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We are proud of our many achievements, both inside and outside of school.

Here are some of our greatest successes so far this year...

On Tuesday 19th September our school had the honour of attending the Dronfield in Bloom presentation evening. Mrs Peckett attended along with children from the Eco Team, to collect a Bronze Award for Best Flower Garden and another award for Continued development and most improved garden. We would like to thank the Eco Team for their hard work last year and also parents who supported the school in maintaining the gardens.

Footie Success

8 girls across KS2 entered a football competition with other local schools. 8 teams were present, with Levick showing amazing team spirit and being fantastic ambassadors for the school. Although we didn't win the tournament, we won Spirit of the Games trophy, somthing we are really proud of!

Big Art

In 'Big Art' during golden time some children have painted rocks. As part of the 'Dronfield Rocks' initiative we decorated stones to be placed at Lucas Arch, Dronfield during the Remembrance Day weekend. The children did a great job and all the rocks look wonderful - I am sure you will agree that it was a very fitting way for the people of Dronfield, young and old, to remember.

Remembrance Day Parade

It was once again a pleasure to attend the Remembrance Day Parade in Dronfield. Many of our children were representing organisations such as Cubs & Brownies, as well as a number of children and their families representing William Levick. I was immensely proud to see so many children and families there.

Christmas Tree Donation

We would like to thank New Leaf Garden Centre for their generous donation of a Christmas tree for our entrance area. They also kindly delivered the tree to school and I'm sure you will agree that it looks amazing!

Children in Need

We raised a fantastic £189.80 for Children in Need this year.

Young Voices

In January, a dedicated team of staff joined 50 amazing juniors at the Sheffield Arena last month for Young Voices. The event was a tremendous success and was thoroughly enjoyed by both the children and the staff.

Bronze Young Ambassadors

Six children from Y5 spent an exciting day at the English Institute of Sport last week in preparation to becoming our new Bronze Young Ambassadors. They were a credit to the school in their attitude and behaviour.


On the 29th January, 12 of our budding athletes took part in a cross-school competition at Henry Fanshawe. The children participated in a variety of events, winning some in the process! The children were brilliant ambassadors for our school and everyone had a terrific time!

Recent Events

Just before half term, foundation stage children had a fabulous morning on balance bikes in the hall. In addition to this the Y6 parents and children attended a SATs information evening. There was also the PTA disco which was a great success!


As you may be aware, the school is part of a research project titled ‘East Meets West’, co-directed by Trevor Higginbottom, a member of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for England and Wales. Partner organisations include the Shanghai Xiehe Education Group, DEC(SY), the UK Geographical Association, the British Council and the Institute of Education, University of London. The key aim of the Project is to compare Chinese and English primary education and determine what educators in both countries can learn from one another. This will provide an exciting and interesting opportunity to compare both pupil attainment and also the methods of teaching and learning adopted in both countries. Shanghai, currently, is the world leader in primary maths, in terms of pupil attainment. (PISA international statistics). A number of Chinese teachers have already visited us here and it will shortly be our turn for two of our teachers to visit them. Mrs Marshall and Mrs Astley, as our school representatives, will be visiting Shanghai between Monday 19th March and Friday 23rd March. This is an exciting opportunity for the school as we continually strive to develop and improve the learning we provide for all of the children.

National Lottery Fund

I am delighted to announce that school has been successful in a Big Lottery Fund bid and has received funding in order to develop the area currently unused at the side of Foundation Stage. This will be turned into a mini climbing zone aimed at the Infants, watch this space for further developments!

World Book Day

All the children looked amazing in their costumes on World Book Day.. The preceding inclement weather didn’t dampen the spirits or outfits of the children. We had some fantastic costumes to admire and all the children had a great day.

Y3/4 Athletics

A group of very talented and very enthusiastic Y3s and Y4s participated in an athletics event last Monday at Dronfield Henry Fanshawe. They did brilliantly and were fantastic ambassadors for the school.

Y3/4 Athletics

A group of very talented and very enthusiastic Y3s and Y4s participated in an athletics event last Monday at Dronfield Henry Fanshawe. They did brilliantly and were fantastic ambassadors for the school.

