Principal’s Update – 21st October 2022

Dear Families,

I hope this update finds you all in the very best of health. Our final week of Half Term 1 has, like every week at the Academy, been busy, positive and full of highlights, some of which I will detail below.

Dear Families,

I hope this update finds you all in the very best of health. Our final week of Half Term 1 has, like every week at the Academy, been busy, positive and full of highlights, some of which I will detail below.

Diwali Celebration

Today we celebrated Diwali with our annual Diwali Fayre taking place at lunchtime. The weather dictated a last minute change of venue as we moved the activities indoors due to the incessant rain but it did not dampen the spirits of our students. Students were able to enjoy making Rangoli designs using coloured rice and powder (images can be seen on the web version of this update) and many created Mendhi designs on their hands. Samosas are always a hit with our students and our Student Leadership team found that they sold out rapidly, have sold over 1000 before the end of 2nd lunch! It was a fantastic atmosphere as always. Thank to our Student Leadership Team for helping to ensure the event ran smoothly and was a success. We wish Happy Bandi Chhor Divas to all those celebrating next week. Happy Diwali.

Sixth Form Open Evening

Our Sixth Form Open Evening took place on Wednesday night and it was great to see so many students from our year 11 as well as those from other local schools coming to see what our Post 16 has to offer. A big thank you to our staff for making the event happen and showcasing their subjects to prospective students. I never fail to be impressed by our students stepping up to positions of responsibility and Wednesday night was another example of that. They were exceptional as guides and advocates, showing visitors around the site and talking about their subjects and their experiences in Sixth Form. It was also a joy to welcome back three of our Alumni who spoke with such confidence at the presentation, detailing their experiences and how Sixth Form helped them to realise their career paths. Applications are now open for places starting in September 2023. You can find the entry requirements for each course here and the application form here.

Sporting Update

Year7 Football: The Year 7s showed real resilience and determination in their final tournament at John Port this Wednesday. Final results of the tournament were 2 – 0 Win vs Bemrose – 2 goals from OP. 1 – 0 win vs CODA – 1 goal from TH. Draw 0 – 0 Chellaston and 0 – 1 Loss vs Murray Park. Players of the tournament were OM and CH.

6th Form Football: The 6th form team put together their best performance of the season in a well spirited game but, unfortunately suffered defeat against a Littleover team. Man of the Match went to DG.

Rewards Draws

Our Year teams have been making the rewards draws this week for students who have been accruing positive points and helping our community. You can find the video draw for Year 8, Year 9 and Year 11 on the links.

Computing E-Safety

The computing team have shared a link to help you ensure your child is only able to access age appropriate content on Netflix using parental controls. You can find the advice on this link.

Year 11 Update

It’s been quite a week for Year 11 this week. Not only have they attended our famous late night Fish and Chip intervention sessions this week but they’ve also come along to the regular after school intervention, the Post 16 Open Evening and taken part in mock interviews with employers. It’s been intense to fit all of this in alongside their studies and mock examination preparation but they have shown real tenacity and determination throughout. A reminder that the mock period begins immediately after the half term. Students have been given their schedules for this. If you have any questions, please contact the Year 11 Year Team.

Quad Workshop

Year 11 Art and Textiles students have just completed a four week workshop with Quad Derby. Students worked with a local Graphic Designer to experiment and distort images related to their GCSE project in Photoshop, then created stencils and screen printed their designs on to t – shirts. The workshops have not only allowed students to create meaningful responses that will contribute towards their GCSE, but they have had relished the opportunity to work alongside a local and practicing artist as well as work with equipment and resources not normally available in school. We are extremely proud of the resilience, engagement and quality of work produced by all of the students.

Elite Karate

We are proud to have learned recently that two of our students, Kiara Etienne and Joshua Etienne-Ralley, have been selected to represent England in the upcoming European Championships which is taking place in Skopje, Macedonia during November. Having previously represented England in the World Championships in Leicester, and the European Championships in both Dublin and Hungary, where they won medals in all three tournaments, we will be wishing them the very best in their endeavour.

Duke of Edinburgh

DofE participants had a great night last night with their very own ‘come dine with me’ event. This was a way of learning to cook all the sensible foods they could have on their expedition – cottage pie, pasta, sticky toffee pudding to name a few favourites. Next half term will focus on some more formal training concerning the food requirements for their expeditions. The first meeting after half term will start on Thursday 10th November. Expedition dates for the diary:


Bronze Group:

Training Weekend – Saturday 25th March to Sunday 26th March

Practice Expedition – Saturday 29th April to Sunday 30th April

Qualifying Expedition – Saturday 13th to Sunday 14th May


Silver Group:

Practice Expedition – Friday 24th March to Sunday 26th March

Qualifying Expedition – Friday 28th April to Sunday 30th April

Careers Update

This week’s job of the week is a ‘Upholsterer’.

As mentioned earlier we had a highly successful day of mock interviews for our Year 11 students on Tuesday. We welcomed volunteers from Rolls Royce, Lubrizol; Bowmer & Kirkland; Derby University; Hayes and many more. The feedback from the employers was tremendous with comments such as: ‘It was a really rewarding day and the students were an absolute delight’. A real focus is to develop competency-based questions where students are asked to give specific example in “Tell me about a time when you have led a group, communicated to a group etc. These are questions that our students need to really practise and develop their range of examples in order to meet our value of Aspiration and be the ‘best in their field.’

It was great to welcome some of our alumni to the Sixth Form Open Evening. Gavan Bassi; Ria Dunajko and Yasmin Bassi joined us for the evening. They spoke with such wisdom to the prospective students and shared their journey since leaving Derby Moor. It was lovely to hear them talk about the help and support they received whilst at school from their personal perspective. Over the last year we have been developing links with our alumni to support our students with their aspirations and career goals. There is a Linkedin group called ‘Derby Moor (formerly Derby School) Alumni.’ If you are a former student of Derby Moor and have Linkedin we would welcome you to join the group by following this link. Any former students who are not on Linkedin are also welcome to be join our alumni family and get involved in supporting careers activity with our students. This may include mock interviews, careers talks, mentoring, careers fairs and more. Please do email Mr Kilgour at   if you would like to offer your support.

Final Thoughts

We have enjoyed such a positive start to the academic year this half term. We started the year meeting families, explaining that we were going to ask for more from our students. More in terms of their communication, conduct and commitment to their studies. More in terms of their aspirations. More in terms of their contribution to our community. We relaunched our values with their contribution and shared that with you at the start of the year. Our students have responded to this exceptionally well, raising the expectations they have of themselves and helping to make our community a wonderful place to work and to learn. Having shown a number of visitors around the school this half term they consistently note how warm and purposeful our school feels and how welcoming our students are. I am lucky. I get to see this every day, walking the site, talking to students about their learning, watching our staff support and encourage our students, it really is a joy. That said, I’m sure our students and staff are looking forward to week away from school to recharge and spend some quality time with family in the same way that I am.


Wishing you a wonderful half term,

Scott Doyle