Derby Grammar School

Grammar School expands offer

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Derby Grammar school head teacher Dr Ruth Norris

After several months of planning, Bondholder Derby Grammar School’s Head, Dr Ruth Norris, has announced the School will welcome boys into Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 from September 2019.

Dr Norris said: “This is a very exciting new venture for us and completes our offering of an all-through education, committed to the needs of boys.

“Our Junior School is an incredibly happy and vibrant place where our boys are nurtured and challenged in equal measure. Our curriculum is both rigorous and creative and fully enriched with extensive extra-curricular offerings.

“Traditionally, we have accepted boys from Year 3 upwards and have experienced increasing demand for places to be made available in the younger years. Now we are delighted to make the announcement that our doors will be open to these three new year groups this September.”

The School has plans to invest in its facilities over the coming months in order to prepare dynamic and stimulating age-appropriate learning and play spaces, ready for September.

April Sly, Head of Primary School added: “These facilities will complement our current offering of extensive leafy grounds, perfect for adventure play in a natural environment, complete with a discovery garden, adventure playground and the upcoming creation of a forest school. All our boys have the added benefit of access to our extensive sports facilities, including sports hall, pitches and Astroturf at our Rykneld site: perfect for letting off steam!”

Accompanying the news was the announcement of an extremely competitive fee package, along with a fresh new approach to sibling discounts: together these initiatives aim to make a Derby Grammar School education family-friendly and accessible to the budgets of working parents.

In addition, pupils who join Derby Grammar Primary School are now guaranteed place in Senior School, with no additional testing required.

This news follows hard on the heels of exciting new plans for Sixth Form revealed at the recent Sixth Form Open Evening, which included the addition of six new A Level subjects to the curriculum, a new Sixth Form Centre and a new range of scholarships, exhibitions and bursaries for Sixth Form students.

The School will also shortly be announcing exciting new developments in Senior School with a new vision and generous scholarships and bursaries.

Dr Norris said: “We are at the start of a fresh journey here at Derby Grammar School and we are looking forward to a new and exciting era.”

To find out more about Derby Grammar Primary School, come along to our Open Afternoon on Wednesday 7 November, 4.30-6.30pm. Reserve your place at visit

School celebrates bumper set of top GCSE and A-Level results

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Students and staff at Bondholder Derby Grammar School celebrated a bumper set of top GCSE and A-Level results this summer.

There was a large rise in the number of A*-B grades in this year’s A-Level results at the school with 63% of grades at A*-B, a 10% rise from 2017. This year a total of 22% of grades were A/A*.

In STEM subjects, 83 per cent of grades were A*-C and in A-Level Maths 80 per cent of grades were A*-C. One hundred per cent of the grades in Further Maths were A* and 90 per cent of the grades in A-Level Physics were A*-C.

One of the high achievers was Robbie Cooper who achieved an A* in Design Technology, a B in Maths and a B in Physics and will go on to Exeter University to study Engineering. He created an improved version of a pump that delivers insulin to diabetics as part of his studies.

Robbie said: “It’s been the most interesting project that I have worked on and the best thing is that it has a purpose and that purpose is quite important.”

Dr Ruth Norris, head teacher at Derby Grammar School, said: “We are extremely proud of both our GCSE and A-Level students who achieved an excellent proportion of the very top grades. We look forward to seeing our GCSE students’ continued success in our thriving Sixth Form and we are confident that our A-Level students will go on to great things and we wish them all the best for the future.”

There is an open day at Derby Grammar School on September 29th from 10am to 2pm. Visit to book your place.

New Head for Derby Grammar

Bondholder Derby Grammar School have announced Dr Ruth Norris as their new Head who will start in post in September.

Dr Norris is currently Director of Academic Excellence and Head of History at Denstone College in Uttoxeter. Prior to this she has been Assistant Head at Lichfield Cathedral School.

Tim Wilson, Chair of Governors at Derby Grammar School, said: “The Governors carried out
a thorough process of selection before coming to a decision. Ruth impressed us with her
commitment, and demonstrated her abilities as a dynamic and visionary leader.

