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At Sawley, we love the opportunity to share news with you be it something quite small and formal or something huge and spectacular!

This year, I would like to trial doing my Headteacher Newsletter 'online'. Creating a newsletter takes up valuable time - and of course, I have to wait until there is enough material for each edition.

An online newsletter will hopefully bring news to you which is hot off the press and has a lot more content: it will also give me scope to add photos and children's work.

(Mrs Whitmore will also be very pleased with her vastly reduced photocopying bill!)

Please let me know what you think - you feedback is always appreciated. Email me at headteacher@sawley-jun.derbyshire.sch.uk


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School Calendar

16th October, 2017



A huge thank you to all our parents and families for collecting the children promptly today following the evacuation. We were first alerted to an issue when the lights in school started to flicker. It would appear that one of our phases has blown: this caused some quite loud bangs and a few puffs of smoke. The Fire Service were called immediately and the building was evacuated. We currently have a team on site carrying out the necessary repairs who assure me that we will be able to open tomorrow. Please check the website to make sure. It could be quite late this evening before we know for certain.




You will be aware of our visit from Ofsted last week. Following this visit, the school will be graded and a report will be produced to share their findings. We will share this outcome with you as soon as we are allowed.

The children were wonderful as they always are. Inspectors were very impressed with the ethos of respect in school and the high standards of behaviour both in the classrooms and outside. They said our children have a wonderful enthusiasm for learning. Thank you to all the parents who shared positive and supportive comments with the inspection team and spoke highly of the experience that Sawley Junior School provides. Your comments were appreciated. 

The report should be ready to be shared with you soon after half-term.

6th October, 2017

New Classrooms


A few pictures of our brand new classrooms.

5th October, 2017

Cross Country Run


HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Addi for his Silver Medal in today's Cross Country Competition. What an achievement  - 2nd place out of over 100 children. We are very proud of you! A huge well done to the rest of the Sawley Cross Country team who all ran their very best: in particular Joe C who came 9th in his age group. Once again, fantastic sportsmanship from all the Sawley children.

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28th September, 2017

Brownlee Foundation Triathlon


We've had a brilliant afternoon at the Brownlee Foundation Triathlon today. Being the first time we've been able to attend one of these events, we were unable to answer some of the questions the children had about a whole variety of things. We needn't have worried as the whole event was extremely well organised and ran like clockwork. The Brownlee Foundation worked really hard to ensure all the children had a great day. Alistair Brownlee stood at the finish line cheering on every single child - he also signed the free t-shirts the children were given. We brought home lots of smiley children who once again made us feel very proud - they've been great team mates today and behaved impeccably. 

15th September, 2017

Bob the Owl Man

The Year 3 & 4 children had a great morning with Bob today learning all about owls. Bob brought along what he calls his 'school flying team'. Whilst Bob shares his knowledge of the owls, they fly around the school hall stopping to perch and watch for a while. I think the pictures and the looks on the children's faces say it all! Visiting this year were Archie the Barn Owl, Gizmo the White-faced Scops and Spike who is an African Eagle Owl.

13th September 2017

Art Week in progress....


The children seem to be thoroughly enjoying Art Week! We have lots of different activities going on - Year 5 & 6 appear to be either turning themselves into Tudor kings and queens or designing Tudor roses. Year 4 are making Egyptian canopic jars - lets hope they're not going to fill them.... (ask your child!) And Year 3 are focusing on pointillism and collage.


We'll post more photos of finished masterpieces later in the week on the class pages.

13th September, 2017

We are delighted to announce that once again we

have achieved the 

BRONZE School Games Mark Award

for our commitment to sport in 2016/17.



We are delighted to announce that once again we have achieved the BRONZE School Games Mark Award for our commitment to sport in 2016/17.

The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.


Our sporting achievements this year include:

20th October 2016

Year 6 Erewash Boys Football finals

 2nd place


20th October 2016

Year 5/6 Erewash Girls Football Finals

1st place


5th October 2016

Year5/6 Erewash Basketball

2nd place


6th March 2017

Y56 Erewash Hockey

1st place


16th May 2017

Y34 Erewash Tennis finals

1st place


11th July 2017

Y34 Derbyshire County School Games Tennis Finals

4th place


We are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible.

As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year.

A special thanks to:

Mrs Lacey who has worked diligently to ensure Sawley pupils had opportunities to attend clubs and take part in sporting activities. She is passionate about children having a positive experience of sport and this shows in the way she can always be found jumping up and down on the sidelines encouraging each every team member – THANK YOU!


We look forward to applying once again in 2018!

11th September, 2017

Welcome back to a new term at Sawley Junior School. It has been good to see the children looking so smart and eager to learn at the start of this new academic year. We particularly welcome the new children in Year 3 and their families to our school community.  


New Classrooms

Our new classrooms are brilliant! They seem so spacious and light. Huge thanks go to Mr Lennon and Galliford Try who have completed the tarmac areas from their Community Fund hence costing us - nothing! 

Staff List 2017 - 2018


Year 3

Miss J Fulford (Y3 Team Leader)

Mrs Herbert & MrsShilcock

Mrs Goring

Year 4

Mr J Webb (Y4 Team Leader)

Mrs E Joyce

Mr B Poole 

Year 5

Mrs R Cotter (Y5 Team Leader)

Miss A Greygoose

Miss L Bexson

Year 6

Miss C White (Y6 Team Leader)

Mrs N Lennon

Mrs R Cotter

Recent Letters

Communications Protocol

Huge thanks to all the parents who are already supporting this new system - if you missed the letter, please find it below. 

A letter from the Willows Academy Trust newly appointed CEO.

Mrs Jeannie Haigh - previously headteacher at Dovedale Primary - is now the CEO fro Willows.


Co-op Community Fund


The Co-op Local Community Fund is their way of giving back to its members and their communities - giving money to local causes that our members care about. We are registered this year with the Co-op fund and have already raised over £700. You can help us raiuse further funds by:

  • making sure you have a Co-op card
  • Registering your membership card online and nominating Sawley Junior as your chosen charity (Friends of Sawley).
  • Shop at the Co-op!


We'd love to hear from anyone who can garden with us on a weekly basis, or might have some time to hear some children read. Please let us know if you are interested. We will also be running the Parent Forum this year, keep an eye on the Forum page for the first meeting.








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Registered Office: Sawley Junior School, Wilmot Street. Long Eaton, Nottingham. NG10 3DQ

Company Name: Willows Academy Trust