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Information for Parents

These pages are intended to provide parents with key information about the school. Please come back to this page as it will be updated on a regular basis. The page also includes key documents for you to download.

School Hours

9:00 - Start of school 

12:00 - 1:00 - Lunch

3:10 - End of School KS1

3:20 - End of School KS2


All admissions are dealt with by the local authority - click here for more information. However, if you are interested in your child attending the school we would recommend that you make an arrangement to visit the school and see the excellent work and welcoming atmosphere for yourself. Please phone the office 01332 880317 to make an appointment.



Download Richardson Prospectus (web)

School Holiday dates

Please click here for the latest holiday dates.


Exceptional Leave of Absence Form

If you have an exceptional leave of absence request please find the  form below to download.

Download Leave of Absence request form



Please click here for the latest Ofsted report.


School Performance

Please click here  for the latest school performance page.

To see our performance on the DFE website and compare with local schools please click here.

Also you can read about our latest results here.

Finally to read newspaper articles about our results from 2012 click here.


Pupil Premium

What is it?

The pupil premium is funding allocated to schools for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment of pupils from low-income families. Funding is based on children registered for a free school meal and children that have been in care for more than six months.

Why has it been introduced?

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 wealthier 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 we are required to publish online information about how we have used the Premium.

For the academic year September 2011 to July 2012 our school received £4300 of Pupil Premium funding. For the financial year April 2012 to March 2013 our school has received £10800. The percentage of our pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is: 6%  The national percentage is 19.2%.

During 2011- 2012 we used the Pupil Premium in the following ways:

  •  Booster groups for children underperforming in Y2 and Y6.
  • Additional TA hours to work with vulnerable children.

Next year we plan to use the Pupil Premium as follows:

  • HLTA hours with responsibility for working with vulnerable children.
  • Booster groups for children in Y2 and Y6.


The school follows the National Curriculum. Teachers use these guidelines but plan their lessons creatively to meet the individual needs of the pupils. You will be able to see many examples of the exciting lessons on each class page. If you would like any more information regarding our curriculum please do not hesitate to contact the school.


School Uniform

You can buy any of our school uniform items from Tesco using the lik below and our unique code 112853. You can see a full breakdown of our expectations on uniform in our school prospectus above.




School Tweets





School Calendar


Contact Details

The School Contact Details are as follows:


Main Rd,



Tel: 01332 880317



Staff Gallery

Meet the staff!!



Mr. Crawford - Headteacher   

Matthew Crawford

Mrs. Mason - Deputy Headteacher/Class 5

Mrs Mason

Mrs. Domkowicz - Class 6

Key Stage 2 Leader

Mrs Domkowicz

Mrs. Rawlings - Class 4

Mrs Rawlings

Mrs. Walton - Special Needs Teacher


Mrs. Rhodes - Class 3

Senior Leader

Mrs Rhodes

Mrs Reckless - Key Stage 1 Leader/Class 2


Mrs Boole - Class 2


Miss. Thomson - Class 1

Mrs Smith - Class 1

Miss Hill - Class R

Miss Hill


Mrs. Evans - Higher Level Teaching Assistant


Mrs. Shaw - Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Mrs Shaw

Mrs. Drury - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Drury

Mrs. Hird - Teaching Assistant


Mrs. Shelton - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Shelton

Mrs Hart - Teaching Assistant


Mrs Hull - Teaching Assistant


Miss Lockley - Teachers Assistant/Office support

Miss Lockley



Mrs Bacon - Office Manager

Mrs Bacon

Mr. Bates - School Caretaker


Mrs Flynn - Cleaner/Midday Supervisor

Mrs. Walker -Catering Supervisor

Mrs. Annable - Kitchen Assistant
Mrs. Longdon - Senior Mid-day Supervisor/Teaching Assistant

