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School History

The school has an interesting history and an overview has been compiled by one of our Governors Stan Wilton. 




Our school began life as Smalley Richardson Endowed School and was a boys only school until July 1958.  Boys came to the school from Smalley and Horsley Woodhouse at the age of seven and stayed there until they left school unless they passed what was then called the Eleven Plus exam and they took up positions at Heanor Grammar School.

Smalley Richardson Endowed School began life in 1721 when the Richardson brothers of Smalley Hall, John and Samuel, built the school to provide education for the boys of Smalley and Horsley Woodhouse.  It was, of course, just a one room school in those days, and for many years after.

John and Samuel Richardson made their money from mining and selling coal and upon their deaths their respective wills contained an endowment of, what in those days, was a sizeable amount of money and some property, one of which was a farm, to enable the school to continue and to provide sufficient money for twelve poor scholars of the area to attend the school.

This endowment was, and still in, administered by Trustees who are appointed from the communities of Smalley and Horsley Woodhouse

In my days at the school there were, as today, no poor scholars, so each term all the pupils names were put into a draw and twelve scholars names drawn out to receive seven shillings and sixpence (37p). 

The Dix family, Mr H H Dix and his father before him were headteachers of the Richardson Endowed School for Boys for well over one hundred years between them, followed by Cyril Arme, up to the point when it ceased to be just a boys school in 1958.

When, three years ago, urgent repairs were needed to the school roof, the original Headmasters Quarters from the early days of the school were uncovered, and photographs of this are displayed around school.

Until 1895 the Headmaster of the school lived on the job, then, when the “poor cottages” of Smalley village were pulled down (they were adjacent to the school) the land was used to build a new School House for the Head Teacher.  This is the large house which stands next to the school.  It was sold for private occupation following the retirement of Cyril Arme in the early 1960’s.

Since then, new classrooms have been build on what was the old School Garden, and land purchased by the Local Authority beyond this to make a school playing field, although this land was, and still is, itemised in situ for the building of more classrooms – even possibly a new school altogether – when what we today call the “top school” is classed as unfit for use. 



Boogie Beebie wake up in Class One!

Every morning in Class One we wake ourselves up with a Boogie Beebie! Have a go at home with your family by clicking here Boogie Beebie .



Year One Topic "Ourselves"

In September our topic in Class One will be all about "Ourselves." This is our Doctor's Surgery role play area that we will be using to support our learning.


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Welcome to Class 5

Hello class 5!

I hope you have had a fun summer and are ready to learn and have fun in year 5.  Our topic this term is World War II, we will be finding out about life during the war, creating some interesting art and design technology around this topic and perhaps even enjoying an Autumn Term trip linked to life during war time!  If you have any books at home which would help with our topic or perhaps memories from relatives who experienced the war in some way please bring them into school.

I hope you have all managed to collect things for your personal montage collage we will be creating during our first week back which will be displayed on our 'It's All About Me' display board in our classroom.



Welcome back class 2

We hope that you have had a lovely summer holiday and you are looking forward to returning to school.


Open Evening

Click on the link below to open the powerpoint shown on the open evening for the new reception children.

Download Open evening powerpoint


Welcome to Class One!

I hope that you have all enjoyed a nice long break over the summer and you and your child are feeling refreshed for the new school year, ready to start in Year One.

During the first half term in Class One our topic will be "Ourselves." This topic will be incorporated across a variety of subjects across the curriculum, for example in Science we will be looking at different parts of the body, in our Art lessons we will be doing self portraits, in Literacy we will be exploring the senses through poetry and in Design and Technology we will be learning all about healthy eating and making a healthy fruit salad.

If you have anything at home that you would like to bring in to school to share which would support the learning within our topic that would be fantastic!


Welcome to Class R

Welcome to Class R!  I hope you have all enjoyed the summer holidays and that your child is looking forward to starting school.

Ensuring that your child settles into school well is very important to us. Our main priority is to ensure that all of the children are happy, make friends and are able to explore their new environment. Remember- your child will be given a buddy from Year 6 to help with this.

For the first part of the Autumn Term our topic is called 'Me and my family'. The children will be looking at family related stories eg;  Grandpa;   Avocado Baby;   I want my Potty;   Funnybones;   The Large family stories,  Peepo etc and compare these to their own lives. We will be learning about our bodies and our senses and will be labeling simple body parts. The children will also look at their past and present and will share family/ baby photos and observe the changes. We will be finding out about how to lead healthy lifestyles by eating well and exercising. The children will also have opportunities to become creative making paper plate self portraits using a selection of resources and making model houses with construction or junk materials.

Please don't hesitate to come in and see me if you have any questions. I'm here to help.