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PTFA Pumpkin Parade 2021

PTFA Challenge 300

In 2021, Richardson Endowed Primary School is 300 years old!

The PTFA would like you to help us celebrate, and we invite all children to take part in our ​Challenge​ β€‹300.


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The children from Richardson Endowed visit Church.



Last Thursday, children from Key Stage 2 were kindly invited to attend St John the Baptist Church for a Christingle Service. Thankfully the weather was extremely kind to us and as 120 children walked proudly through the village, the sun shone.

Reverend Plant greeted the children at the church door and everyone focussed on the beautiful sight at the altar, more than 120 Christingles which had been lovingly made by members of the church. Reverend Plant gave the children a quick safety talk about handling lit candles and the service began with a hearty rendition of the traditional carol, We Three Kings of Orient Are.

The children were told of the significance of the Christingle and how it enables Christians to celebrate Jesus Christ as the ‘Light of the World’. The service also gave us an opportunity to think of other children, who often need the help of The Children’s Society, and how we can support this.



We came back to school with both children and staff commenting that they felt part of a big family. Our thanks to Reverend Plant and all those church members who worked hard to produce the Christingles. The children are still talking about their experience in church and the significance of the Christingle.


Lion King Theatre Adventure

Yesterday, children from our school had the incredible opportunity to join the rest of our Embark family on a once in a lifetime time trip to London.



After an early start and a long bus journey we arrived in London. Our first stop was the world famous Pineapple Dance Studio. Here we were fortunate to take part in a workshop run by cast members from the Lion King. We even got the chance to question them about their jobs and how they began their careers in dance.



After working up an appetite we headed to Covent Garden for Pizza. The meal was best summed up by one young lady, who's feedback was, "Mr Redmond, I must be dreaming because I am in heaven". The best was yet to come! With full stomachs we headed to the Lyceum Theatre, where we were treated to a backstage entrance and perfect seats to enjoy the show! We were astounded by every aspect of the show; dancing, singing, costumes, lights, props and more. The children even managed to spot the dancers we had learnt from in the morning. 



All in all, we had an experience I'm sure the children will never forget. It was a pleasure to be a part of. Even more so to see the children represent their school through their respectful behaviour and incredible manners.


14th November 2019




Christmas fayre

A busy evening at the Christmas fayre! Thank you to all who came and enjoyed it and also to the PTFA for organising another fun event 😊

Pumpkin Parade

Wow! What a fantastic turn out for our first ever Smalley school Pumpkin Parade. We enjoyed seeing the amazing pumpkin creations and drinking yummy hot chocolate after school. A wonderful event for everyone- thank you to the PTFA for organising! Here is a video for your enjoyment πŸ˜ŠπŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒ


Our school Summer Fayre

What a wonderful day was had by all at our school Summer Fayre ! Thank you to those of you who attended.

 Thank you to the children who sang so beautifully to open the fayre, to the parents, grandparents, family and friends of the school who spent lots of money and to the staff who gave up their Saturday and supported our children as always. 

The PTFA have worked so hard to make it all happen led by Mrs Ufton our PTFA chairperson. Without the PTFA to raise funds the children would miss out on so many wonderful resources. We are delighted that the PTFA raised over £1300 yesterday which is a huge reward for all their  time and effort and we are extremely grateful to them . 

As you know our  core beliefs of  Embark Federation are : Family, Integrity, Teamwork and Success - all 4 were definitely clear to see at our Summer Fayre-Thank you everyone for playing your part.

The smiles on the children’s faces were a pleasure for all to see !



Robin Hood record

If anyone likes dressing up, supporting charity and spending time with family and friends this could be for you 😊


Handball practice for Embark Federation!

I was lucky to watch a fantastic Handball session after school which was our first inter-school session for children at Smalley and Kilburn. 

This was a great chance to link together as two schools and practice before the competition in a couple of weeks time. This will hopefully give the children a slight advantage over the other schools attending but more importantly have fun and make friends with others from the Embark Family.

A huge thank you to Mr Whiteman and Mrs Shaw for organising this and we are looking forward to the next inter school sports session in December. 

Well done children and good luck in the competition. 



Afternoon Tea

Huge thank you to all the parents, grandparents and friends who came to our Afternoon Tea for Gold September.

There was a lovely atmosphere in the hall and we raised a whopping £240.



Superhero staff at Smalley!

As always our staff entered into the spirit of superhero day! What an amazing group!



Thank you BMWMAN

It was a real privilege to accept a huge cheque for Gold September today.

