Derby Grammar School is Derbyshire’s leading independent day school for boys aged 4 to 18 and girls aged 16 to 18. Our Primary School, Senior School and co-educational Sixth Form are housed in a stunning setting within our own grounds in Littleover, Derby.
3 principles lie at our core: excellence, enrichment and encouragement. We provide superb teaching, incredible opportunities & a supportive, friendly atmosphere. These are the things that make us special. They are the reasons our pupils come into school each day with a smile, eager to learn & expand their minds.
We strive to ‘bring education to life’ & inspire a passion for learning that remains with our pupils throughout their lives. The enthusiasm of our teachers sparks excitement & interest for curious minds. We create an environment where our pupils’ strengths are sought out & celebrated. Our small size enables us to do this; we know & treat each child as an individual.
What strikes most visitors to our school is our warm & friendly environment which fosters an ambition to learn, to contribute & take part. It results in pupils who emerge as confident,
The Derby Grammar School community has bid a fond farewell to their Head, Dr Ruth Norris, following three years of continued growth and success.
26th July 2021 — Derby Grammar School has said a fond farewell to their current Head following three years of continued growth and success.
Dr Ruth Norris leaves after being headhunted to take the helm at one of the world’s leading international schools in Switzerland.
On the final day of term, she sent a heartfelt letter to parents: "It has been an honour to have served Derby Grammar School since 2018.
"We have moved through challenging times, navigating the complexities of COVID-19. But, this has not overshadowed what has also been an extremely rewarding time.
"I have been privileged in watching our pupils grow into remarkable young people, equipped to deal with life’s challenges.
"Your children are a credit to you all, and I speak on behalf of the whole staff team that it is a true pleasure to work in such a special community."
Dr Norris joined as Head in June 2018, and has implemented a range of improvements at the school.
A new Senior Leadership Team has been created, with academic, pastoral and co-curricular focus at its core.
Dr Norris has also been instrumental in Derby Grammar School achieving a meteoric rise in GCSE and A Level results over the last two years.
The letter continues: "No Head feels that the job is ‘done’, but I know that the School is well placed for its next three-year strategic development plan under the talented leadership of Paul Logan, who will continue to be ambitious for the bright future of the School."
Paul Logan, who joins the school as Head Teacher in September, will be liaising closely over the coming months to ensure there is a seamless handover and to work on the next phase of the School’s strategic development.
Derby Grammar School pupil, Adam, has been selected as a Young Ambassador for Derbyshire County Golf, following exceptional dedication to the sport through COVID lockdowns.
22nd July 2021 — Derby Grammar School has a long tradition of sports pupils going on to achieve excellent playing careers at University and beyond. These are usually found in the main sports of Rugby, Hockey and Cricket. However, due to their broad approach to sport, on occasion a pupil will progress through the school with an exceptional talent alongside these core sports.
Current Year 9 pupil, Adam, is one such exceptional young man. At the tender age of 14, the youngest age to qualify for such a prestigious role, Adam has been selected as a Young Ambassador for Derbyshire County Golf alongside peers ranging to 18.
Adam explains, “It is a great honour to have been chosen for this role. I cannot wait to be able to start to visit the Derbyshire Golf Clubs and encourage more juniors to take part in this fantastic sport. I hope to be able to demonstrate to them how much enjoyment I have from playing.”
Adam first started to play golf at the age of six, following in his father’s footsteps, being taken on regular occasion to Branston Golf & Country Club.
He is now a member of Burton on Trent Golf Club, where they have fostered his clear talents making him their current Junior Captain. Adam challenges himself further by being a member of Kedleston, Branston Golf & Country Club and Chevin Golf Club, honing his impressive skills further.
Many will appreciate the long-told story of recent lockdowns causing teenagers to become locked in their rooms, with little hope of pulling them outside for fresh air. However, this is not an issue Michaela Gentles, Adam’s mother, seems to struggle with.
She explains, “Despite the lockdown Adam has continued to practice daily, to keep in the swing in anticipation of the golf courses reopening. Adam practices daily in his practice net, and plays on the courses as often as possible – lockdowns permitting.”
As part of his role he will join a small group of Ambassadors, between the ages of 14 and 18, to work alongside England Golf, Derbyshire Golf & the Golf Foundation, to promote Junior Golf throughout the County.
