Cavendish Close Infant and Nursery School is a Derby City School.
It is not connected with any religious denomination and caters for children between the ages of three and seven years.
The school was built in 2019 and has been developed at the back of the old school.
We have a 39-place nursery unit, 9 classrooms, a multi use hall, central library, staff room and administrative offices.
Outside we have a playground, several outdoor learning facilities, cheerfully decorated.
After Easter this year we will have approximately 253 children on roll in the Infants while the Nursery has 39 full time equivalent places. For the forthcoming academic year (from September 2019 to July 2020) our estimated number on role will be 265. We are permitted to admit 90 new children whose fifth birthday will be between 1st September and 31st August the following year.
Before coming into the Infant School the children are given the opportunity to visit their new class and class teacher and meetings are held for parents to discuss the transfer into the Infants. Where a child has not attended our nursery there is an opportunity to have a look at the school and the activities that occur.
Our school is organised into mixed ability classes within each year group. Foundation 2 classes are comprised of 2 classes with Autumn and Winter born children and 1 class with late Spring and Summer born children. This enables us to ensure that the youngest children get the extra support they need when they first start school. The Foundation 2 classes have a teacher and a full time Teaching Assistant.
Year 1 & Year 2 classes have a teacher and a part time teaching assistant.
At the end of each school year, the Head and the class teacher discuss each child, before deciding on the class placements for the following year. We consider friendships, maturity, working relationships and behaviour patterns when making these decisions. When twins are admitted to school we discuss with parents whether to place them in the same class for FS2 and Yr1. In Y2 we put twins into separate classes to encourage independence and development as individuals. This has proven to be advantageous to the individual children concerned. Parents can discuss this with staff prior to placements being decided.
We try to arrange for as many different groups to visit the school during the year as possible to support the children’s learning in many different ways. These will include artists, musical groups, theatre groups, the fire service, Church groups to lead assemblies, and any other organisations that can help with the children’s education.
St Mary’s Church:
The Assembly Team from St. Mary’s Church Chaddesden regularly visit the school to take the morning assembly. They are focused on advancing Christianity in Chaddesden and aim to share the gospel and promote good moral standards to the pupils in a simplified and fun way.
From time to time staff may arrange to take children on visits to support their learning. Parents will be given all the details of these visits in advance and will be asked to provide written permission and to complete an insurance form before a child can be taken on such a visit .
Parents are sometimes asked to help supervise such visits. Parent helpers for school visits are not required to pay for themselves. They are expected to have a CRB security check in order to take part.
Parents as Partners:
We encourage parents to come into school and help in a variety of ways. We already have parents helping with book club and some come into school to help in the classrooms. We are always grateful for help from parents so if you can spare some time then please get in contact with us. We value and welcome your support.
All helpers and parent helpers must be DBS checked before they can work in classrooms with groups of children.