Category Archives: General Information

We Are Recruiting Now!

Would you like to be a part of our very successful school community? 

As a parent, I am sure that you desire the very best for your child at a school where they will find both academic success and a wealth of enriching experiences.  I am very proud to say that here at Grindleford Primary we can offer you both, thanks to dedicated teachers and a thriving school community.

We are regularly oversubscribed, but currently have a very small number of places to offer that usually get snapped up quickly. 

If you are eager to know more then please do get in touch on 01433 630528 or through

Whilst we are trying our utmost to stay COVID safe, we will do our very best to answer all your questions and give you a real flavour of what everyday life is like here at Grindleford.  We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Chinese New Year Day

Today, we had a whole day dedicated to the Chinese New Year celebrations. Everyone came to school in red or a bright colour for luck for the year and we did lots of learning about this very special festival. Each class took part in different themed activities as well as a dragon making competition which will be judged tomorrow. They look fabulous. After lunch, every child launched an orange into the trees. They were filled with all of their wishes for the coming year, written on to a tiny scroll, and then carefully inserted into the middle. The belief is that if your orange manages to stay in the tree then your wish might just come true. We had twelve lucky wishmakers this time. At the end of the day, we shared out fortune cookies and chopsticks. Here are some action shots of the orange launching (it was so much fun):

Thank you so much to Ibbotsons of Chesterfield who kindly donated all of the oranges, and to Mrs Boulton for all that orange threading, it’s an enormous task, and very sticky.

TikTok – find time to read this


The popularity of TikTok has rocketed over the past months, and so those wonderful people at National Online Safety have produced a fantastic guide to TikTok for parents.

It is well worth a read if your child uses the app, or has been asking about it.  Click the image below to download a PDF version.

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Christmas Crackers

Today was Christmas Party Day in school – and there were games played, songs sung, crackers pulled, jokes told, presents unwrapped, turkey scoffed down and sprouts scoffed at.

A huge thank you to Emma in the kitchen, and also to Elf Ibbotson and Elf Boulton for the hours of preparation: without them this day would never be what it is – a wonderful and fun time for all.

The traditional dinner was fantastic, although some did prefer some modern, non-traditional offering such as this sausage and tomato crisp and jam sandwich.  Looked pretty good to be honest!

I enjoyed seeing everyone in their party clothes, the place was buzzing today, and the classes enjoyed a range of party games once the ice cream had gone down.

Congratulations to this Weeks Winners

Stars of the Week:

For good letter formation; going the extra mile with his multiplication practice and great focus in his maths and working hard to understand problems he finds challenging – Fantastic!

Writer of the Week:

For fantastic effort and creativity in his big write – Excellent!

Right Choice Winners:

For being leaftastic; fantastic teamwork and tidying up without being asked – Thank you!

Certificates from Home

Brownies – Charity Sleepover – Raising over £100 – Well Done!

House Point Trophy Winners:

Congratulations to all the members of Howden who managed to get the most house points this week.  The Captain and Vice-Captain of Howden will present the certificates in next week’s assembly.


Christmas at the Station

We were asked by The Friends of Grindleford Station to help in decorating the station platform for Christmas. As part of their Forest School sessions, Class Two created some lovely natural Christmas decorations. Just look at their gorgeous handiwork, a nice bit of colour has been added to Grindleford Station at this special time. It’s so great to be able to be part of community projects such as this.

What’s that coming over the hill?


Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers from the PTA who put on an amazing spooky walk – the woods looked spooky-tastic and the creepy dwellers in the trees were extra scary this year.

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The children had a mixture of excitement and trepidation as they strolled through the graveyard, past the spiders and into the witch’s lair to see what they could find.

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I think most of them made it back for hotdogs and dancing at the disco…….

Fortnite 2

Fortnite 2 seems to be making headline news these days – it is that popular I guess!  Even though it is aimed at children 12 and above, there are many in the country below this age who play, and there are risks to wellbeing and safety.

To help with this, we can recommend this terrific and useful guide for parents that covers the main questions they may have.

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Congratulations to this Week’s Winners

Stars of the Week:

For determination and focus when practising her PE skills; for focussing on improving her writing and for being aware of others around him and helping them without being asked to – Excellent!

Writer of the Week:

For using very well-chosen and adventurous vocabulary choices in her quest introduction – Brilliant!

Right Choice Winners:

For helping out in class – Thank you!

Certificates from Home

Running – Sheffield 10k – Well done!

House Point Trophy Winners:

Congratulations to all the members of Ladybower who managed to get the most house points this week.  The Captain and Vice-Captain of Ladybower will present the certificates in next week’s assembly.


Congratulations to this Week’s Winners!

Stars of the Week:

For making a great effort in maths all week; a great use of resources in maths to push himself in his learning and working really hard in all areas of school – Excellent!

Writer of the Week:

For working really hard in big write and filling nearly a whole page – Brilliant!

Right Choice Winners:

For good tidying up; folding her apron and tidying it away; good tidying up and being a real help to a member of staff.  Bryn also won for folding his apron and putting it away neatly too – Thank you everybody!

Certificates from Home

Completing a reading Challenge in the summer – Well Done!

Cycling – Taking part in the Track Stars Event – Well Done!

House Point Trophy Winners:

Congratulations to all the members of Ladybower who managed to get the most house points this week.  The Captain and Vice-Captain of Ladybower will present the certificates in next week’s assembly.