Derby Grammar Primary School
Primary School Open Event
Book a virtual meeting
Derby Grammar Primary School
Primary School Open Event
Book a virtual meeting
Primary School Open Event
Book a virtual meeting
Derby Grammar Primary School
Primary School Open Event
Book a virtual meeting

Welcome to Derby Grammar Primary School’s
Virtual Open Event

 

Welcome to Derby Grammar Primary School’s Virtual Open Event, which we hope will provide you with an insight into School life and the broad range of opportunities that we have on offer for our pupils aged 4 – 11. 

Led by experienced and specialist teachers, the Primary department is proud to offer a truly child-centred, holistic educational experience which challenges and inspires. We place a strong emphasis not only on academic excellence, but also on developing life-long learners who are happy, confident and well prepared for the next stage of their educational journey. 

Within our stunning 12 acre campus, we are delighted with our new offering of a state-of-the-art infant building where our youngest pupils are nurtured by expert Early Years teaching staff.  Alongside this, our Junior pupils access their own custom built area within the main School, as well as subject specialist facilities and their own bespoke sports centre. We welcome boys of all ages and abilities to join us for an exciting, boy-centred curriculum, taught through individualised teaching in small class sizes.

If you are looking for a safe, happy and supportive School for your son then please do come and visit us. The family atmosphere is truly unique and we would love for you to experience it first hand. 

Mrs Elizabeth Scholter

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Our Primary School

Primary Curriculum

The National Curriculum provides the basis for our Primary School’s broad and balanced curriculum, which focuses on developing excellence in literacy and numeracy, whilst encouraging every boy to discover his own individual strengths across many other subject areas. Our boy-centred curriculum means that we can harness the boys natural interests and engage them with a curriculum tailored to them. The boys also benefit from Derby Grammar being an all-through school, as they have the intimacy of a small primary school, whilst still benefiting from specialist teachers for many areas. 

Within the Infants we cover both EYFS and Key Stage 1, setting clear foundations for future learning, as well as inspiring a passion for learning, which we harness throughout the Primary School. The junior boys move to Key Stage 2 where we really see the boys’ individual personalities take shape, as they are encouraged towards areas in which they excel, as well as ensuring a good overall foundation in learning. We also like to introduce more responsibility for their own learning in the later stages of the school in preparation for Senior School. We utilise the close relationship with Senior School and make the most of the excellent facilities that this offers.

Access to specialised subject teachers such as for Modern Foreign Languages, Art, and Sciences, means our boys are able to feed off the enthusiasm and experience of these members of staff, providing a wider breadth of learning. We are able to offer a much richer curriculum, with subjects such as Latin introduced at Primary School allowing a huge advantage for careers such as law or medicine. 

For those who need additional support, we also offer 1:1 intervention groups. Meaning pupils get individual focused time with our dedicated Primary Teaching Assistant. 

Derby Grammar Primary School

Co-curricular

With an extensive range of co-curricular activities as part of the curriculum, we aim to develop our boys into well rounded individuals who are adaptable, confident, and who have a genuine passion for learning. Sport is embedded within the school curriculum, as the boys take part in sport every day, with a mixture of PE, Games and Swimming. There is a huge array of clubs which we encourage the boys to participate in, many of which were created by the boys themselves. These include Art, Book, Chess, Choir, Cricket, Hockey, Junior School Band, Lego, Minecraft, Recorder, Rugby, Science, Soccer Stars, Street Dance, String Ensemble, Yoga, and Warhammer clubs. 

Music, speech and drama lessons are available to all in the Primary School, where pupils are taught by qualified teachers who visit the School each week. Speech and Drama lessons are delivered by a LAMDA qualified teacher and work towards the LAMDA awards framework. With an excellent track record of success, these lessons build confidence as well as ability and are thoroughly enjoyed by all who take part.

These lessons create young men who are able to communicate effectively, deliver speeches, and articulate themselves well with many audiences. Lesson fees are chargeable in addition to School fees. They are coordinated individually or in groups at times to suit each boys’ timetable.

Primary School boys are also able to benefit from the specialist knowledge found in our Senior School, meaning they can also choose to learn to play any instrument in music lessons. Talents and skills are regularly showcased through class assemblies, musical and dramatic performances, art exhibitions and the annual Primary School Performing Arts Evening.

These offerings are then supported by a wide array of clubs, many of which the boys have created themselves. This allows the boys to experience other activities that they may not have had before, encouraging them to communicate, explore, be creative, and encourage each other. 

Pastoral

A careful pastoral system is put in place to ensure each child is supported to achieve their full potential. We are a small community, and one of our key strengths is our relationships with our pupils.  Having small class sizes and high pupil to teacher rations means that pupils are supported. 

