Walton Holymoorside Primary

Holymoor Road, Holymoorside, Chesterfield, S42 7DU

        Tel: 01246 566502

Email: WHPAdmin@learnerstrust.org

Walton Holymoorside Primary School is a warm, friendly school where every child is encouraged and supported to achieve their full potential. Our school mission statement is ‘Welcoming, Helping, Progressing and Smiling’. This underpins everything we do to ensure children get the very best out of their time with us.

The school has a purpose built nursery which adjoins the main building and twelve well equipped classrooms. Outside the classroom, the grounds are spacious and attractive comprising: playgrounds, playing fields, a pond and a wildlife area. In the playground, a climbing wall and trim trail encourage active playtimes and our fantastic ‘forest school’ is situated on site.

Our school is a proud member of The Learners’ Trust multi-academy trust and is very well supported by a skilled and caring Local Board of School Champions, who support and challenge every aspect of school life.

At Walton Holymoorside we aim to work in partnership with parents to achieve the best outcomes for every child and ensure that children are exceptionally well-prepared for the next stage of their education and life beyond school.


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About Us

Welcoming, Helping, Progressing, Smiling


Walton Holymoorside Primary School aims to provide every child with an excellent educational experience, which is enjoyable, stimulating and enables them to reach their full potential. Underpinning all this is our mission statement of ‘Welcoming, Helping, Progressing, Smiling’. We aim to:

  • Welcome you and your child into our school community and work together in partnership.
  • Help each child to develop self-esteem, confidence and a sense of responsibility within a framework of tolerance, understanding and mutual respect.
  • Progress, through innovative learning experiences which will enable all children to achieve their individual potential.
  • Smile, through sharing and celebrating success in an atmosphere where all are valued equally.

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.

Through our behaviour values of ‘Respect, Responsibility, Resilience and Readiness’ it is our aim for all children to leave Walton Holymoorside Primary School as enthusiastic learners with great self-belief and respect for others. We want all our children to be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary for an ever-changing and exciting future.


You can find all our documents regarding our visions, aims, and values here –  including British values and equality objectives


Mrs Lauren Critchley – Business Assistant
Mrs Joy Davies – Administration Assistant
Mr Andrew HodgsonMrs Charlotte Harris
Mr Alex FowkesMr Tom Taylor
Mrs Kate GallagherMiss Emily Gray
Mrs Alice HeathcoteMrs Deborah Clapham
Mrs Joanna BeahanMrs Jen Tingle
Mrs Charlotte KirklandMiss Sian Chester
Mrs Tracy Haggar – HLTAMrs Joanne Palfreyman – HLTA
Mrs Sarah Phillips – HLTAMrs Kim Cooper – HLTA
Mrs Judy PassMrs Rebecca Blackburn
Mrs Joanne SquiresMrs Samantha Carney
Mrs Lyn WorthyMrs Carly Bosworth 
Mrs Catherine KellyMrs Jane Smith
Mrs Lynne CooperMiss Emma Ingleby
Mrs Claire TaylorMrs Julie Tagg
Mrs Kathy Bettney 
Mrs Jane Smith – SeniorMrs Emma Bradford
 Mrs Sherene HallowsMrs Jayne Wilkins
 Mrs Rachel MadinMrs Catherine Kelly
Mrs Olivia MorrisMrs Sarah Boden
Mrs Rebecca BlackburnMiss Catherin Slyfield
Mr David Glossop
Position Name Term Ends
Headteacher Ian Holmes N/A
Deputy Headteacher Connor Macnamara N/A
Chair Shirley Smith  14/12/2022
Vice Chair & SEN/PP Champion Jay Price  14/12/2022
Reading Champion Alan Grant  14/12/2022
Safeguarding Champion Mark Love  20/11/2022
Health and Safety Champion Rebecca Priest  14/12/2022
Curriculum Champion Ros Griffin  14/12/2022
Clerk to Governors Emma Kealey  

You can view and download all documents relating to our school champions here – incuding attendance registers, meeting minutes, and register of interest forms.

