitchell and Sophie Jacobs worked tirelessly in defence, Eliza Richold out dodged her opponent in the centre court and Hope Evans and Connie made all their passes effective so that Poppy and Romilly could score from any area of the circle. The result was a well-deserved win by 13 goals to 2.

The next match for the squad members was the frequently played opposition of Littleover. Already knowing their possible game plan, the Derby High girls seized this tactical opportunity and forged ahead to win by 15 goals to 5.

With only 2 minutes between each round the team then had a match versus last year’s winners Trent College. Unfortunately for Derby High, Trent had had the benefit of resting the game before so started strongly. However, at half time there were only 2 goals separating the teams. Romilly gave some encouraging words at half term but unfortunately the team lost the match by 3 goals to 7.

A team from Chapel were the next opponents and that resulted in a big win by 16 goals to 3.

Finally, in the section games the team met a team from Dronfield. In a nail biting match the team were neck and neck throughout but just lost by 7 goals to 8 in the final seconds! Unfortunately, this meant that as we finished 3rd in the section we did not progress any further but Mrs Hancock was justifiably proud of the squad’s significant achievement.

The whole team gave a big thank you to Alex Rowley our qualified umpire in the 6th form who umpired for Derby High throughout the tournament.


U12 Netball at Woodlands

The U12 netball squad began their league season at Woodlands on Thursday 3rd November. Excitement and nerves combined to give them a sense of purpose and they battled well for every interception and goal scoring opportunity.  

Alice Warner and Charlotte Wood demonstrated some accurate passes from the back line as goalkeepers and Abi Soutar (GD) made some great transition moves with accurate footwork. Hettie Munns gave her all in the WD position covering a lot of court space and Annabelle Ita learnt quickly how to dodge more effectively. Chantal Griffiths and Ava Kumar made their presence felt in the centre position managing to outwit the opposition on several occasions with their speed around the court and Savannah Hunter and Anais Brittan ably passed the ball to the shooters of Rebecca Smith, Rose Bamford and Alex Baker who were all successful with their passes in the circle and shots.

Unfortunately after being in the lead at half time, Woodlands came back strongly to win the match by 9 goals to 4.

U14 Netball at Woodlands

In the U14 match the players, still buoyed from their winning experiences against the National teams in Malta, started confidently making defence in to attack from the start. Captain Issi Bryon led the team with passion and determination and all the players connected well as a flowing team.

Poppy Baker, recently spotted by Derbyshire netball as a star of the future and Romilly Das already on the Regional Academy England Netball development squad were awarded the excellent player match award.

The team consisted of Issi Bryon, Katie Mitchell, Maddie Rich, Lucy Rantzen, Sophie Jacobs, Liv Dale, Hope Evans, Connie Magill, Caitlin Oram, Eliza Richold, Poppy Baker and Romilly Das and the result was a win by Derby High by 29 goals to 5.

U13 Hockey at Woodlands

On Thursday 3rd November the U13 hockey team travelled to Woodlands School for a match. It was a very competitive game with lots of passing and fast play. Unfortunately Woodlands won 3-0 but the DHS team played particularly well in the second half.

U15 City Netball Tournament

The U15s walked down to Littleover on a chilly Tuesday evening on 1st November to play in the U15 City Netball Tournament. This competition consisted of two pools, with the top two teams from each pool progressing to the Semi Finals.

Our pool games were against quite mixed opposition. Our first game against West Park was a strong one for Derby High – with great play down the court from the defence and centre court players, and some excellent shooting by Ruby Kumar, Cerys Lewis and Jade Boneham. We won this game 17-0. Our next game, was a feisty game against St Benedicts, where the girls were required to keep their cool and discipline, particularly within the centre of the court. Despite winning this game 10-1, the girls patience and movement off the ball was tested. Charlotte Rise and Abi Hymas did particularly well at thwarting a number of opportunities in the opposition’s circle. Our final pool game, was the closest of all games the girls played that night, against Chellaston. Having previously played Chellaston in a very tight league match, this game was no different. Amy Butler connected beautifully with the shooters, producing a number of long bullet balls into the circle from the centre third. Additionally, Abi Hymas and Shantia Dorka worked the ball into the circle well, and Laura Mitchell was a trooper in the defensive circle as goal keeper. The game was end to end, but the final score was a win for Chellaston, with us losing 8-9.

Nevertheless, we went through to the semi-finals, where we met Littleover; another strong opposition. Again the girls were required to utilise their spaces effectively, connect with each other and execute their core skills to a high level. This game was also end to end, with some excellent goals being scored by both teams. Sadly, the girls lost 7-5, which meant we went onto play Woodlands in the 3rd v 4th playoff match. The Derby High girls worked together excellently in this game, securing a number of goals and producing some really lovely and high-standard play. The final score was 6-1 to Derby High, which gave us 3rd position in the tournament.

The girls played excellently throughout the tournament, were well marshalled by captain Abi Hymas and represented the school in true Derby High spirit. Well done! 

Team: Abi Hymas (captain), Charlotte Rise, Laura Mitchell, Lizzy Cadman, Amy Butler, Shantia Dorka, Ruby Kumar, Cerys Lewis and Jade Boneham 

1st XI Hockey vs Repton

On Tuesday 11th October the DHS 1st XI journeyed to local rivals Repton School for an exciting, end to end match. The DHS team played some good hockey, defending well and creating chances in attack. A very even game, well contested by both sides saw the scores level 0-0 at the end.

