Paris Goldsbury left Derby Grammar School in 2009 and went on to study Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh before going on to commission from the Royal Military Academy of Sandhurst in 2015, into the Royal Corps of Signals. Since then she has been a Troop Commander, managing 30 soldiers in York and Kenya, has worked in Army Headquarters and is currently Aide-de-Camp to a 2-star General. She will shortly be taking a career intermission to spend a year travelling around South East Asia and South America, before returning to a career in the Army.

“I was attracted to Derby Grammar School because of its facilities, standard of teaching and extensive support for students, and was delighted to be offered an academic scholarship. I was also impressed by the emphasis on extra-curricular activities and a rounded education. DGS offered an array of opportunities in sport, music and charity work, encompassed by a family ethos and situated in beautiful grounds. Ultimately this made for a no-brainer with regards to which Sixth Form I wished to attend!

My time at DGS gave me self-confidence. The school’s small size and family atmosphere encouraged me to come out of my shell, try new things and push myself outside of my comfort zone, all of which have been crucial to any success I have achieved since leaving the school.”

Favorite memory: It’s impossible for me to pick just one favourite memory of my time at Derby Grammar School. I woke up every day wanting to go to school – a novel experience for me up until joining DGS Sixth Form. The teachers and students made for two of the best years of my life, and I have strived to replicate that feeling of looking forward to, rather than dreading Mondays ever since leaving the school. Not always easy in the world of work, but I’m trying!

Derby Grammar School - Paris Goldsbury
Paris Goldsbury