A Word from our Chair

Imagine – Believe – Create – Achieve: this is the mission statement created by our pupils for their school.


Imagine a small Derbyshire village in the aftermath of the English Civil War. Imagine the Reverend John Scargill – a man with the imagination to envisage a small school for the children of the poor. Fast forward more than 350 years and find a large and popular Primary School which retains its village atmosphere.


We are proud to be a Church School. When I began my teaching career Reverend Gordon Wathen told me that the parents had trusted me with their most precious treasure.  I've reiterated this to every student teacher I've mentored. We believe that the child is the centre around which the school revolves. All of us connected with the school subscribe to this principle, whatever our personal religious convictions may be.


We aim to create a responsive, responsible and tolerant community. The school is highly respected locally and receives valuable support from an enthusiastic PTA. We enjoy strong links with the local community and with the village church. The current Rector is a well-known figure throughout the school. Scargill School is active within its cluster and has strong links with the local Secondary School.


We were inspected by Ofsted in September 2011. We were graded Good in every department with some aspects being judged outstanding. Ofsted said of the school, “It is a place where pupils are happy and have excellent relationships with each other and with adults.”

In November 2011 the Section 48 inspection declared that we were an outstanding Church School. The Inspector commented, “The Christian values of love, respect, generosity of spirit, care and forgiveness are core to all the school does.”

These results have inspired our staff to aim for even greater success. We do not want to rest on our laurels. We have a vision to achieve greater things, with the determination to keep the child as the centre of our focus.

Linda Webster

Chair of Governors

Contact Us

Scargill C of E VA Primary School
Beech Lane
West Hallam
Tel: 0115 9320005
Fax: 0115 9447637