U14 & U16 Netball vs St Benedicts

The U16 and U14 are really starting to make their mark in the Derby City netball leagues and were up against teams from St Benedicts on 6th October.

Connie Magill the captain of the U14 team demonstrated some great leadership and with some accurate passing the team soon forged ahead. Poppy Baker was on fire playing GA and was successful with her shots from all over the circle. Ably assisted by Issi Bryon they were soon in double figures! Defensively Katie Mitchell made some fantastic interceptions at GD and with Sophie Jacobs at GK the St Benedicts team found it impossible to get a shot at goal. Eliza Richold, once again, sprinted away from her opponent in the position of C and Caitlin Oram and Olivia Dale were very impressive at WA and WD. A win by 33 goals to 1 was well deserved.

The U16 team found themselves up against an assertive St Benedicts team and battled hard to win the ball. Chloe Graham did a great job defensively to prevent the goal attack from scoring and Sara Azeem, despite being jostled in the circle, kept her composure to be successful in her GK role. Lottie Allin covered a lot of ground to convincingly dodge away from her opponent and Alicia Brockwell had a fantastic game as WA. The shooting squad of Emily Smith, Grace Bowcott and Ishani Khosla never faltered and scored some brilliant goals from around the circle and Kate Watson played well as WD. Captain Tilly Gardener was very impressed with the team’s performance and was rightly proud of the 25 – 3 win.

U13 & U14 Netball vs Chellaston

The U13s played against Chellaston on Tuesday 4th October in a league match. They worked well together, eventually utilising their space more effectively and passing the ball down the court confidently. Some excellent play around the shooting circle provided the girls with a number of opportunities, and defensively the girls worked well to ensure they were marking tightly and snatching the ball when it was free. The final score was a confident win for Derby High, 11-6.

The U14s also played Chellaston on the same night, playing very strongly all around the court and scoring some excellent goals. Their movement off the ball and using space was highly effective, and their team work was very evident throughout all thirds on court. All of the girls worked well in the variety of positions they played, and were a strong unit. Despite a strong 33-6 win the girls were slightly disappointed with their efforts, however, the game was of an excellent standard and all of the girls should be proud of how they played. Well done. 

U14 Hockey vs Woodlands

On Thursday 29th September, the U14 hockey team played against Woodlands in the September sunshine. This was the first time the girls had played a full pitch game, and comprised of a mixture of L4 and U4s. The girls started well and were quite tenacious, wanting to win the ball at every opportunity and made a variety of successful passes and moves up the pitch. Poppy Baker opened the scoring with a cheeky little pass under the keeper, and this gave the girls a lot of confidence.

The girls who play at clubs outside of school were excellent role models to their peers with their leading, their tackling and their passing, as well as their general attempts to outwit their opponents. Woodlands had a number of breakaways but the defenders did well to put them under pressure and prevent any shots on goal. Connie Magill, Ella Blurton, Poppy Baker and Olivia Dale particularly worked well combining through the midfield and forward lines, with Liv scoring a hat trick and securing the 4-0 win.

It was a really positive game that the girls should be proud of, particularly for those who had never played an 11-a-side game before. Well done! 

U14 City Rounders Tournament

On Wednesday 25th May the U14 rounders team took part in the City tournament at Chellaston Academy.

They played 3 matches against Merrill, Littleover and Murray Park, winning them all convincingly. This meant they qualified for the final against Chellaston.

Unfortunately due to the horrible wet and windy conditions the decision was made to not play the final and Derby High were declared joint winners with Chellaston.

Well done to the team: Cerys Lewis, Amy Butler, Abi Hymas, Ruby Kumar, Charlotte Rise, Shantia Dorka, Emma Robertson, Izzi Turner, Laura Mitchell and  Lizzy Cadman.


U15 Rounders vs Chellaston  

On a sunny Thursday afternoon, the U15 rounders team travelled to Chellaston to play in a friendly match, with timed innings of 8 minutes. This was a great opportunity for the girls to practice ahead of the City Tournament in a fortnight’s time, and they demonstrated some excellent team work throughout.

In the first innings, we chose to field first and caught a number of their players out, and actually got the team all out before the time had elapsed. Chellaston managed to score 2 ½ rounders. In our first batting innings, the girls generally hit well and consistently. There were also some notable rounders from Zara and Emily, edging up the score to 7 ½ rounders. Chellaston’s second innings was significantly better than their first and, with a couple of fielding mistakes from Derby High, they managed to score a total of 9 rounders – finishing with 11 ½ rounders for the game. Our second innings saw the Derby High girls take more responsible risks at times which, at times, led to them being stumped out. However, some strong rounders and halves meant that our score of 5 ½ for that innings, secured the win with a total of 13 rounders.

As the game had finished by 4pm and both teams were keen to continue in the sunshine, we decided to stay and play another two innings game, starting from scratch. This game was significantly better for both teams in terms of hitting and scoring, but also their fielding as their decision making had improved following their “warm up” previous two innings! Some excellent catches out and stumps, from both teams, as well as some exceptionally strong batting and running made it a very competitive game. The final score was a win for  Derby High, with 18 rounders, with Chellaston scoring 13 ½. The girls were also very supportive and demonstrated their true Derby High spirit when Chellaston turned up with one less player – thank you to Kate, Umamah, Sara and Megan who played one innings each for their team. Well done to all the girls who took part – it was a great warm up for the City Tournament where they hope to be equally as successful!

