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!

Hoping you find our website informative and helpful.

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


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

Trust Partner: Jonathan Brookes
Headteacher: Mrs Parr
Chair: Mrs Kench
Mrs D Booker
Rev. Morris
Mrs K Booker
Mrs M Lewins
Mrs Jackson
Linked Trustees:
Sarah Kench
Jemma Monkhouse
Monica Lewins
Ian Levers

You can view our School Champion documents here

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

You can view our latest newsletter at the top of this page and our previous newsletters are available to view and download here. 

INSET Days and dates for your diary can be found in our latest newsletter at the top of this page.

Term Dates

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 or Headteacher in confidence. If the concern relates to the headteacher this will be reported to the Trust. Concerns regarding members of staff may be reported to the LADO.

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.

Safeguarding Policies and Documents.

School Curriculum and Standards

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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The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.  Whilst schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit, they are required to publish online information about how they have used the Premium and the impact it is having.  


Who receives the Pupil Premium?  

Pupil Premium is allocated to pupils in school from Reception to Year 11 from low-income families who are registered for FSM, or who have been registered for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6’), together with children that have been in care continuously for six months or more.  Early Years Premium funding is also allocated to Nursery and Reception children. Funding is available for pupils for whom one or both parents work in the armed forces.  


Pupil Premium Impact at Mary Swanwick Primary School  

Within our planning documentation we have carefully spent the Premium in a variety of ways to enable pupils to access a wide variety of life experiences that might otherwise be inaccessible. Furthermore, individual staff have been deployed in a focused and targeted manner to ensure that all children eligible for the Pupil Premium receive high quality teaching and learning experiences, thus enabling them to achieve their full potential.    


Our Pupil Premium ambitions  

‘To become one of the schools in the country, where pupil premium children outperform the national average in all subjects, for all children.’  

And in line with the Learners’ Trust vision…    

‘Our goal is to create the best learning experiences possible to enrich lives and enable choice.’  

and our own Mary Swanwick Primary School vision…  

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


Pupil Premium: The Mary Swanwick Primary School way…  

Regardless of their prior attainment and ability, all children eligible for the Pupil Premium will receive academic support to enable them to achieve their potential.  Additional support staff are funded so that support is in place for selected groups of pupils at any given time. At Mary Swanwick Primary School we provide in class support during English and Maths lessons, dependent on the needs of the child. In addition, we use additional staff to support children at playtimes, this takes the form of one-to-one support or small group restorative practice. Additional staff also support children at lunchtimes by providing children a place to complete reading or homework. Careful monitoring and evaluation of the Pupil Premium strategies we use takes place to ensure our work in this area provides value for money and also has a strong, positive impact on the progress and outcomes of individual children. An example of how we enact this is through the time given to our regular pupil progress meetings and how appraisal is utilised to improve outcomes for children eligible for the Pupil Premium.   

The Learners’ Code is a system used in many Learners’ Trust schools. At Mary Swanwick Primary, the Learners’ Code enables us to challenge and motivate our Pupil Premium children to earn cygents for all aspects of their learning behaviour. The children can then use their cygents to spend in our Swanstop shop. This benefits our children by them feeling motivated to have a positive attitude to all aspects of their learning.  

Beyond the academic, we aspire to support the development of the ‘whole child’ through our Pupil Premium work.  We know that some of our Pupil Premium children need additional social and emotional support, therefore we offer one to one and group Nurture support. This is a tailor-made program to suit the needs of the child. We also employ a Learners Code Manager to offer support to parents of Pupil Premium children. Priority is given to our Pupil Premium children for afterschool clubs and extra-curricular activities. As part of our Cluster of schools, we offer a wide variety of enhanced learning experiences or experiential learning which priority is given to Pupil Premium children. These take the form of Forest School Days, Science Days or Sporting events. SMSC is incorporated into all our themeatic Learning to ensure that we are meeting Pupil Premium children’s social and emotional needs.   

We work closely with families and their children to provide good or better attendance for all pupils. The daily monitoring by the Attendance Officer helps us to monitor the attendance and punctuality of Pupil Premium children. The resultant liaison with families helps to facilitate strong partnerships between school and home, as well as enabling all children to gain their statutory entitlement of full-time schooling. A range of reward systems underpin and help reinforce these monitoring strategies.     

A proportion of the Pupil Premium has been used to subsidise off-site visits, experiences and support extra-curricular activities where cost may have prohibitive to some families. We work carefully to ensure that all children feel part of the school community. An example of this is our commitment to allocate money to providing a uniform to each eligible child within the school.  


Could my child be eligible for free school meals/pupil premium?  

Pupil Premium Documents

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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