Derby High is an independent coeducational day school with 685 students, situated on the outskirts of Derby.

Our friendly, happy Primary School takes girls and boys aged between 3 and 11 whilst our busy, ambitious 11-18 Senior School is now fully coeducational throughout the school, welcoming applications from boys as well as girls since 2019. Our vibrant Sixth Form combines a superb and consistent academic record with outstanding pastoral care and numerous opportunities for a wide variety of extra-curricular activities.

Derby High was awarded the highest possible ‘Excellent’ rating following a full inspection from the Independent Schools Inspectorate in January 2023.

Membership of The Heads’ Conference (HMC), a prestigious coalition of top independent schools in the UK and globally, acknowledges our commitment to academic excellence, innovation in education, and unwavering dedication to delivering an exceptional educational journey for each one of our students.

We welcome applications from boys and girls who are currently completing their GCSE studies in local state and independent schools.

To view our new Pre-School and Primary Prospectus, click here.
To view our new Senior and Sixth Form Prospectus, click here.

We hope that you will be able to find much of the information you need about our school here on our website, however, the best way to find out more about the school is to come and see us!  If you would like to arrange to visit and have a tour of the school please contact our Registrar on: 01332 514267 or by email: admissions@derbyhigh.derby.sch.uk

Mrs Amy Chapman
Head’s Welcome
Welcome to Derby High School.

Here at Derby High we currently educate 685 students between the ages of 3 to 18, in our purpose-built buildings in the leafy suburb of Littleover in Derby. Our Primary School teaches both boys and girls in every year group, whilst our Senior School started welcoming boys into Years 7 and 12 from 2019, and we have now moved to become fully coeducational throughout the school.

Our core focus, embedded in the Derby High ethos and values, on the personal and academic development of our pupils remains at the forefront of everything we do. I would like to highlight here our particular strengths. Our small class sizes enable each child to progress at their own speed, with the support and challenge of exceptionally well qualified teachers. Each lunchtime and after school, we offer a wide variety of clubs and activities and we encourage all our pupils to try something new each term, as well as continue to develop skills in areas they have grown to love. Our many and varied trips and residential experiences ensure each child is encouraged to expand their boundaries within a safe and secure environment. We take pride in our excellent pastoral care throughout all stages in the school, with pupils feeling confident they are listened to and looked after.

Our academic record continues to be particularly strong, with 52% of our 2023 A level grades being awarded A* or A, and 26% of all grades A*. 78% of the year group achieved grades between A* and B. In GCSEs in 2023, two thirds of entries were awarded at the top grades 7 – 9 (A*/A) and a remarkable 25% achieved grade 9 (A*).

It is my privilege and joy to lead such a vibrant and successful school over the past six years and, if you are considering investing in your child’s future, I encourage you to contact us to arrange a personal tour. I will be happy to show you round our campus and answer any questions you may have, and to expand further on my vision and values for Derby High.

I look forward to welcoming you.

Amy Chapman

Our Governors

The address for correspondence with the Governors is:

c/o Clerk to Governors,
Derby High School,
Derby DE23 3DT

Derby High School

Amy Chapman, Head
Our Head Mrs Amy Chapman leads an extremely dedicated team of staff here at Derby High.

Mrs Chapman attended Nottingham Girls’ High School until the age of 18 when she went on to study Industrial Economics at the University of Nottingham.

After completing a PGCE in Economics and Business Studies at the University of Warwick, Mrs Chapman began her teaching career at Harry Carlton Comprehensive School – now known as East Leake Academy. A move to Arnold School in Blackpool as Head of Department followed and she then went on to become Head of Economics and Business Studies at Cheltenham College, with an additional residential role in a Boarding House.
Mrs Chapman moved to Gordonstoun in Scotland, where she was Housemistress in charge of a large boarding house and also continued to teach Economics and Business Studies.

During her time at Gordonstoun, the school was featured on a Sky One documentary called Gordonstoun: A Different Class which focused on life in a boarding school, filming Mrs Chapman’s day-to-day role over the course of one academic year. In 2016, Mrs Chapman was appointed Deputy Head here at Derby High School, and was promoted to Head in September 2018.

Mrs Chapman has been principal examiner for GCSE Economics and has co-authored two books for GCSE Economics. She also has an MA in Education: Leadership and Management from the Open University. Over the past two years, Mrs Chapman has been an ISI School Inspector, and has recently been selected to be a Lead Inspector.

Senior Deputy Head – Anna Jordan

Anna Jordan joined Derby High School in 2007, with the intention of staying for 2 years – she loves it so much she is still here! Annie was appointed Deputy Head in 2018 and her previous roles included Head of History, Assistant Director of Studies and Assistant Head (Teaching and Learning). 

After working for the Magistrates’ Court Service between 1993 and 1996, Annie studied for her BA Hons History degree at the University of Wolverhampton.  She worked at the Birmingham Midshires Bank head office before completing her PGCE. Her first role in teaching was at Hagley Park Sports College in Rugeley where she spent two years before moving to Doha College in Qatar.

Anna said: “I’ve loved every minute of my time at Derby High. The teachers are passionate about their subjects and committed to helping students excel. Derby High students are wonderful young people, curious about the world around them and enthusiastic in embracing the diversity of opportunity available here. The challenge of readying young people for life after school is increasingly complex and exciting. All Derby High staff, teachers and support staff in every area, play an invaluable part in building the networks of support and challenge which prepare our students so well for taking their place in the world. I would have loved to attend a school like this and feel enormously privileged to be part of it. How we spend our days is how we spend our lives, and I can’t think of any more exciting or rewarding career than helping to lead this wonderful school into the future.”

