We were delighted to invite pupils, parents, Governors and guests to our first ever virtual Speech Day event on Friday 3 July.

With the current state of affairs and restrictions on public gatherings, we made the decision to do an online event to round both the term and academic year off in a celebratory manner.

Our usual Speech Day comprises a wonderful programme of readings, musical performances, speeches and videos to reflect on the year just passed. It is also the event at which we award our pupils for their achievements and efforts for the last academic year.

This time, we were delighted to live stream our Headteacher and Chair of Governor speeches by Dr Norris and Mrs Sarah Flear respectively, as well as our Primary School Head Prefect Alex and Sixth Form Head Boy Toby Ganley. We were also very lucky to receive a keynote speech from Professor Linda Wooldridge, of the University of Bristol. Professor Wooldridge was the youngest ever Professor to be appointed at the University and is a leading expert in the field of immunology with her research currently focused on the Coronavirus.

We then enjoyed performances from our Barbershop Choir, pupil Jazz band GCHQ and Trumpet players Ben and Oliver before announcing the winners of this year’s awards.

Our usual September event involves almost 1000 people congregated at the Riverside venue in Derby but unfortunately bookings for mass gatherings are still prohibited at present. However, we did not want to miss out on arguably the most significant date in our school calendar and so once restrictions on gatherings begin to lift we hope to supplement our virtual Speech Day with a celebratory event in the Autumn where our prize winners announced in July can physically receive their prizes and we can bid farewell to our Year 13 pupils in style.

Anybody who wishes to view the presentation can do so by emailing: marketing@derbygrammar.org