Derby Grammar Open Event
Derby Grammar School Open Event
Book a virtual meeting
Derby Grammar School Open Event
Book a virtual meeting
Derby Grammar School Open Event
Book a virtual meeting
Derby Grammar School Open Event
Derby Grammar School Open Event
Book a virtual meeting

Welcome to Derby Grammar School’s
Virtual Open Event

 We hope you enjoy finding out more about Derby Grammar School. We are delighted to be able to give you a virtual tour of our school. Situated in the green suburbs of Derby, our school is nested within just over 11 acres in a lakeside setting. On our virtual tour you are able to see a selection of areas around the school.

Due to the current lockdown we are offering a virtual meeting with our Head, Dr Ruth Norris, as well as our Registrar, Miss Sarah Green. Simply use the booking system below to find a suitable date and time. Once lockdown is finished and we are able to welcome visitors back to site, we would be delighted to welcome you on a bespoke personal tour to see the school for yourself.

We hope you find the information helpful, and if you have any questions then please don’t hesitate to contact us via email, contactus@derbygrammar.org, or phone 01332 ​523027

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The Lawns

Derby Grammar School is tucked away in its own listed grounds on Rykneld Road, Littleover, Derby, with just over 12 acres of sprawling woodland, maintained lawns, and a lake. The site is peaceful and private yet, at just two minutes from the A38, it is easily accessible from the main arterial roads that serve the area.

With plenty of space in the grounds, our pupils can run around and let off steam or play sports at break times on the field, courts or in the Primary School’s Nature Trail or Discovery Garden. The Primary School also benefits from the Forest School nestled within the grounds woodlands.

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Derby Grammar Primary School
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Rykneld Hall

Our historic main school building has been adapted to accommodate the needs of a school without compromising the original Georgian architectural splendour of Rykneld Hall. The Hall originates from the 1700s, and was originally a private house called Pastures, it was then purchased by the NHS and renamed Rykneld Hall. Under the NHS it latterly ended up being a nursing facility, which meant converting many of the areas into classrooms. 

In the main entrance of the original house was a huge cantilever staircase travelling to the first floor, with rooms on the ground floor including morning room, drawing room, salon and dining room.

Nowadays, upon entering the main building you will be met by our Reception staff, additionally our staff room is housed in the heart of the school so staff are well aware of the comings and goings within school. Housed within the main school building is our IT department which is used not only by IT, but by all subjects as well as for private study. Additionally in the main building Modern Foreign Languages and some humanities lessons are housed, alongside our oak panelled Sixth Form Centre and Head’s Office.

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Sixth Form Centre

Our bespoke Sixth Form Centre is situated on the most beautiful part of the building with its vast sculpted ceiling and stunning oak panelling. The honour of being in this beautiful historic area of the school is a reflection of the maturity and responsibility we allow our Sixth Form pupils. 

Pupils join us from a wide variety of schools from across the region. It creates a dynamic environment for both study and support, and is a place  where new friendships are formed which last well beyond the Sixth Form. In 2020 39% of A Level pupils achieved  A* or A grades, with the brand new EPQ achieving 50% A grades, and 31% A*-A across STEM subjects.

Our Sixth Form curriculum offers a huge range of 27 subjects, ranging from the Sciences, Psychology, Maths and Further Maths, to Classics, Languages, Music Technology, and in 2019 we introduced the EPQ which has proven to be very popular. It is a place where our Sixth Formers prepare themselves for the important next stage of life. We have numerous applications for Oxbridge, medicine, dentistry and veterinary science. We also have a strong tradition of producing engineers, lawyers, musicians and business men and women.

In recent years our Sixth Form has doubled in size, including an increase in girls which has led to nearly 25% of the Sixth Form now being female, adding a valuable new dimension to Derby Grammar School. There is also an active Alumni Association, and our connection with our pupils goes far beyond when they leave us at the end of Year 13.

