Derby Cathedral

Angel installation

The ‘Knife Angel’ - the spectacular 27ft sculpture, made from up to 100,000 bladed weapons collected during police surrender schemes - has arrived at Bondholder Derby Cathedral.

Derby has been chosen to be one of the few cities across the country to host the National Monument against Violence and Aggression, which was carefully installed by a team of experts who had given their time for free. Already the Angel’s presence has made an impact, with over 3,000 people visiting on the first day.

Rachel Morris of Derby Cathedral and Chair of the Derby Knife Angel Steering Group, said: “We seem to have been working on this project for a long time and we are now all very excited that the Knife Angel is here. It is a spectacular sight and we hope as many people as possible come and visit and learn how we can all work together to reduce knife and violent crime."

The sculpture will be on display next to Derby Cathedral between Tuesday 1st October and Wednesday 30th October.

Rachel Morris commented “I want to thank everyone involved in bringing the Knife Angel to Derby, particularly the hundreds of volunteers who have come forward to act as marshals and the local companies who have given up their time and expertise.”

The sculpture was created at the British Ironwork Centre by sculptor Alfie Bradley to highlight the impact violent crime, particularly those involving knives, has on people, families and communities.


Bondholders’ Angel support


The Derby business community has joined forces to support the Knife Angel and spread the message 'Don’t Carry Knives'.

The Knife Angel will be in situ outside Bondholder Derby Cathedral from 3rd to 30th October, and all are encouraged to visit the monument to appreciate the message it carries.

Derby Cathedral is encouraging everyone to share their photographs and message of support on social media using the hashtag #DERBYKNIFEANGEL. You can also follow Derby Knife Angel on Facebook and Twitter

The following Bondholder companies are just a sample of those who have come together to support the Knife Angel’s message of intolerance to violent crime.

G Wathalls and Sons
Bowmer & Kirkland
Work Wallet
Derby Cathedral
Derbyshire Police
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
Derby City Council
Mercia Image
Smith Partnership
Ask The Chameleon
Loates HR
Marketing Derby

Rachel Morris, Diocesan Secretary & Cathedral Chapter Steward at Derby Cathedral, would like to extend her thanks to everyone who has supported the Knife Angel to date.


Stars to be unveiled

Ten new 'Made in Derby' plaques celebrating the achievements of some of the people who have helped put Derby and Derbyshire on the world map will be unveiled in the city's Market Place and on Iron Gate on Saturday 14th September.

This is phase 2 of 'Made in Derby' - a trail of mosaic and cast iron plaques which can be brought to life via augmented reality using a smartphone app - with a Walk of Fame already embedded on Albion Street and Exchange Street.

Karam Singh, Derby's world-leading breakdancer from local Trinity Warriors dance crew, is the first star to be announced. The launch will take place at 11.30am in the Market Place with the names of all of the stars being revealed by Bondholder the Derby Telegraph early on Saturday morning.

The first star to be announced, Karam Singh is hoping for a call-up to Team GB if breaking is officially accepted as an Olympic sport in time for the Games to take place in Paris in 2024. Karam took part in his first competition when he was 10 and became the youngest person to ever set foot on the World Bboy Championship stage in 2008. Over the past few years, he has won numerous titles in places such as France, Switzerland, Belgium, USA and China - the latter was where he won the Street Dance World Cup for Britain. He is also a competition judge and teaches workshops in places such as India, Slovenia and Italy.

The other nine people on the remaining plaques are from a variety of eras dating back to the 17th century through to the 21st century and are mainly involved in science, the arts, sport and commerce.

Last year, Derby became the first city in Europe to use augmented reality in a walk of fame or similar piece of public art. Each of the sculptures, designed by Tim Clapcott, has a QR code which when activated by the app and it is even possible to take a selfie with your favourites as it brings them to life.

Sculptor Mr Clapcott said: “I hope the names of the people on the plaques will inspire Derby people to take a pride in where they live and inspire younger people, who will see the people on the plaques as role models in their lives.

"The Made in Derby title not only refers to the successful people of Derby, but it is also a metaphor for the city’s industrial heritage and thriving commerce and community today."

Trinity Warriors will get Saturday's event underway on the Market Place at 11am, with unveiling starting at 11.30am. The unveiling will finish at Bondholder Derby Cathedral at 12 noon with another Trinity Warriors performance.