Bronze Young Ambassadors

Our Bronze Young Ambassadors organised their first event last Wednesday for Class 1. They did a terrific job, ensuring that the children had lots of wonderful opportunities for physical activity. Thank you Bronze Young Ambassadors for an amazing first event & thank you to all of the children who attended from Class 1.

Poetry Competition – Premier Writing Stars

We have yet another regional winner in a national competition. Naina, in Class 3, has won the Premier Writing Stars competition and received her award in a special assembly last Friday. Well done Naina!

Sports Relief

The children had a great time doing various sports activities in the Hall in their Sports attire today. We raised an amazing £144.45 for Sports Relief.

Swimming Gala

Swimming I am delighted to write that the children who swam in the gala on the 19th April 2018 were brilliant! They made nearly every final (winning one outright!) and came third overall, out of twelve teams, in combined results for boys and girls. Well done everyone – you were great!

Music Assembly

We hope your child enjoyed the recent music assembly by Dronfield Henry Fanshawe students. The children were a fantastic audience and the students from Fanshawe were very inspirational. Thank you to Mrs Rai for organising!

Eco Team News

Thank you to everyone who has collected used batteries for recycling. We have counted over 2000 batteries so far! We have arranged for these to be collected, but the good news is that we still will have a battery recycling point in school for you to continue to bring used batteries for future collections. We have also entered a national competition and are keeping our fingers crossed we win.

Piano Concert

Well done to all our pianists who took part in their first concert last Thursday afternoon – it was thoroughly enjoyed by all!

Dronfield Hall Barn

I hope that many of you managed to make the Dronfield Hall Barn celebrations over the bank holiday weekend. Our children’s work looked fantastic on display, as did the photographs the children had displayed in Dronfield Baptist Church. Well done to all of the children for representing the school so well in our community.


Well done to the four children who took part in the mini-tennis competition on Thursday last week. Mrs Youdan said you were all brilliant and great ambassadors for our school!

Book Fair

I am delighted to announce that the book fair raised an incredible £195 of commission for school to be able to purchase books for the library. These were shown to the children last Friday. Thank you to the helpers who ran the fair, and to all of the children, parents and other adults who came along to purchase a book.

Polar Explorers

Polar Explorers Y3, Y4 and Y5 children enjoyed making and firing paper rockets with our Polar Explorer Ambassador, as part of our Polar Explorer STEM project. It was a brilliant morning, with a number of rockets going a truly remarkable distance (and some not!) The Y6 children will be taking part in the same activity later in the year.

RE Afternoon for KS2

Our Junior children had a fantastic time during Monday and Tuesday learning about different faiths in RE. We thank all of our visitors for giving the time to come in as well as the children who were brilliant throughout the two days.

Polar Explorers

Y3, Y4 and Y5 children enjoyed making and firing paper rockets with our Polar Explorer Ambassador, as part of our Polar Explorer STEM project. It was a brilliant morning, with a number of rockets going a truly remarkable distance (and some not!) The Y6 children will be taking part in the same activity later in the year.


The Bronze Young Ambassadors put on another fantastic event after school, this time for the Y2s. They ran the entire event themselves, supported by Miss Michelmore, with the Y2s enjoying every minute. The Bronze Young Ambassadors are currently also working really hard at lunchtime running some intra-school competition between the House Teams. This will feed into the overall score at Sports Day. Current points are as follows:

Red – 18, Green – 19, Yellow – 17, Blue – 19.

Sudbury Hall

The Y1s and Y2s had a wonderful trip to Sudbury Hall on Wednesday 23rd May 2018. They were amazing ambassadors for the school, did lots of learning and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Well done everyone!


The Y5s had a brilliant day out at Mount St Marys School on Thursday. They participated in a number of athletic activities with a number of other schools across North East Derbyshire. They were a credit to themselves and the school – well done everyone!

EIS Visit

A group of children visited the EIS last week and spent a day participating in a variety of sporting activities. Thank you to all of the children who went, you were fantastic ambassadors for school. I am most proud of the amount of teamwork stickers we collected during the day – well done everyone!