The boys benefit from being part of a small school, class sizes are limited to 20, so we know our pupils extremely well. This means that they don’t take SATS, as we are already fully aware of their academic levels at all times. We pride ourselves on working closely with parents, having regular communication via our weekly newsletters as well as individual meetings with parents and parents evenings. 

Our class teachers are the main point of contact for pupils and parents. Their role is to develop a detailed knowledge of each pupil’s development and attainment, as well as nurturing and providing them with a close knit support network of peers and staff. Pupils are also supported in their houses, and the entire team is supported by the Assistant Head Pastoral, Miss Karen Stebbings.  

Sport

Sport is an integral part of School life here at Derby Grammar Primary School and we pride ourselves in fostering the pursuit of excellence in a sport-for-all environment. We believe that leading a fit and active lifestyle is important for our pupils’ physical, social and cognitive wellbeing and aim to provide sporting opportunities that encourage every pupil to develop a lasting love and interest in sport and physical activity.

For our pupils to enjoy and excel in our range of sports on offer, we have excellent sporting facilities that include:

  • Indoor sports hall
  • Rugby and cricket pitches
  • Astro-turf hockey pitches
  • Badminton and basketball courts
  • Fitness suite

The three core sports are Rugby, Hockey and Cricket. Rugby is played in the Autumn Term, with Hockey in the Spring Term and Cricket in the Summer Term. The School has strong links with local and professional sports clubs across all three sports and actively promotes the boys in pursing their sporting interests, talents and ambitions in both a sports participation and performance level.

Our Physical Education lessons aim to provide all pupils with the opportunity to develop physical literacy and fundamental movement skills that will enhance their physical confidence and understanding to be able to lead a healthy and active lifestyle for the duration of their lives. These activities include:

  • Health related fitness
  • Basketball
  • Short tennis
  • Striking and fielding
  • Gymnastics
  • Ball skills
  • Athletics

Swimming is a fundamental part of the sports curriculum and focuses on developing the boys’ water confidence and stroke development, following the ASA ‘Learning to Swim’ pathway and framework. The swimming programme runs from the Autumn Term through to the Summer Term, providing all pupils the opportunity to represent the School in an annual swimming gala towards the end of the swimming calendar.

Forest School

Our co-curricular offering stretches further, with Forest School as part of the curriculum, teaching the boys to interact with nature, and the foundations for key skills which are harnessed later in the school for the Duke of Edinburgh awards.  

Our Forest School is a key part of the boys week, with every year group having at least one session per week learning key skills such as fire making and shelter building, as well as having a better understanding of the natural world around them. The boys are able to benefit from everything our 11 acre site offers, with its woods, maintained lawns, and lake.  Alongside this is also our Nature Trail, and Discovery Garden, which allows our boys to learn to explore and embrace their curiosity, as well as learn about growing and the changes through the seasons. 

We strive to offer a full curriculum, which goes beyond academics, to create well rounded young men ready to thrive at Senior School. 

Lunchtimes

As part of the school fee, all pupils are provided with a healthy school lunch. Our chef and her team work hard to create enjoyable meals that suit all dietary requirements. All meals are freshly prepared on site, using locally sourced ingredients. Pupils are offered two hot meal options each day, as well as lighter lunches including wraps, paninis and jacket potatoes or a salad. Pupils have a prepared dessert each day, or are able to have fresh fruit or yogurt. 

We take our food provision seriously. We cater for pupils with allergies and have consistently achieved a Level 5 food hygiene score for the past five years.

Our catering team have a close relationship with pupils, and our chef knows all the names of the boys in the Primary School. This relationship means that the team are aware of dietary requirements and avoids any awkwardness for the boys in repeatedly requesting their requirements. 

See examples of our school lunches here: https://www.derbygrammar.org/school-life/school-dinners/ 

Wraparound care and Holiday Club

We understand that many of our parents have other commitments which means that wraparound care and a holiday club can be invaluable to ensure their children are involved with engaging activities and learning new skills, as well as enjoying spending time with new friends. 

Our before school care starts with Breakfast Club from 7.30am. Boys are provided a healthy breakfast, and can enjoy some tabletop activities, before benefitting from some fresh air playing in the Primary School Quad. The School day then starts at 8.30am. 

Following school, our after school care is provided until 6pm, allowing busy working parents a safe environment for their children to relax, play, and recover from the busy school day. Pupils enjoy a range of supervised activities ranging from outdoor play within our grounds, to tabletop activities and indoor play activities. Charges for Before or After-School Care are added to the termly invoice.

The Holiday Club is for children in Primary School and Year 7. We welcome siblings, boys or girls, as long as they fall into our age range. Holiday Club activities vary widely from cooking, baking, and salt dough making, to slime making and creating paper planes and boats. children are also able to make use of our lakeside setting doing activities such as worm world and outdoor exploring. 