To find out more about Sixth Form, visit our Virtual Sixth Form Open Event here: https://www.derbygrammar.org/visit/

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Design Technology

Fully-equipped design technology workshop; base for Formula 24; practical design area as well as design labs

The Rudd building was opened in 2001, it houses our design technology and chemistry labs. Our DT pupils produce some excellent work. Previous pupil Mark Mitchell’s bird house design was adopted by John Lewis, and Tom Coxon’s design for the Formula 24 car steering wheel opened up a relationship with a company called Pentaxia which resulted in them sponsorring our Formula 24 car and producing the carbon fibre bodywork.

Our equipment includes:

  • 3D printer
  • Laser cutter
  • Computer controlled plotter cutter
  • Wood lathe
  • Metalwork lathe and miller
  • Scroll saws
  • Sanding machines
  • Vacuum forming machine
  • A wide range of hand tools for use with wood, metals and plastics

Our pupils also run the Formula 24 car, designing and developing it year on year and competing through the season which usually runs May to October.

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Music Department

We have an excellent reputation for music here at Derby Grammar School. We have a swing band, Jazz band, ensembles and a Barbershop Choir.

Hot house Band is also based here for Derbyshire. It has bands including Jazz, Fusion, Jam and Jon’s Hot Shots band.

We also have successful alumni who return to school on occasion, such as Ed Richardson who is now a successful drummer playing with the likes of Noel Gallagher and Pixie Lott, as well as West End productions.

The Primary, Senior and Sixth Form pupils all benefit from our excellent equipment, including  a recording studio, with our more senior pupils using specialist software such as Pro Tools for their compositions and coursework.

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William's Building

This building was originally the stable block and accomodation for the non-house staff. It is now our Science building, named the William’s Building after Williams Holdings. The conversion was funded by this company whose CEO at the time was Sir Nigel Rudd, the patron of our school.

We teach sciences as single subjects from Year 7. The sciences are very popular subjects here at Derby Grammar with all our pupils taking sciences at GCSE and a large number at A Level. We regularly enter STEM based competitions such as Olympiads and the UK Space Design Competition.

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Michael Bishop Hall

The Michael Bishop Hall was added in 2003, and has double aspect views onto the grounds and into the quadrangle.

It has a fully equipped stage with lighting, sound and seating for 300. The organ was located by Mr Walker, one of our previous Chair of Governors, and we spent £15,000 renovating this stunning antique. Located next to the organ is also a grand piano.

The Hall is used for a variety of things, including assemblies, productions, archery club and of course lunchtimes. All lunches are prepared in our own kitchens by our dedicated catering team. We have two course lunches every day, with hot and cold options, meat and vegetarian, and we cater for allergies or other dietary requirements.

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Infant Building

Our Primary School is designated as Infant, Reception to Year 2, and Junior, Year 3 to Year 6. Our Infant section includes EYFS provision, accommodated in a brand new state of the art purpose built facility. 

The Primary School benefits from being small and friendly, with class sizes to a maximum of 20 in each year group meaning our staff have the opportunity to know their pupils extremely well and pupils benefit from fantastic pupil to teacher ratios. It is a bright and friendly place where the boys are happy, comfortable and confident, and where we engage their interests and stimulate their curiosity, offering a boy centred curriculum which encourages their interests in subjects which traditionally are under performed by boys. 

To find out more about our Primary School, visit our Virtual Primary Open Event here: derbygrammar.org/visit/primary-school

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Primary School

Our Primary School is designated as Infant, Reception to Year 2, and Junior, Year 3 to Year 6. The Juniors are housed in their own custom-built area within the main school building. 

The National Curriculum provides the basis for our broad and balanced curriculum, which focuses on developing  excellence in literacy and numeracy, whilst encouraging every boy to discover his own individual strengths across  many other subject areas.

Class sizes are small which means that we can carefully track progress and ensure each pupil is suitably challenged  and guided to maximise potential. Academics are supported through the co-curricular offering, utilising themes across the curriculum to encourage academic progress.

Trips and residential visits, as well as a variety of school and community-based activities, stimulate the boys’ interests and enrich the curriculum further as they’re encouraged to explore, enjoy, imagine, create, experience, and  achieve.