(Image: Tim Clapcott)

(Image: Tim Clapcott)


The Knife Angel is coming

Derby has been chosen to be one of the cities across the country to host the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression - the 'Knife Angel'.

The spectacular 27ft sculpture, made from up to 100,000 bladed weapons collected in knife banks during police amnesties across the country, will be based next to Bondholder Derby Cathedral for 28 days in October.

The Knife Angel is being brought to Derby by a group of agencies and organisations across the city, including Bondholders Derby Cathedral, Derbyshire Police, Derby City Council and Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa.

Other Bondholders who have offered their help and expertise include Bowmer and Kirkland, Mercia Image Ltd, Work Wallet and G Wathall and Son Ltd.

Created in collaboration with all 43 police forces, the Home Office, Anti-violence groups and hundreds of families who have been affected by knife crime, the monument is a symbol of the nation’s intolerance to violence and aggression. It was created by the British Ironwork Centre, by sculptor Alfie Bradley to highlight the impact knife crime has on people, families and communities.

Relatives of those killed by knife crime were invited to engrave the blades with names and messages for their loved ones as part of the sculpture. One such relative is local woman, Rachel Webb. Rachel’s son, Tom, was 22-years-old when he was stabbed and killed in St Peter’s Street, Derby in 2016.

Rachel said: “I am thrilled to learn that the Knife Angel is coming to Derby. It’s an emotive thought-provoking monument, which is helping to educate and raise awareness of the increasing knife crime epidemic on Britain’s streets."

They are also keen for other volunteers to be involved in the project, particularly in being able to act as information marshals at the sculpture. Full training will be provided and anyone interested is urged to make contact.

If you are interested in volunteering or represent a group that would like to be interested in the programme of activities please contact the organising group on


Market Hall Restoration

Bondholder Derby City Council has awarded a £5m contract to Wates Construction for the first phase of a three-year project to transform the Market Hall and drive its economic regeneration.

The first phase of the project will see the significant improvement to the building’s glazed panelling, copper roof and stonework. It will start with the installation of an extensive bespoke scaffolding structure which will allow traders to operate as normal during the restoration works. The installation of the scaffolding  will start in the spring and end in the autumn followed by building surveys that will inform the extent of the work required.

Wates will engage a local supply chain and provide training and employment opportunities for the people of Derby, ensuring it leaves behind a skills and economic boost for the city. 

Bondholder Pick Everard have been appointed as technical project manager.

Cllr Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader, Derby City Council with responsibility for regeneration and the economy said: “We have pledged to redevelop the Market Hall into a modern, vibrant and bustling destination. The appointment of these contractors is the start of a three-year project to transform the building and its offer to attract a wider cross section of people and drive a stronger footfall in the city centre. The Labour administration has secured in the region of £5m for the works on the roof.”

Matt Hall, Director at Pick Everard said: “The Market Hall building is a hugely important landmark for Derby and will continue to be an integral part of the city. The wider regeneration of the Market Hall is a pivotal scheme to ensure the city has a future for ongoing growth.  We are delighted to be part of the project team working in close collaboration with Derby City Council, Wates and other stakeholders to ensure the smooth delivery of this and other projects across the region.”

The Market Hall, originally designed by Derbyshire engineer Rowland Mason Oridsh, is located within Derby’s City Centre Conservation Area, which also contains Bondholders Derby Cathedral, the Silk Mill and the Guildhall Theatre.


Still Capturing Reality

It’s a year since Bondholder Mixed Realities, now known as V21, completed their first 3D Virtual Tour of Bondholder Derby College’s iconic Roundhouse, for Bondholder Roundhouse Events. This work went on to inspire them to create an innovative and engaging interactive map, featuring 14 virtual tours of spaces in Derby, including Bondholders Derby Cathedral Tower, Derby Museums and Art Gallery, Pickford’s House and of course The Roundhouse. They have recently added Banks Mill Studios to the map, capturing all 5 floors, containing 30 creative studios.

In the summer they went on to successfully experiment how to create a fully immersive CGI/VR environment using the data capture from the original laser scan of the Roundhouse. The result, an amazing tool for visualisation and redevelopment projects, presented at the FBE event at The Roundhouse with Bondholder Maber, in September 2017.

