Derby Grammar School celebrated the achievements of pupils during academic year 2016-2017 at its annual Speech Day on Thursday 7 September.

Speech Day acknowledges the achievement in academic, sport and extra-curricular activities, as well as recognising individual effort and commitment throughout the school year. House competition cups and trophies are also awarded, a highlight being the announcement of the winners of the Junior and Senior School Inter-House Competitions.

Acting Head Mrs Reynolds began the ceremony at The Riverside with a review of the year and thanked the outgoing Head Prefect, Marcus Latham, and Deputy Head Prefect, Olivia Lee. The Junior School Head Boy for 2017-2018 was announced. We were honoured to be joined by the Mayor, Councillor John Whitby, and Mrs Liz Fothergill, CBE, was our guest speaker.

Mrs Fothergill gave an inspiring talk to the room based on her own journey from librarian to High Sheriff, Chair of the hugely successful Derby Book Festival and passionate supporter of voluntary groups in Derbyshire. Her challenge to all pupils was to dare to go through a door – a different world can open up for you.

The event was punctuated with performances from the Derby Grammar School Barber Shop Choir and a toe-tapping finale performance of Copacabana sung by Alex Dickenson and accompanied by the Derby Grammar School Swing Band.