Mrs. Hamilton -  Mid-day supervisor

Mrs. James - Mid-day supervisor

Mrs. King - Mid-day supervisor

Mrs Sewter - Mid-day Supervisor


Governing Body

The school has a very active Governing Body and they work very hard for the school. The Governors spend a lot of time in school developing their role and visiting classes. The Governors are very approachable so if you have any questions for them please ask. A photo and short bio is below:

Michaela Phillips

Michaela Phillips

Parent Governor

My husband and I live in Smalley village and we have two children at Smalley School, Rowan and Samuel. I became a governor at the school as I am interested in finding out what happens at school 'behind the scenes' and I want to be involved in my children's future at the school. I also want to be able to help influence the school in going from strength to strength. I am a serving  Police Sergeant in the Derbyshire Constabulary, and my current role is overseeing the training of the new recruits into the force - Police Officers, PCSO's and Special Constables. My husband is a Safer Neighbourhood Sergeant at Ripley, and part of the area he covers is Smalley. As a family we like to watch sport, following Nottingham Forest, Nottingham Outlaws and Leeds Rhinos. We also like walking and exploring the outdoors. 

Tim Hollingshurst

Parent Governor

I have two children at our school and have lived in the Heanor area for 12 years. Over the past 3 years I have observed how interested in the development of the children, and how engrained in the community, the school is and this has encouraged me to increase my involvement.  My children will be at the school for a further 5 years and if I can help shape and support the school to benefit them and others in the future, then why wouldn’t I want to be involved!? I work for a large multinational company as a Senior Information Solutions Specialist. My favourite part of my job is working with people from all over the world. I have a number of close friends in America that I especially enjoy working with.  When I’m not working I have a keen interest in technology and like to stay fit by running and indoor climbing. I have completed a number of races in 2013 (starting with the Silverstone half marathon for Team Eddy), including extreme obstacle courses, and I am planning to continue this and increase my training in 2014 to compete in a number of triathlons.


James Taylor

James Taylor

Co-opted Governor, Chair of the Finance & Resources Committee

I am proud to say that I have been a school governor at our fantastic school since 2009. I have three girls at Smalley school and as a parent I am naturally very keen that they receive a great education in a caring and safe environment. I am a Chartered Accountant and look to bring my financial experience to make a positive difference for the benefit of our school as well as the wider community. I am proud of what we have achieved over the past few years and look forward to the challenges ahead as we strive to improve the school further.

Sheila Porter  

Shelia Porter


Local Authority Governor

I am Derby born and bred and I have lived in Smalley for 20 years. Married to John for 50 years we have a son and daughter and four granddaughters.  I am a qualified, now retired, Occupational Therapist and worked for 20 years for Derbyshire County Council Social Services.

I am a Christian, a regular worshipper at St John the Baptist church, a member of the Parochial Church Council and value the links the school has with church.  I enjoy reading, sewing, knitting, paper crafting and walking through woodland (as I love trees!).  My initial support for the school began when two of our grandchildren, Hannah and Alice, attended the school and I was asked to make costumes for the school nativity play. I continued making costumes for other productions for 8 years.  Hannah and Alice had an excellent education and benefited greatly from the strong ethos of care and consideration shown by all throughout the school and have continued to work hard and do well. They look back on their time at Richardson Endowed as a happy experience and an excellent start in life. This strong ethos and happy caring environment is still very evident in school. I have been privileged to be a school governor for past 10 years.     


Sarah Armitage

Sarah Armitage

Co-opted Governor and Chair of Governors

I’ve lived in Smalley since 2004 and my youngest daughter, Heidi, is at the school. My elder daughter, Rose is at Heanor Gate and I’m married to Mike. I’ve been a school governor here for 5 years and feel very privileged to be able to contribute to our on-going success and work with a highly skilled and motivated whole school team.  I balance governor duties with running my own business, Work Vitality, which involves me coaching and facilitating to help organisations to build strong leadership, team-working and a high performing culture. Any free time is mainly spent on holiday (or planning the next holiday!) in our motorhome called Myles (about 4,000 miles travelled last year!). With our newly strengthened governing body and lots of developments in the pipeline, I’m very excited about the opportunities ahead for taking our excellent school from strength to strength.


