History of our School
Etwall has a long history of education, with the oldest part of our school dating back to 1870. It was built with money provided by the Governors of Sir John Port’s Charity Fund. A further classroom was added under similar funding in 1905. Derbyshire County Council still lease this part of the school and surrounding land from the John Port Trust.
As the number of children attending the school grew use had to be made, at various times, of the village hall, the parish rooms and some secondary school classrooms. We are pleased to say that we are now all on one site!
Additions to the classroom accommodation at the present school were added in 1950 and 1963, and office accommodation was opened in 1965. A new classroom for Robins class opened in September 2011. There are many people still resident in Etwall who were pupils of the school before all this building work - even Mr Harrison, our School Caretaker, remembers coming to school in the original old school building!
Etwall Primary School today...
Etwall Primary School is a co-educational Community Primary School for children from 4 to 11 years of age.
We have nine classrooms, a multi-purpose hall, a new library/group intervention room, a Positive Play room (Star Light Room), a kitchen and an on-site refurbished swimming pool (thanks for our fantastic PTFA).
We have three tarmac play areas (including a netball court), extensive grass areas (including a football pitch and two rounder’s pitches), a wildlife/senses garden and a school allotment. Our most recent additions are a Trim Trail, a Tyre park and a Traversing Wall, complete with all-weather surface. One tarmac area is used for the children to play football on a rota system from Year 1 to Year 6. The children have play equipment out during playtime and lunch times.
The school has very limited car parking facilities for parents adjacent to the main drive only. However there is ample parking space at the village hall – Frank Wickham Hall - on Portland Street. We recommend the use of this larger car park to avoid congestion and lessen the danger to pedestrians.
We encourage walking to school at every opportunity, and there is a small cycle store available, for children who have been allocated a place, to secure their cycle. Children, who are accompanied by their parents/carers to school, also enjoy coming on their scooters. Storage of scooters during the school day is limited so some scooters do have to be taken home by parents/carers after each journey. However, a new Scooterpod was installed next to the Bike Shed in May 2012.