We are confident that she has both the passion and determination to take Derby Grammar School forward on the next phase of its development.”

Dr Norris added: “I am delighted and honoured to be taking up the post of Head at Derby Grammar School. It was obvious from my first visit to the School that this is a special place. I very much look forward to working with the outstanding team and to serving the School community.”

The appointment follows the success of student Elliot Butterworth winning a top national prize. Elliot will travel to the House of Lords to pick up the Independent Schools Association (ISA) Whitbread Memorial Prize 2017.

The Whitbread Memorial Prize recognises and celebrates outstanding involvement in, and service to, the wider aspect of school and community life; in conjunction with achieving academic excellence in GCSE results.


Outstanding Results for Derby Grammar

Bondholder Derby Grammar School is celebrating as its GCSE results mean the School is second in the East Midlands for boys independent schools according to the ISC League Table 2017, with 72% of passes at A*, A or 7+, and two pupils achieving straight A* and 9 grades.

35% of A Level passes are at A* or A grade. Philip Holloway achieved 4 A* passes and is now off to Cambridge to read Natural Sciences and Physics.

Acting Head, Lesley Reynolds, commented: “we are absolutely delighted with what our pupils have achieved this year. They have ably demonstrated their ability across all of their subjects. Pupils and staff have worked hard together, and that hard work is evidenced by a set of outstanding results.

"We are looking forward to a busy and successful 2017-18 academic year. We have already welcomed Kim Barnett to officially open our new dedicated sports facility, Rykneld Sports Centre; and our new website has launched which captures what we do at Derby Grammar School and showcases our pupils’ achievements and successes.”

Derby Grammar Raises Africa Money

Representatives from Bondholder YMCA Derbyshire visited fellow Bondholder Derby Grammar School to present them with a cheque for £350 towards their fundraising to support Gedeli B School in Mwanza, Tanzania.

Derby Grammar School support the residents of the YMCA through harvest festival donations and shoe box gifts at Christmas. The YMCA, through its SOLID committee wanted to repay this generosity by raising money for the Grammar School’s Tanzania project which supports school-children at Gedeli B School in Mwanza.

Lee Joseph, a SOLID committee member, explained: “SOLID stands for Shout Out Loud in Derby. It is a committee formed by YMCA residents to volunteer on projects in our local community. We often support local schools and groups by donating time for building or groundwork projects, but for Tanzania we wanted to do something different.”

They came up with the idea of a cake sale and were delighted when fellow Bondholder East Midlands Trains agreed they could sell the cakes at Derby train station.

SOLID committee member Michaela Barford added: “We baked 300 cakes at YMCA on London Road, and had some donated. It felt really good to be raising money for a good cause like Gedeli B School. For our group of YMCA residents, it took some of us out of our comfort zone by selling the cakes and meeting people, but it really helped develop confidence. And after raising £350 we all felt a huge sense of achievement.”

Derby Grammar School has supported Gedeli B School in Mwanza, Tanzania since 2013. To date over £65,000 has been raised which has built two toilet blocks, two classrooms and a special needs classroom.

Funds have also enabled the installation of electricity and water, as well as the purchase of resources including desks, chairs and exercise books.

Gold for Derby Grammar Pupil

Elliot Butterworth, pupil from Bondholder Derby Grammar School, has been recognised for his outstanding achievement in the British Physics Olympiad competition, 2016 with a prestigious Gold award.

Elliot’s mark in the examination paper is one of the top 10 of all entrants across theUK. He was presented with his Gold award at the Royal Society in London.

The 2016 Olympiad competition attracted over 4000 entries from year 11 physicists.

The annual competition is a series of examinations for year 11, 12 and 13 pupils set by Oxford University. It is designed to stretch and challenge the top physics students in the country.

Elliot said: “It was a tough exam paper where we had to apply our physics knowledge to work through practical problems. I was absolutely thrilled to learn my result was one of the top 10 in the country.”

Richard Paine, Headmaster at Derby Grammar School, added: “we support each of our students to achieve their absolute potential. Elliot’s result in the Physics Olympiad competition is testament to the hard work and dedication he put in to preparing for the examination and makes us extremely proud.”