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.

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REMINDER  Y1 Phonics screening check information meeting for parents,  Tomorrow at 8.45am / 2.45pm in the school hall -   As per the email send on the 9th May, please see attached letter from Mrs Britten for more information. 
May 22nd, 2024

REMINDER  Y1 Phonics screening check information meeting for parents,  Tomorrow at 8.45am / 2.45pm in the school hall -   As per the email send on the 9th May, please see attached letter from Mrs Britten for more information. 

Y6 - REMINDER - Derby University Trip All children need to be in school 8.15am tomorrow for a prompt departure at 8.20am.  Your child will need a packed lunch for this trip (no fizzy drinks, chocolate or nuts, including products that may contain nuts please - this is very important as we have a child on the trip with allergies) Many thanks 
May 22nd, 2024

Y6 - REMINDER - Derby University Trip All children need to be in school 8.15am tomorrow for a prompt departure at 8.20am.  Your child will need a packed lunch for this trip (no fizzy drinks, chocolate or nuts, including products that may contain nuts please - this is very important as we have a child on the trip with allergies) Many thanks 

Travel Smart Week event – Thursday 23rd May is ‘Feel Good Thursday’  Why not use this as an opportunity to talk to your child about the importance of a good night’s sleep and eating a balanced diet.  Maybe you could make and eat a traffic light coloured breakfast.  We would love to see any pictures of your healthy and colourful breakfasts that you eat ahead of an active journey to school.  
May 22nd, 2024

Travel Smart Week event – Thursday 23rd May is ‘Feel Good Thursday’  Why not use this as an opportunity to talk to your child about the importance of a good night’s sleep and eating a balanced diet.  Maybe you could make and eat a traffic light coloured breakfast.  We would love to see any pictures of your healthy and colourful breakfasts that you eat ahead of an active journey to school.  

Travel Smart Week Event -  Wednesday 22nd May is ‘Wander and Wonder Wednesday’.   As you and your children walk, scoot or cycle to school why not use your senses to notice what is around you.  What road signs can you see?  Talk about how they direct us and keep us safe. Remember to use your senses when you are crossing any roads. Remember to ‘stop, look and listen’ when you cross the road.
May 21st, 2024

Travel Smart Week Event -  Wednesday 22nd May is ‘Wander and Wonder Wednesday’.   As you and your children walk, scoot or cycle to school why not use your senses to notice what is around you.  What road signs can you see?  Talk about how they direct us and keep us safe. Remember to use your senses when you are crossing any roads. Remember to ‘stop, look and listen’ when you cross the road.

Tuesday 21st May is ‘Traffic Free Tuesday’ so we are aiming to make Vicarage Lane and St Alkmunds Close traffic free (except for those of you with mobility issues or in receipt of a blue badge) Please support us by walking, scooting or cycling to school. If you need to drive into the village, consider a car share and ‘park and stride’ using one of the safe places to park identified on the William Gilbert Travel plan attached to this post.


May 20th, 2024

Tuesday 21st May is ‘Traffic Free Tuesday’ so we are aiming to make Vicarage Lane and St Alkmunds Close traffic free (except for those of you with mobility issues or in receipt of a blue badge) Please support us by walking, scooting or cycling to school. If you need to drive into the village, consider a car share and ‘park and stride’ using one of the safe places to park identified on the William Gilbert Travel plan attached to this post.

Monday 20th May 2024 is Modeshift Monday as part of the Travel Smart Week. Talk to your child about how you can travel to school and how to keep themselves safe when walking, scooting, cycling or if you are choosing to ‘park & stride’.  We look forward to seeing our scooter pods and cycle racks filling up!
May 20th, 2024

Monday 20th May 2024 is Modeshift Monday as part of the Travel Smart Week. Talk to your child about how you can travel to school and how to keep themselves safe when walking, scooting, cycling or if you are choosing to ‘park & stride’.  We look forward to seeing our scooter pods and cycle racks filling up!

To promote our participation with Derbyshire’s Travel Smart Week we are offering pupils the opportunity  to take part in a school led competion with super prizes for their bike or scooter. All pupils can enter by making a poster to promote healthy, active and safe journeys to school. See the post for further details. Closing date is Friday 24th May.


May 17th, 2024

To promote our participation with Derbyshire’s Travel Smart Week we are offering pupils the opportunity  to take part in a school led competion with super prizes for their bike or scooter. All pupils can enter by making a poster to promote healthy, active and safe journeys to school. See the post for further details. Closing date is Friday 24th May.

