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Springfield Primary School
West Road, Spondon, DE21 7AB, UK Derby
+44 (0)1332-673846

Springfield Primary School

The purpose of your local school is to provide a safe, happy environment in which children can learn effectively through a wide variety of experiences. This can only be done with your support and co-operation. We therefore welcome parental interest and involvement in the life of our school and we look forward to a happy and rewarding association with you and your child.

This Springfield booklet can only give a thumbnail sketch of the school. To find out more you will have to visit us and become involved in our varied activities.

Remember we are an "open" school and we look forward to seeing you in the near future.

Yours sincerely

David Blackwell (Headteacher)


We have high academic expectations of our pupils and not surprisingly emphasis is placed on those basic literacy and numeracy skills, often known as the three Rs, which provide the platform for so much later learning.

At Springfield we also feel that it is important to foster what we call the three Ss, security, significance and success.


Pupils have the right to learn in a positive and nurturing educational climate. Such a climate is the result of clear objectives, structured patterns of work and established routines or ways of doing things. It is dependant on shared values and an understanding of what constitutes appropriate behaviour at school.Significance

All children are different and bring their own unique skills and talents into school. As such pupils are encouraged to think of their own worth and their achievements are celebrated in the everyday life of the school.


It follows that children’s talents should be fostered at their own level where there is a clear match of work to ability. This enables us to build on success by allowing each child to attain his/her full potential.

Our ethos, the three Ss, encompasses a number of areas of school life including discipline, pastoral care, extra curricular activities and the school’s uniform policy. These aspects are explained more fully in later sections of this booklet.


The school serves the western side of Spondon village. It is a co-educational, LEA maintained primary school admitting children on a full time basis from the age of 4 to 11 years. Children enter the school, on a full time basis, at two points in September and January, depending on their dates of birth. The maximum number of children that may be admitted in the 5 + age group during the school year 2007/2008 will be 30.

Most of the children attending Springfield Primary School live in the normal area served by the school. However, if children living outside this area have brothers or sisters already at the school such cases will be considered for admission, as will any requests for places by parents living outside the school’s normal area. You must request a place directly to the Children and Young People's Services.

The following selection criteria are used in the case of over-subscription.

1. Children who are looked after (in the care of or accommodated by Derby City Council or another authority)

2. Children who are both living in the normal area served by the school and have brothers or sisters attending the school at the time of their admission

3. Other children living in the normal area at the time of admission

4. Children who do not live in the normal area served by the school but who have brothers or sisters attending the school at the time of their admission

5. Other children whose parents have requested a place

Where, in the case of 2 to 5 above, choices have to be made between children satisfying the same criteria, those children living nearest to the school (measured by the nearest available route) are given preference.

Following their primary education the majority of pupils transfer to West Park Community School, the neighbourhood comprehensive. Transfer to West Park is on the basis of home address. Some pupils transfer to other local secondary schools, with a small but regular number gaining places at the City Technology College and at independent secondary schools.


In following the National Curriculum great emphasis is placed on the development of the basic skills of literacy and numeracy. But, we also give our pupils a wide variety of learning experiences which are based on a broad, well-balanced course of studies.

The children are placed in classes, some of which are mixed-age, where a variety of teaching styles and class organisation are employed. These include whole class teaching, group and individual work. Great care is taken to ensure that within each class there is a match of work to ability so that every child is able to progress at the maximum rate.

Some of the curriculum, especially that part encompassing the foundation subjects, is delivered through a topic approach, which emphasises the links between subjects in the National Curriculum. Elements of the core curriculum, particularly English and mathematics, are taught as separate lessons.


Your child may have the opportunity to join in activities which may take place after school or during the lunchtime. This depends upon the availability of staff to lead these. Such activities may include:

Crafts Guitar Football French Club
Recorder Computer Kwik Cricket Short Tennis
Dance Keep fit Chess Netball

Violin lessons are available as an extra curricular activity at a charge to parents. This charge is made directly by the provider and not by the school.

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