Since September 2017, V21 Artspace has presented over 20 Virtual Exhibitions for Galleries and Museums in Derby, Nottingham and London. including the one-time only world exclusive “Dinosaurs of China - Ground Shakers To Feathered Flyers” exhibited at Nottingham Wollaton Hall and Nottingham Lakeside Arts from July to October 2017. In December 2017 they branched out to the US. New York based associate, Sylvia Mead, already has 2 exhibitions under her belt, captured at Art Basel Miami. They are excited to be presenting their first New York virtual exhibition very soon and are collaborating with some major organisations on upcoming projects.

From late February their space at 21 Cornmarket will be used as exhibition space, V21 Gallery. They are hosting an opening exhibition “Life & Death” by artists David Booth MRBS and Keith Newlove. The exhibition launches on Friday 23rd February 2018 details of opening times can be found here. They will produce a 3D Virtual Exhibition making it accessible to anyone unable to visit.

Owners, Claire Cutts and Joe Clark, wholeheartedly agree that even though the last year has been a major challenge, as it is for any start-up business, this has been massively outweighed by having the opportunity to with some amazing Bondholders in Derby, including Derby Museums, Quad and Mainframe.

View the work of V21 below:

Interactive MapBanks Mill Studios, The Roundhouse, Dinosaurs of China, V21 Space, V21 Artspace 


Principal Conductor Makes Debut

Dutch conductor Frank Zielhorst will make his debut concert performance as Bondholder Sinfonia Viva’s new Principal Conductor at Bondholder Derby Cathedral on Wednesday March 14.

The concert, entitled Masters and Maestros, features a tantalizing programme based on dances from the ballroom and theatre stage to the pub and village hall.

Mr Zielhorst said the concert programme was full of energy and contrast – taking the audience on a musical journey.

“I started planning this programme around Haydn’s Symphony No.104 which he wrote in London and is so full energy and different emotions.

“This brought me to think about further English connections and I love the contrast between Haydn and Britten’s piece.

“Finally Mozart’s composition is again a wonderful contrast – taking the audience to the glitz and glamour of the ballroom.”

Masters & Maestros is the latest concert in the Twilights series – produced by Sinfonia Viva in
partnership with Derby Cathedral.

Bondholders Secure Goods Yard Investment

Bondholder Derby Cathedral has announced that Friar Gate Goods Yard will be the home of its new secondary school.

Derby Cathedral School, as indicated above, will occupy the western half of the derelict site once the state-of-the-art facilities are built over the next two years, it has been confirmed by the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

The school will occupy nine acres of the 20-acre site, off Great Northern Road.

Revd Canon Dr Stephen Hance, Dean of the Cathedral, said: “We are delighted that we can now announce where the permanent site for the school will be. Friar Gate Goods Yard was our preferred location from the very beginning of the process due to its central location within close proximity to the Cathedral, and its need for development to enhance the infrastructure of the city.”

Set to house 1,200 students, the secondary school will be a purpose-built facility and does not include the Listed bonded warehouse.

Bondholder Clowes Developments, which owns the goods yard site are looking at options to refurbish the building and the remainder of the site. Andrew Bock said “Clowes are committed to the commencing the restoration of the Bonded Warehouse within the next 12 months. We have a number of exciting ideas that we will be exploring with Derby City Council.”

Russell Rigby from Bondholder Rigby & Co, who represented Clowes Developments in negotiations, said, “This is one of the most significant deals completed in Derby in the last 12 months. The introduction of such a high-calibre educational facility will completely transform and re-energise the emerging new Masterplan for the remaining site. Rigby & Co were delighted to have assisted Clowes Developments in opening up what I believe is a jewel in Derby’s regeneration crown.”

Bondholder Flint Bishop were also involved in securing the investment with Christine Owen, Partner, commenting, “Flint Bishop has worked alongside Clowes Developments for many years on various high profile projects and it was a great pleasure that I was involved in delivering such an exciting redevelopment scheme in Derby.”

Promotion for Rachel

Rachel Morris, from Bondholder Derby Cathedral, has been appointed as Diocesan Secretary, CEO of the Diocesan Board of Finance and Chapter Steward.

This innovative joint role will allow Rachel to continue as lead on the Cathedral’s strategic plan whilst helping to develop that of the diocese.

The Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern, Bishop of Derby said: “This is an exciting opportunity for the Diocese as it will create an opportunity to model collaborative working in a creative and innovative way, this role is trailblazing across the Church of England and creating interest nationally.”

