Welcome to Lothersdale Primary School

A warm welcome to all visiting our website.

With a calm, friendly and family ethos Lotherdale Primary is a small school in the village of Lothersdale that recognises that children have individual needs and aims to ensure that every child reaches their full potential.

Our achievements have been recognised by a number of relevant agencies: 

In January 2006, October 2008 and July 2014 OFSTED judged our school to be outstanding with no significant areas for improvement. A further RE subject inspection in April 2008 judged our school to be outstanding in this area of the curriculum. A copy of the OFSTED reports can be downloaded from the School Performance Information section of this website.

In 2009 we gained the prestigious Arts Mark Gold Award for the second time. In 2010 we gained the Dyslexia Quality Mark, the highest level of The Inclusion Quality Mark, the Enhanced Healthy Schools Status, Global Schools Award Level 1 and Fairtrade Status. We now renew our Fairtrade Status annually. In 2011 we achieved the Silver Eco Schools award and then in 2013 we achieved Green Flag Status. In September 2016 we achieved the Gold School Games Mark award for the second successive year.

On 1st August 2015 Lothersdale School chose to convert to an Academy, forming a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) with Askwith Primary School and Bilton Grange Primary School, Harrogate known as Yorkshire Collaborative Academy Trust. As a MAT the three schools believe in the principles of collaborative practice in the school-led system as the most effective way to raise achievement and foster life-long learning for children and adults.


Another fantastic sleep by all. Last night the last person drifted of by 10:15 and ... Read more
Day 2 began nice and early at around 6:30am after a great nights sleep by ... Read more
What a fantastic first day we have had! We arrived promptly at Eshton at 10:00am, ... Read more
Following intensive training in marking out, cutting out, needle threading, running stitch and blanket stitch, ... Read more
Dear Class 1, I hope you have got lots of fun things to tell me ... Read more

Latest News

On Thursday 6th April 2017 we had two surprise visitors in Class 1 and the children were very excited. ‘Pepsi’ and ‘Shirley’ are two lambs, who came to visit Class 1 with Mrs McGarrell. In the afternoon the children did a writing session all about lambs based on what they ... Read more

This half term Class 3 are learning how pneumatic systems work and will be designing, building and evaluating their own moving monster. On Wednesday afternoon, we all looked at how to create a pneumatic system by using a syringe, some tubing, a balloon and an elastic band. The real challenge ... Read more

On 15th March 2018, Years 3, 4 and 5 took part in ‘Footsteps of Jesus’, an Easter workshop led by Rev Peter Thomas. Working in small groups, the children visited six different ‘stations’. They studied the Easter picture, answered a series of questions and completed an associated activity. Read more

Class 2 have really enjoyed their cookery lessons this term. They have learnt new skills with Mrs Burgess and Mrs Severs such as: safe chopping techniques; put their maths knowledge into practice when weighing and measuring ingredients and made a selection of sweet and savoury recipes to share with their ... Read more

What an amazing day! Everyone looked fantastic in their Victorian costumes ready for our trip to see what life was like in the Victorian era. In the morning, the children took part in a Victorian classroom workshop. During this session the children had to line up and use separate entrances ... Read more

Year 6 had a great day at the Crucial Crew event at Eshton Grange. Using the outdoor swimming pool, we learnt how to keep ourselves safe around open water, and were given the opportunity to rescue someone in distress using a rope and a pole. Our next workshop, which focused ... Read more

Wow, what a fantastic afternoon down at High Adventure! 24 children from class 3 and 4 visited High Adventure to be involved in a inter-school competition. There were four different walls to climb ranging in difficulty and everyone was full of enthusiasm. Firstly, we had to make sure we were ... Read more

During our topic of evolution in science, we have studied the work of Mary Anning, learning that her fossil discoveries were some of the most significant geological finds of all time. They provided evidence that was central to the development of new ideas about the history of the Earth. Mary's ... Read more

Julie Edwards, from Heritage Schools, visited school on Monday 26th March to present the school with the Heritage Schools Award. This is in recognition of the schools extensive work on local history. During a special local history week in March, every class focused on what makes our local area special: ... Read more

This term in science we are learning all about plants from what they need to survive to pollination. This week we have been looking at the parts of a flower and what their job entails. We had to cover up as we disected a lily to look closely at each ... Read more

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