Derby Grammar School appoints new Head following two years of continued growth and success.

Dr Ruth Norris, who will have led DGS for three years, leaves after being headhunted to take the helm at one of the world’s leading international schools in Switzerland.

Dr Norris joined as Head in June 2018, and has implemented a range of improvements at the school. A new Senior Leadership Team has been created, with academic, pastoral and co-curricular focus at its core. Dr Norris has also been instrumental in Derby Grammar School achieving a meteoric rise in GCSE and A Level results over the last two years. GCSE results at Derby Grammar School this year were the best in Derby, and this trend shows no sign of stopping.

This performance will be lifted further with the appointment of Mr Paul Logan, who joins the school full-time in September 2021.

Mr Logan began his teaching career in 1995 after leaving Price Waterhouse Coopers, where he trained as an accountant after graduating from Durham University. After 13 years in the state sector he moved to independent education in 2007, as Head of Maths at Uppingham School. Recently he has been at Wisbech Grammar, an HMC day and boarding school in Cambridgeshire, first as Deputy Head Operations and then Deputy Head Academic for the last 3 years.

Mr Logan’s depth of experience, commitment to academic excellence and dynamism is underpinned by a passion and determination to continue to take the School forward.

Mr Logan said, “I feel privileged to be taking on this role at Derby Grammar School. I am committed to building on the great developments led by Dr Norris, and the strong academic achievement the School stands for. Piloting the School through the exciting times ahead is an exciting prospect, and I cannot wait to become part of the community.”

Another highlight for Mr Logan in moving to the area is being able to further his passion for cycling, having recently qualifying for the Amateur World Road Race.

Mr Logan will be liaising closely over the coming months to ensure there is a seamless handover and to work on the next phase of the School’s strategic development. Parents, pupils and prospective parents will be able to meet Mr Logan at events to be announced in the spring and summer terms.