Derby High School

The Brighter City of Derby Awards

Bondholder Derby Civic Society has recognised a number of restored and regenerated buildings in the Brighter City of Derby Awards. 

The Awards recognise buildings that have made improvements to Derby through new construction, maintenance or restorations.

Recipients of the awards include Marble Hall, managed by Bondholder Connect Derby; the New Infant Department at Derby High School, designed by fellow Bondholder Pick Everard; the iHub at Infinity Park Derby; the Media Centre at the 3aaa County Ground, also designed by Pick Everard; and Cathedral Court, by Bondholder Prosperity Capital Partners. 

Marble Hall - First Prize, Refurbishment Category

"As Rolls Royce's first factory in Derby, this is a unique part of the city's heritage and is therefore worthy of restoration and preservation. The developers have gone to great lengths to restore and conserve this important building, particularly the Marble Hall with good quality materials and craftsmanship. They have found a new use for the building, by converting into small business units."

The New Infant Department at Derby High School - First Prize, New Build

The building is "aesthetically pleasing but also fulfils its design purpose very well."

The Innovation Centre at Infinity Park Derby - Highly Commended, New Build

The judges felt that the design was aesthetically pleasing and works well as an "anchor" building for the important new Infinity business park.

The Media Centre at the 3aaa County Ground - Generally Commended

The judges scored the Media Centre was commended for its contribution to the city. 

Cathedral Court -Generally Commended

The judges said the building "sits in its street scene surprisingly well and is functional".

Derby’s Education Exceeds Expectations

It’s been a month of good news for education in Derby with the recent successes in A-level results, and the University of Derby’s positive responses from this year’s National Student Survey (NSS).

Colleges and Sixth Forms across Derby have been celebrating the A-Level results with numerous institutions across the city reporting record A-Level pass rates.

Bondholders Derby High School reported a 100% pass rate, Derby College achieved a 96% pass rate, and Liz Coffey, Principal of Landau Forte College, said: “This year’s group has been equal to or better than with about 90% going on to university.”

The results are especially promising in a year when the overall number of A-Level pass grades in England has declined for the first time in 32 years.

The NSS found that 86% of University of Derby students are satisfied with their course – well above the benchmark figure set by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). The University has also maintained satisfaction scores for the quality of teaching at 88%, and equals or exceeds the sector average in every question.

The University has also reported an increase in the overall number of applicants; up by 12% compared to last year.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Philip Plowden, said: “The University’s continuing outstanding performance confirms that we continue to meet our aim of providing our students with a superb academic experience.”