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vision-statementWelcome to Chetwynd Primary Academy!  

Everything we do at Chetwynd is about providing our children with an excellent education and enriching experiences to promote a love of learning. Our aim for our school community is to strive to be better than our best! 

We think Chetwynd is a very special place to be because of our wonderful children. We strive to provide the very highest standards of education within a caring, exciting and stimulating environment.

We want our children to be excited by the curriculum and challenged to achieve their full potential. We want our children to enjoy their learning and feel valued. By working closely with our parents and governors, we ensure that all our children have an excellent start to their educational journey.

 We hope that our website captures the spirit of Chetwynd and the rich and varied opportunities children receive at our school. 

Parents are warmly welcomed to come in and help so please drop in and chat to a member of staff. 

Lorraine Tonks (Principal)   








Co-opted GovernorEmily Brown

Term of Office: 14/12/16 - Present

Why am I a governor?

Before taking a career break to raise my own family I was a secondary school teacher for 16 years, 12 of them in local schools including 8 at George Spencer. I started out as a teacher of French and went on to also become involved in teacher training before moving on to a senior leadership role in the city. I loved educating 11-19 year olds and I now feel very privileged to be experiencing the learning journeys of children aged 0-11yrs, this time from the perspective of a parent.

I wanted to take on a more active role and felt my experiences to date would enable me to be an effective governor. I felt that I could help challenge and support Chetwynd Primary Academy in achieving its ambitions for the benefit of all of our children.

Getting to know Emily

I am a full-time stay at home mum of two. My eldest started in Puffins in Sept 2016. We enjoy being part of the Chetwynd family of staff, children, parents and carers and we are very pleased that we are members of this school’s community.

Parent GovernorClaire Towne

Term of Office: Dec 2016 – Present

Why am I a governor?

I wanted to influence the strategic direction of the school whilst representing the views of parents. I am also passionate about the health and wellbeing of our children and feel strongly that all children should be given opportunities to grow both academically and in their wellbeing.

Getting to know Claire

My husband and I have lived locally in Chilwell / Toton for the last 25 years bringing up our children and I have been actively involved with Chetwynd Primary Academy through the Parents Voice. I work in the National Health Service as a General Manager providing local community health services throughout Broxtowe, my background is nursing and I qualified as a registered adult nurse in 1992. My last clinical post was as a District Nurse.

Community GovernorDr I Whiley

Term of Office: 11/10/16 - Present

Why am I a governor?
I have always valued education and wanted to ensure the children at Chetwynd have the best education and school experience possible.

Getting to know Ian
I am a patent attorney with a firm in Derby. My background is in Physics and I have a degree & PhD in Physics and Astronomy. I have two young boys and enjoy watching and participating in most sports.

Parent Governor

Term of Office: December 2016 - Present

Why am I a governor?

I have been fortunate to be able to help within the school for the past 3 years as I have 2 children attending Chetwynd. I have seen the amazing work our teachers and support staff do and feel that as a governor I can help to continue this important work and support our school.

Getting to know Christina

I am a GP partner working in a large practice in Derbyshire, as well as the clinical demands of this role I also train young doctors to become GPs and appraise doctors in the Nottingham and Derbyshire areas. I am able to work part-time which allows me time to focus on bringing up my 2 boys (5 and 9 years old) and when I find a spare moment I enjoy horse riding and running.

As a staff we are sharing ideas of how to incorporate science into other curriculum areas. In year 1/2 we used music as a stimulus to learn more about the seasons.  Year 3/4 are finding ways to grow cress in space and their weeks English lessons will be structured around the investigation.

Year 5/6 were reading Kensuke's Kingdom so decided to investigate how to filter water to make it safe to drink.

In F2 the children are constantly learning new science concepts through their outdoor learning. It is amazing to see the children asking questions and leading their own learning.

We are constantly developing the outdoor learning environment, there is now a Forest school area which is being used to support learning in school .The children are growing vegetables and plants, which they hope to eat later in the year. We also have information boards around the school field to help the children identify animals, birds and mini beasts.

Children in the Chetwynd Garden

We have also taken the children on educational visits to White Post farm, The Sealife centre and Twycross zoo to further enhance their learning.

Children Discovering Birds Children Discovering Goats Children Discovering Snakes

By raising the profile of science in school we are aiming to produce the scientist of the future.