Our Y6 children have returned from their residential trip to Kingswood. Both teachers, and all centre staff, have reported just how amazing the children have been whilst there. I, as headteacher, can also confirm that the children were brilliant when I visited them on Tuesday. There has been lots of challenge, personal achievements and plenty of encouragement throughout. I am very proud of all the Y6s for making the residential such a fantastic experience for all. Thank you also to Mrs Peckett and Mrs Astley for giving up their time to make the residential such a memorable experience.

Aspiration Day

Tuesday 19th June saw our very first ‘Aspiration Day’ in school. This was designed to initiate conversation with children regarding the world of work, raising aspirations as to the jobs people do as well as challenge any stereotypes about careers.

The day was a huge success with all children taking part and enjoying the experience. We also received lovely feedback from the volunteers about how wonderful our children were, both in their behaviour and also in their questioning of the volunteers.


Six Y6 children took part in a cycling competition recently and came second! Well done to those who participated. Not only did we do well but the organisers, once again, commented on the exemplary behaviour of our children.

Father’s Day Lunch

Thank you to all of the adults who attended our Father’s Day lunch. There was a fantastic turn-out and a great atmosphere in the hall.

Bronze Young Ambassadors

Our brilliant Young Ambassadors ran their final after school club of the year recently for Y4 children. They did a marvellous job of organising some fantastic activities, and the children who stayed and joined in were terrific sports – well done everyone!

KS2 Concert

Wow! Yesterday was the KS2 concert to parents & carers which was an incredible success! The children were truly amazing, coping with extreme heat (as well as one or two other mishaps) to present a memorable show. They were all an absolute credit to themselves, their families and the school.

Whole School Trip

Tuesday saw our whole school trip to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park. As ever our children were amazing and had many positive comments bestowed upon them. I would like to thank the PTA once again for funding the trip which all of the children enjoyed immensely. I would also like to thank the staff, particularly Mrs Peckett, for organising the event. This was not easy due to the size of the numbers involved but it all ran smoothly.

Commonwealth Games Events

Y2 and Y3 children recently participated in a multi-sports event alongside Gorseybrigg and St Andrews. These events were terrific – well done to all the children involved!

Well Dressing

Thank you to all of the families who attended the well dressing ceremony on Friday last week. The school had its biggest turnout for this event, with two of our children in Foundation Stage winning a prize in the colouring competition!

School Games Award

I am delighted to announce that this year the school has been awarded the Gold Mark for our commitment to sport and physical activity. After receiving silver last year, we are proud to achieve the gold award and will continue to build on the opportunities we provide the children in the future.

Dronfield in Bloom

On Tuesday 18th September we were very proud to be presented with a gold award for the best school wildlife garden, in the Dronfield in Bloom awards. A big thank you to all the children in the Eco Team and their families, who helped maintain and improve the school flower beds and wildlife area.

Science Ambassadors

Four children in Y5 were also recently trained as Science Ambassadors. They will be responsible for promoting an excitement about science in school, conducting ‘mad’ experiments in assemblies and at break times for the whole school. Watch this space for more updates!

Dronfield In Bloom

We are delighted to have collected the award for Best Wildlife Garden! Well done and thank you to those children in attendance on the evening and for Mrs Peckett for organising and attending also.


A number of Y6s took part in an athletics competition against 7 other schools last Thursday at Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School. The children did really well in all of the events and finished 4th overall. Huge congratulations and a big well done for the fantastic performances as well as for the outstanding behavior they showed throughout.

Remembrance Parade

Thank you to everyone who came and joined us at the annual Remembrance Day parade. We had more children attend this year than we have ever had before, so thank you again for supporting this important event. Thank you also to the 3 Y6s who laid the wreath on behalf of our school. It was great to see so many younger children too.

Wheelchair Basketball

The Y5s and Y6s participated in a wheelchair basketball workshop recently. During the morning the children learnt the skills of wheelchair basketball then in the afternoon they played competitive games. The Bronze Young Ambassadors also helped lead the day and did a brilliant job. An enjoyable day was had by all and the trainer was full of praise about how well our children behaved. We were very proud of them all.