To find out more about our Primary School, visit our Virtual Primary Open Event here: derbygrammar.org/visit/primary-school

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Rykneld Sports Centre

Just a short distance away from the Rykneld Hall site is our dedicated sports facility, Rykneld Sports Centre.

It comprises a large sports hall for badminton, tennis, basketball and indoor cricket coaching, a floodlit Astroturf pitch  for hockey training and fixtures, and three rugby pitches. This is in addition to the cricket pitch and pavilion found on the main school site. Not only this, but our Sports Centre also offers its own changing and catering facilities. The site is a real asset to the school with many local clubs in the area hiring our excellent sporting facilities. Pupils are taken by school minibus to the site for most sports lessons and fixtures with our dedicated sports staff.

Sport is an integral part of school life. Our School sports are rugby, hockey and cricket. We see Sport as an integral part of the curriculum and would like to see this area progress further.

Within the Primary School boys have sport as part of their daily curriculum, with a mixture of Games, PE (physical education) and Swimming.

In the Senior School, PE and Games lessons total over three hours per week in years 7 to 9. Every year group has its own games afternoon, with the School retaining the traditional Wednesday afternoon session to play competitive matches against other local schools at first team level.

By the time pupils have advanced to Sixth Form, sport is offered for both boys and girls with the focus on team sports. Boys can take part in the three school sports of rugby, hockey and cricket whilst girls can develop their individual and unit skills in both hockey and netball.

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Virtual tour

Take a 360 degree look around key areas of our school. Simply press play and drag your mouse around the areas to see the site. You can pause or rewind the video at any point to explore more, or re-visit areas of the school.

On your tour around school you can see The Lawns, Reception, Sixth Form Centre, Humanities classroom, Modern Foreign Languages classroom, Quadrangle, Michael Bishop Hall, Design Technology, Biology laboratory, Music classroom, Infant classroom, EYFS classroom, Forest School, Year 6 classroom, Year 3/4 classroom, Year 5 classroom, Rykneld Sports Centre Sports Hall, and Rykneld Sports Centre Sports Fields.

 

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Key information

Structure of the School

Our School comprises a Primary School, Senior School and Sixth Form.

Across the whole school pupils are divided into four Houses: Atkinson, Bemrose, Blackton and Derby. This develops a great deal of inter-house rivalry and competition throughout the year, from drama productions to inter-house cross country and tug of war competitions.

Pastorally, pupils have tutors, who are the main point of contact for the pupils and parents. They are given dedicated tutor time in which staff are able to spend time reviewing, monitoring and supporting their individual progress. Tutor time in the Sixth Form is used for dedicated UCAS preparation and to provide the skills needed for post-18 aspirations.

Derby Grammar Primary School

Primary School

Our Primary School is designated as Infant, Reception to Year 2, and Junior, Year 3 to Year 6. Our Infant section includes EYFS provision, accommodated in a brand new state of the art purpose built facility. The Juniors are housed in their own custom-built area within the main school building. It benefits from being small and friendly, with class sizes of up to 20 in each year group meaning our staff have the opportunity to know their pupils extremely well and pupils benefit from fantastic pupil to teacher ratios. It is a bright and friendly place where the boys are happy, comfortable and confident, and where we engage their interests and stimulate their curiosity, offering a boy centred curriculum which encourages their interests in subjects which traditionally are under performed by boys. Entry into the Junior School is assessed on an assessment day where the children are monitored throughout the day to ensure we can provide the best provision for them. To visit our Virtual Primary Open Event click here: derbygrammar.org/visit/primary-school

Senior School

In Senior School the year group size increases and we run two classes of up to 20 per year. Our main intake years are Year 7 and into the Sixth Form. All entrants into Senior School will sit an entrance examination, and entry into the Sixth Form is based on GCSE results. Scholarship entry is available into Years 7, 9, 10, and 12, and normally remains with them throughout their time at the school.

In Senior School boys take up to ten GCSEs. 76% of GCSE grades were 7 to 9, with 75% of pupils achieving at least one grade 8 or 9, making us the leading Derbyshire Independent School at GCSE.

 

Sixth Form

We retain a good number of pupils between Years 11 and 12, and also welcome both boys and girls into the Sixth Form from both maintained and independent schools.

