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Heath Primary School
Slack Lane, Heath, S44 5RH, UK Chesterfield
+44 (0)1246 850277

Welcome to Heath Primary School

Our school aims:

  • We aim to provide the highest possible standard of educational opportunity for every child within a secure and stimulating environment .

  • All members of our School Community should work together in a spirit of mutual respect and co-operation in the best interests of success for all.

  • Through work and play we encourage children to practise the skills needed to become independent and responsible adults.

We listen, we care, we learn!

Reception Admission policy
A detailed Admissions Policy is available in the School Office.
The precise dates vary each year, but generally children who are 5 years old before Easter begin full time school in the term starting in the following September. Those with their fifth birthday between Easter and the end of August are able to start in Reception in the following January, though parents who feel their child may benefit from staying a term longer in the Nursery are encouraged to do so and should discuss this with the Nursery teacher or Headteacher.

All applications for places in the Reception Class should be made to the County following their procedures. Late applicants will only be offered places if the School is not full. Places are allocated by the County Council. Individual pupils who have Special Educational Needs that can be best met in the school will be given priority where so determined by the Authority in consultation with the Governors.


The school does not have a uniform but does have a voluntary Code of Dress.  We do like the children to wear this.  School colours are red tops worn, if required, over white, with navy, grey or black bottoms.  A red sweatshirt, fleece jacket or cardigan with the school badge on, a white or red polo shirt with the badge on, and also a black waterproof fleece lined jacket can be ordered from school.  Order forms are available from the Office.

Parents are requested to mark all their children’s belongings, clothing and footwear with the child’s name.  This assists in the identification of lost property.  Please do not send your child to school in expensive watches or any jewellery.  We do not allow the children to wear any jewellery (except stud earrings which have to be removed for P.E.) or bring personal possessions to school.  This is both for the Health and Safety of the children and to reduce the chance of upset of lost belongings.  We provide the children with all the equipment, except clothing that they need.  Unfortunately we take no responsibility for losses, breakage or damaged to clothing.

All children coming to school in wellingtons should bring a change of footwear.  A clothes peg to clip the boots together is also useful. 


We try to offer the widest possible curriculum at Heath Primary, making the most of teacher skills and expertise and using our resources to best effect for the all round education of every individual child.

The Curriculum is organised to meet the requirements of the Early Learning Goals for the Nursery and Reception and Curriculum 2000 for Years 1 to Year 6. This organization is currently being revised as the renewed frameworks for both literacy and mathematics are being introduced. Planning ensures that children are taught all the knowledge, skills and concepts encompassed in these Government documents plus the other things in our school Schemes, whichever class group they are in. Computers are used to enhance learning across the curriculum.

We place a great emphasis on the basic subjects throughout the school. We feel that reading skills, writing, spelling, grammar and handwriting are very important. Each class dedicates at least an hour towards teaching Literacy skills as part of the National Literacy Strategy as well as keeping the best aspects of our own practice. Mathematics is also of great importance and a similar emphasis is placed upon its teaching through the school, again with about an hour being dedicated to this each day. We emphasise the development of mental skills in Mathematics. Literacy and Numeracy are usually covered in separate lessons but sometimes may be integrated into a topic. The other subjects are often covered in a topic, such as 'Ourselves' that may last half a term, but sometimes they are covered separately. How this is organised depends on the age and needs of the children and the subject matter to be covered.

It is vital that children are able to work together, to co-operate and to learn the social skills necessary for living in a community. It is important, too, that children are given clear moral guidelines and are given the chance to develop into responsible, caring young adults. We therefore emphasise in all we do the children's moral and spiritual development. Children are given the opportunity to learn how to think for themselves, how to tackle problems, form strategies and make decisions. They also learn to design and make thinks and how to interpret instructions. All sorts of activities such as the School Council, the annual extended journey and various extra curricular clubs are important opportunities as part of our Personal, Social and Health programme for the children.

Children are encouraged to "find out for themselves" about the world around them as well as being taught. We use environmental studies and science lessons to explore the world.

The children's physical development is structured through P.E., games and swimming.
Artistic skills are encouraged so that children can express themselves through painting, drawing, music, drama and movement and become aesthetically aware.

Children are given the chance to develop to the best of their individual abilities to acquire knowledge and gain understanding, to practice skills and to develop personal qualities, values and attitudes.

The teachers plan in detail how they are going to cover each subject in their half termly and weekly plans. The classes are organised in such a way that allows class work, group work and individual work as appropriate. Some setting of groups occurs, particularly for Mathematics and Literacy in Years 2 to 6.


The School Day

The school will be unlocked at 8.45 a.m. 

No child should be at school before 8.40 a.m. as there will be no one to supervise them.

The school’s morning session begins at 08:50 to 12 noon.

The afternoon session is from 13:15 until 15:.30 p.m.

Derbyshire School Term and Holiday Dates 2007/8



First day
Last day
Bank Holiday dates
September 3rd, 2007
October 19th, 2007
October 29th, 2007
December 21st. 2007
25th and 26th December 2007, January 1st, 2008
January 7th,
February 15th,
February 25th, 2008
April 4th,
Good Friday - March 21st, 2008
Easter Monday - March 24th, 2008 *
April 21st,
May 23rd,
May Day - May 5th, 2008
Spring Bank Holiday - May 26th, 2008
June 2nd,
July 23rd,

* Please notice that the term continues around these dates

INSET days - when school is closed to pupils for staff training days -
will be taken within the term times. Dates to be confirmed.

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