Dronfield Station Artwork

Two of our Y6 children attended the opening ceremony of artwork that is being displayed at Dronfield train station. All our Y6 children participated in the art activities based around the centenary of the First World War and many were chosen for display. If you are near the station, please do go and take a look at what the children produced.

Dads Reading Evening

Our recent Dads Reading evening was once again another huge success! Feedback from parents and children was that another exciting night was had by all. Dens continued to be creative (fairy lights this time!) and lots of lovely reading was to be heard when the lights went out. I would like to thank Mrs Marshall for organising this event once again, as well as Mrs Wileman and Mrs Peckett for supporting on the evening.


The Y6s recently took part in a world record stack-a-cups event. Countries around the world participated in stack-a-cups games and competitions in order to beat the world record set last year. We are awaiting to hear the results.


Y6s recently participated in a net-fest event, in conjunction with our sports partnership, at Graves Leisure Centre. They had a great time, participating in many different activities. They were brilliant ambassadors for our school and enjoyed the day immensely.

Christmas Tree Celebration

We are very proud to support Dronfield Parish Church in their first Christmas tree festival display. All of our children throughout school contributed by making a Christmas decoration. Please go and take a look if you can!

Centenary Remembrance Exhibition

We were extremely pleased to be asked to provide various poppy artwork for the Dronfield Barn Centenary Remembrance exhibition. Every child's poppy has been displayed.

Save the Children

School raised £89 on our Christmas Jumper Day for Save the Children. Thank you for all your contributions.

Target Fest

The Y5s today took part in a sports event at Graves Leisure Centre. They had a great time and were fantastic ambassadors for our school – well done Y5s!

Dino Wall - National Lottery Community Fund

The Dino Wall has been installed and will shortly be in use for our Foundation and Year 1 children. The wall was paid for via a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund.Dino Wall

Y3/4 Athletics

A fantastic group of Y3 and Y4 children participated in an athletics event at Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School on Monday. Needless to say they were amazing, both as ambassadors for our school as well as talented athletes! They won numerous races but more importantly took part with excitement and encouragement of others. They were a pleasure to be with.

KS2 Art Day

A fabulous day was had by Juniors on Wednesday as they took part in our Art Day. All the children taking part enjoyed the event and some of the work produced was truly amazing. Well done to the children and to Mrs Youdan for organising.

Whirlow Trip

The Y1 and Y2 trip to Whirlow Hall Farm was a tremendous success. All of the children (and adults!) had a terrific time, feeding and stroking animals as well as learning where food comes from. Well done Infants on a fabulous visit!

Bake Off

We have been completely overwhelmed by the response we have had to the Fairtrade Bake Off competition. There were more than 70 entrants this morning, all fantastically baked and wonderfully presented. Then there was the tasting! All of the bakes were terrific, it was incredibly difficult to choose any winners. The panel narrowed it down to nine finalists, with four eventual winners. Hopefully you have followed us on Twitter and will have seen the many amazing creations we had, but the real joy was in the eating (yes this job is very challenging sometimes, but someone has to do it…)

Dance Platform

Wow! This is the only way to describe the Dance Platform at the Winding Wheel on Tuesday 5th March. Those present were treated to a dance showcase with some wonderful dance routines by local schools. Our children did not fail to impress, with the Y1s, Y2s and our dance golden time children producing amazing performances. The children were brilliant, but their behaviour was also commented upon by the staff at the venue, something I am equally proud of them for. Thank you to Mrs Smith, Mrs Marshall and Mrs Astley who gave a great deal of time (much of it their own time) to this event and obviously to all of the children for such a terrific experience!

World Book Day

Thank you to everyone for joining in so well with World Book Day. All of the events were a success and enjoyed by the children including the book swop, the book reading by staff, the hat making activity and Extreme Reading. Thank you to Mrs Marshall for organising the day’s events and to all the children for enjoying the day!

