A house system operates across Derby Grammar School which encourages a sense of unity, camaraderie and healthy competition across the whole School. Our four houses are Blackton, Atkinson, Derby and Bemrose.

In Senior School the houses are led by Sixth Form House Captains. In Primary School they are led by Year 6 House Captains. They accumulate points throughout the year during various house events including rowing, cross country, drama, chess, essay writing, swimming and debating to name but a few.

At the end of the year the winning houses from Primary and Senior Schools are awarded trophies at Speech Day. It’s a hotly contested competition which brings pupils of all ages together, with the range of contests offering opportunities for all to contribute to their house’s overall success.

Origins of our House names

‘Derby’ and ‘Bemrose’ Houses are named after Derby’s original boys’ grammar schools which either ceased to exist or changed status in the 1970s following a change in education policy.

‘Blackton’ and ‘Atkinson’ Houses are named after two of our School’s founders.