New school joins education trust in Derbyshire

Posted by: Belinda Hargreaves

Fri 17th November 2023

Stonebroom Primary & Nursery School officially joined the Christopher Nieper Education Trust on October 1.
The David Nieper Academy, the first school in the trust, and Stonebroom Primary had been working ever more closely together over the last 18 months and had been working with the Department for Education on the trust conversion process.
Stonebroom Primary & Nursery School has a long history of providing “high quality education for its pupils and outstanding support for local families and the wider Stonebroom community.”
Their current Ofsted inspection, which was carried out in September 2019, rates the school as ‘Good’ in all areas. Within their report, an Ofsted inspector stated that: “Pupils are proud of and enjoy coming to their school.” They added: “Pupils respect their teachers and think that learning is important.”
Stonebroom school’s mission statement is “Together Aspire, Together Achieve,” and staff take pride in that this is at the heart of everything at Stonebroom.
A spokesman for the school said: “Whilst focusing on the core skills of reading, writing and maths, staff ensure that Stonebroom is a safe and happy place to be and provides a wide range of opportunities for all children to achieve their potential.
“The curriculum offers skills and enrichment so that every child can gain the foundations for a quality future life and a love for life-long learning.”
Headteacher Sara George says that she is very proud of the school and in particular of the number of extra-curricular activities that take place both before, during and after school.
She said: “We believe that learning is not restricted to the classroom and that every child who comes to Stonebroom has an entitlement to a range of visits and experiences that enrich and enliven the curriculum.
“Outdoor learning, creative arts, being eco-friendly and being a highly successful Forest School all form part of our teaching and learning programme.”
Christopher Nieper Education Trust is a high performing Education Trust, as seen with the motivation and commitment through the growth and successes of David Nieper Academy and in the recent award from the National Governance Association (NGA) for Outstanding Governance of the Year. The trust is committed to working in partnership with schools to ensure that pupil and staff support and success are at the heart of its work.

As Stonebroom Primary joined the trust, Dr Kathryn Hobbs, CEO of Christopher Nieper Education Trust was invited to a school assembly and welcomed the pupils and staff to the trust.
Pupils and staff were presented with a Christopher Nieper Education Trust engraved pencil and cards to mark the occasion.
Everyone was very pleased with the pencils which are being put to good effect in lessons as seen by the photographs of the pupils hard at work as they also support Children in Need.

Dr Hobbs said: “We are delighted that Stonebroom Primary & Nursery School chose to join Christopher Nieper Education Trust and we are very excited by what the future holds as we continue to build links and strong relationships across the schools and trust.”
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