Principal’s Update – 24th June 2022

Dear Families,

I hope this update finds you and those closest to you in the best of health. This weeks update will incorporate information from the last fortnight. Due to a technical issue, last week’s update did not send and the content was unfortunately lost and irretrievable. As such, there are a number of updates below to share with you.

Dear Families,

I hope this update finds you and those closest to you in the best of health. This weeks update will incorporate information from the last fortnight. Due to a technical issue, last week’s update did not send and the content was unfortunately lost and irretrievable. As such, there are a number of updates below to share with you.

Year 7 Parents Evening

Last week we welcomed Year 7 families into school for their first Parents Evening at Derby Moor. The event was really well attended and was a chance to make connections and review the performance of our youngest students. Thank you to the Year 7 team for organising the event and to all families for taking the time to visit. If you have any further enquiries about this, please contact the Year 7 team – Miss Hill and Mrs Woodcock.

Year 9 Derby Theatre Performance

We are proud to announce that one of our Year 9 students, Adrian, has been selected to perform in the play ‘Witches Can’t be Burned’ at Derby Theatre in July . Adrian’s character is called Hill who is a regular teenager associated with a group of performers expecting to achieve great success in a competition. Adrian has always wanted to act and started acting lessons age 13 at Derby West Indian Centre. He is now part of a 14-18 acting group at Derby Theatre. You can find a link to the webpage here.

London Theatre Trip

A number of students across Years 7-10 enjoyed a fantastic trip to London on Wednesday which started off with 2 musical theatre workshops at the famous Pineapple Dance Studio. The first workshop was led by a cast member of Wicked, who taught the 45 students a section of dance from the show itself. The second workshop was led by the dance captain from the Lion King and again included the choreography used in the musical. This worked our students incredibly hard, working on body conditioning, before practising until their timing was impeccable.


On their way to the Apollo Theatre students took in a few sights such as Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. To experience the musical Wicked really did show how important Performing Arts are in schools. The students couldn’t believe the standard of the set, the costume and  lighting, The skill of the cast and crew were also exceptional and showed how all aspects of musical theatre combine to produce such a high quality spectacle. A great experience for all involved.

Sporting Update

Derbyshire Institute of Sport are holding an information evening on the 29th June 8-9pm at the Derby Arena. They will share updates about the DIS programme and are keen to connect coaches, schools and the whole Derbyshire Sport network together. More information can be found on the following links: Facebook and DIS website.

County Cup Final

Our Year 11 Boys Football team played in the County Cup Final last Friday against QEGS from Ashbourne, in what was to be their last ever school game. I am proud to announce that they ran out as 3-1 winners on the evening after a great performance and were crowned County Cup Champions. Well done gents.

Duke of Edinburgh

This Thursday we hosted the Year 8 DofE information evening for Year 8 families. Thanks to all who attended and the DofE team for organising the event. If you did not make it or have queries, please email Mrs Burrows on

Year 9 & 10 Bronze students are reminded to keep updating their evidence on their eDofE page to ensure that they fully complete their award. The Year 11 Silver Expedition is coming up at the beginning of July – fingers crossed for good weather and good luck to all participants.

Teen Tech Awards

You may be aware from previous updates that we had a number of students shortlisted to take part in the Teen Tech awards final this year. Alongside this, Mrs Ezis was also shortlisted for Teacher of the Year.

Students SD, SS and RB were awarded certificates for The Best Teamwork. Their Innovation of a Safety Keychain, for young people who don’t yet have phones, was advanced from the Safety and Security category to the Best Innovation category and they were amazed to discover that industry experts believe there is nothing like it on the market, but that there is a real need for it. They gave a very impressive presentation to all the Judges and VIPs at the National Final and secured Silver Awards.

Student TT’s Phoenix Teach Project to deliver education by drone to young people in the most remote parts of the world where access to school isn’t possible, enthralled the judges. She has already been working with professional drone experts as mentors and she won the Education category outright as well as the Award for the Best Involvement of Industry.

Mrs Ezis who has organised our school’s involvement in all Teen Tech activities, was very proud to win the Teacher of the Year Award.

Huge congratulations to everyone involved.

Careers Update: Inspiration Week

Families of Year 8 students should receive a notification about our Inspiration Week shortly. This is a package of lessons all linking to the theme of ‘Flight’ which Year 8 will study together on the 27th June to 1st July. Following on from this there will be an Inspiration Day where students will be challenged to design and build a flying craft in one day. Representatives from Alstom; Rolls Royce; Network Rail and other high-profile businesses will be working with the students to mentor and guide them in their project. There will be a focus on employability skills and each student will be assessed by an industry expert. There will be presentations from each group and some critical feedback by our visitors. We are very excited to say that the best team and the designers of the best flying craft will be rewarded with the opportunity to visit RAF Coningsby and meet the pilots who fly the Typhoon fast jet.

Final Notes

May I say thanks to families for their support with the warmer weather this week. We will continue to monitor the temperatures and will adjust our expectations around blazers accordingly.

Every week is a busy week at Derby Moor with so much happening both in and out of school hours and I think this updates captures much of that.. There are a number of events on the horizon as we roll into the summer break including our transition days for Year 6, Work Experience for Year 12 and our annual Sports Day. This year Sports Day has a Commonwealth Games theme and is incorporating a bigger portfolio of events, beyond the usual track and field spectacle. We are very much looking forward to seeing how this unfolds.

Wishing you a relaxing weekend,

Scott Doyle