The current academic year, 2019-2020, sees Derby Grammar School reach its 25-year anniversary. It is a milestone to be celebrated and the school has lots of plans in the pipeline to do so.
A number of events will be held throughout the year for parents and families, pupils, the local community and our Old Derbeians.
These range from masterclass sessions for local primary school children, to a joint project with Rolls-Royce which will invite entrants to put forward their ideas for what transport will look like in 25 years’ time. The year will culminate in a celebratory Ball organised by the PTA. Details of events will be posted on www.derbygrammar.org/events as they are announced.
Derby Grammar School first opened its doors in September 1995 with just 21 pupils. In 1999 the Junior School was opened and in 2007 it welcomed the first girls into Sixth Form. In September 2019 the first Infants joined the school, meaning it now offers an all-through education for boys from Reception to Sixth Form, and for girls in Sixth Form.
Over the years the school expanded and so did its physical footprint. The Williams Building was converted from stables to labs for biology and chemistry, the Rudd Building for DT and chemistry was built, the art block and the largest building, the Hall and the Bagshaw Building were opened in 1999.
In 2017 the School opened its superb dedicated sports facility, Rykneld Sports Centre, at Mackworth, and is looking forward to work commencing on its newest building, the Infant School, in the near future.
Commenting on the anniversary, Dr Ruth Norris, Head of Derby Grammar School, said: “It is very exciting to be Head as the School enters its 25th year. What a lot it has achieved during such a short period of time, which is testament to the hard work of our teachers, governors, supporters and the pupils themselves.
Old Derbeians can now be found all over the UK, and indeed the world, working in a wide range of professions.
What is both startling and heartwarming is the strength of the bond created between pupils whilst they are here at Derby Grammar School. It has created life-long friendships, and we watch their progress with pride. People often comment about the special feeling within our school, of family. These lasting friendships certainly evidence this.”
A number of limited edition specially branded items are now available for sale to mark the special occasion, including an enameled lapel pin and a golf umbrella. Items can be viewed at www.derbygrammar.org/merchandise