A parent at Smalley Helen Wright has been busy all year with her business and raised a whopping £1044.45 in exchange for free software upgrades for BMW cars.

This is such a generous act and the cheque was presented to myself, Mrs Evans and Miss Longdon as trustees of the charity.

Massive thanks to all at BMWMAN for such a kind gesture.



Swimming Gala



Well done Y5/Y6 swimming team. 🏊

Fantastic performance in the swimming gala finishing 4th, very narrowly missing out on a 3rd place finish! 


A Heart for Hannah

5 years ago today the school lost one of its ex pupils when Hannah Meakin tragically passed away after suffering a bacterial heart infection. The family kindly donated money to the school which we used to purchase our new sound system as Hannah loved the school shows.

Her brother Tom is doing a skydive today in her memory.Good luck Tom! Let's help him reach his £1000 target. The link is below.



Gary Wilson - Parents workshop

It was wonderful to see so many parents turn up to our first Federation workshop for parents led by the brilliant Gary Wilson.

60 parents from Kilburn and Smalley enjoyed a fantastic, thought provoking session on how boys learn.

The feedback was excellent and there was such a buzz in the room.

It is great to see a real benefit of the Federation after just 4 weeks as all our staff and now 60 parents have received first class training which we otherwise would have struggled to afford as single schools.

We look forward to organising another evening like this in the near future.


Gary Wilson Training

The staff from our Federation received first class training from National Speaker Gary Wilson on Fridays inset day. He spoke around a range of strategies that were particularly useful to engage boys with their learning but of course was useful for girls too. The day was thought provoking, entertaining and gave staff lots of useful tips and ideas that they can take back to the classroom.

We also welcomed a number of colleagues who joined us from other schools as well as two of our school governors.

Parents from the federation have been invited to a workshop tonight at 7:00pm. By working together as a federation one of the advantages has been that we can afford high quality training and provide workshops for parents such as the one this evening.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Fantastic Futsal!

Our sports teams are going from strength to strength this school year with another amazing performance last night. Our year 5/6 Futsal team attended a competition,held at Alfreton Leisure Centre , after school. There were 9 teams in total, split into 3 smaller leagues, and we topped our league with wins against Heage Primary (1-0) and after a nail-biting penalty shoot out, won 2-1 against Riddings Primary

We then moved on to a winners league play off for overall 1st place, where we lost 2-0 to Mundy Juniors, and only 1-0 to overall winners, Swanwick.

All our team played exceptionally well but some fantastic saves from our goalkeeper kept us in the game on more than one occasion.  A big thank you to all our parents, who came to support and help at the touch line and to Mrs Shaw and Mrs Parkinson.


Carol singing at Tesco!

We have had another fabulous day and it was a real privilege to go to Tesco Carol singing with performance club this afternoon.

They sang a range of carols for an hour and it sounded beautiful. We had so many lovely comments from shoppers and managed to raise £115.

Huge thanks to Mrs Mason and Mr Redgrave for playing the keyboard and leading the singing. Also, thank you to Mrs Hull for her support in organising the children and of course her singing!

Thank you to our PTFA, parents and grandparents for supporting this visit out of school.

It has certainly helped me get into the Christmas spirit children, thank you!

Christingle 2016!

I have just returned from a lovely Christingle service at St. John the Baptist Church led by Rev. Geoffrey Marshall.

Our performance club sang beautifully as always, led by the wonderful Mrs Mason.

It was fabulous to see the church full and brilliant to see all our parents and grandparents join other members of the community.

A fantastic finish to the weekend. Enjoy some pictures below.

Smalley Remembers 2016.

Last Friday was a special day in the calendar again as the whole community came together for our Remembrance service.

The hall was full as usual for this moving service and it was led so beautifully by our year 6 pupils. Well done children, we are so proud of you for the respect and dignity you demonstrated once again.

Children laid wreaths on our memorial which were kindly donated by 'Smalley Parish Council' and 'Smalley Old Boys.' The memorial in our car park remembers boys who used to attend our school that fought and died in World War 1 and World War 2.

A huge thank you as always to our staff and to Mr Reckless who played both during the service and the 'Last Post' outside.

Thank you to everyone who attended the service, it is such a dear tradition in Smalley and I know it means as much to you all as it does to me.

Smalley Old Boys 2016!

It was a real pleasure to welcome our 'Smalley Old Boys' back to school today. Twelve ex-pupils returned for our annual lunch and we enjoyed a run through for tomorrow's Remembrance Service. This is always a highlight of the year for me and it was lovely to see our children chatting about school in years gone by. The oldest member of the group today was 94 and used to teach at Smalley too. The stories are so wonderful to here and reminds me of how lucky we are to live in a period without the cane! The gentlemen were blown away by our facilities and love the new chickens!

