Derby High is an independent day school based on the outskirts of Derby.
Our friendly, happy Primary School welcomes girls and boys aged between 3 and 11 whilst our busy, ambitious Senior School currently educates girls only up to age 18. We are delighted to announce that from September 2019 we will welcome boys into the Senior School at Year 7 and Year 12 (Lower Sixth).
Our Sixth Form welcomes both Derby High students and those who have completed their GCSE studies elsewhere.
Derby High School has a total of 575 pupils, with 75 pupils in the Sixth Form.
The top performing school in the Derby area at both GCSE and A Level, Derby High as a very strong record for academic success.
Our small class sizes enable each child to progress at their own speed, with the support and challenge of exceptionally well qualified teachers.
We take pride in our excellent pastoral care throughout all stages in the school, with pupils feeling confident they are listened to and looked after.
Each lunchtime and after school, we offer a wide variety of clubs and activities and we encourage all our pupils to try something new each term, as well as continue to develop skills in areas they have grown to love. Our many and varied trips and residential experiences ensure each child is encouraged to expand their boundaries within a safe and secure environment.
Our thriving Primary School educates boys and girls from age 3 (pre-school) to Year 6. The move to co-education in our Senior School will mean that our Primary boys are able to continue their education at Derby High right up until they complete their A Levels at age 18.
When three or more siblings attend the school, there is a reduction of 33⅓ % on the above tuition for the youngest child on net fees. Payment is possible by monthly instalments. Please contact the Bursary for futher information. Derby High School operates its own Fees in Advance Scheme for the payment of school fees for future years, the percentage of savings is dependent on the interest rates at the time of payment. For further information please contact the Bursar.
Scholarships & Bursaries
Scholarships to a value of between £1,000 and £3,000 are available in the Senior School and Sixth Form. Suitability for an Academic Scholarship in Year 7, will be assessed by a separate scholarship paper taken on Entrance Exam day by all Scholarship applicants. Scholarships for Music, Sport, Drama and Art & Design are awarded each year in Year 7. Headteacher’s Awards may be awarded to girls entering Year 7 who perform well in the Entrance Exam and who are not awarded any other scholarship, but who are likely to make a significant contribution to the broader life of the school, for example in music, drama and / or sport. Any remission will apply only to the basic school fee, not to any extras. Awards range from £1,000 to £1,500 and any combination of awards will not exceed 25% of full fees. The Senior School runs its own Assisted Places scheme, which offers financial assistance of up to 50% of school fees to qualifying families.
Students wishing to join Derby High in Year 7 sit the 11+ Entrance Examination which takes place in January each year. Tests are set in non-verbal reasoning, English and mathematics. These are nationally standardised tests and are intended to be taken by pupils who come from a variety of school backgrounds. Applicants are assessed not only on their ability to cope with the curriculum on offer but also on their willingness to make a full contribution to the life of the school. Candidates will have an informal interview and we will request a reference from their current school. Pupils who are already in our Junior School are regularly assessed and are generally able to take their place in the Senior School without taking the Entrance Exam. Students are accepted into other year groups, assuming there are spaces and on a satisfactory performance on assessment papers along with a reference from their current school.