Derby Grammar School have announced Dr Ruth Norris as their new Head who will start in post in September.

Dr Ruth Norris

Dr Norris is currently Director of Academic Excellence and Head of History at Denstone College in Uttoxeter. Prior to this she has been Assistant Head at Lichfield Cathedral School. She is committed to ensuring that pupils excel in the classroom as well as engage whole-heartedly with all that a broad-based, holistic education can offer

In her roles to date she has gained considerable leadership skills, working with colleagues to drive forward significant school improvement and growth.

Dr Norris read History at Robinson College, Cambridge and completed her Doctorate at University College, Oxford. She represented both Oxford and Cambridge universities in the sport of fencing, and competed at British National level.

Tim Wilson, Chair of Governors at Derby Grammar School, said: “The Governors carried out a thorough process of selection before coming to a decision. Ruth impressed us with her commitment, and demonstrated her abilities as a dynamic and visionary leader.

We are confident that she has both the passion and determination to take Derby Grammar School forward on the next phase of its development.”

Dr Norris added: “I am delighted and honoured to be taking up the post of Head at Derby Grammar School. It was obvious from my first visit to the School that this is a special place. I very much look forward to working with the outstanding team and to serving the School community.”

Dr Norris takes up the role of Head from beginning of Autumn term 2018.