Y6 are hoping for better weather tomorrow!  Please can Y6 children come to school in PE kits tomorrow. Many thanks 
May 16th, 2024

Y6 are hoping for better weather tomorrow!  Please can Y6 children come to school in PE kits tomorrow. Many thanks 

Next week William Gilbert pupils will be taking part in Derbyshire’s Travel Smart Week.  Monday 20th – Friday 24th May.  Please support us by walking, scooting or cycling to school. See the letter below for more information. Your child will be coming home with a Travel Smart Flyer this week with further information and how to participate.

May 16th, 2024

Next week William Gilbert pupils will be taking part in Derbyshire’s Travel Smart Week.  Monday 20th – Friday 24th May.  Please support us by walking, scooting or cycling to school. See the letter below for more information. Your child will be coming home with a Travel Smart Flyer this week with further information and how to participate.

Please join us on Friday 17th May (tomorrow) for our annual SUMMER FAYRE. 5-7pm £3 entry for adults (primary children FREE)  We have Anthony Andrews BBQ, Glitter Tatttoos, Face Painting, Tombola, Vegan Chilli Kitchen, Chocolate Fountain, Book Stall, Ernie Jackson on the Piano, Jolly Jars, Raffle, Bar, Doughnuts, Bluebells Ice Cream, Maunder’s Hair Salon, Craft Stall, Hook a Duck and more…… PLEASE BRING CHANGE!! 💰  Advance ticket entry : https://wgpta.sumupstore.com/   Online Raffle tickets:  https://www.peoplesfundraising.com/raffle/summer-fayre-raffle-ticket


May 16th, 2024

Please join us on Friday 17th May (tomorrow) for our annual SUMMER FAYRE. 5-7pm £3 entry for adults (primary children FREE)  We have Anthony Andrews BBQ, Glitter Tatttoos, Face Painting, Tombola, Vegan Chilli Kitchen, Chocolate Fountain, Book Stall, Ernie Jackson on the Piano, Jolly Jars, Raffle, Bar, Doughnuts, Bluebells Ice Cream, Maunder’s Hair Salon, Craft Stall, Hook a Duck and more…… PLEASE BRING CHANGE!! 💰  Advance ticket entry : https://wgpta.sumupstore.com/   Online Raffle tickets:  https://www.peoplesfundraising.com/raffle/summer-fayre-raffle-ticket

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New starter meeting for Reception parents - Sept 24

New Starter Meeting - Reception Parents Sept 24

June 3rd, 2024

School reopens to pupils 

School reopens to pupils

June 3rd, 2024

New Starter Meeting for Reception Class September 2024 starters 

New Starter Meeting - September 2024 Starters

June 5th, 2024

IF POSSIBLE, PLEASE CAN YOU SEND YOUR CHILD WITH A CORRECTLY FITTED CYCLE HELMET EACH THURSDAY FOR ALL THE SESSIONS?


N.B Delivery will take place on our school site and we will provide all the bikes. Children DO NOT leave the school facility and will work solely on the playground

Reception Balanceability

June 6th, 2024

Year 4 Visit – Friday 7th June 2024

 

Please attached letter for more information. 

As part of our history topic ‘Building Britain’, Year 3 and 4 will be visited by Erik Eriksson, Warrier, Trader and Storyteller. The children will have a unique opportunity to see, touch, smell and wear a huge collection of artefacts covering all aspects of day to day living in Saxon and Viking times. The children will also participate in a court trial and have the opportunity to hold and try a range of weapons and armour.

 

The cost of this workshop is £10.00 per child. This has been added to your child’s Tucasi scopay online account – www.scopay.com/williamgilbertendowedprimary please log onto your account to make payment for this workshop by Friday 31st May 2024.

Y4 - Viking Day

June 7th, 2024

Please find attached letter from Mrs Marshall 

Children need to be in school for 7.40am

Y6 - London

June 7th, 2024

KS1 Sports Day - PM

KS1 Sports Day - PM

June 10th, 2024

KS2 Sports Day - PM

KS2 Sports Day - PM

June 11th, 2024

PTA Selling Fathers Day Gifts

More information to follow 

PTA Selling Fathers Day Gifts

June 12th, 2024

IF POSSIBLE, PLEASE CAN YOU SEND YOUR CHILD WITH A CORRECTLY FITTED CYCLE HELMET EACH THURSDAY FOR ALL THE SESSIONS?


N.B Delivery will take place on our school site and we will provide all the bikes. Children DO NOT leave the school facility and will work solely on the playground

Reception Balanceability

June 13th, 2024