Team: Emily Smith (Captain), Sara Azeem, Kate Watson, Megan Austin, Alicia Brockwell, Zara Holland, Umamah Rehman, Lauren Stanley, Ishani Khosla and Tilly Garside. 


House Tennis

Two beautiful sunny days were the backdrop for the House Tennis competition. All age groups from U3 to Sixth Form were represented in the round robin tournament.

Five games were played with a short deuce and the House with the most games would be declared the winner. This meant that every game could be crucial to the end result and made for some very exciting points!

After the first day it was neck and neck on games between the teams from St George and St David so on the second day the matches between these two teams would be the deciders. The games were extremely close and both finished 3 games to 2 with St David being the successful trophy winner!

Well done to all the competitors – another great sporting House event!


Upper Senior Tennis Championships

The Lawn Tennis Challenge Cup was the prize waiting to be won by the five keen competitors in the Senior Schools Tennis competition. Each player played everyone else in some nail biting contests and points were won with some ace serves and groundstrokes.

At the completion of the competition everyone had thoroughly enjoyed it and were keen to play more tennis in their spare time!

The five competitors were Hannah Steele, Harriet Smith, Beth Kemp, Leah West and Charlotte Erskine. The runner up was Hannah Steele with 3 wins; and the winner, who was presented with the cup from Miss Riley (Head of Key stage4) was Harriet Smith.

Well done to all the entrants!


U16 Rounders vs Chellaston


“I can’t believe that this has been our very last rounders match together – it’s been amazing” said Chloe Smith; the captain of the U16 rounders team. The team which have been together since Year 7 travelled to Chellaston for a final friendly fixture. It was meant to be outside but unfortunately a blizzard in the afternoon meant that it had to be played in the Sports Hall!

It was a very close match and at half time Derby High were losing by 7 rounders to 8. However, as always, the Derby High girls showed persistence, resilience and a great deal of skill to catch and stump the opposition out as well as hitting for victory in the final two minutes of the innings! The final score was Chellaston 14 ½ and Derby High 19.

The team members were Chloe Smith (Captain), Charlotte Erskine, Ellie Holden, Niamh Elston, Ariah Khinda, Harriet Smith, Bipan Chhokar, Mohan Kaur, Lily Cocking and Megan Dickenson.


House Trampolining

Amazing feats of flying through the air with grace and precision took place in the Derby High Sports Hall last Monday. The House Trampolining competition is keenly contested and the students have to perform a compulsory routine followed by a voluntary routine. The voluntary routine has a tariff score depending on the difficulty of the routine which is added on to the total. Each House had competitors taking part from Year 7 to 11 and some of the competitors have only started the sport since September so have done a great job mastering the advanced skills.


The medallists in the individual competition were;

  • Bronze medal – Tilly Garside (St George)
  • Silver medal – Lydia Scott (St Andrew)
  • Gold medal – Ellie Holden (St David)

The overall House winner was determined by the best four scores in the compulsory routine and voluntary routines. This led to;

  • 4th place St Patrick
  • 3rd place St Andrew
  • 2nd place St George
  • 1st place St David

The winning St David team who collected the House trophy alongside their House Captain Suzi Braithwaite, were Ellie Holden, Alicia Brockwell, Eliza Richold, Caitlin Oram, Charlotte Erskine, Mysha Iltaf and Felicity Butterworth.

A big well done to all the competitors!


Netball vs Repton

The U14 and U15 teams were in action in February against strong local rivals Repton.

Playing first, the U15s had a tense first quarter and the central players of Lottie Allin, Alicia Brockwell, Kate Watson and Tilly Gardener worked extremely hard to keep the score 5-4 to Repton. The match continued in the same vein in the second quarter and with some great attacking moves from Emily Smith, Derby High took the lead at half time by 9 goals to 8.  In the third quarter the team displayed excellent determination and good skill. With Ishani Khosla on form with her shooting and Chloe Graham, Megan Austin and Sara Azeem thwarting the opposition’s attempts on goal the team moved ahead to a score of 13-9. In the final quarter the Derby High team really dug deep as Repton pushed them to the limit. Nevertheless at the final whistle Derby High were rewarded with a deserved win of 16 goals to 15!

The U14 team were eager to play after seeing the achievements of their elders. A nervous start saw them winning by 3 goals to 2 after the first quarter and by 4 goals to 3 at half time. Captain Ruby Kumar and coach Mrs Hancock set out some expectations for the second half and some fantastic defensive work by Abi Hymas as GD, some great shooting by Amy Butler and a tireless performance at centre by Ruby put the team in front by 8 goals to 5 at the end of the third quarter. Superb team effort and persistence in the last quarter by Charlotte Rise, Laura Mitchell, Cerys Lewis, Orla Macfarlane, Lizzy Cadman and Sarah Briggs sealed the victory for Derby High by 12 goals to 5. A fabulous result!

On Thursday it was the turn of the U16 and U18 DHS netball teams to represent us against Repton.

