Somerlea Park Juniors

Bank Street, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 4JE

        Tel: 01773 602258


Welcome to Somerlea Park Junior School!  

We are a small and happy school situated in the heart of Somercotes. At our school, we pride ourselves on following our three school rules: Be Kind, Be Ready, and Work Hard.  

At Somerlea, our children are at the heart of every decision we make, including our curriculum which is personalised to our key drivers of Aspiration, Communication, Equality and Diversity. We ensure that our children get the quality education that they need, and that they are prepared for their next steps in life in modern Britain.  

Our staff team is committed to providing the best opportunities for all of our children, and we provide calm, purposeful and inspirational learning environments that invite children to share their curiosity and build aspirations for their future. 

I hope that you find our school website useful and informative. Should you have any further questions, or if you are a prospective parent who would like to arrange a visit, please contact the school office where a member of our team will be happy to help.  

We look forward to welcoming you and your child to our school.  


Mrs Rizo 

Head Teacher  

About Us

At Somerlea Park, we offer a positive climate where children are encouraged to develop their learning, practise their skills and become confident learners through cross-curricular themes. We have developed a curriculum rich with innovative and exciting learning opportunities built upon our core, underpinning values. Taking a thematic approach, the curriculum has been organised under topic headings for phases within school, with each topic having a primary subject focus. 

The learners at Somerlea are at the core of our project-based learning; topics are developed with children to enable them to discover new interests and talents as well as provide children with the knowledge to succeed in life. Through all topics, learners are provided with real-life applications and future career aspirations. During the initial design of the curriculum we have involved all stakeholders (children, parents and staff) and the curriculum we have created incorporates their ideas as well as reflecting our community.  

Creative planning ensures that cross-curricular links are made and National Curriculum 2014 Programmes of study for KS2 are allocated to the topics, ensuring breadth and balance in core and foundation subjects. Hooks for learning engage the children from the beginning, while working towards authentic outcomes for each topic provides real purpose which motivates children to produce high quality work. We carefully consider the children’s previous learning and nay gaps in learning they may have and weave this into our experiences and learning to support children acquiring their cultural capital. English skills are taught within the context of the topic and the focus on written work is central to every topic. We aim to provide opportunities for children to be creative, flexible and innovative in their approach to learning and developing new skills, knowledge an understanding necessary for future success. Built into each unit are key knowledge and key vocabulary to help learners remember and use knowledge fluently. 

At Somerlea Park, we actively promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils. We uphold and teach children about the fundamental ‘British Values’ which are defined as: democracy; rule of law; individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs. These values are taught explicitly through Jigsaw, PSHE, Religious Education (R.E), assemblies and special presentations while our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for children to explore these values. 

During reviews, both termly and annually, staff will review Somerlea Park’s vision statement before analysing progress through each subject.

With this is mind we aim:

  • To make sure all learners feel happy, confident, cared for and included in school.
  • To encourage learners to take responsibility for their learning, be resilient and persevere to reach their goals.
  • To understand that hard work leads to success.
  • To encourage learners to take pride in all they do.
  • To work with all adults and families in school as a partnership.
  • To keep all learners safe and make sensible life choices.
  • To be respectful for themselves, other people and their environment.
  • To meet all learners needs.
  • To always support learners to be the best they can be and develop a love of learning.
  • To make every day enjoyable and filled with real life experiences.
  • To promote the physical, spiritual, social, cultural and moral development of learners.

Believe. Achieve. Succeed


You can find all our documents regarding our visions, aims, and values here.

