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Gussies Kitchen is a community eating cafe in normal times open to everyone which opened in 2016 operating on a Tuesday between 4 p.m - 5:30 p.m. 

A team of volunteers lovingly cook and serve a 3 course meal using food that is surplus to supermarket requirements and would in past years have gone to landfill but is still perfectly good to eat.

A meal can be purchased with a suggested donation of £2.50 for adults, 50p for children aged 5 -15yrs and FREE for unders 5's. 

Currently during the Covid period we provide food parcels to households with needs (we do not have criteria, every household is different). 

To apply for a food parcel please complete the following survey and read the information given.


Chesterfield Community Trust

Some of our Year 5 pupils have worked closely with Chesterfield Community Trust to complete a 'Reading Stars' support programme. This has helped both inspire and improve their reading. 

Pathways  of Chesterfield

Pathways of Chesterfield is a service for the homeless, and those at risk of homelessness with the vision that everyone in the community has a place they can call a home. Here at Spire Juniors, we have been working closely with the charity to help support them. We recently made some blankets from crisp packets to donate to those in need. We are now looking into other ways of raising money to help others in the future.


We are excpetionally proud of all the key workers and how hard they have worked throughout this national pandemic. We have shown our support and respect in many ways such as making 'Thank You' cards which we sent to the Chesterfield Royal Hospital. We have also created a NHS mural on the side of our school building in addition to placing a nurse statue outside the school premises. 

Chesterfield Rotary Club 

A huge thank you to Chesterfield Rotary Club who donated some laptops to support our learning. It is greatly appreciated and your kind gesture will have such a postitive impact on our children's education. 

Shoe Aid 

Spire Junior School took part in an event run by 'Shoe Aid' a Nottinghamshire charity. We did 'our bit' in helping 'STEP UP' to footwear poverty. We donated over 75 pairs of shoes to the charity. 


Promethean Partnership

We are very fortunate to have been asked to become a partnership school for Promethean. They will be using our first-hand knowledge of technology in the classroom to support with several advertisements, showcasing our knowledge in magazine articles and guidance documents. Our partnership may in turn help develop other teachers across the country with their own teaching methods.

Links with the local Care Home

We have a strong link with a local care home in Chesterfield. Usually, at Christmas time, our school choir visits the home to sing carols to the residents. This year, due to Covid regulations and with no visits permitted, it has not been possible. Instead some of our pupils wrote letters to the residents. They were thrilled to get responses, addressed directly to them. 

Lamp Post Orienteering

To encourage exercise and families and friends working together, we have set up a lamp post orienteering course for local members of the community to partake in. This involves reading the map to locate the numbers on each lamp post. Complete it all, and you could be in with a chance of winning a prize. 

Community Picture Hunt

During the National Lockdown we set up a picture hunt for the local community to help keep spirits high and to encourage both a healthy mind and body. The aim of this activity was to find the photographs located around the local area. This was shared on our social media platforms and used by members of the public in addition to our own pupils and families. 


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The school was inspected by Ofsted in March 2017. The school continues to be rated as a good school.

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