To achieve his full potential and to get his handicap as low as possible, he also wants to continue to represent the County as an Ambassador and to continue to play in the County Teams.
Mrs Gentles continues, “It is his passion as a hobby but he would also like to see how far he could take it as a career, if not as a player within the golf industry.
“He has developed a new circle of friends from all over the county. They all get together as often as possible to play at each other’s courses. This is supported by the Derbyshire County Development Team.
“Last year Adam was due to represent the school in the County Schools competition, which was unfortunately cancelled due to the pandemic. Mr Whitworth, Head of Sport, has indicated that he would like Adam to take part this year, restrictions permitting. His Speech & Drama lessons and LAMDA qualifications from Mrs Simpson have assisted in his personal development and given him both the confidence and ability to present to his playing peers, their parents and the County organisers.”
Mr Whitworth, Head of Sport at Derby Grammar School, is extremely proud of Adam’s achievements, “Adam is a shining example of what is achievable when you commit to a programme of practice and match-play in any given sport. A competitive performance can be likened to the tip of an iceberg, with hours and hours of practice that often go unseen. Dedicating your time and energy to improving yourself will pay dividends in the long run. Nothing worthwhile having comes easy! We obviously look forward to hearing of Adam's successes whilst representing the School in both regional and national competitions.”
Adam’s dedication to the sport is evident, and his enthusiasm infectious. With such a determined young man as an ambassador, both Derbyshire County Golf and Derby Grammar school find themselves with an excellent torchbearer.
Congratulations to two Year 7 Derby Grammar School pupils who made fantastic progress in the Tennis County Cup as part of Derbyshire's U12 County Tennis team.
22nd July 2021 — Two Derby Grammar School pupils are celebrating after a fantastic run in the County Cup. Sam and Mikeli, both in Year 7 at Derby Grammar School, represented Derbyshire’s U12 County Tennis team last weekend, meaning DGS pupils made up 50% of the squad!
The boys performed admirably, beating the teams from Staffordshire 6-0 and Shropshire 6-0. They were narrowly beaten in the final by a very strong Hereford & Worcestershire team 4-2. With the tennis season still underway, we look forward to following their success in the weeks ahead.
Mrs Walker, Head of Year 7 at Derby Grammar, explains, “We’re so proud of the boys. They are fantastic pupils in school, real shining examples of Derby Grammar. Their drive and determination with their studies is mirrored in their sporting ability.”
She continues, “We’re very lucky to be able to support a number of top-class athletes here at DGS. Having a flexible approach to allow them to attend regional and national training is important to see them thrive. Having had experience as an elite athlete playing football, I understand the commitment it takes to succeed, and I will look forward to watching all our young athletes progress.”
Sport is an integral part of school life at Derby Grammar School, with the boys experiencing a wide range of disciplines through the varied sports programme. The boys are encouraged to pursue their passions in all areas, with particular focus paid on improving core skills such as ball skills and reaction times which can be applied across a variety of top-level sports. Our sports lessons are taught at our bespoke sports facility, Rykneld Sports Centre.
Derby Grammar School navigated COVID restrictions to bring 'A Co-curricular Extravaganza', showcasing the very best of their extensive co-curricular offering, whilst ensuring the safety of all visitors.
22nd July 2021 — Having just celebrated its 25-year anniversary, Derby Grammar School used their Summer Open Day to celebrate with ‘A Co-curricular Extravaganza’. This came after a year of changes in 2021, including appointing a new Head to join the School in September.
Mr Paul Logan, joins the School with an impressive history of roles at both Uppingham School and Wisbech Grammar. Mr Logan explains, “I feel privileged to be taking on this role at Derby Grammar School. I am committed to building on the great developments led by Dr Norris, and the strong academic achievement the School stands for.
“The challenge of piloting the School through the changing times ahead is exciting, and I cannot wait to become part of this unique community. I feel the School is in a very strong position, with a talented and committed staff and Governing Board who will build on the already excellent education and pastoral care offered.”
