Our School

Emmanuel School was established in 1988 as EMCF recognised that the secular education system was failing to supply our children with the foundations they needed to mature in their Christian faith. As a result we have established a school where Christian beliefs and atmosphere are central. 

The curriculum we have developed is designed to train our children in godliness and integrity as well as equip them with the skills and knowledge they will need for living. We aim to provide all this in a loving and disciplined environment where each child is valued and encouraged in the fulfilment of their God-given potential. 


who is Emmanuel for?

Emmanuel School is open for all those whose parents or guardians share our mission and values and will support the school in its practices.

Emmanuel School is a central part of East Midlands Christian Fellowships (EMCF)  however we gladly accept children from families within other churches and faith backgrounds (including no faith at all) and from all spheres of society.

We accept children from across the city of Derby and beyond where it is feasible for the child to travel school and for the family to play its full part in school life.

Emmanuel School receives no Government funding for children beyond reception and although it is necessary therefore to charge a fee for each child’s education we make every effort to ensure that children are not excluded on grounds of finance alone.


The school is a subsidiary of East Midlands Christian Fellowships (EMCF), a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity.  The leaders of the church are responsible for the oversight of the school but the school governors, comprising staff, church leaders and parents are delegated to run the school. It is the responsibility of the Board of Governors to ensure that the School pursues excellence through operating to the highest standards, complying with all of the relevant national guidelines and policies and in fulfilling its mission to educate the whole child to serve the whole world and bring glory to God. 

The school’s finances are overseen by the board of directors (trustees) of EMCF.  The running expenses  of the school are financed by the fees, although the school receives a significant subsidy from Community Church Derby.



EMCF is an area church family with a Vision to GO.PLANT.BUILD new expressions of church in the East Midlands and beyond! The school is a part of that vision and works closely both with EMCF and Community Church Derby, based at the Riverside Centre on Pride Park. The government and operation of the school is delegated to the Board of School Governors by the EMCF Board of Directors.