Learning Outside the Classroom

We are pleased to announce that we have two new minibuses for Learning Outside the Classroom.

We’re working on plans for some nice trips to try them out!

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We hold the EcoSchools Green Flag award, reflecting the ongoing work our students undertake to look after the environment.


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We will once again be working with Derby Quad to enable our students (and staff) to discover and learn new digital arts techniques and skills. Derby Quad have received a grant from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to work with St. Clare’s and other schools in Derbyshire over the next two years. This will not be a “bolt on” activity; we aim to embed our creative/offsite learning into the curriculum.



We have held a whole school Holocaust Memorial Day in January for the last three years. We are pleased to announce that we have been granted the Beacon School for Holocaust Education award for 2018 by UCL Centre for Holocaust Education. We will be working with them over the next school year to develop our Holocaust curriculum for the benefit of all our students.


This will include jointly running a full day cpd event- “Unpacking the Holocaust.”  on 15th January in Derby. Any Derby/Derbyshire secondary teachers interested in booking a place (free) please see here.


 Finally, on the last two days of the last school year, we celebrated DiversityDerby- exploring the many cultures and traditions that make up our city. We worked with many partner organisations and hope that we can work with them this school year.


Tuesday 5th June 2018

Very excited to be part RHS flower show at Chatsworth from tomorrow!


Here’s a sneak preview-

Our display is beginning to take shape

Our display is beginning to take shape

Discover St. Claire's display at Chatsworth!

Discover St. Claire’s display at Chatsworth!











Thursday 8th March 2018


Tomorrow, nearly 30 of our students will be taking to the stage and performing in the Celebration of Dance at the Riverside. Our students have shown great commitment in learning new dance routines and  have spent their lunch breaks getting it right. Good luck and thanks toall the staff who have provided this opportunity for our students.

Photos will be added to our gallery over the next few days…






Thursday 8th March 2018


Earlier this year, St. Clare’s became Derby Quad‘s School in residence. This gives all of our students the opportunity to try out different artistic ways of expressing themselves as well as allowing our teachers to learn new skills. Students are also able to experience a creative setting and work with Derby Quad artists.

So far we have had two sessions at the Quad when year 7 and 8 students have created short stop-motion animation, creating their own Plasticine creatures to feature in short films. As well as providing a way for students to practise their fine motor skills, they have  had to show patience and work as a team.

Thanks to the Quad School in Residence scheme all of our students will have the opportunity to work with different artists using different media to develop their creative skills.




Wednesday 14th February 2018

St. Clare’s gets creative!

Over the next three days, (Wednesday 14th– Friday 16th February) students at St Clare’s will be experimenting, exploring and creating during our Creative Arts Days. Students will be offered a range of activities which we hope will enable them to express themselves in a variety of ways

Year 8 students will be off to the Quad to take part in Ipad animation workshops, led by artist Helen Jackson and supported by staff from St Clare’s.

Coming to work with our students in the school is Alan Barrett a storyteller from Stoke who will inspire our students to develop their own writing skills.

Other sessions include- pyrography, movie making, textiles, sculpture from using recycled materials and photography. Work will also take place in our gardens as we sow the seeds for Spring.

No doubt Chinese New Year will play some role on Friday and no doubt dragons will be involved!

Photos will be added to our gallery over the next 3 days….




Monday 5th February 2018

Since early November, a group of 12 St Clare’s students have been attending the University of Derby (Britannia Mill campus) to take part in a series of 1 hour workshops with the Creative Expressive Therapies students. St Clare’s students have been able to take part in group activities designed to improve their confidence, self-expression, self-esteem and creativity. Students from the University of Derby plan and run the workshops under the supervision of a practising therapist Matt Le Mare (Senior Music Therapist).

“It has been a wonderful opportunity for our students to engage in a workshop outside of the classroom where they can express themselves through a variety of mediums. They particularly enjoy the practical sessions and the mindfulness activities.” Ruth Webber (Teacher of Science and Horticulture)


Thursday 1st February 2018

Images now available in our gallery of work

We are pleased to announce that we have been credited with a Level 5 School Gardening Award by The Royal Horticultural Society in recognition of our whole school involvement in improving the school grounds and the local environment.

Mrs Webber, Teacher of Science and Horticulture, “It is wonderful that we at St Clare’s have been recognised for all that we do in our outdoor spaces. The students greatly benefit from learning outdoors with new opportunities to experience the great outdoors consolidating their learning from within the classroom.”

 Friday 26th January 2018

Images now available in our gallery of work

On Friday students at St. Clare’s will be commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day. This is a difficult topic but we feel  that it is important for our students to understand what has happened in the past and the lessons we can learn for the future. Instead of the usual timetable, students will have three sessions during the day when they can explore and discover different aspects of this topic. The theme for this year is-


The activities will be designed to address the needs of all our students. Activities will include cooking, art, music and creative writing and will address issues around British Values, empathy, bullying and discrimination.

In addition, Year 9 students will be visiting The National Holocaust Centre in Newark (Friday and others on Monday) to develop a more in depth understanding of the Holocaust.

We will be producing a display of students’ work in the school foyer and posting pictures of their work in our gallery of work .

To see more on Holocaust Memorial Day, visit the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website