Talking about her new role Rachel said: “This will enable us to achieve much closer collaboration between the Diocese and Cathedral in mission planning, thinking and opportunity, whilst at the same time respecting the integrity and separateness of Cathedral and Diocese.”

Derby Cathedral is also working in partnership with fellow Bondholder Sky Recruitment Solutions to help recruit for two key roles at the Cathedral. 

Rachel said: “At this exciting time of development for the Cathedral and the Diocese of Derby we are delighted to be working with fellow Bondholders Sky Recruitment Solutions.  We were keen to work with a company with good local knowledge, a passion for Derbyshire and with an innovative and positive work ethic. We currently have two key roles available and with more to come David and his team are proving a delight to work with.”

David Torrington, Managing Director of Sky Recruitment Solutions, added: "We are delighted to be teaming up with Diocesan Secretary and Chapter Steward, Rachel Morris on recruitment for both Derby Cathedral and the Diocese of Derby.

"Rachel demonstrated a desire to work with a local recruitment specialist, and due to our links within the community and notably with Marketing Derby, it seems to be a perfect partnership – the roles of Media Officer (Diocese of Derby) and Head of Operations (Derby Cathedral) are fantastic opportunities to join a well-established and evolving organisation, and we are looking forward to selecting some high calibre candidates from the applications we receive."

New Dean for Cathedral

The Very Revd Dr Stephen Hance is installed as the new Dean of Derby at Bondholder Derby Cathedral. 

The Dean is the most senior priest at Derby Cathedral, and is the head of Chapter – the governing body of the cathedral. Dean Hance becomes the eleventh Dean since the Church of All Saints, Derby, became a cathedral in 1927.

His appointment follows a period during which The Revd Dr Sue Jones filled the post as Acting Dean following the appointment of The Very Revd Dr John Davies, former Dean of Derby, to the post of Dean of Wells in November 2016.

Photo courtesy of Rob Walker, Orbital Vision

In his first sermon, Dean Hance discussed the role of Derby Cathedral: “Derby Cathedral is for worship, for the city, and for the whole community. We are proud to work alongside partners in the city, county and Diocese, and will work with anyone who wishes to further the common good. Derby Cathedral exists to bear witness to the love of God, which is why worship and prayer is at the heart of the life of the building.

"We also exist for the city, and for all who live and work here. As a Cathedral, we are excited to share in the artistic and cultural life of Derby. I am thrilled and honoured to serve as Dean of Derby at this exciting time for Derby Cathedral.”

The Rt Rev Dr Alastair Redfern, Bishop of Derby, said: “I am delighted that Stephen has accepted the invitation to be the next Dean of Derby.  He brings a wealth of experience and expertise in parish ministry, cathedrals and mission.

"As we welcome Stephen and Jacqui and their family we look forward to an exciting new chapter in the life of our Cathedral and Diocese.”

Derby Remembers

As part of the Derby Remembers programme, run in conjunction with the Weeping Window display at Derby Silk Mill, Bondholder QUAD has developed a digital trail. 

The free to download Derby Remembers Digital Trail is an app for smartphones and tablets designed to give a walking tour of the city centre, featuring eleven monuments and stories of Derby and its resident during the First World War. 

The Trail covers significant historical and cultural sites in Derby – including The Silk Mill, and Bondholders Déda, Derby CathedralDerby Museum & Art Gallery, QUAD and Royal Crown Derby.

To get the app for iOS devices on the App Store, click here.
To get the app for Android phones, click here.

National Win for Rachel

Rachel Morris, Chapter Steward at Bondholder Derby Cathedral, has won the Property and Facilities Management category of the national WeAreTheCity Rising Star Awards.

The Rising Star Awards, now in their third year, are the only awards to solely focus on the UK’s female talent pipeline. They celebrate 100 individual female contributors who represent the future leaders and role models of tomorrow across twenty different industries.

The Awards are run in partnership with The Times.

When asked about her win, Rachel said: "I was delighted to receive the news on Monday that I am a winner in the national Rising Star Awards, and I am very grateful to everyone who voted for me. The news of the terrible attack in Finsbury Park, on top of other recent tragedies, has meant that it is quite difficult for me to really celebrate at the moment.  

"It is certainly good to receive some positive news, I am pleased to be considered a role model for women in business, and every day I am thankful to occupy a role responsible for safeguarding the heritage and history of Derby Cathedral."