In her spare time Anna loves reading, cooking and practising yoga.

Miss A Jordan
Mr Harper with Primary children
Head of Primary – Mr Jeremy Harper

Mr Jeremy Harper, Head of Primary, joined Derby High in September 2020 with a wealth of teaching and leadership experience, gained at highly successful independent and state-maintained schools. Before Mr Harper joined Derby High he was Deputy Head at Ranby House School, a position he held since September 2015. Prior to this he was at The Elms as a Year 6 class teacher, Head of Boys’ Games, Key Stage 2 Pastoral Leader and Key Stage 2 Academic Leader, Director of Studies and latterly Acting Deputy Head.

When Mr Harper was interviewed by a panel of Derby High pupils who asked him why he became a teacher, he answered, “I have always had a thirst for learning and an enjoyment of school. In particular I loved primary school and had several inspirational teachers. One in particular lives strong in my memory and I have always tried to emulate him by developing a life-long love of learning in others.”

Mr Harper has a love for sport, which is beneficial for physical and mental well-being for pupils, and so Derby High Primary has incorporated an additional sports afternoon to the weekly timetable. Along with his role as Head of Primary, Mr Harper, who loves teaching PE, IT, Maths and English said, “Whilst I have a love of certain subjects, in primary it is about inspiring every child to embrace a broad range of experiences, to find their passion and to strive to be the best they can be in all that they do!”

Outside of school he relishes every sporting opportunity. When asked about his personal aspirations this year, he expressed his desire to keep working on his game and fitness levels so that he can be selected to play for his local cricket team.

All of our teaching staff are qualified teachers, committed to the ethos of the school and offer extremely high levels of support to our students across the whole age range (3 to 18).

For details of our Primary and Senior School staff members please see below:

Inspection Reports
Derby High School is delighted to announce that it has been given the highest possible ‘Excellent’ rating following a full inspection from the Independent Schools Inspectorate in January 2023.

The inspection was focused on the pupils’ academic and other achievements, as well as their personal development, with the school being found to be excellent in every category.
After a three day rigorous process of interviewing staff and students, surveying parents and observing classes and daily life at the school, the inspectors concluded that pupils at Derby High “develop an excellent range of knowledge, skills and understanding across all age ranges throughout the school, well supported by the strong school-wide culture of respect and nurture”. In addition they noted that “attitudes to learning are exemplary, demonstrating excellent initiative and independence, both individually and collaboratively”. As a consequence pupils “make excellent progress across the school, attaining A level grades significantly higher than expected for those of their ability.”

Along with excellent academic results at GCSE and A level, Derby High prides itself on being a supportive and nurturing school with exceptional pastoral care and this was recognised by the inspectors. The report remarked on “an excellent sense of community and responsibility towards others” and observed that “pupils are extremely tolerant and caring, and show sense and sensitivity to those from different backgrounds and traditions.”

To receive “Excellent” ratings for both pupils’ achievements and personal development is testimony to the hard work and ongoing commitment from all the staff at Derby High as well as the students’ positive attitude to learning.

Sixth Formers at The Refectory

In 2024, Derby High School requested a material change inspection conducted by the ISI, based on our proposal to increase the school’s capacity from 685 to 735 students, signifying our commitment to providing more students with access to our outstanding educational environment. This increase in capacity is a significant step for our school as it paves the way for transitioning from a 2-form entry to a 3-form entry school, extending through to Key Stage 4. The inspection concluded that Derby High has met all standards, demonstrating our unwavering commitment to excellence in every aspect of our school’s operations. The report highlighted our effective management and strategic planning, particularly in managing the gradual increase in pupil numbers. The full ISI report can be found below.

Exam Results
At Derby High we are extremely proud of our excellent A level and GCSE results. In The Sunday Times league tables, we were placed as the top performing independent school in Derby and the surrounding area for the past 3 years.

To read press release our 2023 A level and GCSE results please visit our news page by clicking here. 

52% of our 2023 A level grades were awarded A* or A. 78% of the year group achieved grades between A* and B.

High grades have secured students places on a diverse range of highly competitive courses, with the majority at Russell Group universities including Oxbridge, ranging from medicine, law, architecture, languages, engineering, maths, chemistry and psychology. 

In GCSEs in 2023, an impressive 66% of entries awarded at the top grades 7 – 9 (A*/A) and a remarkable 43% achieved grades 8 – 9. 99% of all grades achieved were grades 4 to 9. 

Our Newsletters
A weekly update, High Notes, is sent to all parents from the Head so that everybody is kept informed about school news and events. 

The latest editions of High Notes can be found on our news page. We email a Primary High Notes and Senior High Notes, every Friday afternoon during term time. 

Annual Year Book, Highlights

Our annual yearbook, Highlights, is full of stories and reports from the last academic year and is written by our students and staff throughout the whole school. Please click on the image below to view the latest edition of Highlights.

Derby High Alumni
Derby High has been educating pupils for over 120 years!

The aim of Derby High School Alumni is to help keep former students in touch with each other and to keep them up to date with the School. We have members from all over the world, many of whom are happy to be contacted if any former student needs assistance when travelling and we try regularly to tap into our former students’ ‘professional network’ for careers guidance for our current students.

We love to hear about your successes at university, in apprenticeships and in your careers, so please do keep us informed by contacting us.

Derby High School Alumni membership is open to anyone who has attended or worked in the school. 

We hold a Summer Get-Together at the school for anyone wishing to come back, have a look around and catch up with former students and staff members.

Our next Summer Get-Together is on Saturday 22nd June 2024, from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. To receive your invitation and/or be added to our alumni database please complete the form below.