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Grammar Schools were, at one time, present in every town and city across the country, and Derby has had a grammar school of some kind for most of the past millennium.  These days far fewer schools specialise in the style of academic education designed specifically to stretch able children.

Derby Grammar School was established in 1995 by a group which included a number of Old Boys of the old Derby School and Bemrose Grammar, because there was, and still is, no other school in the county focused on educating able boys.  Headmaster, Richard Paine, explains “Our School exists precisely because people who benefitted from the old system couldn’t see any provision for boys like themselves in southern Derbyshire.  With this vision in mind they raised the money, purchased the site, and Derby Grammar School was born.”