39% of all A Level passes were at A* to A, this meant a near 20% improvement in A* to A grades within 2 years. 80% of A Level results were A* to C, with results up in every area, giving a picture of substantial improvement.

To find out more about our Sixth Form, visit our Virtual Sixth Form Event here: To find out more about Sixth Form, visit our Virtual Sixth Form Open Event here: https://www.derbygrammar.org/visit/ 

 

Pastoral

We place a great deal of emphasis on pastoral care, which is vital to each pupil’s well-being, health, happiness and, ultimately, their achievement. We strive to create a supportive environment where each pupil feels safe, secure, valued and happy. Our small size helps us to achieve this.

Our pastoral system, led by the Assistant Head Pastoral, enables teachers to get to know each pupil as an individual, helping to meet their individual learning and developmental needs. Heads of Year, Form Tutors and Heads of House form the basis of our pastoral care. Their role is to develop a detailed knowledge of each pupils’ development and attainment, as well as nurturing and providing them with a close-knit support network of both peers and staff.

 

Cocurricular

Learning at Derby Grammar School extends far beyond the academic curriculum. Our pupils enjoy a vast range  of co-curricular activities, from archery club and formula 24 car racing, music tours and sports matches, to  overseas trips such as the annual expedition to Tanzania – which also includes climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or  taking part in a safari on the Tanzanian plains.

Co-curricular activities enhance classroom learning and enable individual talent to flourish. They encourage confidence, leadership and entrepreneurship. All are qualities our pupils are renowned for and which prepare them for life after school.

Charity

We encourage all Derby Grammar School pupils to develop a caring attitude and a sense of responsibility for others.

It is important that our pupils are self-aware and are mindful of those who are less fortunate. Through supporting good causes by fundraising, volunteering and involvement in the community, our pupils offer their time and skills to benefit others, and in turn learn a great deal along the way.

The work we do with YMCA Derbyshire supporting local teenagers, and supporting children at Gedeli B School in Mwanza, Tanzania provide the focus for the majority of our charitable activities year on year.

Virtual Learning

Due to the unusual circumstances we find ourselves in, the need for a robust remote learning provision is more critical than ever. In the summer, the entire country was plunged into lockdown requiring the need for all pupils across the country to be educated from home, and this is a situation that we may well find ourselves in again. 

Thankfully, Derby Grammar was well prepared, as we were able to switch to a completely remote schooling system. This system is still in place, and able to be switched back to if another lockdown does take place. 

With our remote learning, we aim to emulate as much of school as possible, to try and reduce disruption for our pupils. We are able to provide strong academic structure, pastoral care, and co curricular enrichment, as well as host whole school and house assemblies, and house competitions. Those who need them are provided with Chromebooks in order to access the remote working. We also provide technical support to parents and pupils as needed. 

Admissions

To apply for a place at Derby Grammar School, the first step is to register. In order to do this, please complete and return the below Registration Form, alongside the £50 registration fee. This effectively reserves your child’s place at the school.

Derby Grammar School Registration Form 1

Following registration, you will be invited to follow the relevant admissions procedure for your child’s year of entry. Please see details below. 

Primary

Primary pupils can be assessed at any time throughout the year, but most tend to join us on set days in the Spring Term. If you are unable to make this day, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to arrange an alternative date for your child to join us. 

Year 4 to 6 Assessments 27 January 2021
Year 3 Assessments 4 February 2021
Reception to Year 2 Assessments Pupils are simply asked to visit the school on either a tour or for a friendly chat with one of our Primary team at any time throughout the year. 

 

Senior School

Deadline for Entrance Examinations and Scholarship Assessments Monday 23 November
Bursary Application Deadline Friday 27 November
Senior School Entrance Examinations and Scholarship Assessments for Years 7 to 10 Thursday 3 December

 

 

 

 

Should you miss this examination date, we are happy to arrange an alternative examination date for your child. However, in order to ensure fairness to candidates, scholarships must be assessed on 3 December. 

