Duffield Meadows Primary School

About Our School

Welcome to our school

This is a larger-than-average, vibrant and happy primary school set in the village of Duffield in Derbyshire. The school has a strong reputation for high academic standards and excellence in sport, music and a wide range of extra-curricular activities. We enjoy a beautiful setting with expansive playing fields, a nature reserve and well-developed outdoor areas. Duffield is situated within easy commuting distance of Derby and Nottingham, and is also close to areas of outstanding natural beauty such as the Derbyshire Dales and the Peak District. We generally have around 300 pupils on roll.

The school has a very strong focus on supporting every pupil to achieve their learning potential, regardless of ability.  We also hope that by the time they leave the school they will have developed a wide range of interests, as well as open minds, healthy bodies and a love of learning.  We will have encouraged them to be caring people with an informed understanding and concern for the world around them.

The school site also hosts an independently-run Pre-School and a Schools Out Cub which offers childcare during term times and throughout school holidays. Both of these organisations are highly popular and offer an important service to the community.

I am very privileged to have a highly experienced, caring and dedicated staff team who devote themselves wholeheartedly to the school, ably supported by a well-informed and involved team of governors.

Faye Novak-Lemmings, Headteacher


Our Vision and Values

Achieve and Enjoy
Where everyone matters and every day counts


Vision Statement

Our vision is to create a school where children
'Achieve and Enjoy'
as part of an inclusive, supportive community.

The Meadows school community are a passionate and ambitious team. Our staff, governors, parents and carers, along with our children create a nurturing environment where everyone feels a strong sense of belonging, self-belief and positivity. We aspire to instil the attitudes, skills and knowledge for our children to become confident, lifelong learners. Children at our school will be supported and motivated to become the best version of themselves, where everything is possible, prepared for the diverse world of today and tomorrow.

Values through our Attitude Acorns

"More than just me" – developing empathy and respect, understanding the views and needs of others
"I can do it" – developing confidence, trying new skills
"Aim high" – developing ambition, not giving up
"Thinking for myself" – developing initiative, and an 'enquiring' state of mind
"Dare to be different" – developing inquisitive minds, being brave
"How well did I do?" – developing reflective thinking, identifying strengths and areas for development