Grassmoor Primary School is located in the village of Grassmoor in North-east Derbyshire, an ex-mining community whose origins go back to before the Domesday Book. The village contains two reminders of the mining heritage in the form of Barnes Park, named after the original owner of the mines, and Grassmoor Country Park which is built on the site of the former Grassmoor Colliery. The mining hertiage is also remembered on the mural on the wall of the school near the main entrance.
The school is open to pupils between 3 and 11 years old. We currently have approximately 185 children on roll in 8 classes plus 25 in the Nursery.
The school is based in three buildings, built in 1905 and 1912, with two additional classrooms which were opened in 2006. We have a large playing field and an activity trail, the latter paid for by fundraising following coming second in the country in the Ronseal Playground Challenge in 2013. The field is also home to our developing forest area which is used for Forest Schools activities.
Our children can access a Learning Mentor, Art Therapist, Councillor and Positive Play should they need to. Our School Council are an important group in school. They represent the pupil voice in many key decisions that take place throughout the year.
The school has achieved several awards including The Basic Skills Award, The National Healthy Schools Award, The Excellence Plus Award for Anti Bullying work, The Active Mark and The International Schools Award.
As well as teaching all the subjects within the National Curriculum we also have themed weeks throughout the year.We run a Breakfast Club five mornings a week and many lunchtime and after school clubs which include football, games club, gardening, Kung Fu and choir. Our choir and sports teams take part in many festivals and competitions. Our intergenerational work on the allotments was featured on BBC Breakfast TV in 2008. After three years of exhibiting a show-garden at Tatton Park Flower Show, in 2014 we entered East Midlands in Bloom for the first time and won a Silver-Gilt award, being one mark off a Gold award. In 2015 we entered East Midland in Bloom again and were extremely pleased to gain the award for the Best School Garden in the East Midlands, as well as some of our pupils gaining top places in the photography/ painting competitions.
Tai chi is an important part of our day; Year 2 and Year 5 have a session every morning and the rest of the School have sessions twice per week.
We have a fund-raising group called FROGS. Read about it here.