Wellness Wednesday - 23rd October 2019


On ‘Wellness Wednesday’ last week, we promoted anti-stigma towards Mental Health issues.

Each form group created a pumpkin to promote positivity and well-being, then these were placed in pride of place around the Springwell tree.

Don't they look amazing?!!


Local Democracy Week 2019

Y7 and Y8 students have been learning all about the importance of democracy as part of their PSHE lessons. Issues have been explored and debated in classes for the last couple of weeks, before a selection of students joined local councillors on a Question Time style panel in the college hall. Y7 students were joined by Councillors Lisa Collins, Howard Borrell, Paul Holmes to discuss issues such as climate change, anti-social behaviour and the rise in the use of food banks. Y8 were accompanied by Councillors Lisa Collins, Howard Borrell, Sheila Niblock, Chris Ludlow and Barry Dyke. Many thanks to all the councillors for giving up their time to come and join in with our debates!



  Congratulations to our SCART Volunteers!

SCART is happy to announce that a number of our Student Volunteers, Community Volunteers and members of Friends of SCART group, have recently received their Volunteers Passports for completing the Derbyshire County Council Volunteering course.
SCART highly values all of our Volunteers and we are so pleased for all of these individuals, who gave up even more of their own time to undertake this course.
We would like to say a big thank you to Derbyshire County Council for delivering this course to them.
Well done everyone.





Chesterfield Foodbank 2019

In conjunction with Wellness Wednesday on 23rd October 2019, we asked for food to be brought into college, to donate to the Chesterfield Foodbank.

We had the pleasure of handing over our donations on the last day of term.

Chesterfield Foodbank confirmed that over 200kgs of much needed food was collected from Springwell Community College, to help local people in crisis.






Achievement Evening 2019

Our annual Achievement Evening took place recently with over 120 prizes handed out to students.  Each curriculum area nominated students for the subject prize and the most improved student received a prize for progress.   Winners were awarded a beautiful glass engraved trophy and a gift token as a memento of their achievements.  Prizes were handed out by the Chair of Governors, Kay Bonnett, and the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield, Councillor Gordon Simmons and Councillor Kate Caulfield. Our Y11 Rock School singers performed two songs, accompanied by our singing teacher Mark Cunningham. 

Our Y11 GCSE Art students also displayed their incredible talents with a gallery of their final GCSE work.  The BTEC Performing Arts Dance and Drama students’ work was also showcased – reflecting some of the remarkable talent that our students display in a range of different pursuits. Another lovely evening, showing that hard work always pays off!  Congratulations to all of our winning students. 


MFL Castleton Residential 2019

23 keen and enthusiastic Year 11’s gave up part of their Easter holidays to venture out to Castleton Youth Hostel for 24 hours of intense revision.  Students participated in role-plays, photo cards and general conversations followed by a mock speaking exam.  They were a credit to Springwell Community College and those that attended the extensive revision session performed brilliantly in their GCSE speaking exam, fingers crossed for fantastic results in the summer!  Well done everyone!

Y9 Zebra Red Sessions

Y9 have taken part in the incredible ZebraRed sessions recently, exploring racism, hate crime, radicalisation, knives and gang culture. Led by Professor Manny Barot and Jason Farmer, the sessions were hard hitting and have given the students plenty to think about.

Staveley School Awarded Champion Status


Springwell Community College in Staveley has been awarded champion school status for their involvement in National Citizen Service (NCS), a government-backed youth programme for teenagers.

Springwell Community College received the status in recognition of the continued support given to the scheme, encouraging more than 60 students to take part in NCS, which helps young people develop a broad range of skills that have life-long value, such as leadership, team working, confidence, independent thinking and community responsibility.

“We’re delighted to offer ongoing support for NCS as we believe it plays a vital role in the development of our students as they transform into adulthood,” said Cuan Jacques, Faculty Leader for Personal Development.

Cuan was awarded the plaque, signed by the Prime Minister, from former NCS graduates at a special ceremony at the Stuart Hotel in Derby to mark the achievement.

