Welcome to St Clare's School

Where we reach our goals.

About St Clare’s School

Welcome to St Clare’s School!


“COVID-19 cases are rising in the city. If your child is asked to self-isolate along with their school bubble, it’s more important than ever that the child is kept at home to prevent further spreading of the virus. They shouldn’t be attending activity groups, parties or mixing with other children at local parks.”


I am delighted and honored to be appointed as the new Headteacher for St Clare’s School and I am very keen to get to know families, as well as students and staff.

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you. I have been a Teacher and Senior Leader in special schools across Derbyshire for 14 years and worked as a Deputy Headteacher for the past 5 years within Esteem Multi-Academy Trust. I feel very lucky to have been given the opportunity to take over the leadership of this school. I am sure some families and students are nervous about the change in personnel and the impact at St Clare’s School but please be reassured that nothing will change in terms of the routines for students and high expectations will continue. Any future developments will always be in the best interest of the students, and therefore, will be communicated to you in advance with clear reasons given.

As the leader of the school, my main job is to make sure your child is safe, happy and reaching their potential. Families make an important contribution to their child’s achievements at school and from

my experience I know that a successful and happy school depends on all of us working together.

St Clare’s School has a history of excellence but has recently been through a difficult period as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. I am looking forward to finding out more about the school so that the developments we make in this new chapter are fully supported by the whole school community.

I hold a strong belief in the power of education to change children’s lives and the right of every child to receive an excellent education. I am dedicated to building opportunities for students to achieve the highest academic standards, ensuring that they are known well as individuals and that their unique personality, talents and interests are nurtured and developed to the full.

At St Clare’s School education is about developing the whole child and providing opportunities for them to flourish within and beyond the classroom. It is the aim of the whole school team to help each child become a successful learner and well-rounded individual who is ready to make the next steps in their journey.

I am keen to meet parents/carers to give you the opportunity to say hello and ask any questions you may have. Please feel free to contact me by email or telephone to discuss any concerns, queries or to share experiences.

I am looking forward to working with you all and excited for the future.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Laura Russell


I am sure you will understand that due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are unable to welcome visitors at the moment.  If you would like to contact the office in the meantime for any information, please telephone 01332 511757 or email admin@stclares.derby.sch.uk 





St Clare’s Mission Statement

St Clare’s School is committed to providing learning opportunities through a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum which allows all to achieve and celebrate success. We recognize that many of our students achieve through the support and care offered within our community. We believe that students achieve the most when they feel safe, secure and valued. Our core values underpin the way we behave towards each other and those in our wider community. We believe that all of our students have the potential to enhance our community with their unique skills and abilities and we aim to help them contribute to society by building these skills. We encourage students to be as independent as possible in preparation for life beyond St Clare’s.




A Welcome From St Clare’s School Council

These are some messages from our School Council Representatives about St Clare’s

  • Welcome to our website and our school!
  • At St Clare’s you’ll like the teachers, they are fantastic.
  • The teachers are really nice and kind.
  • The learning is interesting and you take part in lots of different activities.
  • We go on good visits outside of school
  • We really enjoy going on our Chinese Meal
  • We don’t have bullies because the teachers sort it out
  • We are a friendly school and we care for each other
  • I have made new friends since I came here
  • This is a really nice place where we work hard and play hard
  • We respect each other and we are friendly
  • It’s an amazing place
  • We get to learn new things
  • Everyone is really helpful especially if you have needs
  • People hold the door for you
  • We get rewarded for doing well


If you would like further information regarding our school please contact Mrs Satchwell or Mrs Smith in the first instance, who will able to direct you to the most appropriate person to deal with your enquiry.

You can contact the office by using the contacts tab at the top of this page and filling the electronic enquiry form. You can also contact the school by:

Telephoning: 01332 511757


Emailing: admin@stclares.derby.sch.uk