For more information about our wrap around care and holiday club, please visit: https://www.derbygrammar.org/primary/after-school-care/

Virtual Learning

Due to the unusual circumstances we find ourselves in, the need for a robust remote learning provision is more critical than ever. Thankfully, we were well prepared, as we were able to switch to a completely remote schooling system. This system is still in place, and able to be switched back to if another lockdown does take place. 

Within the Primary School it was important to try and keep as much consistency in the daily routine of our Primary pupils as possible. Daily contact with pupils was held on Google Classroom, having daily registration in the morning, and then ongoing communication throughout the day to maintain progress checking and support. Weekly tutor group meetings were held on a Monday morning, using Teams. This meant that pupils had the opportunity to informally interact with teachers, as well as socially interact with other pupils. 

We provided live Teams lessons, which meant that pupils were able to interact with staff in real-time. This was supported by work provided on Google Drive. Pupils had an electronic exercise book where they were able to type up their work. This was marked daily and children were given immediate feedback. Activities were made as practical as possible so that children had a mixture of digital and physical learning. This included learning new skills such as weighing and measuring in maths. 

Regular virtual workshops were set up for children who needed additional support and pupils were usually able to access these on a one to one basis. 

We kept in regular communication with parents, and were contactable throughout the school day. 

For more information about our remote learning please visit us for a tour to discuss any concerns you may have. 

Timeline

If you are interested in Derby Grammar Primary School we would love to welcome you for a tour of the school, where you can meet relevant members of staff and experience our friendly welcoming Primary School for yourself, as well as see some of the facilities available across the entire school. Once you have visited, we would ask that you return the Registration Form and £75 registration fee to us as early as possible in order to reserve your place at the school.

Joining Infant School (Reception to year 2)

For younger boys looking to join us in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2, following registration we will arrange a convenient time for you to meet with the Head of Primary School, Mrs Scholter and will also invite your son to a stay and play session.

Joining Junior School (Year 3 to Year 6)

Following registration, boys joining us between Years 3 and 6 are invited to an assessment day so we get to know them. Importantly it also means they can also get to know us, find their way around School and make new friends.

Whilst the name sounds a little formal, it is a very relaxed day. It includes some basic testing on maths, English, verbal reasoning and writing – all of which is relevant to the work that is being done in the current school year. We also spend time observing your son in the classroom and at play. This gives us a ‘whole picture’ and enables your son to relax whilst with us. In fact, a lot of the time he won’t even realise he is taking a test.

Following a successful stay and play session, or assessment day, you will be sent an offer letter detailing your son’s place. You will also be sent a Joining Pack which explains everything you need to know before your son joins us, this includes numerous forms which we ask are completed and returned. 

We encourage pupils to start as early as possible in order to gain the maximum benefit from all that the Primary School has to offer, and to secure a guaranteed place in Senior School.

If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar at admissions@derbygrammar.org or call 01332 510030.

Tours

During this new lockdown period, we are keen to allow parents to still get a feel for Derby Grammar Primary School. Therefore, we are offering the opportunity to book to have a virtual meeting with our Head of Primary, Mrs Scholter, and our Registrar, Miss Green. We would love to discuss your child’s individual requirements, and we hope this will give you a good opportunity to ask any questions you may have. 

Once this new lockdown period has ended, we would be delighted to welcome parents on site for a socially distanced tour of the school.

To book a virtual meeting, please use the booking system below, and to book a tour in December, please contact admissions on: admissions@derbygrammar.org

Primary School Fees

School year Autumn Term fee Spring and Summer Term fee Fee per academic year What is included in the fee
Junior School (Years 5 and 6) £3602 £3667 £10936

Tuition fee

Lunch and break-time snack

Supervision from 8am and to 4.30pm at Homework Club

Junior School (Years 3 and 4) £3047 £3150 £9347

Tuition fee

Lunch and break-time snacks

Supervision from 8am and to 4.30pm at Homework Club

Infant School (Years 1 and 2) £2500 £2583 £7666

Tuition fee

Lunch and break-time snacks

Supervision from 8am and to 4.30pm at Homework Club

Infant School (Reception) £2250 £2333 £6916

Tuition fee

Lunch and break-time snacks

Supervision from 8am and to 4.30pm at Homework Club

Included in the Fee

Tuition fee
Lunch
Supervision to 4.30pm at Homework Club
Infant snacks

Additional costs

There are some additional costs throughout the school year. Those listed below are examples, actual costs will be included on the termly invoice.

School year Item Indicative cost
Primary School

(Reception to Year 6)

Books £35
Trips – curricular and extra-curricular Cost varies dependent upon the trip, see below
Clubs All clubs are optional, some include a small fee to cover costs which varies dependent upon the activity
After-school care Runs between 4.30pm and 6pm. See After-school care costs

Fees are reviewed on an annual basis by the Governors.

Further additional costs are:

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