Leading Derby independent school says farewell to fantastic Head

7th July 2021

Ruth Norris poses for a photo

A leading school in Derby with outstanding results says a fond farewell to their current Head following three years of continued growth and success.

Dr Ruth Norris, who will have led Derby Grammar School for three years, leaves after being headhunted to take the helm at one of the world’s leading international schools in Switzerland.

On the final day of term, she sent a heartfelt letter to parents, “It has been an honour to have served Derby Grammar School since 2018. We have moved through challenging times, navigating the complexities of COVID-19. But, this has not overshadowed what has also been an extremely rewarding time.

“I have been privileged in watching our pupils grow into remarkable young people, equipped to deal with life’s challenges. Your children are a credit to you all, and I speak on behalf of the whole staff team that it is a true pleasure to work in such a special community.”

Dr Norris joined as Head in June 2018, and has implemented a range of improvements at the school. A new Senior Leadership Team has been created, with academic, pastoral and co-curricular focus at its core. Dr Norris has also been instrumental in Derby Grammar School achieving a meteoric rise in GCSE and A Level results over the last two years.

The letter continues, “No Head feels that the job is ‘done’, but I know that the School is well placed for its next three-year strategic development plan under the talented leadership of Mr Paul Logan, who will continue to be ambitious for the bright future of the School.”

Mr Paul Logan, who joins the school as Head Teacher in September 2021, will be liaising closely over the coming months to ensure there is a seamless handover and to work on the next phase of the School’s strategic development. Mr Logan’s depth of experience, commitment to academic excellence and dynamism is underpinned by a passion and determination to continue to take the School forward.