NCS is an opportunity open to all 16 and 17 year olds across England. Over the course of four weeks, participants spend time away from home experiencing outdoor life to its full, working with local business and charities to build new skills, and putting those new skills to good use to create a project that will help others better enjoy the local community.  Schemes run by Springwell students over the last few years include improving accessibility for disabled people around the town centre and increasing support and awareness of homelessness.

To date, over 500,000 young people across the UK have taken part in NCS, which is delivered regionally by Ingeus, in partnership with local youth organisations. 

“All of our champion schools can be really proud of what they have achieved,” said Ingeus NCS National Marketing Manager, Sarah Hartley. “They have fully supported their young people and encouraged them to aim high. All of our graduates and their schools have achieved some amazing results, of which they can all be really proud.”

To find out more visit www.NCSYES.CO.UK


 Remembrance Day 2018










As part of the celebration for the end of WW1 100 years ago, the college held a special remembrance service for all students, staff, governors and special guests today.


The Poem, ‘We Remember’ was read and The Last Post was played, following which a 2 minutes silence was observed. The ceremony was very moving, respectful and very fitting to mark the fallen soldiers. We are very proud of our students for taking part and were impressed with their conduct throughout.  Our thanks go to the local community and special guests for their attendance.


Made in Chesterfield 2018

Six of our Y11 business students enjoyed the morning at Kingfield Electronics as part of the Made in Chesterfield Project. Students were taken on a guided tour of the site and then participated in some hands-on activities.  An informative and enjoyable morning had by all.





Local Democracy Week 2018

This week has been Local Democracy Week and to mark the occasion our Years 7,8,9 and 10 have been joined by local Chesterfield Councillors for our very own "Springwell Question Time".  Topics discussed included Society in 1918 verses 2018, Brexit and Homelessness.




Madrid 2018

Last week we took 15 Y10 and Y11 students to Madrid, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain.

On the first day we went to Inlingua where we practised our spoken Spanish and learnt lots of key phrases which we used during our visit. We played lots of games which enabled us to use the language around the city. The Spaniards were very impressed with how hard we tried!

We went shopping in Sol, stood in the centre of Spain and had lots of photos with famous characters like Mickey Mouse, Peppa Pig and Mr Bean. We watched the world go by in the Plaza Mayor. On the final day we went to the Royal Palace to enjoy some culture of the Spanish royal family and did a tour of the Estadio Bernabeu where Real Madrid play their games, and we also had the opportunity to have our photo taken with the Champions League trophy.

Every day we practised our spoken Spanish ordering food and drink and asking where things were. Some of us were also brave enough to try and have conversations with the local shopkeepers and random strangers on the tube!

We also enjoyed a visit to Parque Warner a theme park with lots of exciting rollercoasters and what made it even better was the Halloween theme, lots of crazy, scary and strange people wandering around.

An amazing time was had by all and hopefully to be repeated again next year……


Hasta pronto, Mrs Greaves


Anti-Bullying Training 2018

Springwell Community College hosted Regional Anti-Bullying Training for primary and secondary, which was delivered by Anti-Bullying Pro. 

During the training students looked at the different types of bullying, the impact bullying has on someone and what support they can give as trained anti-bullying ambassador. 

The training was sponsored by Facebook and awareness was raised in how to deal with online bullying and what really happens when you block and report something. 

The day also consisted of students planning and developing campaigns they could lead in school to raise awareness of anti-bullying.


Results Day 2018

Students at Springwell Community College are celebrating some excellent examination results this morning. Amongst those celebrating are five students who attained one or more grade 9’s. Grade 9 is the highest grade in the new 9-1 graded GCSEs and are awarded to only around two percent of students. The five are Hoi (biology, chemistry, physics and maths), Niamh (English language and history), Kimberly (English literature), Jason (maths) and Chelsea (chemistry).

The college’s analysis shows that the students who have made the most progress since sitting their primary school tests are Niamh, Chelsea, Leo, Jamal and Henry.

Overall more students achieved grades 4-9 in English and maths than in previous years, with the percentage increasing from 54 to 56%.

Headteacher Ian Wingfield said: “Our students thoroughly deserve this success which is down to their hard work and commitment during their five years with us. We wish them well in the next stage of their education or training and in their future careers.”

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