For the U16 team it was an extremely close match.  The opposition towered above them so a change in tactics was needed from the start. Alex Rowley captained the squad and gave great advice at every quarter in order to keep Derby High ahead by 1 goal at the end of each stage. With every centre pass being crucial the team worked really, really hard to keep possession and were ecstatic to win the match by 18 goals to 17. The squad were Alex Rowley (Captain),Beth Mitchell, Charlotte Erskine, Ellie Holden, Mohan Kaur, Ariah Khinda, Niamh Elston and Harriet Smith. Chloe Smith who was unfortunately injured also travelled to the venue and was chief timekeeper.


The U18 team had a very tough encounter against the Repton squad but they showed great determination and persistence. The height and speed of the opposition meant that the Derby High girls did a great deal of defending but the Captain Hellie Skinner was a fantastic motivator and always positive. A final losing score of 8 – 30 did not represent the amount of work that the team put in and they can be proud of their commitment. The squad were Helena Skinner (Captain), Beth Kemp, Jess Flint, Jessie Watkins, Livi Bonser, Becky Moon, Issey Yee and Beth Hughes.


U12 Netball

The U12 netballers had a very busy week last week with both A and B teams playing against Littleover and Woodlands.

A very tall and strong team from Littleover powered their way in to commanding leads in both matches on Tuesday but the Derby High girls showed great persistence and enthusiasm despite losing 0-4 and 0-9 respectively.

In the practice on Wednesday lunchtime the teams were determined to work on their weaknesses and worked hard on their passing skills and dodging. In the matches against Woodlands this clearly paid off as the B team score was a much closer loss of 0-4 and the A team achieved a win by 7 goals to 1!

Well done to them!

Netball vs Woodlands School

The U13 and U14 netball squads were on great form on their return after the October half term break as they played Woodlands in the Derby City League.

The U14s started the proceedings and were soon ahead with some fantastic shooting from Ruby Kumar and Cerys Lewis. Laura Mitchell playing GK in the first half made some brilliant interceptions to thwart the opposition’s chances to score and this was completed by Charlotte Rise in the second half.

Amy Butler played superbly as Centre and quickly changed the play from defence to attack. She was ably assisted by the talents of Abi Hymas in the role of goal defence. Orla Macfarlane and Shantia Dorka worked hard to maintain possession in the mid court and Sarah Briggs played well as wing attack. The resulting score was a win to Derby High by 17 goals to 8.

The U13s then swung in to action and were dominant from the start. The accurate and controlled passing training that they have been doing really paid off and the central players of Connie Magill, Hope Evans and Eliza Richold in the first half and Caitlin Oram and Olivia Dale in the second half quickly got the ball to the reliable shooters of Poppy Baker, Romilly Das and Issi Bryon.

The defence players were very keen to show off their skills and took all of their opportunities. Katie Mitchell, Sophie Jacobs and Lucy Rantzen made some great interceptions and were rewarded with only one goal getting past them! The final result was an amazing win by 33 goals to 1!

Well done to all the competitors!


U15 City Netball Tournament

A big well done to the U15 Netball team who played in the City Netball Tournament on 3rd November and narrowly missed winning the trophy!

The tournament was run on a round robin format and the Derby High girls knew that they would be playing 6 matches in a row with a rest at the end!

The first match against Woodlands was a little tentative but at half time the score was 2-2. Some superb defending from Megan Austin at GK and some excellent shooting from Ishani Khosla kept the score neck and neck until Woodlands managed to break away and finish the game 4-6 ahead.

The Derby High girls had little time to talk tactics before their next game against Murray Park. In this game the captain Alicia Brockwell played superbly with accurate passes and secure footwork to throw the ball to Grace Bowcott in the circle who then scored from near and far. Emily Smith playing GA also had an excellent game and this led to a win by 7 goals to 1.

The next match against local rivals Chellaston was always going to be well fought and the Derby High girls demonstrated persistence and great collaboration working as a team. Outstanding interceptions and passing from Lottie Allin kept the score close and in the last minute Emily scored to clinch a win for Derby High by 3 goals to 2!

Full of confidence for the next game against West Park Chloe Graham did well to prevent a minimum amount of scoring opportunities for the opposition and worked well with Sara Azeem in the defending circle. The resulting score was another win by 7 goals to 2.

Quickly on to the next match against Landau Forte Alicia rallied the team for another big effort and some very good defending from Tilly Gardener and slick passing from the whole team led to another win of 5 goals to 1.

The final match against a very tall team from Littleover was always going to be tough, but all the players gave their all to win every ball. Unfortunately Littleover just managed to overcome the Derby High defence and the result was a close loss of 2 goals to 4.

The overall result was a tie between Derby High, Chellaston and Woodlands on matches won, so the result had to be decided on goal difference. Unfortunately this meant that Derby High were third, Woodlands were second and Chellaston were the winners.

Mrs Hancock was very proud of the way in which the team played and also with their positive and determined attitude. Alicia Brockwell (Captain) said that “the overall result showed a great team effort and a win against Chellaston was the icing on the cake!”


City Sports

City Sports this year took place on the hottest July day on record! Girls from U3-L5 took part in a number of athletics events, many of which required the girls to participate in heats and then finals. They all did really well and there were several top 3 finishes:

1st Places

Chloe Graham – 100m (Chloe also set a new record for this event!)

