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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Good luck to our Dodgeball Team today who are taking part in the Dodgeball National Primary School Finals in Nottingham. From Mrs Britten and all at William Gilbert, make us proud!!!
July 11th, 2024

Good luck to our Dodgeball Team today who are taking part in the Dodgeball National Primary School Finals in Nottingham. From Mrs Britten and all at William Gilbert, make us proud!!!

URGENT - We can see that 132 parents have not read the communication sent last Thursday regarding final arrangements for this week's KS2 production. Please find attached letter.  Please note your child will need a snack/sandwich/drink on Wednesday when the performance starts at 4pm - details in letter Any queries please contact the school office. Thank you. 


July 8th, 2024

URGENT - We can see that 132 parents have not read the communication sent last Thursday regarding final arrangements for this week's KS2 production. Please find attached letter.  Please note your child will need a snack/sandwich/drink on Wednesday when the performance starts at 4pm - details in letter Any queries please contact the school office. Thank you. 

Afterschool Clubs Reminder All afterschool clubs finish this week for this academic year. Many thanks 
July 5th, 2024

Afterschool Clubs Reminder All afterschool clubs finish this week for this academic year. Many thanks 

Reception - Dodgeball Club  Unfortunately the reception class dodgeball club is cancelled on Wednesday 10th July. Apologies for any inconvenience. 
July 5th, 2024

Reception - Dodgeball Club  Unfortunately the reception class dodgeball club is cancelled on Wednesday 10th July. Apologies for any inconvenience. 

Monday 8th July Please note due to the KS2 concert dress rehearsal there will be no PE on Monday 8th July.  Please can all pupils come to school in their uniforms.  Tuesday 9th July Y5, Y3, Y2 and Y1 please come to school in PE kits on Tuesday 9th July.  Thursday 20th July Y4 please come to school in PE kits on Thursday 20th July Apologies for any inconvenience. Many thanks 
July 4th, 2024

Monday 8th July Please note due to the KS2 concert dress rehearsal there will be no PE on Monday 8th July.  Please can all pupils come to school in their uniforms.  Tuesday 9th July Y5, Y3, Y2 and Y1 please come to school in PE kits on Tuesday 9th July.  Thursday 20th July Y4 please come to school in PE kits on Thursday 20th July Apologies for any inconvenience. Many thanks 

Safeguarding Newsletter July 2024





July 2nd, 2024

Safeguarding Newsletter July 2024

Peter Pan Tickets Reminder  Please order and pay for Peter Pan tickets by the end of today.  Payment for additional tickets will be notified once tickets have been allocated.  Tickets are being allocated this week and will come home with your child on Friday.  Many thanks 
July 1st, 2024

Peter Pan Tickets Reminder  Please order and pay for Peter Pan tickets by the end of today.  Payment for additional tickets will be notified once tickets have been allocated.  Tickets are being allocated this week and will come home with your child on Friday.  Many thanks 

Peter Pan Tickets Reminder  Please order and pay for Peter Pan tickets by the end of today.  Tickets are being allocated this week and will come home with your child on Friday.  Many thanks 
July 1st, 2024

Peter Pan Tickets Reminder  Please order and pay for Peter Pan tickets by the end of today.  Tickets are being allocated this week and will come home with your child on Friday.  Many thanks 

Newsletter - 21st June 2024
June 24th, 2024

Newsletter - 21st June 2024

PTA Carnival Float Competition information
June 20th, 2024

PTA Carnival Float Competition information

Latest events

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Please pay for any 'outstanding' school lunch money, trips and events etc. via Scopay asap.

Thank you

Reminder - Scopay Payments

July 12th, 2024

Tough Runner Event

Please see attached letter for details of items required for the event. 

PLEASE NOTE

Reception class will need collecting from Grays Rec at 3.20pm, as they will be the last group taking part.

 

Tough Runner Event

July 15th, 2024

Pre-loved uniform sale during the open afternoon. 

Pre-loved Uniform Sale

July 16th, 2024

School open afternoon for visits 

Open Afternoon

July 16th, 2024

Nursery Party AM 

Nursery Party

July 17th, 2024

Piano concert in the school hall. 

Piano Concert

July 17th, 2024

Last day for nursery pupils 

Nursery pupils last day

July 18th, 2024

Year 6 Prize Giving Worship 

Prize Giving Worship

July 19th, 2024

School closes to pupils for the summer

School closes to pupils

July 19th, 2024

School inset day - school is closed to pupils 

School Closure Day

July 22nd, 2024
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Nursery and Reception places available for September 2024

Please contact the school office 01332 840395 for more details. 

June 27th, 2024 / September 30th, 2024