Our children were amazing as usual and i am so proud of them.

I would like to say a huge thank you to Mrs Drury, Mrs Shaw, Mrs Hull and Mrs Hudson for setting up and serving lunch and to the kitchen for preparing such a lovely meal for everyone.

I look forward to next year already!

Children.....don't forget the homework challenge set by one of our old boys to find out about the Scottish poppy!

Tag Rugby 2016!

It was a privilege to attend tonight's Tag Rugby competition and watch the skill, determination and teamwork of our year 5 and 6 pupils. They played really well, scored some wonderful team tries and came third in their group.

A huge thank you to Mrs Shaw as always for organising the team and to our parents and grandparents who braved the cold to support the team!

Well done to all, I hope Wales show as much skill this Saturday!



Film Night - October 2016!

The PTFA held their first film night of the academic year with the children watching the very apt 'Chicken Run' following our new arrivals!

The children had a fantastic time and the event raised almost £300!

A huge thank you to Mrs Ufton, Mrs Worth and all the staff who supported this event.

Lizzie in class 5 won the competition that evening to pick the next film!

We look forward to seeing you there.

Enjoy some pictures below!

Aspirant Heads - Sharing Good Practice

We are very proud of Mrs Mason who represented our school today speaking to a number of Aspiring Headteachers in Derbyshire.

She spoke about our Shared Vision and how much we had achieved as a school since September 2011 as we work towards our goal of becoming an 'Outstanding School at the Heart of the Community.'

The talk was very well received and it is always a pleasure to share our practice widely with others. Thank you Mrs Mason!



Basketball winner!

Last week we held a basketball competition as part of our Golden Festival. children and adults played against Spider-Man to try and win the first prize which was a signed football by Robbie Savage and donated by Gold September.

The winner was our past pupil Isaac who scored 45 points! Amelia was a very close runner up with 44. Everyone showed great skill and determination and the game raised over £100! After 100 plus games Spider-Man's record was 76!

It was a real pleasure to present Isaac with the ball yesterday. He has very kindly asked if he can have a stall at the Christmas Fayre to raffle the ball and give the money to Gold September which shows what a lovely, generous boy he is.

Isaac was a brilliant friend to Eddy which makes it even more special and we have found a picture of them playing together.

Well done Isaac and everyone who took part!

Gold September Festival 2016!

Friday was a very special day that will live long in the memory of those that attended. As part of our awareness raising this month for Gold September a mini festival was held after school. There were a number of fun stalls, crafts and games as well as a very popular BBQ!

During the afternoon we unveiled our new playground in memory of Eddy Parry, a very special boy who attended our school and tragically lost his life to Bone Cancer. We were very pleased that Eddy's parents; Jon and Claudia, were able to attend the playground and open it with us.

Part of the playground are two new personalised basketball nets, located in the area which Eddy loved to play. A huge thank you to Jamie Eaton for his support with this.

Also, our past pupil Sam came to present a huge cheque after his amazing achievement cycling from London to Paris during the Summer holidays. It was brilliant to see him.

Jon, Claudia, Sam, Martin from Derby Wheelblazers and myself all took shots to officially open Eddy's Court.

A few children then attempted wheelchair basketball and took some more shots along with trustee of the charity, Graham Salisbury.

It was a fitting tribute and occasion for a very special boy. During the last month well over £1000 has been raised for Gold September. This is a wonderful amount of money and a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed in any way.

A few pictures are attached below and a more comprehensive video will be posted very soon.

Sharing our practice!

Mrs Shaw and I had the pleasure of attending Howitt Primary after school yesterday to lead their Shared Vision session.

We received a very warm welcome from their pupils, staff, governors and parents who between them came up with some excellent ideas which were captured expertly by Mrs Shaw.

It was a privilege as always to work with Mrs Rhodes again who'd invited us. It is always an honour to share the best practice here at Smalley with others.

Here are just a few pictures below.

Year 6 Bike Ride 2016!

We took our Year 6 children for a 13 mile bike ride on Monday in our beautiful Derbyshire countryside as a reward for all their hard work this year.

The children had a brilliant time and enjoyed being outdoors together again.

A huge thank you to all our staff and the parents who came to support us on the day.

Also, massive thanks to Mrs. Evans who met us halfway with gorgeous home made cakes! This was much needed and enjoyed by all.

