Students’ achievements across all areas of life at Derby Grammar School were recognised at Speech Night.

Academic, sporting, musical, creative and co-curricular success was rewarded at the event held at the Riverside Centre in Pride Park.

Special guests, parents, staff, governors and chair of governors, Sarah Flear, gathered to watch the prizes, certificates, shields and trophies being handed out by guest speaker, Dr Mike Percival.

Dr Percival is the Global Head of Manufacturing Engineering at Rolls-Royce, responsible across the whole company for the way it develops, implements and controls the method of production of its products.

He talked about his career, how fast the world of manufacturing was changing and the different types of skills he looks for when recruiting.

He said: “I am often asked the question what do we need at Rolls-Royce. I want a top quality brain, if you are well educated then I can teach you the things you need to know. You also need to have a passion for what we do and bring with you energy and enthusiasm and a desire to get better. You have to learn to change, be agile and bring passion to everything that you do.”

During the evening, the audience watched a video about the school’s long-running Tanzania fundraising project and watched performances from the school’s Barbershop Choir and Swing Band.

Headteacher, Dr Ruth Norris, addressed the audience and talked about the improvements that have been made at Derby Grammar School in the past year.

She said: “We have extended our curriculum, introduced Forest School, our higher education and careers advice has widened, we have improved our Year 7 transition experience and our pastoral structure and we’ve invested in our facilities. We have also opened our new infant school.

“We had strong academic results and saw a dramatic upturn in percentages, particularly of A/A* at A-level and our range of co-curricular opportunities astounds me. We offer a rich and diverse curriculum; the list is endless. Derby Grammar School is a very special place to be.”

Outgoing Head Prefect Elliot Butterworth, who shortly takes his place at Manchester University, gave a farewell talk and rounded off the evening by singing with the school’s Swing Band.

He said: “The future of Derby Grammar School looks good; a new part of the school is beginning and for this we have Dr Norris to thank. This school has given me so much and I am grateful for all of it.”

Speech Night in pictures

2019 - Speech Night