Village primary school is one of Derby’s largest primary schools, approximately 2 miles south of the city. It caters for pupils aged 2-11. It opened in September 2008 and is very proud to call itself an eco-school. It uses harvested rainwater to flush its toilets, has a sedum roof to absorb carbon dioxide, a bio mass boiler that uses wood pellets and light reflectors for security lighting.
Everyone loves this venue and it is one of our most popular. It is really easy to access, is central and has loads of parking right outside the main hall. The hall is big and feels really light and airy. It has big doors that open onto the car park, so these can be thrown open when it’s hot to let some much needed air in (although from past experience it would be nice to be able to take the roof off). Village Primary School has a fresh water dispenser, so you don’t have to worry about running out. Some of the classes on offer here need mats and weights and both of these are available at no cost. A big plus point! Oh, and the toilets are really nice, which is actually a nice bonus!
Classes here are handy for so many areas:- Normanton, Sinfin, Sunny Hill, Littleover, Mickleover, Allenton
Things you may not know about the Village Street area
Village Primary School is on Village street in Old Normanton, where there’s been a settlement for 1000 years. It is thought to have been the site of a major Viking settlement, known as Normanestune which means Norseman’s Settlement. How many of you knew that? The village of Old Normanton was located to the south of the city’s modern ring road and Village Street is thought to have been its main thoroughfare. Old Normanton has a complex history, many families owning agricultural land there over the centuries. Peartree and Normanton railway opened in 1890 and Normanton barracks at the top of Sinfin Lane were built here between 1874 and 1877 to house the 95th Derbyshire regiment. They amalgamated with the 54th Regiment of Foot in 1881 to form the Sherwood Foresters. The barracks closed in 1963 and were demolished in 1982, later to be replaced by Foresters Leisure Park with its supermarkets, bowling alley, restaurants, cinema and hotel. This area is still known locally as the Barracks.
Old Normanton is not to be confused with New Normanton, which is now the area to the north of the inner ring road, but the original village has been swallowed up and now the Normanton area as a whole has a population of about 17,000.
On the Derby ring road drive past the Showcase cinema on your left, over the Sinfin Lane traffic lights and turn left onto Village Street. The school entrance is the first on the left. Coming from the other direction on the ring road, Village Street is the third turning on the right after the Stenson Road roundabout.
There is a very large school car park and access for the classes is through the double doors next to the main hall and not the main school entrance.
Village Primary School