New Whittington Primary

London Street, New Whittington, Chesterfield Derbyshire, S43 2AQ

        Tel: 01246 450688


Working Together to be Happy and Successful’ is our mission statement and we are fully committed to creating a positive atmosphere, where all children can grow to achieve their full potential and become responsible, successful and caring members of the community.

We aim to provide a happy, caring and safe environment for all of our children. We work hard to ensure that every child’s experience of school is a positive one, which encourages a love of learning, self-discipline and respect for others, right from the start.

A positive partnership with parents is vital in achieving our aims. We greatly value the support and co-operation of parents and carers. We encourage home – school links and hope that all parents find the school welcoming, willing to listen and responsive to your questions, concerns or suggestions.

It is our intention to work together with parents to make each child’s stay with us a happy and successful one.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

If ever you wish to visit, please contact the school office to arrange a convenient time.

We were visited by ITV News in November 2021 to discuss how we support our deaf pupils. You can watch the clip below or read the full feature on ITV’s website. You can also read more about our enhanced resources for deaf and hearing impaired children below.

About Us


Miss E Tooley

Deputy Head

Mrs J Humphries

Business Manager

Business Assistant

Mrs R Bridges

Mrs R Monaghan

Pupil Welfare Manager

Teacher of the Deaf

Mrs E Foulkes

Mrs R Gill


Mrs J Humphries

Mrs R Gee

Mr P Stoppard

Ms H Stables

Mrs K Hoole

Mrs R Randall

Mrs H Baily-Scott

Miss S Fletcher

Mrs A Clay

Mr J White

Mrs E Richardson

Mrs C Gardner



HLTAs / Teaching Assistants

Mrs S McConnon

Mrs D Taylor

Miss S Tilley

Miss S Tarr

Mrs A Pantry

Mrs G Ellis

Mrs C Booth

Miss L Kelly

Mrs A Martin

Mrs S Whittiker

Mrs A Holland

Miss C Swindell

Mrs H Fletcher

Miss S Raine

Miss D-A Lewis

Mrs L Anderson 

Mrs K Cubbin




Lead MDS

Mrs T Turner

Mrs L Alton


Mrs J Smith


Trust Partner: Mr Hickey

Headteacher: Miss Tooley

Chair: Mrs Brown


Mrs McConnon

Mrs Collins

Mrs Ward

Mrs Humphries

Mr Stewart

Linked Trustees: 

Steve Welsh

Mark Love

You can view and download all documents relating to our school champions here.

Our Unit

New Whittington Community Primary School is a mainstream school which has a Hearing Impaired Facility that has been in existence for over 40 years. We cater for children from 3 to 11 years in our nursery and in our 2 mainstream units.

We have a designated Teacher for the Deaf and four Teaching Assistant’s for the deaf, each who have qualifications in BSL and Childcare [NNEB or NVQ]


Modes of Communication

We use both Signed Supported English (SSE) and British Sign Language (BSL) whichever is appropriate.

The children have regular speech and language sessions and we are supported by a speech and language therapist from the NHS.

We also have visits from the county audiologist who checks radio-aids.

At least annually teachers for the deaf and speech therapist from the Nottingham Cochlear Implant Service visit us to assess the children’s progress.

We do have a policy of promoting quality spoken language whenever possible.



Our pupil to teacher ratio is high and each child’s needs are catered for. Every child integrates into their mainstream class for a percentage of their timetable, where they are supported by a Teaching Assistant for the Deaf or a Teacher for the Deaf who will supply signed support and interpretation of the lesson where required. We also have the unit where we work on literacy and spoken language skills.

All our classrooms are adapted to provide an ideal learning environment, with a surround sound amplification system, lowered ceilings and carpeting in all classrooms and in our halls.

All our children wear receivers whether they are hearing aid users or children with cochlear implants.



The children in the unit integrate with their mainstream class mates. They enjoy going on educational trips, residential courses and after school clubs.




High Standards

Ofsted said:

‘The hearing impaired unit is strength of the school and there is good provision for pupils with SEN’.

