Heritage Students get a helping Hand from Hotel Van Dyk

Massive thank you to Van Dyk Hotel who have donated 10 pairs of amazing oven gauntlets to the school for use in the catering rooms.

On Wednesday 16 January 2019 Donna Mcmahon who is the Personal Assistant to the Managing Director of the Wildes Group, visited the school to present the oven gauntlets to a group of Year 10 GCSE catering students who were in the middle of an experimental lesson producing a variety of shortcrust pastry dishes whilst finding out the effect of how long kneading the mixture had on the overall outcome.

Ms Mcmahon spent some time with the students, watching what they were making and discussing the various products that were being made, and was very impressed with their level of knowledge.  She spoke to the students about their visit to the hotel that had taken place in November 2018.  Mr Barnston, the Head of Creative Faculty informed Ms Mcmahon that the students were so inspired after their visit and the time that Mr Wildes spent with them showing them around the kitchen and other areas of the hotel that they had come back into school and had since tried to replicate some of the recipes.

Mr Barnston was extremely happy with the new oven gauntlets which he says will continue to keep the students at Heritage High School safe while taking part in their practical lessons whilst using the ovens.

The photographs show Ms McMahan speaking to the students before handing over the oven gauntlets to Leon Widdowson, one of the Year 10 students.



The term ‘sexting’ is no longer really used by young people but we understand what it is.

It is so important as a parent/carer that you CHECK what your child is doing when they are on line.  Children are taking inappropriate images of themselves, sending these to others and these are then being circulated on the world wide web.

This leaflet clearly explains what is legal and what is not.  Please take time to read it.

Please be vigilant and ensure that your child is SAFE ON LINE.


Please click here for more info – sexting__the_law_leaflet

PHSE Collapsed timetable days for year 7, 8 and 9 only.

Just a reminder to parents/carers that Monday 26th is the next collapsed PHSE day for KS3 (Years 7,8 and 9).  Students will be told about this on Friday 23rd November so that they know what to expect.

If parents/carers have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The school day will run as usual.

Monday 26th November

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Money Matters Health Body Healthy Mind Keeping Safe
– Budgeting and financial terminology – Energy drinks – Online safety
– How do I stay in control of my money – Our world (Ali Hill) – Sexting (digital romance)

(what I look at on line)

– Savings – Alcohol – County Lines
– Keeping my finances secure – Sleep, rest and play -Knife Free
– What to do if it all goes wrong – Substance Abuse, drugs and the implications – Healthy relationships and consent


The catering system has now been fully updated. This will show details of the monetary value of items that students have eaten – it will not accurately reflect the actual meals they have had.


There are a number of students who have negative balances on their account and Derbyshire County Council catering would like to respectfully ask that these balances are cleared as a priority.

Students with a negative balance on their account on Monday 12 November will be given a meal but will be informed that they need to inform their parents/carers to put money on their account.

After Monday 12 November students who do not have any money on their account will revert to the previous procedure in school in being sent to Student Services to contact home for permission to loan money from the school to pay for their meals.


Any queries or concerns please email parent@heritage.derbyshire.sch.uk where your query will be dealt with either by the school or by Derbyshire County Council catering where appropriate.


Parents/Carers will be informed where there are balances outstanding for students on Free School Meals.





Heritage High School – Applications for 2019

A reminder to all parents wanting to secure a place at Heritage High School to ensure that applications are returned to Derbyshire County Council by 31 October 2018.

If you would like to arrange a visit (after the school holiday) to see our school in operation, you are welcome to do so by contacting us on 01246 810259 or emailing parent@heritage.derbyshire.sch.uk

We welcome visitors to our school that has been graded as ‘Good’ for safeguarding and behaviour in all previous Ofsted inspections, and also in other independent inspections of our school.

PHSE Collapsed timetable days for year 7, 8 and 9 only

The school is committed to ensuring that our young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future.

As part of a whole school approach, our PHSE programme (led by Mrs S Bulmer) will be delivered in 5 off timetable Days over the course of the year.

During these day, students will following a completely different timetable which tutors will share with them the week before.

For your information, the collapsed days are Friday 19th October, Monday 26th November, Wednesday 6th February, Friday 5th April and Monday 13th May.

PHSE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

The themes and topics we will cover over the year have been developed using national guidance for PHSE and the Statutory Keeping Children Safe in Education Guidance. Our aim is to support our young people to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives.  We want them to be able to learn, make positive, informed career choices and be successful in whatever they do in the future.

The programme will be delivered by school staff, external providers and visitors to the school.  If you have any questions or queries then please contact Mrs D Atkin at school (info@heritage.derbyshire.sch.uk).

Friday 19th October

Year 7 – My First Year at Heritage (topics include bullying, friendship, online safety, puberty changes, personal hygiene and menstruation).

Year 8 – Taking Responsibility for My Safety (topics include online safety, self-harm, keeping mentally healthy, gangs and knife crime).

Year 9 – Mental Health Awareness Day (depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicide, coping strategies and mindfulness, psychosis presentation).