Stacey Hudson

Stacey Hudson

Clerk to Governors

I live in Smalley with my husband Dave and two sons Ewan (attends Smalley Richardson) and baby Archie. I am a School Business Manager at Firbeck Academy. Generally the role of SBM is vast and includes managing the school budget, all matters affecting the school personnel and buildings. It allows the Headteacher of a school to concentrate on curriculum areas and teaching and learning.

As a Nottingham City school with a high pupil premium, EAL and housed in three aged buildings  my role is varied and challenging also encompassing safeguarding, attendance and admission issues and arrangements too. Firbeck converted to academy on 1st July 2013, so much of my last year was focused on the conversion. I am also a staff governor at Firbeck Academy sitting on the Finance Committee too. In my spare time I am company secretary for Sage Engineering Solutions my role with them includes running payroll, invoicing, VAT returns, making payments, preparing and filing the annual company accounts. In my spare, spare time I am chairperson for the PTFA at Smalley Richardson School.


Kate Bridgett

Co-opted governor

I have lived in the area for 11 years and am grandma to 2 children in the school.  Although now semi-retired, I was formerly ICT Curriculum Strategy Manager (Adviser) for a Local authority working with schools to develop their ICT curriculum.  I am a qualified teacher and work regularly with staff in school, on a voluntary basis, to help develop staff skills to deliver the new computing curriculum.  I am committed to supporting our school to enable them to deliver the best possible education for all of the children in the school.

In my spare time I enjoy gardening, coastal sailing and narrowboating.  Spring time and warmer weather will see me heading off down the Erewash Canal for another cruise around the English canal system.


Diane Swindell

Diane Swindell

Foundation Governor

I have lived in Smalley for over 30 years and have been a governor for 5 years as an adopted representative of the Richardson Foundation Trust. I have particular responsibilities for Safeguarding, children with Special Needs and the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Since retirement (I was originally an Infant Teacher but spent most of my teaching career as an Early Years Tutor in a College of Further Education) I have been a regular volunteer in school, working with pupils in Year 2. Always I find them polite, hardworking, confident in tackling new skills or situations and in working with others. This, I feel, is one of the strengths of the school as a confident child usually achieves the best in their life.

Being in regular contact with school helps me to experience at first hand current everyday practice and issues and this, together with my career experience, hopefully helps me to be a more effective school governor in a school which is exciting and robust.


Newsletters, Letters and School News

Each Newsletter will appear on this page to help those parents where the letters sometimes don't make it home!! Also there is an option to have the letters e-mailed to you if you prefer to receive it this way. This will help the school save money on both ink and paper that can then be spent on additional resources  for the children. Please see the first newsletter in September 2011 for more details.


Click here to see the latest letters.


The village has an active Tennis Club that welcomes new members. Please follow the link below for more details:



e-safety links

The school takes it's responsibility of safeguarding your children very seriously. One key aspect of safeguarding is e-safety. To find out more information please click on the following links from these websites: 


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Think You Know 5-7


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Think You Know 8-10


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Know it all


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BBC Stay Safe

Parent Champion Group

The school will be setting up a Parent Champion Group in the Autumn Term. A Parent Champion Group is different to the PTA group as it is a non-fundraising body. A good way to describe it is similar to a 'school council for parents'! Previous Parent Champion Groups I have worked with have become fully involved in the life of the school and organised excellent community events such as 'Bring your parents/grandparents to school day, Dads and Kids Quiz night and children attending local care homes to sing.  Also, previous groups have helped the school design Parent questionnaires and advice has been sought on other key documents.

To see the latest Parent Champion News please click here.

Your support is vital to the school and this is yet another brilliant way for you to be involved. Thank you as ever for your continued support for the school.