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Derby Pride Academy is an alternative provision free school based on Pride Park.

We work with vulnerable and challenging young people to engage and sustain learning to improve their attainment, behaviour, attendance, self-esteem and confidence whilst providing skills to support development as responsible members of the community.  We also develop employability skills to prepare them for employment, apprenticeship or other study routes beyond 16.

A recent report written by a BBC correspondent describes how those young people who are able to engage in regular contact with employers while at school are much less likely to become NEET, that is ‘not in education, employment or training’.

The research found that if students had at least four contacts with employers before they left school they would be 86% less likely to become NEET.  These employer encounters could be in the form of visits from employers, job shadowing or placements in the workplace.

The availability of contact with employers was skewed towards better-off pupils, meaning that disadvantaged pupils were more likely to miss out on such insights into the world of work.  Those who were least likely to have such links with employers were those on free meals and whose parents had low levels of education.

The study found a link between positive experiences of meeting employers at school with a more successful entry into the jobs market and was particularly useful for the type of “soft skills” communication and social skills valued by employers.


Here at Derby Pride Academy we are keen to give our students the best opportunity to experience the world of work and to help them secure fulfilling jobs in the future.  We offer them a variety of Life Skills and careers advice as part of our curriculum but would welcome further engagement from local employers who would be willing to come into our school to talk about their jobs, answer questions from our students and raise awareness about possible future careers.


If you feel you would be able to give a little of your time to come into Derby Pride Academy to speak to our students, possibly during a joint Q & A session, or would be happy to host a small group of supervised students on your premises please contact Nicky Smith,, 01332 349616, to make the necessary arrangements.

Replacement of foot and cycle bridge – Meadow Lane to Wyvern

When we carried out a public consultation on the A52 Scheme back in 2015, we did not have final drawings of the replacement footbridge from Meadow Lane, Chaddesden to the Wyvern and Pride Park areas. The general arrangement drawing showed the location of the replacement bridge, but it was stated at the time that this was subject to change. Designs are now complete and the drawings of the location and how the bridge will look are shown on the scheme webpage. We have also issued a news article about the replacement bridge.


Scheme Update

Work continued in December on the A52 between the Pentagon and Raynesway junctions.  The additional lane on the A52 eastbound is now open, this will ease congestion for drivers entering the A52 eastbound from Wyvern Way. Please see the news article for more details.


Further email updates will be sent out, the webpage will be updated, along with Twitter and Facebook updates.

As part of the ongoing work on the A52 Wyvern Transport Improvement Scheme, there is an update to the schedule of works issued last month.  In addition to the planned overnight work, there will be additional westbound carriageway closures on the evenings of 22nd and 23rd November as detailed below:

Diversions will be in place, and details can be found on our website.

Any changes to the proposed scheduled will be communicated to you as soon as we are made aware of them.   The A52 Scheme webpage will continue to be regularly updated, along with our social media channels.

As part of the ongoing work on the A52 Wyvern Transport Improvement Scheme, the schedule of works up to end of December 2018 has now been confirmed.

Overnight work will commence on Monday 22nd October and run until Friday 21st December.  All work will take place overnight Monday to Friday between the hours of 8.00pm and 6.00am when traffic flows are lighter.  Diversions will in place along Derby Road and Nottingham Road Chaddesden.

The schedule of works is detailed below:

Any changes to the proposed scheduled will be communicated to you as soon as we are made aware of them.   The A52 Scheme webpage will continue to be regularly updated, along with our social media channels.

The Print Angels at Essential Print Services

Pride Park print firm confirms new signings as part of an expansion plan.

The Print Angels at Essential Print Services

Based on Pride Park in Derby, print “evangelists” Essential Print Services, are continuing their expansion plan by taking on a new “Print Angels”.

Fran Ellis, Emma Hough and Stacey Barradell are amongst the latest three signings for the firm. The new trio joins the squad of Print Angels at Essential Print Services, which – now in its seventh year of trading – is continuing to grow from strength to strength.

The company was set up in 2011 by Yvonne Gorman, who trained initially as a graphic designer over 20 years ago; “having the right people in your business is crucial. You need employees who understand that outstanding quality and amazing customer service is paramount. Printing is hard work and can be technically challenging so, what is also important to me, is that I have a team who can fun in the office and enjoy what they do – the space hoppers certainly help with that.”

“The new additions to the team is yet another step in the right direction. Our expansion plan is coming to fruition. I’d like to thank all the Print Angels for all their hard work and support – I’m excited and energised about what the future has in store for us,” Yvonne concluded.