The awards were entered by 1,250 individuals were judged by a panel of 33 independent judges. Over 35,000 public votes were received for the 200 shortlisted nominees. 

Cathedral School Takes Step Forward

Bondholder Derby Cathedral has announced the next step in its plans to open a new Cathedral School in Derby.

The school is set to open September 2018 in temporary accommodation at Midland House in Nelson Street, whilst the brand new state-of-the-art facilities are being developed on a permanent site.

Derby Cathedral School will offer a broad and balanced curriculum, with specialisms in maths and music - strong links with the Cathedral Choir and Music Department will help to enhance this offer. 

Planning to open with 120 students in Year 7, the school will be a four-form entry 11-19 co-educational school and when full there will be 840 students on roll including 240 in the Sixth Form. 

David Channon, CEO of Derby Diocesan Academy Trust, commented: “We are making excellent progress and our search for an exceptional and inspirational leader is already under way. Discussions with the City Council and Education & Skills Funding Agency are continuing positively to identify a permanent site in and around the City Centre. Strong links will be forged with the family of schools across Derby and our state-of-the-art facilities will be shared with the community.”

Consultation for Derby Cathedral School runs until Monday 24th July 2017 and drop-in Consultation Events will be held on Tuesday 27th June from 1.00pm - 3.00pm and Wednesday 5th July 6.30pm - 8.30pm at Derby Cathedral. 

The Rev Dr Elizabeth Thomson, Canon Missioner at Derby Cathedral, commented: “This consultation gives us the chance to continue to seek the views of prospective parents, students and stakeholders, giving them the opportunity to help shape the secondary school so that it meets the needs of the Derby community.

"I look forward to working with members of the local community to further develop our plans for this exciting new school which will deliver a first-rate education, ensuring that pupils reach their maximum potential and access world-class jobs in our vibrant City.”  

For more information about the consultation, please click here. 



New Dean for Derby

The Rev. Canon Dr Stephen Hance has been announced as the new Dean of Derby, at Bondholder Derby Cathedral. He will officially start his role this September.

Dr Hance currently serves as Canon Missioner of Southwark Cathedral in London.

He succeeds the Very Rev John Davies following his move to Wells Cathedral.

The Rev. Canon Dr Stephen Hance said: "I am thrilled and honoured to have been asked to serve as Dean of Derby. This is an exciting time for Derby Cathedral, as we seek to work for the common good.

"Our first family home was in the East Midlands, and we are looking forward to living and working here again."

Rachel Shortlisted for National Award

Rachel Morris, Chapter Steward at Bondholder Derby Cathedral, has been shortlisted in the Property and Facilities Management category of the national WeAreTheCity Rising Star Awards.

The Rising Star Awards, now in their third year, are the only awards to solely focus on the UK’s female talent pipeline. They celebrate 100 individual female contributors who represent the future leaders and role models of tomorrow across twenty different industries.

The Awards are run in partnership with The Times.

When asked about her nomination, Rachel said: "I was surprised and pleased to be nominated for this award and now I am delighted to be shortlisted.

"I feel very proud of Derby and of our lovely Cathedral. I feel I am just "doing my job"....which I consider important to ensure Derby Cathedral is just as beautiful and accessible for generations to come.

"Having been shortlisted I am now keen to win and hope I can provide encouragement particularly to other females in a similar roles". 

Judges will decide the overall winner, however the public can show their support by voting for nominees.

To vote for Rachel, please click here.

£2.5m Regeneration for Derby Cathedral

Bondholder Derby Cathedral has unveiled plans for £2.5 million five-year regeneration project, which will help establish the venue as an entertainment and heritage centre. 

The Cathedral will be introducing innovations, such as digital technology to allow Derby and Derbyshire characters, such as Bess of Hardwick - who is buried in the 18th century building - to "tell their own stories" to visitors.

Other works will see regeneration of the facilities at the Cathedral, including new flexible seating, restoration of the organ, and renewal of the concrete flooring. 

Rev Dr Sue Jones, acting Dean of Derby, said: "The project will enhance the ability of the cathedral – already the largest seated venue inside the ring road - to host events and concerts on a far larger scale. It will attract new visitors to the city centre and bring the city to life at night.

"We want to enable the cathedral to offer a gathering place for events and services large and small. This will invigorate the city centre and help the cathedral's work to continue for centuries to come."

