Principal’s Blog

Principal’s Update – 19th November 2021
Dear Families, There will not be an update this week. Our whole community is saddened and shocked by the loss of one of our Sixth Form students in the early hours of Friday morning. Our thoughts are with her family and all who knew her in this most difficult of times.
Principal’s Update – 12th November 2021
Dear Families, I hope this update finds you and those closest to you in good health. This week has not been packed full of events. You could say that we have had an average, normal, or regular week at Derby Moor, but, in reality, none of those adjectives really do justice in capturing what life is like during a week in our school. Aside from the updates below I have the privilege of being able to visit students in lessons each day and I’ve some lovely examples of students debating in lessons, creating really impressive design pieces in textiles and product design, mastering new skills in PE, grappling with independent challenges in a range of subjects and our sixth form students role-modelling independent study skills during their non-contact periods in school. It is easy to find examples of excellence across our academy, whether that is in classrooms, support sessions, offices or the shared spaces throughout the site, our whole community genuinely do embody our motto to make this a place where ‘average’ and ‘normal’ would never reflect what our community is about. Together We Succeed.
Principal’s Update – 5th November 2021
Dear Families, I hope this update finds you all in the best of health. We have had a really positive start to the half term at Derby Moor with a number of events taking place at the academy including the mock examinations, Sixth Form Open Evening and the Diwali celebrations. As three events, they capture our values of Achievement, Aspiration, High Expectations and Community in a single week and have been a joy to bear witness to. More details below:
Spirit stairs
Principal’s Update – 22nd October 2021
Dear Families, I write to you at the end of what has been a really rewarding half term at Derby Moor. I feel incredibly privileged to have the job that I have. To be able to walk this school each day, see our young people flourish and our staff teams deliver lessons and support of such high quality day in day out really is a joy. I have mentioned the strength of our community many times in these updates and it is that quality and our value of community, that has helped our young people adapt and recover from a year of disruption, and bring our school back to life this autumn.
Principal’s Update – 15th October 2021
Dear Families, I hope this update finds you and those closest to you in good health. We are about to enter the final week of this first half term after what has been a busy fortnight of events at the academy. There are a few updates and reminders for you below to carry us through next week and into the second half term of the academic year.
Open Evening
Principal’s Update – 8th October 2021
Dear Families, I hope you and those closest to you are in good health and that our students have made good use of the Inset Day today. After a wonderful Open Evening last night, today has been a much quieter affair with our staff focussing on their professional development and training. We know that this is time well invested as the high quality support our students receive inside and outside of the classroom comes from our dedicated staff team. Giving them time to reflect on their practice means we can continue growing our expertise and supporting our young people to become well-rounded, happy and healthy citizens. Together We Succeed.
Principal’s Update – 1st October 2021
Dear Families, I hope this update finds you and those closest to you in good health. Autumn is certainly upon us. As anticipated the temperatures have dropped, we’ve had more rain and both the mornings and evenings are becoming considerably darker. With that in mind, alongside safety and well-being, it is important that our students are prepared for the weather, checking the forecast before setting off and are taking care travelling to and from school. I have a couple of updates for you this week ahead of our Open Evening on Thursday 7th.
Start of the day DMSA
Principal’s Update – 24th September 2021
Dear Families, I hope this update finds everyone in good health. We have had another superb week at the Academy this week. Our timings for the school day have now become aligned for all Year Groups and students have settled into the routines of school life really well. The changes around movement, dining and so on have been well received and our students have, as ever, been adaptable and taken these in their stride. There is a real focus in lessons across the school and it’s great to see our staff applying their findings from research into lessons and our students working with them to try out new ways of learning and improving their skillsets. I witnessed a wonderful example this week where Sixth Form students were peer coaching Year 11s in English, helping them to understand the requirements of an English Language writing question. The peer coaches reflected on their own prior learning to engage, motivate and tutor the Year 11 students in order to prepare them for an upcoming mock exam. A great example of how our community is working together to embrace our motto of Together We Succeed.
DMA side
Principal’s Update – 17th September 2021
I hope this week’s update finds you and those closest to you in the best of health. We have had a wonderful week at Derby Moor this week. There is a wave of positivity across the Academy at the moment which you can see, hear and feel in all corners of the school. I think this is partly the relief amongst our community that many of the restrictions from previous years have been lifted and that things are feeling normal. But, there is more to it than that. The feeling that we are truly part of something special here has returned, our community is re-united and you can see that students and staff are re-energised. Our corridors are full of happy faces, with so many examples of students helping other students with directions around the one way system; our classrooms are full of challenge and innovation with students showing independence, team work and problem solving skills and our extra-curricular offer has sprung back into life. It really is a joy to be part of this unique community.
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