Dr Norris is now two terms in to her position as Head of Derby Grammar School, and what a lot of positive change we have seen across school since her appointment.

One of the first things Dr Norris arranged, even before she had started, was a survey of parents to gather feedback on how they felt about the school and areas for improvement. This has been a critical document in helping to develop the school development plan covering the next five years, and a lot of the areas highlighted have already been addressed.

Commenting on what has been implemented so far Dr Norris said: “Listening to our parents, pupils and staff is vital if we are to develop together as a school and ensure we are preparing our students for the challenges in the careers that lay ahead of them and developing desirable, workplace skills.

I found the survey a really useful tool to help me as a new Head settling in to DGS, but it doesn’t stop there. I encourage people to talk to me constantly; I value their opinion on the school whether it’s celebrating what we do really well, or feedback on areas that we can make even better.

It feels extremely rewarding to see a summary of the achievements that have been made since September. But we’re not complacent, and as a school we are looking at a constant cycle of review, evaluation and improvement.

I am particularly looking forward to sharing our plans for the new Infant School and announcing a programme of investment in our facilities here at Rykneld Hall over the next few weeks.”


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