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Walter Evans C E (Aided) Primary School
Darley Abbey Drive, Darley Abbey, DE22 1EF, UK Derby
+44 (0)1332-557139

Dear Parents / Carers,


Thank you for taking the time to visit our website as it introduces you to the life of Walter Evans C of E Primary School.


The school was built and opened in 1976 after the closing and amalgamation of two small local Church of England Primary Schools, St Matthews in Darley Abbey, Derby and St Edmunds in Allestree, Derby. Both these small schools were built by the local mill- owners, the Evans family and so our school came to be named Walter Evans.


Our school has a firm Christian foundation of which we are proud. We offer a broad, balanced and creative curriculum. Our expectations for all pupils are high both in terms of effort, achievement and behaviour.


We hope that during your child’s time with us they really enjoy coming to school, learn to like themselves and others and develop a love for learning that will sustain for their lifetime.


As a parent or carer we hope you will approach us with anything that troubles you or your child and that we can work together to make sure your child enjoys their time at school.


Our aim is to help prepare your child to value and embrace their future.


We are in a sense a village school with strong links to our local church and community. We endeavour to create a purposeful and welcoming environment in which everyone is assured of individual care and attention.


We look forward to welcoming you to our school.


Hannah Simmons




Our distinctive ethos springs from our close links with church and community. We provide a family atmosphere throughout the school, striving to preserve Christian values in a caring, secure and happy environment. Being a faith school is an enrichment, as it encourages the children's spiritual and moral development, and helps them to experience school life in the context of a wider community in the neighbourhood and beyond. We work in partnership with the local community and, although within the City of Derby, we are proud to identify ourselves as a village school.

The School will build on its strengths,

  • drawing on its experience and distinctive ethos as a faith school,
  • developing as an inclusive, neighbourhood school,
  • raising standards in all aspects of the children's development, and,
  • valuing its partnership with the children, the teaching and support staff, the parents, the governing body, the Church, the community, neighbouring schools, the City education service and local businesses.

The Children will develop in the widest possible sense,

  • spiritually, morally, socially, emotionally, culturally, intellectually and physically,in a safe, orderly, happy and caring environment.


Every age group within the school covers the full range of subjects from the National  and Foundation Stage Curriculum,  plus religious education.  We regularly review and update our school policies for each subject showing progression through the school.  Religious Education is taught in accordance with the Derby Diocesan Religious Education Syllabus.  It is mainly based on the Christian faith but includes an understanding of other religions.  Parents wishing to withdraw their children from Worship and/or Religious Education should contact the headteacher.

Subjects, where possible, are taught in a cross-curricular way through topics, though some aspects of Numeracy, English and Science are taught more formally by subject.  Accurate records are kept by staff so that we are able to measure the progress of each pupil.  Staff send, at the beginning of each half term, a sheet to help parents know what is being covered.  In order to extend fully the potential of each child, some of the work in school is planned on an individual basis, all work is differentiated by the activity set, outcome or support given.

All pupils take part in a programme of indoor and outdoor physical education activities.  We aim to promote physical competence and development as well as creative activity.  Through it the children also develop problem solving skills, develop self-esteem through the development of physical confidence, develop inter-personal skills and personal qualities such as commitment, fairness and enthusiasm.

Link to Year 3/4 themes for Autumn Term 2007

Link to Year 5/6 themes for Autumn Term 2007


Royal blue sweatshirt with school badge
Royal blue V-necked cardigan.

White, grey or blue blouse/polo shirt

Grey skirt/trousers
Royal blue and white checked gingham dress (summer term)

Royal blue sweatshirt with school badge
Royal blue V-necked pullover.
White, grey or blue shirt.
Grey trousers (short or long).

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