To celebrate the School excitedly opened its doors to welcome visitors for ‘A Co-curricular Extravaganza’ at the end of June. During the visit families were able to tour its beautiful 12 acre site, situated in Littleover. No small feat, considering they had to navigate COVID restrictions to ensure the event was safe for all visiting.
Commenting on the event, new Head Mr Logan explained, “I thoroughly enjoyed another opportunity to meet prospective families face-to-face and show the School’s three principles of Excellence, Encouragement, Enrichment.
“The small size of Derby Grammar enables staff to get to know each pupil as an individual and support them throughout their time with the School, wherever their talents lie. This process starts from when families first visit the School.”
Mr Logan continues, “The school offers individual support so each pupil develops academically and as a person, including subject and careers guidance, as well as support in university application, including Oxbridge.”
The School’s small size and individual approach means it celebrated fantastic academic results in 2020:
39% of A Level grades are A* and A
76% of all GCSE grades are 9, 8 or 7
They now look to welcome visitors again for their next open day, ‘Bringing Education to Life’, Saturday 25 September. This next event focuses on their excellent academic pedigree, showing how bringing education to life for each pupil results in outstanding examination results.
To find out more about a Derby Grammar School education by visiting: www.derbygrammar.org
A Derby Grammar School student is celebrating after securing a role in a production of Macbeth at Derby Theatre.
5th March 2020 — A Derby Grammar School student is celebrating after securing a role in a production of Macbeth at Derby Theatre.
Will Flear was selected to play Fleance in Shakespeare’s play after attending his first ever audition for a large-scale production.
The 12-year-old has been taking part in LAMDA lessons at Derby Grammar School since he joined in Year 4.
LAMDA classes are available to all pupils, with many taking up the sessions to improve communication and performance skills, as well as developing confidence. They are taught by the school’s in-house peripatetic LAMDA teacher, Hayley Simpson.
Will also attends weekly workshops at Derby Theatre and is looking forward to treading the boards in Macbeth in March.
He said: “I would really like to be an actor. My favourite subject at school is speech and drama.
“This was my first real audition. I went along to get some experience and was surprised but very happy to hear I'd actually got the part.
"I had to read from a script for the audition and we learnt how to speak using different voices. I didn’t read for a specific part; I was told which part I’d got and I was really pleased because I wanted to play Fleance. The audition was ok, everyone was friendly and I wasn’t too nervous.
“I feel quite confident about it as I’m not saying too much but I am running around quite a lot. After this I will see what else comes up. I would like to audition for something else."
Mrs Simpson congratulated Will on his achievement.
She said: “Will is a fantastic actor, and that combined with his determination means that he is unstoppable! I am so pleased he was successful at the audition, which will have been very tough due to the professional nature of the production. Shakespeare is difficult to master but amazing when it is done right and I know Will has what it takes to bring his character to life on stage. I can't wait to see it!"
Derby Grammar School student, Tom Weeks, is celebrating another successful golf season, and he has his sights firmly set on joining the US PGA Tour in the future.
11th November 2019 — Derby Grammar School student, Tom Weeks, is celebrating another successful golf season, and he has his sights firmly set on joining the US PGA Tour in the future.
Tom, aged 14 from Burton on Trent, started playing golf at the age of 6 with his dad and joined the county coaching sessions for the under 14s when he was aged 10.
He now plays with a handicap of 5 and has represented Derbyshire County every year since 2015, currently playing for both the under 16 and under 18 teams.
This season alone he has won the Derbyshire U18 Boys Matchplay competition, U14 Boys County Championships, the Derbyshire U14 Short Course Championship, was part of the U18 team winning Midlands Champions and most recently was part of the U16 team that won the Ten Counties Competition at Kedleston Golf Club.
Tom said: “I’ve got to where I am through coaching and practice. I practise five or six times a week, I go to the gym to work on my strength and I have a strength and conditioning coach. I also play every Saturday and Sunday.
I use my lunchtime break at school to complete my homework so that I have time to practice and work on my game.
My aim after A Levels is to complete a golf scholarship in the USA and then hopefully join the US tour.”
Mr Whitworth, Head of Games and PE at Derby Grammar School said: “We are very proud of Tom and his achievements. From a school perspective we support him as much as possible so that he can combine his successful golf career with a sound academic education.
We are looking forward to following his progress over the coming years.”