The message we’ve received from our consultations is clear. Visitors and worshippers want more comfortable seating, they want to explore more of the history of the building, and they want a more varied range of events in the Cathedral. Through Revealing the Derby Story, we will make this happen.
— Rachel Morris - Chapter Steward, Derby Cathedral

Derby Cathedral has been working in partnership with fellow Bondholder Derby QUAD, On Event Production Co and the University of Derby, to help bring the project to life. 

Adam Buss, Chief Executive of Derby QUAD, said: "The Cathedral's most famous monument is Bess of Hardwick's tomb. We will be able to develop cutting-edge apps and interpretative technology which will allow Bess and others commemorated in the Cathedral to tell their own stories."



We see this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Derby students to be involved in a step-changing project. There are so many opportunities here for our students, whether they are studying engineering or music, events management or history, and we are very excited about the potential of this project.
— Kathryn Mitchell - Vice-Chancellor, University of Derby

43,000 Miles Back to Derby

In 2010 Leigh Timmis, an employee for Bondholder Pattonair, set off on a 43,000 mile journey, cycling around the world to raise money for new Bondholder the Derbyshire Children's Holiday Centre.

In seven years Leigh has raised over £10,000 for the charity, and will be returning to Derby this Saturday when he arrives at Bondholder Derby Cathedral at 1pm. 

Leigh's journey has brought about many adventures, including singing to bears to prevent them from attacking him. 

Speaking about his return, Leigh said: "Having been living in a tent for seven years, I'm not sure quite how being back at my mum's home is going to feel, but at least I won't be in danger of being eaten, shot, or from dying from starvation, dehydration or malnutrition."

The Derbyshire Children's Holiday Centre provides holidays to children aged 7 to 13, who are having troubles in their home lives .

Cathedral School Moves Closer

Work is progressing on a new city school, to be developed by Bondholder Derby Cathedral.

The Project Steering Group has been working closely with the Department for Education (DfE), the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and fellow Bondholder Derby City Council to ensure that the project is on track. 

The group are currently identifying the best site for Derby Cathedral School, with consideration to location, access, size and overall feasibility. They are also developing concepts around the curriculum, the school’s branding and policies, and will start to consider plans for headteacher recruitment shortly. 

Derby Cathedral School will offer a broad and balanced curriculum, with specialisms in maths and music - strong links with the Cathedral Choir and Music Department will help to enhance this offer. 

Planning to open with 120 students in Year 7, the school will be a four-form entry 11-19 co-educational school and when full there will be 840 students on roll including 240 in the Sixth Form. 



Twilight at Derby Cathedral

Dutch conductor Frank Zielhorst will make his concert debut with Bondholder Sinfonia Viva at fellow Bondholder Derby Cathedral on Friday March 3.

The concert, entitled ‘A Little Symphony in F’ is the latest stage of the popular Twilights series of late afternoon and early evening performances at the Cathedral.

Twilights is a partnership between Sinfonia Viva and Derby Cathedral and has been a key element in the Cathedral’s two-year cultural audience development programme supported with a £80,000 Arts Council England grant.  

The concert will feature work by classical music ‘giants’ Haydn, Strauss and Beethoven and Frank Zielhorst explained that this varied programme would appeal to a wide range of classical music fans.

Mr Zielhorst who, for the past two years, has performed extensively as Leverhulme Young Conductor in Association at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, said: “I am so looking forward to returning to Derby to conduct Sinfonia Viva in Derby Cathedral which is a truly magnificent building with wonderful acoustics.

“This will be my second time with the Orchestra in as many months having worked with the musicians and composer James Redwood for the performance of the education residency ‘Mechanical Advantage’ at Derby Theatre in early February."

For more information and box office details, visit

Derby Cathedral School get Government green light

The creation of a new school by Bondholder Derby Cathedral has moved a step closer after the Government gave it permission to start preparing to open.  Plans have now moved into the "pre-opening" phase for the free school which would be the first Church of England secondary school in the area.

Dean of Derby Cathedral, the Very Reverend Dr John Davies, said:

"I am thrilled that the Department for Education has recognised the need for a new secondary school, committed to raising aspirations and opportunities, serving the families of Derby."


The trust will now start planning for the pre-opening programme, including determining a new site for the school and working closely with the Education Funding Agency.

It is proposed that the new school will specialise in maths and music and will be open to all children, regardless of background or faith.  It will start as a small school of 120 pupils in year seven and filling year-on-year by 2023.