© South Darley C.E. Primary School 2020
Welcome to our school website. It has been designed to be useful and informative, whether you are an existing parent or pupil, or if you are looking to join our school community.
Choosing the right school for your child is a vital first step on the educational ladder. South Darley Primary School is different.
We are small enough to care, big enough to ensure excellence in education. We enjoy a unique and beautiful setting, and we place a strong emphasis on good behaviour and on establishing the fundamentals of learning.
If you think your child would benefit from what we can offer, please contact me or even better come and see us. You will see that we really do have a beautiful school waiting for your child.
Our vision is to make learning a vibrant and exciting experience. We have a rich and varied curriculum, through which children can be creative and can acquire skills they need.
We are lucky to be able to make use of the beautiful natural surroundings of our attractive and historic school. We provide a safe and stimulating environment, which captures the Imagination and enables all children to flourish as individuals.
We all want the best for our children and when it comes to schools, it’s the personal attention to the needs of your child that counts.
For your child, South Darley CofE Primary School offers just that: a personal education for your child.
And, because we are a small school, our dedicated, talented and experienced team of teachers knows our pupils extremely well.
Our teaching is tailored to individual needs and interests: we believe that all children have specific talents that need to be nurtured. And, as well as striving for academic attainment, we foster our pupils’ interest in sports, music and the arts.
We are a Church of England, Voluntary Controlled School. This means that the school benefits from the spiritual input and resources of the Church.
Each morning there is a religious assembly, sometimes led by members of the community, including local church leaders. Alongside the Anglican traditions of the school, we welcome children from other Christian denominations and faith backgrounds and ensure they feel valued.
Our latest SIAMS church inspection (March 2016) judged us as Outstanding.
Ours is a caring, family-orientated school, where everyone is respected and encouraged. We want pupils to develop the confidence to learn throughout their school lives - and beyond.
We have high expectations of our pupils. Discipline is an important part of our school life and we aim to enhance the opportunities for learning, while at the same time promoting responsible behaviour.
The schools inspector Ofsted has recognised the excellent behaviour of our pupils and the strong team ethos of all of our staff, and we continue to promote these, as well as taking steps to develop and improve in all areas.
Because of our size, we can respond to the personal needs and interests of all of our pupils, without exception.
While our values are rooted in tradition, we embrace new technology as the key to unlocking the opportunities offered by the wider world.
As well as classroom learning, we make the most of our setting for learning outdoors, and foster the teaching of music, the creative arts, drama, sports and community activity.
Outside the curriculum, there are activities as varied as netball, gardening and film club, and clarinet and violin lessons on a weekly basis.
Children have a wealth of sporting and creative opportunities to meet children from other schools.
Local sports clubs visit school to demonstrate what is available locally, including cycling, taekwondo and orienteering. Children with particular talents, such as music, horse-riding, ballet and swimming, are encouraged to participate in external competitions and examinations.
Our children are encouraged to engage with the community and we offer an impressive range of extra-curricular experiences for such a small school.
This creates a positive atmosphere, based on a sense of community where all are considerate individuals, respected by and respectful of all other members of the school.
All the adults working in the school play a role in the pastoral care of the children. They help the children to develop a positive attitude to learning and work to ensure that pupils achieve their full potential in all areas of life. Time is given to listening and talking over problems, offering advice and guidance.
In our recent inspection (June 2019) we were judged to be a good school with outstanding behaviour, personal development and welfare. We are proud of the report which can be found below. There are also scans of letters from the Department of Education praising our results.
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Our school is fully open for all children but with restrictions and amendments to our normal routines and procedures to ensure the health and safety of pupils, parents and staff. Full details can be found in the risk assessments and plans below but please be aware that these are constantly reviewed and can be changed at short notice if necessary. We are still able to provide potential new pupils and parents with a socially distanced tour of school but this will need to be after 3.30 pm once pupils have gone home. Please call the school office to arrange your visit. Alternatively check out the video above which we have made to let you see the school despite the current restrictions.