Niamh Elston – 200m

Ailish McFarlane – 1500m

Tilly Gardener – Shot

Emily Smith – Javelin

Mohan Kaur – Shot

Lauren Paver-Thompson – Shot

U4 relay team

2nd places

Pia Robinson – 200m

Lauren Stanley – Long Jump

Ella Hearing – High Jump

Cerys Lewis – Shot

3rd places

Abi Hymas – 200m

Well done to all who took part!


U12 City Rounders Tournament

A big well done to the U12 Rounders Team who became winners of the Area Rounders Tournament at the end of June. In scorching temperatures the team demonstrated great skills and resilience to overcome all the opposition in their section matches to meet Landau Forte in the semi-finals.

Captain Connie Magill was on fantastic form playing the backstop position and her throws to the bowler, Eliza Richold, and first post Lauren Paver Thompson were all caught cleanly and efficiently. The key role of second post was played by Caitlin Oram who was outstanding with her stumping skills and catching and she was aided by Romilly Das playing well at third post. Poppy Baker, playing second deep, caught all of the Landau hits that came in her vicinity with ease and Maddie Rich backed her up from the first deep position.

Progressing to the final, the Derby High girls were against a strong West Park team. Losing the toss Derby High were put in to bat and they were very aware that every half rounder was going to be crucial. Sophie Jacobs hit well in to the deep field to score a rounder quickly followed by Katie Mitchell and Ella Blurton. Caitlin and Eliza also added to the teams score to give a total of seven and a half to Derby at the changeover. West Park were very determined but superb fielding from Olivia Dale, Sophie and Poppy led to Derby High being the victors.

Mrs Hancock congratulated all the team for their superb playing and their positive mental attitude, and the girls very proudly collected the winning shield and certificates.

This concludes the Area Rounders Tournaments and Derby High have been the winners in all four age groups! A fantastic achievement!


U13 City Rounders Tournament

A big well done to the U13 Rounders team who had an emphatic win in the area Rounders Tournament last week.

Captained by Ruby Kumar the whole team were focused and keen to do well. In the first group match they were up against rivals Chellaston. Sarah Briggs in the backstop position was quick to retrieve any Chellaston misses and Emma Robertson made some outstanding stumps out at first post. Charlotte Rise also stretched for some great catches in the fourth post position.

In the second group match our opponents were Murray Park. Fielding first,  some accurate bowling from Tilly Stubley and some catches from Shantia Dorka at third post meant that the opposition were only able to score 2 and a half rounders. The team were therefore determined to hit the ball beyond the deep fielders and Abi Hymas was extremely successful at this. Cerys Lewis was also successful with her batting and once again Derby High were the victors.

The third group match against Da Vinci led to a 6 and a half to 2 win for Derby High as Lizzy Cadman sprinted around the posts and Laura Mitchell demonstrated some long barrier fielding skills.

Now in the semi final the team were determined to go further and worked brilliantly together to secure another win against their opponents from Landau Forte.

Excited to be in the final the Derby High girls had to contend with the strong Chellaston team again. After losing the toss Ruby and coach Mrs Hancock talked tactics. However Chellaston fielded strongly and put the Derby High team under pressure resulting in them only scoring 3 and a half rounders. At the changeover Derby High knew that their fielding would have to be slick and secure in order to get a winning result. The deep fielders of Orla Macfarlane and Izi Turner really worked hard and their long throws to Abi prevented Chellaston from scoring full rounders.

At the end of the match Derby High had won by 3 and a half to 2 and a half and were presented with winners certificates and a shield.   A great result - well done U13s!!


County Athletics

On Saturday 13th June four students from Derby High representing Derby West competed in the County Schools Athletics championships at Moorways Stadium. The weather was atrocious with driving rain and cold winds but the girls were still keen to perform to their best.

Orla Macfarlane began proceedings in the high hurdles finishing a creditable 5th place.

Pia Robinson and Chloe Graham then competed in the 100m with Pia narrowly missing out on a podium spot. Chloe however claimed a third place finish in a time of 13.40 and this earned her a bronze medal and a place in the relay team which resulted in a second place.

Ailis Macfarlane competed in the 800m against very strong competition. Nevertheless with a time of 2.29.5 (just outside her p.b.) she finished in second place and gained a silver medal. This result also assured Ailis selection for the Mason Cup County Competition being held this Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. Well done Ailis.

All the girls were very appreciative of the opportunity to compete in the County schools and thanked Mrs Hancock and Miss Allum for officiating all day.


U15 City Rounders Tournament

On Thursday 21st May, the U15 Rounders team competed in the City Rounders Tournament at Chellaston. The girls were in Group 2 and had to play four pool matches of 6 minute innings, to see if they could progress into the semi-finals and finals.

Throughout the four pool games, the girls demonstrated a great level of team work when they were fielding and were very supportive of each other. All of the girls were strong hitters too, and they worked hard to get as many half and full rounders when they could.

The first game against St Benedicts was a good warm up, and they got into their rhythm early on producing a number of excellent hits when they were batting, and strong catches and stumpings winning the game 8 – 1 1/2.

The next games against da Vinci and Murray Park were positive, too, and some of their play was really clever and effective – they won both games 8 – 1 ½ and 7 – 5 ½ respectively.

The final game of the pool was against Littleover, which was going to be a tough game. Fortunately the team work, fielding and batting, despite a potential broken knuckle for Niamh, was on point and the girls worked terrifically to win the game 5 – 3 ½.

