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Derby Cathedral set to open school

Parents of children in Years 4 and 5 asked to register support for proposed Derby Cathedral School.

An application to establish Derby Cathedral School, the City’s first Church of England co-educational 11-19 secondary school, will be submitted to the Department for Education in March 2016. Parents, especially those of children currently in Years 4 and 5, are being asked to show their support for this proposal.

If approved, the school will be fully inclusive and free to attend, welcoming pupils of all abilities, from all backgrounds, of all faiths and none.

The school plans to open in the DE1 postcode area, in the vicinity of Derby Cathedral, in September 2017. Initially opening with four Year 7 classes (120 places), it will admit the same number of Year 7 pupils each year thereafter, reaching full capacity of 840 pupils when the first students reach Year 13 in 2023.

The school will offer a broad and balanced curriculum taught by qualified teachers. Its specialism in Music and Mathematics will be enhanced by strong links with the well-respected Cathedral Choir and Music Department and students will also benefit from an extended school day, excellent pastoral care and a wide range of enrichment opportunities. As Derby’s regeneration framework moves the city towards becoming the UK’s hi-tech industries capital, the school will equip students with the skills and qualifications to enable them to access high quality careers in and around the City.

Derby Cathedral School will be governed by an Academy Trust, and is a joint venture between the Derby Diocesan Academy Trust (DDAT) and Derby Cathedral.

The Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern, Bishop of Derby, commented: “The Cathedral is committed to supporting the regeneration of Derby, to raising young people’s aspirations and equipping them with the tools they need to lead a fulfilling life. Derby Cathedral School is the next important step of our plan and will deliver a first-rate education, ensuring that pupils reach their maximum potential and access world-class jobs in our vibrant city. I look forward to working with members of the local community to further develop our plans for this exciting new school.”


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