School Information

We believe the ideas and opinions of students here at Walton Holymoorside Primary School are paramount to the school’s success. The school facilitates the following groups-
  • An active School Council who meet regularly.
  • An Eco Council who you can find out more about on Twitter- @WHPEco
  • Play leaders, Mini Leaders and Young Bronze Ambassadors to ensure we all stay fit and healthy.
  • Playground ‘Bib Buddies’ who ensure everyone is enjoying a safe and happy play time!
  • iVengers who meet regularly to support the school with Online Safety 

At Walton Holymoorside Primary and Nursery School, we are committed to the continual development of our Forest School provision. We offer a commitment to every child, that they will have the opportunity, during their time with us, to a termly block of sessions within our beautiful woodland area. Forest School offers children learning opportunities that are not available within classrooms. Research has shown that it develops essential life-long transferable skills that have positive benefits on children’s emotional, social, mental and physical well-being.  

Forest School promotes the development of the whole child and allows children to develop a love and respect for the natural world. Children will learn to initiate their own learning, under the supervision of a qualified Forest School Leader who will offer opportunities to engage in exciting activities. Our Forest School program is progressive and each year the children will learn to build upon their previous learning to develop their skills and knowledge.  

Children will visit our woodland site throughout the year and- during the session- they will play games and explore. They will be offered the opportunity to take part in activities such as den building, fire lighting, outside cooking, undertake bush crafts and learn to use tools safely. These activities will often involve working together in pairs or small groups. Children will also be involved in caring for the woodland and also managing it so it continues to grow and flourish.  

‘Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiencing the environment’

– Maria Montessori. 

Overview of mathematics guidance for Key Stages 1 and 2

Staff Training Days 2022/2023 – School closed to pupils

  • Thursday 1st September 2022
  • Friday 2nd September 2022
  • Friday 21st October 2022
  • Monday 27th February 2023
  • Monday 5th June 2023

Staff Training Days 2023/2024 – School closed to pupils

  • Monday 4th September 2023
  • Tuesday 5th September 2023
  • Friday 29th September 2023
  • Friday 22nd December 2023
  • Friday 16th February 2024
  • Monday 3rd June 2024

Term Dates

Walton Holymoorside follow Derbyshire County Council’s terms dates and you can download our year calendars below:

Walton Holymoorside 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

You can download our Nursery Prospectus here.

Doors Open 8.30am 
Morning Register 8.45am 
School Day Ends 3.15pm 
(33hrs and 45mins per week)

School Curriculum and Standards

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.

LOTTERY COMMUNITY FUND LOGO - Cancer Focus Northern Ireland

SEND Policy

SEND Information Report

Our SENDCo is Mr Macnamara, please contact him via the school office regarding any SEND related questions.

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.


  • Leprechauns 7.30am- 8.30am, 3.15pm- 6.00pm daily. 

Enhanced (all clubs once per week) 

  • Year-round- Judo (KS2), Forest School (KS1 and KS2) 
  • Autumn 1: KS1- Gymnastics, Multi-Sports, Arts and Crafts, Football. KS2- Jumping Clay, Band Development, Football, Girl’s Football 
  • Autumn 2: KS1- Athletics, Jumping Clay. KS2- Family Cooking, Basketball, Gymnastics, Circus Skills, Coding and Game Design. 
  • Spring 1: KS1- Family pottery, Basketball, Mini-Trampolining, Performing Arts. KS2- Science Club, Athletics, Basketball, Dance 
  • Spring 2: KS1- Science Club, Football, Cheer Dance. KS2- Street Dance, Pottery, Arts and Crafts, Hockey, Cross Country, Football 
  • Summer 1: KS1- Multi-Sports, Arts and Crafts, Street Dance, Football KS2- Cricket, Dance Club, Football 
  • Summer 2: KS1- Karate, Multi-Sports, Football, Disney Dance. KS2- Robotics, Arts and Crafts, Netball, Football 

Lunch Clubs: KS1- Pupil-led Art Clubs, KS2- Chess Club, Mini-Leaders 


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

Contact Details


Walton Holymoorside Primary and Nursery School, Holymoor Road, Holymoorside, Chesterfield, S42 7DU

Tel: 01246 566502

Email: WHPAdmin@learnerstrust.org

For all enquiries please contact Mrs Critchley or Mrs Davies using the contact details above.

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

If you wish to contact our SENDCo, Mr Macnamara, 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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