Having won all four pool matches ensured our progress to the semi-final, but we were unsure who we were to play. The results were all very close, with points for teams getting half of their opposition’s scores being taken into consideration. It was announced that we would be playing Leesbrook in the semi-final.

Fielding first, the girls worked well together to prevent them from scoring full rounders, but they were effective hitters and managed to sneak a few half rounders. The girls took responsible risks when they were batting, leading to a number of girls being caught or stumped out. However, their batting was strong and we scored a total of 6 ½ rounders to 4 ½ , winning the game before the time was over, meaning we progressed through to the final against West Park.

The final was an exciting match and both teams produced some excellent batting and fielding. For Derby High, in particular, Lily Cocking was a great deep fielder and prevented them from scoring a number of rounders, and Niamh Elston and Harriet Smith caught a number of players out on their posts, on 2nd and 4th posts respectively. When we batted, we scored a number of half and full rounders from a variety of players, which showed the strength and depth in the team, and we managed to beat West Park by 7 ½ - 2 to become the City Champions – the second year in a row for this team!

The girls represented the school excellently with their skills, but also their attitudes to games and their respect for the other teams. Furthermore, not everyone was able to play in every game, but the girls supported each other and it was clear that they were a well gelled team and every girl played a part in the winning of this competition. Ably led by captain, Ellie Holden, the girls were very excited to pick up the trophy and took a record number of selfies afterwards! Well done, all!


Team: Ellie Holden (captain), Chloe Smith, Charlotte Erskine, Niamh Elston, Ariah Khinda, Beth Mitchell, Alex Rowley, Bipan Chhokar, Lily Cocking, Mohan Kaur, Harriet Smith. 


Derby High vs Repton in the Regional AEGON Tennis Championships

A big well done to the Derby High tennis team who, in very cool conditions, played against Repton in the first match of the Regional AEGON Tennis Championships.

Charlotte Allin with a rating of 7.1 was playing singles against  an England player with a rating of 4.2. However this was definitely not a one sided match as Lottie fought for every point with some fantastic shots and was unlucky not to win a game.  

Poppy Baker in U3 was against a player in Year 10 but was not fazed by this and had some outstanding rallies to take the game to 5 all. She unfortunately then lost 5-7 but it was a superb effort and Mrs Hancock was very proud of her.

Kate Watson had been looking forward to her match against a player of similar rating. Kate piled on the pressure from the start and her strong groundstrokes took her in to the lead. She continued to forge ahead and achieved a resounding win of 6 games to 3.

Sara Azeem served well in her game and had some long rallies. She unfortunately lost 2 games to 6 but persevered to the very last point.

In the doubles games against Kate and Sara the Repton duo played some great points down the tramlines and Derby High had to concede defeat by 3 games to 6. However in Lottie and Poppy’s  match, against the England player and partner it was a triumphant win for Derby High by 6 games to 3.

Well done to all the players and good luck in the next match which will be against Queen Elizabeths Grammar school.

Under 14 Rounders vs Chellaston

The U14 team played a match against Chellaston at Derby High on Tuesday 12th May, they played very well and came out winners.  The score was 18 1/2 - 16. 

Well done girls!


City Netball Tournament (U12s)

The U12 netball team took part in the City Netball Tournament on Tuesday 17th March at Littleover School. After walking down to the venue, the girls set off in their warm up and prepared for their first pool match. Derby High were playing in Pool B and we had a total of four group games to play, which we had targeted to come into the top two places, which could progress us into the semi-finals.

Our first game was against Chellaston. The girls played well, but knew that it wasn’t their best netball. It was quite a crowded match and the girls were aware that they needed to use all of the space available in their next games. The final score was a win for DHS, 4-2.

We immediately played against Littleover B team, improving our play and demonstrating our strong prowess in the centre court and attacking circle. The girls fought well to win 9-0.

After a short break we had our final two games against City of Derby and Landau Forte. We played some nice netball in both matches, but did give possession away easily which the girls found frustrating. However, we won both of these games 2-1 and 7-0, respectively.

We had then topped our group which was excellent as this had been our target; we then had a couple of games to wait for in Pool A to decide who we would be playing in the semi-final - it turned out that we would be playing Woodlands. The girls started well and played the ball nicely down the court, but, at times, did give silly penalties away.  However, we had progressed down the court well and thwarted a number of their shooting opportunities. The final score was 5-1, progressing into the Final against Littleover A team.

This was also a well fought match, which ended up being quite tight towards the end. The girls persisted well but were unlucky at the final whistle, where we finished as Runners’ Up, losing 2-1.

The girls worked very hard in this tournament and responded to feedback from Miss Allum excellently, improving their play with every match. Not everybody played in all of the matches, but all of the girls involved played a part to get the team to the final and they were very unlucky to miss out on the win.

Team: Issi Bryon (captain), Romilly Das, Poppy Baker, Eliza Richold, Hope Evans, Connie Magill, Katie Mitchell, Sophie Jacobs, Lucy Rantzen


East Midlands Schools Sports Acro & Tumbling Competition

The Derby High Sports Acro and Tumbling team travelled to Springwood Leisure centre on Sunday 15th March to take part in the East Midlands Schools competition.  They were against teams from Spalding High School, George Spencer Academy and Leesbrook Community School.

