The summer holidays are always a hive of activity with general maintenance taking place, but this summer has seen further investment as we begin our two year programme of property refurbishment.

First impressions count, and this summer has seen our Rykneld Hall façade enjoy a new coat of paint. The refreshed look really showcases the beautiful Georgian building that houses our offices, Sixth Form Centre and English and language classrooms.

Inside, we have decorated corridors and refurbished and decorated one of our English classrooms. New, bright LED lighting has also been installed. All of the Junior School classrooms have been redecorated. These are the first classrooms to be decorated in our longer term plans to refresh the whole of the school accommodation.

We have new recycling bins across the site, and a new kiln has been delivered for the art studio. Our sixth formers now have their own water fountain in the sixth form centre, and at Rykneld Sports Centre the astro pitches have been cleaned and revitalized.

We are currently updating and reconfiguring the boys changing rooms to create two new changing areas with toilets and showers for boys and girls. This will be completed by the end of September.

Across the whole site work has been taking place to update our computer network cabling and we are hoping to receive delivery of new ovens for the kitchen very shortly.

In the Hall, the PTA have invested money to update and reconfigure the lighting and sound equipment, ensuring it is all serviced, cleaned and fit for purpose. We have also introduced new secure storage in the stage store for this equipment. The lights have all been cleaned and the projector will be replaced very shortly with a higher definition model which enables a much clearer image to be projected, also making it ideal for film nights!

Dr Ruth Norris, Head of Derby Grammar School, said: “This has been a very busy summer for us, and especially for our Bursar and Site Manager as they coordinate the work. But it is tremendously exciting to be able to invest in our accommodation and introduce updates which, in some areas, are certainly due.

We have more plans in the pipeline, the major one being our new Infant School which we hope will be ready for the start of the Spring term.

The investment supports the general air of positivity in the school as we start the new academic year celebrating the fantastic achievements of our A Level and GCSE students this summer, with our best Year 7 and sixth form intake for a number of years, and with our infant school pioneers joining us.”