This is a fabulous tradition here at Smalley and one that was enjoyed by all.

Bring on the bike ride 2017.....I hope year 5 work hard to earn this reward!

Smalley Old Boys 2016!

Mrs Mason and I had the pleasure of attending the 'Smalley Old Boys' reunion again tonight.

It is such a pleasure to attend this each year and the 'Old Boys' play such an important part in the schools rich history.

We look forward to welcoming them all back to school to see the children at Remembrance in November.



A Tribute to Disney!

There are tickets remaining for all the shows. It is such a brilliant show for all ages and would be great to bring KS1 children or those who aren't in the show to watch. You will have an evening to remember.


The performances are as follows:


Monday Eve - 7:00pm

Tuesday afternoon - 2:00pm

Tuesday Eve - 7:00pm



Go Ride - Team Smalley!

Some of our pupils competed last week in a Go Ride competition for pupils across Amber Valley.

They rode brilliantly and represented our school really well.



Picnic at the Pavilion!

Please find below a flyer for Smalley Community Groups first event a Picnic at the Pavilion.

Fingers crossed the sun will shine and it will be a huge success.



Still smiling!

Despite the Great British Summer our amazing staff are still smiling with our children! Thank you Mrs Mason and Mrs Shaw!



PGL 2016 - we have arrived!

Just a quick post to say we have arrived safely, all the children have taken their luggage to their rooms which they are very happy with.

We have just had lunch, met our group leader and the children are now going on a tour!

Look out for posts throughout the next few days!


SATs breakfast!

After our early morning yoga sessions the Year 6 children enjoyed a lovely breakfast each day.

Toast tastes better at school apparently!

For our final day this morning the children enjoyed bacon baps which went down a treat!

A huge thank you to Mrs Drury, Mrs Boole, Mrs Shelton, Mrs Annabel and all other staff who helped this week. It was very much appreciated and the food was lovely.

Thank you also to our staff who swapped and covered gate duties and gave our children such support this week. It was a real team effort and I'm so proud.

Enjoy the pictures!

SATs Yoga 2016!

SATs at Smalley means the return of yoga again for our children. Every year for the last five years our children have took part in a four week programme led by Naomi Smith from YogaBeamz. A huge thank you to Naomi as always for her expertise and hard work.

During SATs week Mrs Shaw and Miss Hill led the children with great skill and ensured the children got their day off to the best possible start! A huge thank you to them both.

The children worked through a series of yoga postures, breathing techniques and positive affirmations which helped them to remain calm in class.

Well done to the children for taking it so seriously and learning the techniques well.

All together......."I am fearless, I am confident, I am special, I am calm and relaxed!"

PGL tips from Bear Grylls!

I was lucky enough to be invited to London yesterday to represent our wonderful school at the RM Real conference.

We were inspired throughout the day by a number of high quality speakers.

Dr Sakena Yacoobi told her story of how she returned to Afghanistan to set up the Afghan Institute of learning despite the pressure of all around her including the Taliban. This saw her setting up 80 underground schools educating 3000 girls. She risked her life because of her belief in education for all and how education can change the world. Wow! What an inspiration.

We also had a very interesting talk on anti-bullying from Alex Holmes who works for the Diana award which was set up in memory of Princess Diana.

There was input from Apple, Google and Microsoft with lots of good ideas to bring back to school.

After lunch we had the pleasure of a keynote speech from Bear Grylls about his climb of Everest. It was gripping stuff and he told us how his father was his inspiration, to never give up and the importance of being dogged and determined. I got plenty of tips before our year 6 trip to PGL!

The day ended with a lively debate hosted by Jeremy Vine on the governments White Paper and the proposed Academy agenda.

What a brilliant day and lots of learning to bring back to Smalley!

Brilliant Derby 2!

I was very lucky this morning to accompany our amazing year 5 class to the first session of the Brilliant Derby 2 project at the Roundhouse Derby.

Children's author and creator of 'The Art of Being Brilliant' Andy Cope and Lisa Higginbottom will lead 3 sessions with our children before we meet in September to show the impact.

The children learned that it is a choice to be positive and happy and the effect that has on others around you. They also found out that just like a sausage machine you get out what you put in.

Our children over the next twelve months have been given the task to inspire the whole community of Smalley which I know they will do brilliantly.

Many thanks to Andy, Lisa and the sponsors Motorpoint for a fantastic morning and to our staff and parents for their support this morning.

In the original Brilliant Derby project our children achieved fantastic things. For a reminder click the link below.