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!



 Remembrance Day 2017



  It was wonderful to see all of our students and staff coming together for our remembrance ceremony. 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.

Certificate Presentation Evening


It was fantastic to see so many of our last year’s Year 11 students at our recent Certificate Presentation Evening. 

Congratulations and well done to all.

 Any students who were unable to attend, certificates can be collected from college during college hours.  A letter of authorisation is required if someone is collecting them on your behalf.  Any questions please contact our Examinations Officer.

STEER 2017

STEER 2017 

On Wed 10th May the college was visited by the engineering roadshow run by NTL apprenticeships from Brimington. The company is a long standing supporter of the college and provides many memorable events that Springwell students have taken part in. The previous week, Keith Dixon had visited Springwell and spoken to a group of budding engineers about the apprenticeship route – the benefits, what it can lead to and the qualities needed to complete one successfully. Keith then returned the following week with his ‘virtual welding’ kit. Students were invited to have a go and see if they had what it took to keep a steady hand and perform a weld properly! It was well received by students from different year groups and again, Keith was on hand to give practical advice, both about welding skills and the opportunities that an apprenticeship can provide. 

Open Centre Derby 2017

Tomorrow is the final day of our Y7 students visiting the Open Centre at Derby. The visit has taken place over three days to enable all students in the year group to attend, to help increase their understanding of Islam and Sikhism which is studied in RE this year.  Students have visited a Mosque and Sikh Temple and have also taken part in a Hindu Wedding Workshop.  Impeccable behaviour from our students and a great opportunity to enhance their knowledge and cultural diversity. 

Open Centre Derby 2017

London Arts Residential 2017

London 2017 

The annual Arts pilgrimage to London took place in March 2017, as not one, but two coaches made the journey down to the Big Smoke.

Over 70 staff and students from Springwell journeyed down the M1 to enjoy a cultural extravaganza.  After enjoying a sight-seeing tour, students settled down to a feast at Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Shack in Leicester Square and found out that life is, indeed, like a box of chocolates…

We then soaked in the amazing visual spectacle that is the stage version of Disney’s Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre in Covent Garden.  The stunning blend of African dancing, amazing puppetry and stunning music from Elton John and Tim Rice made for an unforgettable evening.

After an overnight stay at Heathrow, students then experienced the Tate Modern and lunch on the banks of the River Thames, followed by a matinee performance of Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time.  Based on the brilliant novel by Mark Haddon and adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens, the National Theatre production was a visually stunning treat shedding light on Asperger’s syndrome and exploring what really did happen to Wellington the dog.

Staff and students arrive back late on day two, tired but happy.  Roll on next year!


In PSHE lessons, as part of Local Democracy Week, pupils from Year 7 to Year 11 investigated various local issues, ranging from the state of King George’s park, litter on the streets, dog and horse mess, the Park Resort and what to do with the old Queen’s Park site.  Pupils then formed teams and had to write their own speeches – giving alternative views on the various local issues.

Helping to promote pupils’ oral literacy as well as appreciate and understand ideas surrounding democracy and fundamental British Values, the project culminated on 14th October, when four councillors from Chesterfield Borough Council visited the College and listened to the different issues.

Pupils grabbed the opportunity to have their views listened to with both hands and gave a range of passionate, confident and articulate speeches – and really engaged with the local issues.

The councillors Tom Murphy, Mick Wall, Tricia Gilby and Jean Innes are pictured with Y8 pupils, Libby and Larissa.



Miss Hoyle is taking up the reins of Springwell’s award-winning Anti-Bullying Team.  The Ambassadors have welcomed Miss Hoyle and are looking forward to working alongside her on projects to raise the profile of anti-bullying work across the College.  Her first involvement will be the creation of a FlashMob Dance to support and celebrate Anti-Bullying Week in November.   We have 7 new Ambassadors joining our team who will trained by our senior Ambassadors on how to support those who are targeted with bullying. Miss Hoyle said “I am really excited to take on this new role and continue the amazing work that happens within Springwell to promote anti-bullying. There are lots of exciting things planned for this year to educate our students and the local community on prevention and support. The Ambassadors are a great team to work with and extremely passionate about what they do”.

Keep up to date with the Ambassadors’ work on the Springwell College’s website and Facebook page, and all messages from Miss Hoyle and our Anti-Bullying Team will be posted regularly on their Twitter Account @SpringyABTeam.



A second team of bag-packers went to Morrisons on Thursday 17th December, making the total across this and other fundraising in College, £783.59 for Ashgate Hospice - almost at our target of £1,000.




The whole College took part in the Remembrance Service today, commemorating soldiers and service personnel who had lost their lives in the First World War and the conflicts since.  

Our first victory of the year! Well done to the Inclusion Team, ranked 5th best in Derbyshire 2015 and winners of the Chesterfield SEN Sports Team of the Year. 

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