Adam Gentles is the face of our September Open Day campaign, so we thought we’d tell you a little more about him and what he’s been up to so far at our busy, friendly school.

Adam has truly embraced every opportunity that’s been open to him here at Derby Grammar School – and there are many.

He joined us back in 2014. In those days the youngest boys we took were Year 3 – Juniors. This September we’ve opened our new Infant School and are welcoming our first Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pioneers.

In Year 6, in Junior School, he became our Charities Prefect and was also Deputy Head Boy – a position of responsibility where he was also a role model for all of our younger pupils. Adam took his posts seriously and as Charities Prefect he introduced the Pumpkin Challenge where entrants had to guess the weight of his homegrown pumpkins. He raised an incredible £100 for the school’s Tanzania project.

Early on in Junior School Adam decided to take part in LAMDA speech and drama classes. These are one to one lessons taught by our specialist teacher. Many of our pupils begin their lessons in Junior School and carry on right the way through to sixth form; they really help with confidence and expression. It looks like Adam could be one of these boys too. Last year he passed his Grade 5 Reading for Performance examination with Merit.  

On moving to Senior School and Year 7 Adam took up the electric guitar. He’s already passed his Grade 1 and 2 examinations. He’s also a keen sportsman, being part of the school rugby, hockey and cricket teams, but his major love is golf. He spends every minute he can golfing, and earlier this year was delighted to be called up to the Derbyshire County U14 Golf Squad.

In every aspect of his academic work Adam gives his all. His effort in Year 7 has been acknowledged and rewarded by his teachers at Speech Night which recognises achievement and success over academic year 2018-19. He has been awarded the School Prize for Effort and the Prize for English Reading for Year 7.

Charity remains close to Adam’s heart, and last year he combined it with his love of reading, raising one of the highest amounts in the Read for Good sponsored read we held last October. 

Adam really has made the most of his time here at Derby Grammar School, and there’s still so much more to come – language exchange trips to Germany, music trips to Jersey and visiting Gedeli B School in Mwanza as part of our Tanzania project to name just a few. 

If you’re ready to discover Derby Grammar School for your son from Reception to sixth form, or for your daughter in sixth form, come and see us at our Open Day on Saturday 28 September.

  • Reserve your place online – you might bump into Adam, it’s a great chance to ask him more about his time here at DGS.