Ready to Achieve


May I take this opportunity to welcome you to the City of Derby Academy. I am delighted, and very proud, to be the Headteacher. Our educational philosophy is to provide all students with an engaging and enjoyable learning experience which will develop both academic and personal success.

Your child is at the heart of everything we do and the school’s vision of ‘improving the life chances of all students’ is nurtured through our shared values of the ‘3Rs’ – being Respectful, Responsible and Ready to Achieve.

At the City of Derby Academy, we believe that academic outcomes are important and our expectation is that we will achieve national progress standards. However, we do not measure the success of our students by their examination results alone. Students access a balanced curriculum and we continually strive to develop characteristics such as self-confidence, self-belief and self-esteem so our students are fully prepared for life in modern Britain.

We believe that when the school, parents/carers and students share high expectations every child will achieve great things. This includes having an excellent attitude centred on respect, high standards of appearance, good manners, full attendance and punctuality.

We believe that the City of Derby Academy is a vibrant and successful school where all students thrive through our shared principles of Question, Explore, Give and Succeed.

Question – All students are given the opportunity to question who they are and why they want to be; to question their understanding and their actions. They learn how to question in a considered way, and then to listen to the response.

Explore – At CoDA we give students opportunities and experiences, both in and beyond the classroom, educating the whole child and afforded them, looking for new ways to accomplish their goals, examining others’ values and beliefs, and exploring the world around them.

Give – At CoDA our staff and students are expected to give their very best in all that they do; they give their time and experience to help others, always giving equal respect to all.

Succeed – We are a successful school. Success is celebrated and prompted with all members in our community. We want all of our students to succeed – individually and as part of a team – to be courageous and to succeed with good spirit and humility, developing resilience and character to succeed, even if at first they fail.

I look forward to welcoming you to the City of Derby Academy.

Mr Phil Smith – Proud Headteacher

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