The Society Annual Dinner is now set for June 22nd at The Grange Suite, Littleover Derby. A change from the normal date of November which will allow the event to be more inclusive and we hope attract recent society members, school staff and guests.

We have opened up the event to include guests of members this year, so please try and book a table for you and your friends and family

The reception will, weather permitting, be held on the terrace at The Grange, on what we hope will be a beautiful summers evening.

We look forward to seeing as many of you at this event as possible.


The application form can be downloaded  here.


The Derby School Register (1570-1901)
We have managed to obtain this rare piece of work and now have it available for all members to read!!
The register compiled by Mr. B. Tacchella BA, an Assistant Master at the school, is certainly worthy of reference on this site. So if you are looking for the names and achievements of old students and staff members of the school, then this is a must read. Use the link below or the main menu to access the Members Area.



Martin H. Holmes is an Old Derbeian (1940-1947), now living in New Zealand.
He has kindly allowed us to reproduce part of his memoirs here on the site, which we feel you will find fascinating reading.
This extract tells of his time at Amber Valley Camp during WW2
Martin is now in his late 80’s but still manages to put together some highly readabale scripts recxalling his days at Derby school and of course, Amber Valley Camp.
We hope you enjoy.

An Assembly of Celebrations

Derby Grammar School’s final whole-school assembly before the GCSE and A-Level examinations begin focused on celebration this morning. We were delighted to be joined by Gil Bowles and Sarah Crane from YMCA Derbyshire who presented us a huge cheque for the Tanzania...


Following the terrific success of the School Memories Competition, we have now selected the winner as Alan Hancock OD (1946-1953) for his submission entitled Derby Schools After WW2 We will shortly be posting this article on the site, subject to Alan's permission, for...

Ogston Sailing – Club Open Day

The Management Board of the Ogston Sailing Club (On the actual site of the Amber Valley Camp at Woolley Moor) have sent us a special invitation to attend this year's SPECIAL OPEN DAY ON MONDAY SPRING BANK HOLIDAY 6TH MAY 2019. Inviting all Old Derbeians both young and...

Annual Dinner – 2019

The Society Annual Dinner 2019 will be held at the Grange Banqueting Suite Littleover, Derby on Saturday 22nd June 2019 This is a change from the traditional timing of November, allowing more recent Old Derbeian members and others, the opportunity to be present. We...

Class of 1950 Reunion – March 2019

Class of 1950 reunion held at The Five Lamps on Tuesday 26th March 2019 The run up to this meeting saw the sad deaths of David Owen (January) and Allan Squires (March) and these inevitably cast a bit of a cloud on our meeting. However on the upside, attendance was...

Joining the Society

We have been asked to look at the possibility of using the website for people to join the society. This is an important update and will allow potential members to join the society directly from the site and pay their fees accordingly. We will be posting more on this...

Check your Old School – CCF Memorabilia

After WWII, in the 1950's and 1960's, when as a member of the Cadet Corps,  hundreds of us were very proud to wear first the JTC and then the CCF uniform. There were promotions we could aspire to achieve as a Lance Corporal, Corporal, Sergeant, Sergeant Major or even...

Where Are They Now?

Our Old Derbeians follow all sorts of careers. We were so grateful to Emma, Caitlin, Alan, Henry and Connor giving up their time to come back to school for our Careers Fair on Wednesday to talk about what they are doing now, who they are working for and where they are...

In Memoriam 2019 Page

A sad task indeed,  but one which we feel our members appreciate. In the future, where possible, we will add an obituary with a photo of any Old Derbeian who passes, subject to permission from the surviving family or next of kin, of course. The new page can be found...


The society archivist, Barrie Sheard, and his team are constantly updating members with news and information about the school and associated matters. These reports are published on this site and can be found in Archivists Reports in the main menu or by clicking the picture to the right.
We hope you enjoy reading the reports which contain some very interesting facts and memories of days gone by.

Number of Members now Registered

Memories of Old school

As a society of Old Derbeians, we have an archive of photographs of our time at school. We try to display these on our site in various places to evoke memories for our visitors to the site. See our Gallery page for more…..

Annual Events

We arrange events throughout the year to keep members in touch with each other and also arrange and sponsor sporting fixtures with DGS…..

Regular Reunions

Regular reunions are held with boys who attended the school together, These are a great source of comradeship and you are encouraged to join in with a reunion or indeed, start one of your own…..


Supporting Derby Grammar School

Our links with Derby Grammar School continue to thrive and we feel that 2019 will see another milestone in our work to include all present, and former pupils and also staff within the society…..

Online Competitions

We have strated to introduce online competions for members to get involved with. If you have any ideas that would work as a competion then please let us know.

How best to use the new website….. 

For some time now we have been promising a new fresh look for our website and social networks. Well even getting into social networking is a great leap forward for the society so we are really excited to be moving ahead with the changes.
Having canvassed members to guage what they wanted to see, we have put together the new site which has been receiving great reviews and praise form our members.
So what’s new?
  • Add Your Comments Feature – Here you  can comment on other members’ posts. A great feature which we hope you will use to good effect. Just head over to the Latest News Page and see the articles being posted. You can comment on these articles and have your voice heard on the site.
  • A more regular newsletter feature – Instead of the one a year newsletter, we are now sending out a monthly mailshot to all members with relevant and up to date news and information. Again this falls in line with members wishes for more up to date information.

  • We are working hard on the photo galleries, which were a little neglected on the old site, so please bear with us on this. You will also have the opportunity to upload photos you may have to the site either on the blog or to be sent to our archivist for inclusion in a gallery. More on this later.
  • Our committee principals now have their personalised ODs email address connected to the site which allows them to keep their personal email address separate. This is a great feature for them and allows you to have your mail directed to the individual committee member able to deal with your request. Just use our main contact form and you will see the drop down list of points of contact.
  • Our Online Shop is now open where you can purchase ODs merchandise and gifts.
We hope you like the new format which we will update regularly and hopefully attract more members as visitors to the site. We also want to encourage younger school leavers to interact with the site so we are in talks with the Grammar School to make this happen.
If you have any comments on the new site or wish to contact us then please use the contact form and a member of the committee will get back to you as soon as possible.

Our New Online Shop is Open for business

We have for some time been toying with the idea of selling our merchandise online. Well, we have now decided that we will try this out and offer our members the opportunity of buying through the website. This feature is now live and you can start buying right away. We accept bank transfers and Paypal payments

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