“You have to be a certain calibre of person to be a Print Angel. You must have high standards, attention to detail and have the client’s best interests at heart, at ALL times. I’m confident that my new colleagues have all these attributes and more!” said Kate Aldridge, who has been with the firm now for over two years.

Yvonne herself is already a renowned business figurehead; named as one of a handful of “Leading Ladies” in the local press, appearing on ITV Central News, visited No. 10 Downing Street and is continuing her appointment as Small Business Saturday UK Champion. Her most recent accolade is the confirmation of her appointment as Non-Exec Director of the Inward Investment Agency; Marketing Derby, which is a supporter of

An article on Derby City Council News issued today, Thursday 19th July  gives advanced notice of the next phase of works on the A52 Brian Clough Way.
The next phase of works to widen the road and create a third lane, will take place from Sunday 29th July, and will involve the diversion of services in the verge and the construction of a new wall to retain the existing embankment.
One lane on the westbound carriageway between Raynesway and the Wyvern junction, will be closed for 24 hours a day.  Overnight closures during the week, Monday to Friday will be in place from 8.00pm to 6.00am.
Daytime lane restrictions will be removed on Sunday 26th August, with the overnight road closures continuing until mid-November.
When Derby County Football Club are playing at home, night time closures will not be implemented until 11.00pm, to minimise disruption. When the road is closed, traffic will be diverted along Derby Road and Nottingham Road.
More details about the next planned programme of works, are in the Latest News section on the A52 Scheme webpage. Further email updates will be sent out and will the webpage will be updated, along with Twitter and Facebook updates.

From Tuesday 17th April, work commenced to create the new narrow lane arrangements on the Eastbound and Westbound carriageways, ready for the next phase of widening works.  Temporary barriers will be in place on both carriageways.

To complete this phase of work, there will be eastbound road closures on Friday 20th April and on Monday 23rd April, between 8.00pm and 6.00am. The A52 Eastbound carriageway will be closed from Pentagon Island to Raynesway, including Wyvern Way slip road on to the A52 Eastbound.  Signed diversion routes will be in place.

There are no further planned road closures on the A52 for April.  I will send out a further update if there are any road closures in the future. The A52 scheme webpage will be regularly updated and messages will be sent out on social media.


A52 road closures – 16th to 20th April 2018

Nighttime works will continue next week on the Eastbound and Westbound carriageways of the A52 Brian Clough Way between the Pentagon and Raynesway junctions. Both carriageways will be closed from midnight on Monday 16th April and on Wednesday 18th April. All lanes will be open each day by 6.00am.

Work will take place to create the new narrow lane arrangements on the Eastbound and Westbound carriageways, ready for the next phase of widening works.  The widening works, taking place mainly in the daytime from 23rd April, will be offline works with two narrow lanes in place on each side of the carriageway.

The planned closures are shown on the attached table. Plans and details of the diversion routes are on the scheme webpage.  Times/dates may change due to unforeseen circumstances.


A52 Wyvern Transport Improvement Scheme – Stakeholder Update – March 2018


A52 Brian Clough Way

 The next phase of work, between the Pentagon and Raynesway junctions, starts on Saturday 24th March 2018. This phase includes the construction of the new concrete central reservation barrier. This needs to be carried out in the daytime and is being done during the Easter school holiday period, when there will be less traffic on the roads. One lane of the carriageway in each direction will be closed for 24 hours a day.  The lane closures will be in place between Saturday 24th March and Thursday 29th March and then again after the Easter Bank Holiday weekend between Tuesday 3rd April and Friday 6th April.

More details about these works can be found in the Latest News section on the A52 Scheme webpage and in this article from Council News.

Wyvern Way/Stanier Way junction improvement works

The road layout at Wyvern Way/Stanier Way junction was altered during the evening of 21st March as part of the next phase of work to construct a new roundabout at this junction. A few issues with this junction were raised and changes to the road markings were made overnight on 22nd March. We will continue to monitor the situation.

Area between the A52 and park near to Waterford Drive 

On Friday 16th March pupils from Meadow Farm Community Primary School helped to plant over 120 trees in this area. In total 3,200 trees have been planted, with help from the Trees for Cities project.  Further details are in this article from Council News.

Footbridge from Meadow Lane, Chaddesden, to Wyvern Retail Park 

At the end of the existing footbridge on the Wyvern side, a ramp has been created leading to a temporary pedestrian crossing. The area between Wyvern Way and Toys R Us car park has been fenced off for safety reasons whilst work takes place in the area. The footbridge will stay in place whilst the replacement footbridge is constructed from Meadow Lane to the Wyvern Retail Park.

Further details about the scheme are on the A52 Scheme webpage. This will be regularly updated as the Scheme progresses.