Executive Head Teacher: Mrs H. Kirkup 

Head Teacher: Mrs D. Rizo 

Trust Partner: Mrs L. Bird 

School Administrator: Mrs A. Noble 

School Business Mananger: Mrs H. Dean 

Family Support Worker: Mr. G. Marsden 

Inclusion Mentor: Mrs. R. Minshull 

SENCO and LAC Teacher: Mrs. C. Barker 



Miss R. Carver 

Miss A. Shackleton 

Mr. D. Waller 

Mrs C. Barker 

Mr. D. Dodds 



Mrs J. Hole 

Ms. C. Bonsall 



Mrs M. Griffin 

Mrs J. Buxton 

Mrs M. Clamp 


Midday Supervisors 

Mr. D. Ward 

Mrs M. Clamp 

Mrs A. McDonough 

Mrs K. Hardwick 


Site Manager: Mr. D. Thorpe 

Trust Partner: Lisa Bird

Executive Headteacher: Helina Kirkup

Headteacher: Daisy Rizo

Chair: John Rutherford



Dominic Waller

Michelle Rowe

Liz Ujoy


Linked Trustees:

Marie-Claire Bretherton

Darren Tidmarsh

Ross Griffin

Leanne Noone


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

School Information

The following INSET days are planned for academic year 2023 – 2024 

Monday 4th September 2023

Tuesday 5th September 2023

Friday 29th September 2023

Friday 26th January 2024

Friday 21st June 2024

School finishes for the summer holidays on Tuesday 23rd July 2024 

Download 2023/24 School Term Dates

Download 2024/25 School Term Dates

Somerlea Park Junior 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

At Somerlea Park, our school day starts at 9am and finishes at 3.30pm. (32 hours 50 minutes per week)

8.50am School Gates Open 

9.05am Book Club – Whole School Reading 

9.45am Maths 

10.45am Break Time 

11am English 

12pm Lunch Time 

1pm Foundation Lessons 

3pm Assembly 

3.15pm Drop Everything and Read Time 

3.30pm Home Time 

We follow a broad and balanced curriculum with foundation lessons planned throughout the school 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.


Our latest Ofsted inspection (Graded ‘Good’ in January 2022) celebrates all of the hard work that goes into ensuring the highest quality teaching and learning for our pupils. Inspectors commented that: 

  • Leaders make sure that pupils are the most important people at this school 
  • Pupils are well cared for. Staff know pupils well and know how to motivate and the best out of them 
  • Pupils enjoy school. They are well behaved and work hard 
  • Pupils with special educational needs and or/disabilities (SEND) get on well in their learning 
  • Safeguarding is effective – staff are quick to recognise when pupils need help. Concerns are dealt with quickly and no concern goes unchallenged 

School Curriculum and Standards

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Our Pupil Premium Documents

he 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 Somerlea Park Junior School 

Our most recent Ofsted report highlighted that historically Somerlea Park Junior School hasn’t always made effective use of the Pupil Premium funding:  

‘The pupil premium funding has not been used effectively to improve the achievement of eligible pupils.’
‘In 2016, pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds did less well than their classmates and other pupils nationally. This is because leaders have not used the pupil premium funding effectively to raise pupils’ achievement.’ 

(March 2017) 

This previous ineffectiveness has led to a full overhaul and review of how Pupil Premium is spent in school. As a result, the recently devised Pupil Premium plans and spending allocations draw upon EEF Research principles, examples of strong practice (from within and outside Learners’ Trust), data trends and information from within the school, as well as what we know about our children at Somerlea Park Junior. Progress towards objectives, outcomes and the impact of the spending are monitored carefully at regular intervals (precise dates are specified within the plan).     

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 top 17% of 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 Somerlea Park vision… 

‘Believe. Achieve. Succeed.’  

Pupil Premium: The Somerlea Park Junior 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 Somerlea Park Junior 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.  

Learners Code is a system used in many Learners’ Trust schools. At Somerlea Park, the Learner’s Code enables us to challenge and motivate our Pupil Premium children to earn Dojos for all aspects of their learning behaviour. The children can then use their Dojos to spend in our Brainsbury’s shop. This benefits our children by them feeling motivated to have improved behaviour at playtimes and 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 realize to make the best possible start to the day children need a structure but relaxed start, therefore we offer a free Breakfast Club space to every Pupil premium child. We also 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 Family Support Worker 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 Project Based 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 Family Support Worker and our nominated TAs help 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? 

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


Contact Details


Somerlea Park Junior School, Bank Street, Somercotes
Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 4JE

Tel: 01773 602258


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

If you wish to contact our Executive Headteacher, Helina Kirkup, please contact the school office using the number provided above.

If you wish to contact our SENCo, Mrs Barker, 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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