Welcome to Lothersdale Primary School

Welcome to our school's website.

Lothersdale Primary School is a happy, vibrant place where learning is at the heart of everything we do. The dedicated and supportive staff team immerse pupils in a strong learning culture: encouraging independence, resilience and teamwork within a supportive, nurturing and inclusive atmosphere.

At Lothersdale Primary School we recognise that children have individual needs and high quality AFL (Assessment for Learning) is used to personalise learning for all groups of learners, maximising their rates of progress, and ensuring every child achieves their full potential.

Pupils are provided with a meaningful, inspiring and interesting knowledge-rich curriculum that is enhanced by visits, visitors and many cross-curricular links. In addition the school offers afterschool activities which provide pupils with the opportunity to enjoy and try a wide range of extra-curricular experiences.

Lothersdale Primary School has a track record of consistently reaching very high results.  Our achievements have been recognised by Ofsted in January 2006, October 2008 and, most recently, July 2014 when we have been judged ‘Outstanding’ in all areas, with no significant areas for improvement. A copy of the OFSTED reports can be downloaded from the School Performance Information section of this website.

Over the last five years the school has achieved the prestigious Green Flag Status for our work towards sustainability and in 2019 we achieved the Sainsbury’s School Games’ Gold Kitemark for the fifth consecutive year, which recognised the high level of physical activity that the school provides. The school has continually maintained Fairtrade Status and in 2017 was one of the first schools in the country to achieve the Woodland Trust Gold Award. Most recently, in 2018 the school was awarded the Heritage Schools Award which recognises the school’s work on local history.

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 (YCAT). Since October 2016 the MAT has grown to five schools with Hawes Primary and Leyburn Primary joining the trust . As a MAT, the five 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. Our working relationships are built on professional integrity and honesty with all staff continually striving to improve their teaching to achieve the best outcomes for all children. There are high expectations for all staff to challenge and support each other in the continuous improvement of teaching and learning. Our ethos is based on the principle:

“By working and learning together we will make a difference to children’s lives.”

If you need more information about Lothersdale School or clarification of any details on our website, please contact Mrs Ellison in our office who will be happy to help with any of your queries. We can be contacted on 01535 632510 or via email lothersdale@ycatschools.co.uk.



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Latest News

Please find attached a short powerpoint that contains a video message from Mr Grogan, our new headteacher, where he introduces himself and says hello to all the children. He's really looking forward to meeting everyone on the first day back at school on Tuesday 8 September and hopes you're all ... Read more

A letter is attached below from Public Health England which explains when a person requires a Coronavirus test and what the symptoms of Coronavirus are. The letter is intended to help prevent children being taken out of school unnecessarily and answer some of the questions you may have around testing. Read more

Morning!!! We were all fast asleep by 10:30pm last night and this morning we needed waking up! Everyone was still snoring at 7:15am! We're up making our sandwiches and all looking forward to another delicious breakfast. We've had another fantastic day of abseiling and beck scrambling - we were all ... Read more

After another really good night's sleep - we're all up this morning enjoying a really tasty breakfast of: Cereals or porridge Bacon, eggs, sausage, baked beans Fesh Fruit Toast and jam We've got our final packing to do and then clean up our dormitories and strip the beds! The weather ... Read more

So we were all very tired! All the children were fast asleep quickly last night following a full day out and lots of fresh air, and Mrs Fawcett and her staff team were able to head to bed at approximately 10:30pm. We can't believe it's Day 3 already. The first ... Read more

After a really good night's sleep (all children asleep by 10:45pm) everyone is up, refreshed and ready for the exciting day ahead! The children have already been busy making their packed lunches - lots of very interesting sandwich combinations! Breakfast is at 8:15 and the children have a choice of: ... Read more

Class 4 arrived safely today at Humphrey Head at about 11:30am ~ all very excited and eager to get in and unpacked! After a warm welcome from the centre staff it was into dorms and bed making!! This brought with it the usual fun antics of watching all the children ... Read more

We've all woken up early this morning - must be all the excitement! Everyone was asleep last night by midnight, but with such an early start there's going to be some tired little people by lunchtime! At the moment everyone is starting to get up and dressed ready for sandwich ... Read more

Morning! It's all very quiet at Marrick - the children are still asleep at 7:30am, so the adults are creeping around getting themselves up and ready in advance of the big 'wake-up'! All the children were fast asleep by 10:45pm so hopefully will be fully recharged for the day ahead. ... Read more

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