 

Sixth Form

Non Scholarship entry can be applied for throughout the year, however for Scholarship entry, please see dated below: 

Registration and Scholarship Application deadline for new pupils  Friday 20 November
Bursary Application Deadline Friday 27 November
Scholarship Examination and Assessment Day Tuesday 8 December

 

 

 

 

Scholarships

To find out more about the scholarships offered at Derby Grammar School, please visit: https://www.derbygrammar.org/admissions/scholarships/ 

 

For more information to apply, please contact admissions@derbygrammar.org

 Fees

Our fees are reviewed annually by the Governors and set at a rate that provides excellent value for the quality of the educational experience we offer.

Fees for the 2020/21 academic year

School year Autumn Term fee Spring and Summer Term fee Fee per academic year What is included in the fee
Senior School (Years 10 and 11) & Sixth Form £4649 £4792 £14233 Tuition fee

Lunch

Supervision to 5pm at Homework Club

Yellis assessments for Y10-11

ALIS assessments for Y12-13

10% contribution to Morrisby Profile at Y10

Careers support, advice and practice interviews

Revision advice and support in preparation for GCSEs in Y10 and Y11 from Learning Performance

Higher Education application support and advice, including Oxbridge, medical and dentistry preparation.

Senior School (Years 7 to 9) £4498 £4633 £13764 Tuition fee

Lunch

Supervision to 5pm at Homework Club

MidYIS assessments for Y7-9

Careers support and advice

Junior School (Years 5 and 6) £3602 £3667 £10936 Tuition fee

Lunch and break-time snacks

Supervision from 8am and to 4.30pm at Homework Club

Junior School (Years 3 and 4) £3047 £3150 £9347 Tuition fee

Lunch and break-time snacks

Supervision from 8am and to 4.30pm at Homework Club

Infant School (Years 1 and 2) £2500 £2583 £7666 Tuition fee

Lunch and break-time snacks

Supervision from 8am and to 4.30pm at Homework Club

Infant School (Reception) £2250 £2333 £6916 Tuition fee

Lunch and break-time snacks

Supervision from 8am and to 4.30pm at Homework Club

Additional costs

There are some additional costs throughout the school year. Those listed below are examples, actual costs will be included on the termly invoice.

School year Item Indicative cost
Sixth Form

(Years 12 and 13)

Books Pupils are required to purchase their own textbooks
A Level examination £320 for 3 A Levels (additional fees will be charged for pupils taking more than 3 A Levels, or for re-sits)
UCAS application fee £24 for multiple courses (for 2019 entry)
Trips – curricular and extra-curricular Cost varies dependent upon the trip, see below
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Bronze – £395 (includes First Aid training and certification)

Silver – £520

Gold – £595

(All levels are optional)

Clubs All clubs are optional, some include a small fee to cover costs which varies dependent upon the activity
Senior School

(Years 7 to 11)

Books £100
GCSE examination £360 for 9 GCSEs (additional fees will be charged for pupils taking more than 9 GCSEs, or for re-sits)
Morrisby profile £58
Trips – curricular and extra-curricular Cost varies dependent upon the trip, see below
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

 

Bronze – £395 (includes First Aid training and certification)

Silver – £520

Gold – £595

(All Y9 pupils take Bronze. Silver and Gold are optional)

Clubs All clubs are optional, some include a small fee to cover costs which varies dependent upon the activity
Primary School

(Reception to Year 6)

Books £35
Trips – curricular and extra-curricular Cost varies dependent upon the trip, see below
Clubs All clubs are optional, some include a small fee to cover costs which varies dependent upon the activity
After-school care Runs between 4.30pm and 6pm. See After-school care costs

Fees are reviewed on an annual basis by the Governors.

Further additional costs are:

  • uniform
  • bus travel to and from school
  • musical instrument – £15.50 per lesson
  • speech and drama (LAMDA) – £15.50 (Senior School)/£11.30 (Junior School) per lesson
  • Holiday club.

Registration and deposit

Registration fee Reception to Year 11 – £70

Year 12 – £50

Deposit £500 – payable on acceptance of a place. This deposit is refunded at the end of the pupil’s final term

 

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