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.”


Fond Farewells

On the last day of term staff and students at Springwell Community College said goodbye to a number of members of staff.  Six members of staff retired or left after working at the college and its predecessor schools for a combined total of over 150 years; Debbie Rayner, Gill Leake, Ken Allen, Carol Clarke, Jill Codrington and Angela Barnston.


Headteacher Ian Wingfield said: “It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to six teachers who have given their careers to Springwell and to education in Staveley and Brimington.  Many of our students’ parents have been taught by one of more of them and, dare I say it, a few grandparents too!  It is absolutely right that we give them a great send off on their last day,  to show our admiration of their wonderful careers and give our thanks for everything they have done for the young people of our community.  All of us wish them very happy and healthy retirements.”

The colleagues arrived by limousine and were driven in to the college grounds,  to be welcomed by all students and staff, who sang  a song.

Guest of honour was Steve Pettett.  Mr Pettett is retiring as a college governor after 27 years in office.  During this time he has overseen the appointment of six headteachers and was a driving force in securing and planning the college’s new buildings, which were opened in 2011. Mr Pettett’s career in education began in 1974 as a science teacher at Brimington Boys’ School.  He then taught at Westwood School and subsequently at Springwell, where he was a deputy headteacher.

Mr Wingfield paid tribute to Mr Pettett’s contribution to education in the area: “Steve has dedicated his working life and a large part of his retirement to improving the life chances of young people in our area.  On behalf of students, staff, governors and the community I would like to thank him sincerely for everything he has done for us and wish him a very happy retirement.”


Austria 2018

On Friday 23rd March 2018, 43 intrepid Springwell students, with 5 staff accompanying, departed on the long trip to Austria.

For the vast majority of the group, this world of snow and mountains was unlike anything they had seen before and students were faced with new and challenging experiences every day.

Throughout the week there were tears; a week on the  mountains is not to be taken lightly.  However, there were many more smiles. By the end of the week, new skills had been learnt, new friends made, and challenges faced that, I am sure, the students would not have thought themselves capable of at the start of the week.

By the last day, we had a coachload of students who could now ski down a mountain!!

Since coming back to  college, it is noticeable that we now have a cohort of passionate skiers.  We look forward to planning the second Springwell ski  holiday… this space!!

Mr L Garratt, English Teacher & Trip Leader  


World Book Day 2018

Springwell students celebrated world book week recently and met Alan Gibbons, Blue Peter Award winner.

Belgium Trip February 2018

On Friday 16th February a group of Year 11 and Year 10 history students set off to Belgium on their WWI Battlefields Trip.  After a calm sailing across the Channel we arrived in Calais and made our way over the border in to Belgium.  At sunset we arrived at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, which was also used as a casualty clearing station during the war. Students were surprised at the huge number of gravestones at the cemetery and the number of different countries and religions that were represented. We then made our way to the Oude Abij Hotel in Lo-Reninge and enjoyed an artefacts quiz with our tour guide Jason.

We were up very early on Saturday for our day travelling around the Ypres Salient vising various battle sites, trenches and cemeteries. Highlights of a very busy day included a trip to the Passchendaele Memorial Museum where students were able to experience life in the trenches for themselves, and a visit to Croonaert Wood Cemetery where students all laid a poppy next to a grave of a soldier. After enjoying our evening meal in an Ypres restaurant, it was time to head to the Menin Gate for the Last Post Ceremony.  Lauren, Adam and Charlotte made us all extremely proud by representing Springwell at the ceremony and laying a wreath during the service in front of hundreds of people.  It was a moving moment and made us all stop and reflect on what we had seen.

Sunday morning was spent at Sanctuary Wood trenches and at Essex Farm Cemetery and Dressing Station where John McCrae wrote the famous ‘In Flanders Fields’ poem.  It was then time to catch our ferry back to Dover.

It was a fantastic trip; the behaviour of our students was exemplary at all times, we learnt lots of new knowledge about the fighting in World War One and how soldiers were treated, the weather was stunning and we all spent several moments thinking of the sacrifice people made in the Great War.  Lest we forget.

 Looking forward to doing it all again soon!


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