Welcome to William Gilbert School from our headteacher Mrs Helen Britten

William Gilbert Endowed C of E Primary School and Nursery is a very special place to learn, grow and achieve.

We want our children to become creative, independent, and confident young people able to forge their own future and have a positive influence on the wider world.

We hope that our website will give you a taste of the life and learning at our school; an exceptional school in which Christian values and ethos permeate and underpin all that we are and do. William Gilbert School is proud to be a Church of England Primary School and part of the Derby Diocese Multi Academy Trust.

We are a thriving community of over 240 children, aged between 4 and 11, plus a 26 place Nursery. The normal catchment area is the Ecclesiastical area which covers mainly the village of Duffield, but pupils are welcome from outside the area if a place is available.

Our vision for excellence at William Gilbert Primary School is a safe and healthy learning environment where everyone is happy, motivated, challenged and with a thirst for learning.  We aim to equip young learners with the confidence, skills, attitudes, and qualities to thrive within a Christian setting as encapsulated in John 10:10, “I have come in order that you might have life – life in all its fullness.”

Staff, supported by governors, work hard to deliver a rich and challenging curriculum; to prepare children for their future education and to help them acquire the skills and enthusiasm needed to pursue learning for the rest of their lives.

Our Christian values ensure that our children have a sound understanding of the respect and kindness needed to get along with everyone in and around our community.  We take our responsibility to promote community cohesion seriously and foster a respect for diversity and individual rights. We provide opportunities for pupils to explore their own culture and have a clear understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that shape modern Britain.

Close partnership between home and school is a recipe for a child’s success and this website is just one link in this important relationship. Our strong supportive culture is due to the real sense of partnership between home and school.

From their very first school experience, our children benefit from a highly dedicated team of teachers, support staff and governors who strive tirelessly to provide a caring and supportive environment which enables all our pupils to flourish. I am extremely proud to lead a team committed to achieving high standards and providing the very best opportunities for the children in our care. We very much believe that happy learners make successful learners. Every child is special, and we celebrate their unique strengths and abilities.

Latest News

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The school stage of the UK Delancey Chess Competition is well underway.  Sixty Key Stage 2 pupils have just completed round four of the competition and have three rounds to go, to find the school chess champions for 2024.  Pupils score points and win prizes throughout the seven weeks, you may have noticed pupils wearing their chess badges and gold spots with pride. Good luck to all participants for final rounds and we look forward to congratulating our champions next half term. Mrs Tipping
February 15th, 2024

The school stage of the UK Delancey Chess Competition is well underway.  Sixty Key Stage 2 pupils have just completed round four of the competition and have three rounds to go, to find the school chess champions for 2024.  Pupils score points and win prizes throughout the seven weeks, you may have noticed pupils wearing their chess badges and gold spots with pride. Good luck to all participants for final rounds and we look forward to congratulating our champions next half term. Mrs Tipping

Artist Of The Month - February 2024 Artist of the month is a competition that runs in school. Each month we look at a different artist and their work, children can then respond to this artist by either creating a picture, taking a photograph, writing a story, doing some research or a different response that inspires them. Mrs Britten our Art and Design subject lead shares the artist of the month via the school art notice board.  The artist of the month winner will be announced at the end of each month.   This month the artist has been chosen by Poppy Lathbury in Year 3, as part of her prize to be ‘headteacher for the day’, Poppy will be judging the winners at the end of the month.  


February 6th, 2024

Artist Of The Month - February 2024 Artist of the month is a competition that runs in school. Each month we look at a different artist and their work, children can then respond to this artist by either creating a picture, taking a photograph, writing a story, doing some research or a different response that inspires them. Mrs Britten our Art and Design subject lead shares the artist of the month via the school art notice board.  The artist of the month winner will be announced at the end of each month.   This month the artist has been chosen by Poppy Lathbury in Year 3, as part of her prize to be ‘headteacher for the day’, Poppy will be judging the winners at the end of the month.  

Updated school lunch menu

January 22nd, 2024

Updated school lunch menu

PTA Lottery 

January 22nd, 2024

PTA Lottery 

January 22nd, 2024

PTA Newsletter

January 22nd, 2024

Spring Curriculum 

January 22nd, 2024

Spring Curriculum

January 22nd, 2024

Spring Curriculum 

January 22nd, 2024

Spring - Curriculum 

January 22nd, 2024

Year 2 - Spring 1 

Latest events

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School reopens to pupils.

School reopens to pupils

February 26th, 2024

Year 1’s Forest School sessions will run on Thursday mornings

Please ensure your child arrives at school timely, so that we can check clothing, footwear and kit before a prompt departure. SEE ATTACHED LETTER

Y1 Forest School

February 29th, 2024

Y6 Residential to Mount Cook 

Y6 Residential - Mount Cook

March 6th, 2024

World Book Day - Non Uniform 

World Book Day - Non Uniform

March 7th, 2024

School is closed all day to pupils  - Inset Day

As per the newsletter issued on the 18th January, Schools Out Club are open for a full day care to cover this inset day ( subject to sufficient numbers registered) 

INSET DAY - School Closed to Pupils

March 11th, 2024

Year 1’s Forest School sessions will run on Thursday mornings

Please ensure your child arrives at school timely, so that we can check clothing, footwear and kit before a prompt departure.

SEE ATTACHED LETTER

Y1 Forest School

March 14th, 2024

Y6 Parent Consultation Meetings with Mrs Tipping.

More information will follow.  

Y6 - Maths Parent Consultation Meetings

March 15th, 2024

Year 3 & 4 trip to Magna

 

Magna Trip - Year 3 & 4

March 18th, 2024

Parent Consultation Meetings - Hybrid

Parent Consultation Meeting - Hybrid

March 19th, 2024

Year 5 & 6 Coding Workshop

Coding Workshop Year 5 & 6

March 20th, 2024