Mary Swanwick Primary

Church Street North, Old Whittington, Chesterfield, S41 9QW

        Tel: 01246 450597


‘Learning together; helping one another to achieve our best’ is our mission statement and our whole school community is focused on this ethos. Learning in a safe, stimulating environment is of paramount importance and here at Mary Swanwick all the staff and governors strive to achieve the very best education for our children.

Mary Swanwick is a warm, friendly school where every child is encouraged and supported to achieve their full potential.

If you are a parent who is new to our website then please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have further questions. We are always ready to listen to parents’ points of view. Feedback helps us to achieve our best too!

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About Us

‘Learning together; helping one another to achieve our best’.

Mary Swanwick Primary School aims to provide every child with an excellent educational experience, which is enjoyable, stimulating and enables them to reach their full potential as successful learners.

We hold the highest expectations of all our pupils, challenging them to strive for academic, creative, sporting and personal accomplishment within a broad, vibrant and enriched curriculum.

We celebrate perseverance, resilience and risk-taking, ensuring children welcome challenge and are not frightened to make mistakes. We encourage children to take ownership of and responsibility for their learning, so they have the confidence and curiosity to ask questions, solve problems and respond to quality feedback. Children are praised for hard work, determination and having a positive attitude.

We promote an ethos of respect and empathy, where diversity is valued and celebrated – both within school and the wider world. Safeguarding and welfare is extremely important and pupils are taught the virtues of kindness, appreciation and what it means to be courageous. We foster open and honest communication with parents, carers and specialists and actively seek to engage with all members of the community in a positive and supportive manner.

It is our aim for all children to leave Mary Swanwick Primary School as independent learners with self-belief and respect for others. We want all our children to develop a love of learning that will equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary for an ever-changing and exciting future. We work towards one common goal that underpins all we do –‘Learning together; helping one another to achieve our best’.

  • As a school we aim to: Provide a safe, happy, caring environment where children want to give their best.
  • Encourage all children to become independent learners.
  • Value self-esteem and celebrate success.
  • Learn together and foster links with parents, the community and other supportive partners.
  • Equip children with the necessary skills for life as responsible, healthy citizens in an ever-changing, technological world.
  • Respect all people, their cultures and their beliefs

Our Equality Statement

Headteacher: Mrs Parr

Trust Business Manager: Miss Dean

School Administrator: Ms Wright

SENCo: Mrs McDonald

LAC Named Teacher: Mrs Parr

Learning Champion: Mrs Jackson/Mrs Townsend


Phase Leaders:

Mr Ferreday (KS2)

Mrs Bell (KS1)

Mrs Wilkinson (Foundation)



Mrs Turner

Mrs Wilkinson

Mrs Bell

Mrs McDonald

Mrs James

Mr Ferreday

Miss Law

Miss Hawkins

Mrs Steinhobel


Teaching and Learning Assistants:

Mrs Limb

Miss Townsend (SEN)

Mrs Chance

Mrs Bolton (SEN)

Mrs Seward

Ms Baptiste

Miss Farrand

Miss Lancashire

Mrs Jackson

Mrs Whitaker

Miss Smith (SEN)

Mrs Onion (SEN)

Miss Cornel

Mr Wilshaw (HLTA)


Nurture Team:

Miss Baptiste

Mrs Bolton


Early Years Assistants:

Mrs Grainger

Mrs Lancashire

Mrs Limb

Miss Cornell


Caretaker: Mr Betton

Cleaning Team:

Mrs Innes

Mr Monck

Mrs Hancock


Midday Supervisors:

Mrs Balakugan

Mrs Hancock

Mrs Padgett

Miss Beighton

Ms Gladwin

Mrs Sands

Mr Jackson

Miss Hinde

Miss Cornell

Miss Parker


You can view and download our latest staff list here. 

Trust PartnerMr J Brookes
HeadteacherMrs Parr
Chair of GovernorsMrs Kench
Vice Chair 


Mrs D Booker (Co-opted)
Rev. Morris (Co-opted)
Mrs K Booker (Parent)
Mrs M Lewins (Parent)
Mrs Jackson (Staff)
Clerk to GovernorsMiss Dean

Meeting Minutes

Governor Term of Office and Attendance

Declaration of Business Interests

Full Governing Board Meetings


Mrs Sarah Kench, our chair of Governors, can be contacted via the school by either:

Telephone: 01246 450597 

Address: Mary Swanwick Community Primary School, Church Street North, Old Whittington, Chesterfield, S41 9QW

School Information

Mary Swanwick Primary School are part of the Learners’ Trust MAT. We continue to follow the Derbyshire Admissions Policy and Guidelines. Please contact the local authority to find out about our admission arrangements.

Admission Documents
Local Authority Websiteor call 01629 537479. 

Local Authority’s Admissions Criteria

Uniform information and links

Our school day begins at 8:50am and we finish at 3:20pm (32.5 hours per week)

Our commitment to Safeguarding


We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All Staff are employed subject to a DBS check and undergo Safeguarding training prior to starting their role. There is annual Safeguarding training for all staff.

Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm – safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment – and that we all feel safe in our environment.

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy which can be viewed in the Safeguarding section of our website.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare. If a member of staff is concerned about a child’s welfare, they will record their concern, and any observations or conversation heard using our secure online system CPOMS. The concern will also be reported to one of the DSLs as soon as possible the same day.

If a member of staff has concerns which relate to the actions or behaviour of another member of staff (which could suggest that s/he is unsuitable to work with children) then this will be reported to one of the DSLs in confidence, who will refer the matter to the Headteacher (or the Trust if the concern relates to the Headteacher) who will consider what action to take.

We actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.

If you are ever concerned about the safety or well‐being of someone at our school please talk to one of the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead s (DSLs) shared below.

As a result of internal audit and DfE recommendations, the school has directly adopted the LA Safeguarding policy and any school specific information is contained within the safeguarding poster below.

Child Protection and Safeguarding

Safeguarding Policies and Documents.

School Curriculum and Standards

Curriculum Policy

Curriculum Content

Phonics & Reading Schemes in Operation in Key Stage 1: Twinkl Phonics

Nursery & KS1 Rolling Programme


You can view and download all documents regarding our curriculum here.

Please contact your child’s class teacher, or Mrs Parr, should you have any further questions about the school’s curriculum offer. 

We are proud to offer an amazing opportunity that will bring fitness classes directly to your home, made possible by the National Lottery Community Fund.

At the click of a button you will have access to a wide variety of fun exercise workouts, suitable for the whole family and for all abilities. Whether you’re at school, in your living room or at the local park this is a great and inclusive way to be active together.

Simply click on this link and enter the password “pk” to access the brilliant range of activities.

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Our school’s latest progress and attainment figures can be found on the Department for Education’s website. 

Please note: The government will not publish KS2 school level data for the 2021 to 2022 academic year. They have archived data from the 2018 to 2019 academic year because they recognise that the data from that year may no longer reflect current performance.


 ** You can request a printed copy of any of the above free of charge. **

Contact Details


Mary Swanwick Community Primary School, Church Street North, Old Whittington, Chesterfield, S41 9QW

Tel: 01246 450597


For all enquiries please contact Mrs Wright using the contact details above.

If you wish to contact our Headteacher, Katie Parr, please contact the school office using the number provided above.

If you wish to contact our SENCo, Mrs Creswell, please contact the school office using the number provided above.

If you wish to make a complaint please contact the school office in the first instance.

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