Lee Rowley MP

The Y5s and Y6s have recently been visited by Lee Rowley MP. They had prepared a series of questions for him in advance that can only be best described as probing! The children were amazing, showcasing our school fantastically well, with Lee commenting on how terrific the children were and how good their questions were too. We certainly have some budding politicians of the future in upper juniors. I certainly wouldn’t have wanted to face their questions.

Bikeability & Bikeability Fix

A number of Y5s and Y6s have been involved all week in Bikeability activities. They have been great, participating well and showing exemplary behaviour.


It was a pleasure to take a large group of juniors to watch the Halle orchestra perform at the Sheffield City Hall earlier this week. The children were a joy to be with and the concert was fantastic. Thank you to Mrs Rai for organising the event, to all the staff for giving up their time to go and to the children for making the trip so enjoyable for everyone.

Y3 Art workshop with DHFS

Year 3 children spent a fantastic afternoon with Henry Fanshawe A level art students, learning several different techniques to produce some wonderful pieces of work.


Swimming Gala

As you will be aware some of our Y5s and Y6s entered a swimming gala before the Easter break. We now have the results and I am proud to say that, out of 8 teams, we finished 2nd overall!

Wear Yellow Day

On Tuesday 21st May, William Levick children paid £1 to come to school wearing yellow. This idea came from the School Council for money to be raised to support 'Imogen's Dream'. This organisation was started by a former pupil of William Levick (Imogen Ellis) who sadly died of cancer at 17 years of age. 'Imogen's Dream' provides funds to send terminally ill children and their families on short breaks and momory making experiences. Well done William Levick Chldren!

Wear Yellow

Night at the Museum

The Y5s and Y6s who participated in a Night at the Museum had a terrific time on Friday night! They were a joy to be with and we all had a great time with lots of lovely comments from the museum staff who said the school was one of the best they had ever had stay. Thank you to Mrs Wileman, Mrs Peckett, Mrs Astley and Miss Michelmore for giving up their own time in making this event possible.

Y2 Event

The Y2s enjoyed a fabulous day at Gosforth Fields on Thursday this week. They participated in a variety of activities and thoroughly enjoyed each one, coming back red faced and smiling! Well done Y2s!

Ancient Greek Day

On Wednesday, the whole of the Juniors took part in a living history day. Organised by Mrs Peckett, the day included an assembly acting out some of the Ancient Greek myths, followed by fact-finding activities, puzzles, quizzes and even a Mini-Olympics before re-enacting a battle at the end of the day!

The children really enjoyed the experience and learned a great deal about the Ancient Greeks, immersing themselves into the experience. I would also like to mention how amazing they all looked, each and every child dressed in superb costumes. Thank you to all parents / carers for the effort put into costumes as it all helped the day feel special.

Summer Fest – Y4

Our Y4s had an amazing day at Gosforth Fields yesterday at a sports festival organised by our sports partnership. It was a great day and, judging by the state of the children on their return, very well enjoyed. Well done Y4s!

Y2 Singing

Our Y2s braved the rain and participated in a music event at St Andrew’s on Tuesday along with Gorseybrigg. Mrs Marshall reported that the children were fabulous, well done to them for their positive attitude to the weather and not letting this put them off!

Y5/6 Cycling

On Monday the Y5s and Y6s were treated to a great cycling event on our field. Run by Cycle Derby and organised by North East Derbyshire School Sports Partnership, the children participated in agility and racing events. The children were fantastic and once again need mentioning for their positive attitude to the weather conditions, particularly the Y5s who were out in the worst of it!

Kingswood Residential

This week has seen our Y6s take part in their annual residential to Kingswood. We have been blessed previously with nice weather, then there was this year… However, Mrs Peckett, Mrs Astley and Miss Marley have commented that the children have been fabulous throughout! Well done children for staying positive and enjoying your experience nonetheless and a huge thank you to Mrs Peckett, Mrs Astley and Miss Marley for making this possible.

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Extensive transition activities take place so that children entering Year 1 are able to settle well and make accelerated progress. These activities are effective, leading to rapid progress later in Year 1. Ofsted report