Lydia Scott representing DHS in her first competition, was in the pairs Under 14 acro section with Alicia Brockwell. They performed well under pressure and their catchy routine won applause from judges and spectators alike. Unfortunately the competition was high and Lydia and Alicia narrowly missed out on a podium place.

In the Over 14 section Tilly Garside and Maisy Blewitt performed some high difficulty skills and balances with great musicality and precision. Once again, however, the opposition proved too strong and with some extremely close scores, Tilly and Maisy just missed out on a medal.

In the tumbling side of the competition we had three competitors. In the U11 category Millie Orpwood (Year 3) made her DHS debut and with her prowess at back flips and round offs she stormed to a gold medal and a place in the National final in May. A fantastic achievement!

Alicia Brockwell and Tilly Garside in the Under 14 age group were next to perform and somersaulted, twisted and back flipped superbly down the mats on their three tumble runs. The judges had some tough decisions trying to split all the competitors but eventually it was concluded that Alicia had gained a fourth place and Tilly had been awarded a silver medal.

Tilly therefore will join Millie at the National final in May. A great result.


Coach Mrs Hancock said “that she was extremely proud of all the girls and that they had all spent a lot of time developing and practising their skills to a high standard”.


Netball vs Abbots Bromley

Saturday 28th February brought the highly anticipated netball matches versus Abbots Bromley. The U12, U13 and U15 captains were eager to lead their teams to victory and the atmosphere beforehand was electric!

The U13s started the fixture and despite losing the toss stormed in to the lead from the start. Abi Hymas (Captain) was a dominant force and led by example with her accurate passes to WA Sarah Briggs and GA Ruby Kumar. Ruby and GS Cerys Lewis were on good form with their shots and by half time DHS were in the lead by 15 goals. Due to the strong attacking play of the DHS players GK Georgina Pugh –Lewis had a very quiet game. GD Laura Mitchell and WD Orla Macfarlane resisted the advances of the Abbots Bromley squad and the team were very satisfied with their final score of 33-0.

The U12s had been avid supporters of the U13 team and were keen to continue the winning streak. The captain Hope Evans started with a very informative and motivating team talk and everyone was clear about their roles. The Abbots Bromley team started with a flourish and scored a goal however the DHS defence were quick to realise their pattern of play and the Derby High team were soon leading by a considerable margin. Poppy Baker GA was on great form shooting from various points around the circle and Romilly Das GS and Issi Bryon also scored highly. The defensive players of Lucy Rantzen, Katie Mitchell, Sophie Jacobs and Eliza Richold worked extremely well as a group and thwarted many of the Abbots Bromley attacks. Connie Magill and Hope were very effective in the centre court and demonstrated their passing accuracy perfectly. The overall result was a win for Derby High by 28 goals to 4.

The U15s were the final team to take to the court. Two of the squad were unavailable which meant that there was a change in positions but Alex Rowley the captain was determined that this would not affect the outcome. Ellie Holden commanded the court in the position of centre and had a great deal of successful passing to Ariah Khinda WA, Alex GA and Harriet Smith at GS. Both of the shooters were on great form and despite the persistence of the opposition the DHS girls forged ahead. Beth Mitchell, Mohan Kaur, Charlotte Erskine and Bipan Chhokar were all strong in defence and the game was carried out at a fast pace. The resulting score line was a superb win for Derby High by 25 goals to 4.

Overall the netball teams are going from strength to strength and are looking forward to their final matches of the season.


U13 Hockey Mini-Tournament

On Thursday 5th February, the U13 Hockey team played in the Derbyshire In2Hockey Mini Tournament at Trent College. This tournament is the first stage of the England Hockey In2Hockey competition, and so the girls played against local schools: Ecclesbourne and Trent College. Our first game was against Ecclesbourne and, sadly, as another team had pulled out was a lot earlier than anticipated and so the team were unable to get a full warm up beforehand. Captain Ruby Kumar, however, stepped up and led the girls in a great warm up and team talk. In the game the girls began well but struggled to keep possession in our attacking half, however, some excellent defending by Tilly Stubley and Millie Dunnicliffe-Smith in particular, boosted the girls’ morale in the game. Ecclesbourne managed to score two goals against the run of play, but the girls did not give up and fought to the final whistle, in true Derby High spirit.

Our second and final game was against a strong Trent College. Initially the girls could see they were a stronger team than our previous opponents, but that did not stop them! The girls worked better in maintaining possession of the ball and worked excellently to thwart a number of Trent attempts on goal – Aman Badwal in her first appearance as goalkeeper was brilliant and made a number of excellent saves! Trent were a strong team and were able to sneak two goals passed the team, but the girls played much better hockey and felt more confident with their skills. Abi Hymas and Laura Mitchell, in particular, shone during this game with their tenacious attitudes. The score remained at 2-0 to Trent.

The girls were a credit to the school and were grateful to have the guidance of L6th pupil Helena Skinner, who assisted on the side line with coaching. Sadly they were unable to progress through to the Midlands In2Hockey Round but they are looking forward to next season, where they hope to consolidate and progress with their skills and understanding, which have come on tremendously at Hockey Club this year.

Team: Ruby Kumar (captain), Abi Hymas, Cerys Lewis, Laura Mitchell, Tilly Stubley, Kiran Bains, Lizzie Hurdley, Orla Macfarlane, Aman Badwal (GK), Millie Dunnicliffe-Smith 


Hockey vs Repton School

The 1st XI played against Repton on Tuesday 25th November and they did excellently. This was the second match of the season for the girls and the team work and understanding had improved significantly.

