Derby Cathedral School

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.”
 

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. 

 

 

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. 

 

 

City may get first Church of England secondary school

Derby could be getting its first Church of England second school as a result of a joint venture between the Derby Diocesan Academy Trust and Bondholder Derby Cathedral.

The planned 840-pupil Derby Cathedral School is to be built on a brownfield site and will give families more choice, especially those who are disadvantaged.

The school will be fully inclusive and free to attend, welcoming pupils of all abilities, from all backgrounds, of all faiths and none
— Very Revd Dr John Davies, Dean of Derby

The Very Revd Dr John Davies, Dean of Derby, said: "the school is intended to meet the growing need for additional 'high quality' secondary places in the city area."

"The school will be fully inclusive and free to attend, welcoming pupils of all abilities, from all backgrounds, of all faiths and none."

Derby Cathedral School will be a stand-alone academy with its own governing body but will be able to access the structure and services of the existing Derby Academy Trust schools.

If approved, the school could be running by September 2017 and those who wish to register their support and interest can do so at http://www.derbycathedralschool.org.uk/register/