‘Pupils with hearing impairment achieve very well in relation to their previous understanding’.

‘They are well integrated in to their classes and benefit from very good relationships with their peers and so have very good attitudes to learning’.


QDD – Quality Development Dialogue Report November 2018  

The ER at New Whittington is, in my opinion, at least good with many outstanding aspects of practice.  

The deaf specific curriculum and refined target setting, complemented by speech and language targets, is a particular strength.  

There is a tangibly positive climate for learning, supported by a personalised curriculum that effectively meets pupils’ needs and strongly promotes their spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development. 

The positive, purposeful ER learning environment, in the ER specific room, reflects much that would be considered excellent mainstream classroom practice while ensuring that it is conducive to the learning styles of pupils. 

Expectations are high. Behaviour observed during the visit was at least good if not outstanding and pupils, whether engaged in one­to­one learning or as a small group displayed highly positive attitude to learning. 


David Heald QDD Advisor 

November 2018 

Feel free to contact us:

Tel: 01246 450688

Fax: 01246 260042



School Information

INSET Days 2023-24:

  • Monday 4th September 2023
  • Friday 29th September 2023
  • Monday 26th February 2024
  • Monday 22nd July 2024
  • Tuesday 23rd July 2024

Download 2023/24 School Term Dates

Download 2024/25 School Term Dates

New Whittington Primary School is 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 admissions arrangements.

Local authority website, or call 01629 537479.
Local authority’s admissions criteria

Infant School (Handley Road)

Our school day begins at 8:55am and we finish at 3:05pm (30 hours 50 minutes per week)

Junior School (London Street)

Our school day begins at 8:45am and we finish at 3:20pm (32 hours 55 minutes 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.

Safeguarding Policies and Documents.

School Curriculum and Standards

Working together to be Happy and Successful! 

At New Whittington Primary School, we strive to work closely and in partnership with parents and the community to provide a safe, caring and inspiring environment where children are supported, challenged and encouraged to be the best they can be. 

Our knowledge and understanding of our children and the community in which they live helps to tailor an exciting and creative curriculum which meets the needs of our learners and which also has a strong focus on the development and application of the core areas of reading, writing and mathematics. 

We believe in providing children with a broad, balanced curriculum which provides first had experiences and builds upon children’s prior knowledge. As such we have chosen to follow the National Curriculum 2014 in all subjects.   We use a thematic approach to planning our curriculum. This approach helps to ensure that lessons are taught in an exciting and engaging way which exploits and reinforces cross curricular skills.  

We aim to ensure that our themes have stimulating starting and finishing points and teachers ensure that there are many opportunities for first hand experiences, including a variety of visits and visitors to school. In addition, we aim to ensure that the children are involved in the planning process and can guide where their learning takes them. As long as we, as teachers, ensure that the key skills and objectives are taught from the National Curriculum, the interests of children and the focus on creativity and challenging themselves is a school aim. 

The curriculum at New Whittington Primary School is not, nor should it be, focused solely on academic subjects and outcomes.  At the heart of our curriculum sits the children – giving them an exciting and inspirational start to their school life and preparing them for the future is an important aim. 

We promote an understanding of different beliefs and cultures and learn tolerance and respect towards others. We ensure our children understand the difference between right and wrong and the consequences that their actions can have. Our curriculum and high quality pastoral programme supports pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. We aim to develop well mannered, rounded children who are tolerant and respectful and, by the time they leave us, are well prepared for their secondary school years and ultimately adult life in modern Britain. 


Phonics & Reading Schemes in Operation in Key Stage 1: Read Write Inc. 

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

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.


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

The map on top shows the location of the Junior building, and below it is the Infant and Nursery building location…

Contact Details


New Whittington Community Primary School, London Street, New Whittington, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S43 2AQ

Tel: 01246 450688


For all enquiries please contact Mrs Bridges (London Street) or Mrs. Monaghan (Handley Road) using the contact details above.

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

If you wish to contact our SENCo, Miss Fletcher, 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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