Partnerships & Community Links
Our Links to Florence Nightingale and Alison Uttley:
Lea Primary School was built in 1859. The building was partly funded by the Nightingale family who had a summer home in the village. Florence Nightingale even designed some aspects of the building!
The children's author, Alison Uttley was a former pupil of Lea Primary School. She was famous for the stories about the Little Grey Rabbit and some of her books include descriptions around the school and the surrounding countryside.
The local Women's Institute (WI)
The WI visit school every Friday to work with a group of children to show them how to knit and sew.
Volunteers from the local community help us to maintain our gardens and grounds and also work with the children on gardening projects through the year.
At both Wessington and Lea Primary Schools, we have strong partnerships with others.
Cluster Primary Schools
We meet with other schools in the Matlock cluster to give children a variety of enrichment opportunities (in particular more able children). Our teachers and support staff meet for joint training events and moderation meetings. Headteacher's of the schools also meet to share good practice and ensure the highest standards in all areas.
Secondary School Partnerships
Children from Lea Primary School choose to transfer to Highfields Secondary School (Matlock, Derbyshire), Anthony Gell Secondary School (Wirksworth, Derbyshire) or Lady Manners Secondary School (Bakewell, Derbyshire). We have excellent partnerships with these schools and there is transition programme in place for our Year 6 children, with many visits by staff and children prior to the transfer to secondary school.
We strongly believe in the benefits to the children and society if strong community links are made, in particular between generations. We actively encourage volunteers from all generations into the school and for children to visit the local community.