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DERBY MOOR NEWSLETTER                                          ISSUE 3 JUNE 2017

Message from the Principal

Dear Parent/Carer


Over the last few days I have been enjoying the ICC cricket tournament.  I’ve been a huge fan of cricket for many years, despite supporting the underwhelming performances from Leicestershire.  However, I received a reminder on my phone this week about a match a couple of years ago.  Leicestershire, had not won a single county championship game for nearly two and a half years.  In June 2015, they finally managed to beat Essex.  I remember listening to the commentary – I remember listening to the commentator crying, and the emotion of everyone involved with the club.


As a Leicester City fan, I also enjoyed last year’s title winning campaign.  It was all the more special for me, as I have been following Leicester City home and away for most of my life.  I remember Leicester City being relegated to League One in 2008, and going to Brighton away (when they played at an Athletics track), being snowed on for 90 minutes, and throwing away a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2.


My point is this – sporting teams go through ups and downs.  We go through ups and downs in our own lives.  What’s important is how we deal with the “downs” so that we can really appreciate the “ups”.  Are you someone that learns and gets better (who would have thought Leicester City would have been in the last eight of the Champions’ League when we were busy losing in League One)? Or, are you someone that gets stuck in a rut?.  Think of something you could be doing better at, and think about how you can turn that “down” into an “up”.


Year 11 are currently doing their exams.  I have been really impressed by the positive attitude they have portrayed throughout.  Attendance has been up, and students have worked really well. I hope the results they receive will truly be an “up” for them.

Graeme Smith

From the Withdean Stadium to the Premier League Title


Dalton Sinnott awarded "Outstanding Y11 Student" by Derby College

Year 11 motor vehicle student Dalton Sinnott was awarded "Most Outstanding Year 11 Student" by Derby College at their Graduation Ceremony on Thursday 18th May.

Pupils from schools across Derby and Derbyshire were joined by their families and teachers to celebrate their success. 

The event, which took place at Derby College's Roundhouse campus on Pride Park was the second Pre-16 Graduation Ceremony the college has held.   

Congratulations Dalton on your achievement.

Student Principals

We are delighted to announce our new Student Principals and Student Vice Principals for the next school year.

Student Principals:

 Bhavneet Bainwait ABIPA

Amanveer Badwal RWYHO

Student Vice Principals:

Alisha  Irfan KSIHO

Hargeet Gill  RWYHO

Rajan Atwall JBNSO

Rhys Davidson JPRSP

Binnie Naitta SSHHO 

Congratulations to all the above students and also all of the other candidates, who all conducted themselves impeccably.

Art Exams!

 It’s that exciting time of year again, where our incredibly creative students have completed their personal responses in a controlled assessment. Each student worked really hard to create their own individual vision from a range of ideas. The outcomes have been wide-ranging, dynamic and inventive. The art team are incredibly proud of the work that was produced. Well done to our Year 11, 12 and 13 students.

Follow us on Twitter

Stay up to date with our day to day activities via the school's official twitter.

Year 13 student Aleena Waleed has been selected to go on a 12 week overseas volunteering programme to South Africa.

Aleena will be going with the International Citizen Service (ICS), an overseas volunteering programme for 18-25 year olds.

She will be helping to promote safe sex practices and understanding in order to reduce rates of HIV and AIDS. In South Africa, an estimated 5.6 million people are living with HIV and AIDS, the highest figure in the world.

She will be working in schools, community groups and at events created to raise awareness.
Well done Aleena for your value of community.  We are all really proud of you and wish you all the best for your trip.

Derby Moor aspiring Medic, Saira Ashraf attends a residential at the University of Southampton.

 Aspiring medic Saira Ashraf attended a residential course at the University of Southampton during the Easter break. Here Saira tells us about the experience in the hope that it will encourage others to do the same. Click here to read more.

Parent Consultation Meetings

All parents should have received a letter as part of a consultation process to make changes to the school day from September 2017.  The changes, alongside the rationale for the change, can be found here.  I would like to take on board your views before putting in place any changes for September.
Ms Smith to the Rescue!

We recently discovered a swarm of bees at school, but keen Bee Keeper Ms Smith came to the rescue.

Derby Moor Mock Elections

As part of Derby Moors’ Citizenship studies, students from Year 10 ran as candidates from one of four main political parties:
Rimshah - Labour Party
Faizan - Conservatives
Ella - Liberal Democrats
Kevin - Green Party
A week of assemblies took place prior to half term, where the candidates made a four-minute pitch to each of the five House groups.

On the morning of Tuesday 6th June the school's four candidates were fortunate to be joined by Dame Margaret Beckett from the Labour Party, Evonne Williams from the Conservative Party, Joe Naitta from the Liberal Democrats and Ian Sleeman from the Green Party to take part in an Election Question Time.

The panel of local candidates and school candidates took questions from students in Year 10 ranging from what inspired them into politics to their views on terrorism, pensioners' benefits and university fees.

The event which was chaired by teacher Rob Povey was a huge success.

Wednesday 7th June was Voting Day and the results were announced on Thursday 8th June. Click here to see the results.

Rolls Royce help to prepare students for their AS Maths Exams

Volunteers from Rolls Royce have been coming into school to support our Year 12 students with their preparations for their AS Maths exam. Students identified topics which they required support on from a recent mock exam and the mentors have been working with them on a one-to-one basis to improve their understanding. Sessions have run on a Friday after school for an hour and both the students and mentors have found the sessions extremely rewarding.

Thank you to the Rolls Royce staff who gave up their time to help our students.

School Expansion Proposals

We are very pleased to announce that we are currently in discussions with Derby City Council regarding proposals to create 170 additional pupil places at the school.  On the 21s June the Council will consider approving additional funding for the expansion.  The proposal is to take an additional 34 pupils in each year group, starting with Year 7 from September 2019, and then gradually rolling through with each Year 7 every September thereafter.  This small expansion of the school is necessary to cater for rising pupil numbers and Governors support, in principle, this important and exciting project.  The project which will provide greater opportunities for our students, and additional facilities.  In the coming weeks we will be working closely with the Council to develop plans for the additional teaching accommodation. We will share with you proposals for the new building as soon as we have more detail.
Thursday 15th June 2017 Year 10 Parents Evening, 4.20- 6.50pm
Tuesday 20th June 2017 Parent Consultation Meetings 4.00pm, 5.30pm, 7.00pm
Thursday 22nd June 2017 Sixth Form Induction Day
Monday 26th June 2017 Year 9/10 Mock Exams Begin
Thursday 29th June 2017 Year 7 Parents Evening, 4.20-6.50pm
Monday 3rd – Friday 7th July 2017 Year 12 Work Experience Week
Monday 3rd July 2017 Year 6 Transition Day
Tuesday 4th July 2017 Year 6 Transition Day
Tuesday 4th July 2017 Year 6 Transition Evening 4.30pm – 7.00pm
Wednesday 5th July 2017 Year 6 Transition Day
Thursday 6th July 2017 Parents Forum, 3.45-7.15pm
Friday 7th July 2017 Year 9/10 Mock Exams End
Thursday 13th July 2017 Sports Award Evening, 7.00-8.30pm
Wednesday 26th July 2017 End of Summer Term

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