There were some very positive passages of play and the girls had the upper hand against the opposition, particularly with some effective play from the midfield line including Hannah Hurdley, Becky Moon and Ellie Erskine.  Helena Skinner captained the side very well and was encouraging to all of the players, and with other strong performances from Niamh Elston, Charlotte Erskine and Issey Yee this helped to rally the girls along. We won a number of short corners and the girls worked these well, showing great determination. By half time the girls were winning 2-0, with goals from Helena Skinner and Niamh Elston, but had plenty of other opportunities which was really positive!

In the second half, the team continued to grow and work together as a unit and began to play some really intelligent hockey. Charlotte Peake in goal had a couple of moments to shine and did so with ease, which was excellent. 1st Xi debutant Lily Cocking also played strongly at the back, making a positive addition to the defensive line. The team managed to notch in a final goal, a huge team effort, and we ended up winners against Repton, with a final score of 3-0.

Really excellent play girls, and I’m looking forward to our next match against Woodlands after Christmas. Well done!


U15 City Netball Tournament

On Thursday 13th November the U15 Derby High Team played in the City Netball Tournament. DHS were placed in group one and the first match proved to be a difficult one vs Chellaston. The girls played really well and won the game convincingly 9-5.

The second game vs Murray Park was an easy win for the girls final score 19-0 well done to DHS. The third match proved to be the most challenging against Littleover although the DHS team proved difficult to beat especially Harriet at GA, final score 8-5 to Derby High. Finally we played against Landau Forte securing another win of 21-0 which meant we had qualified in first place in group one.

The semi-final match against the second placed team in group two was against West Park and the Derby High U15s played another fantastic game winning 9-6.

After all of this DHS had to re-play Littleover School in the final and the match was goal for goal at 5- all. Derby High scored on Littleover's centre pass and went on to win convincingly calling on their DHS spirit with the final score being 8-5. 

Well done girls - the player of the match was the whole team. All girls played extremely well and  thoroughly deserved the win and title of City Netball Tournament winners.

Hockey vs Abbots Bromley

On Saturday 8th November, three of the school’s hockey teams travelled to wet and windy Abbots Bromley.

The U12 and U13 girls played 7-a-side games first, while Mrs Hancock did a top job in keeping the U15s warm and active in the sports hall. 

The U12s started off very well and applied a lot of pressure to Abbots Bromley. After some initial mistakes, the girls began to play nice hockey and made some accurate and strong passes which progressed them up the pitch into the circle. Some good play and attempts on goal throughout the first half led to two goals, one from Connie Magill and another from captain Olivia Dale. There was also good defending by Katie Mitchell and Khadija Gul, making necessary touches and interceptions, and strong and confident goalkeeping from Sophie Jacobs who made some brilliant saves.

The second half was much better and the girls were beginning to recognise where they should be on the pitch and they began to show some intelligence in their play. Caitlin Oram, Tia-Bella Richards and Ella Blurton worked hard to get free and demonstrated some flair with the ball. A number of strong plays up the pitch demonstrated the potential of this group, with Poppy Baker finishing off the score with a fantastic third goal after some great positioning and accurate shots. The final score was a win, 3-0.

The U13s also put a lot of pressure on the opposition, playing the ball around effectively and having a number of opportunities on goal. Goalkeeper Ruby Reeves made some confident saves when Abbots Bromley had some attacking play, and the defence did well to thwart their opportunities, particularly by Orla Macfarlane, Tilly Stubley and Millie Dunnicliffe-Smith. Some good decision making and intelligent play by Ruby Kumar, Cerys Lewis and Laura Mitchell helped to progress the team up the pitch and provided a few attacking short corner opportunities. Pip Armbruster, Kiran Bains and Elena Cotroneo played well in the midfield and defence, showing much improved skills and understanding, and have made some excellent progress over the last few games. Unfortunately the girls were unable to score, and Abbots Bromley managed to score a lucky goal past Ruby. The girls knew that their positioning lacked some discipline and they are keen to continue to work on this to develop their play in hockey club practices. The final score was a loss of 0-1.

The U15s played a full pitch 11-a-side game, the first of the season on astro turf. As soon as the first whistle went the girls applied a lot of pressure and there was some very good play to move the ball up to the circle. Throughout the game some excellent positioning in the wings by Beth Mitchell and Monica El-Khanagry, and some strong attacking dribbling by Niamh Elston and Charlotte Erskine, leading to numerous shots on goal and penalty corners. The girls were very good at getting free and working the ball around the opposition which led to a number of goals in quick succession in the first half. The defence looked confident and demonstrated sound understanding of their need to adjust their positioning on the pitch in relation to the ball, and made some assured tackles and applied good pressure. Lily Cocking and Hannah Hurdley, in particular, showed good composure on the ball and transferred the ball well to the space, which led to a number of attacking opportunities and goals! The girls were very pleased with their performance and it was a well-deserved 5-0 win!

A very positive morning of hockey, and the girls demonstrated their true Derby High spirit whilst playing in the cold and the rain! Thanks also to Mrs Aspinall and Mrs Driver for making the journey to come and support the girls, and to Miss Bishop for umpiring.