Hello everyone,

Obviously I am biased – I believe that Shawclough Community Primary School is a fabulous school.

My name is Julia Sandiford-Mitchell and I am the Headteacher of Shawclough C.P.  School.  I have been here for 10 years and I love it.

I love it because the children are fantastic and the staff  are amazing.  It makes me feel very proud to be part of a community where everyone is valued and cared for, whoever you are.  

Our children thrive in a caring atmosphere that enables them to learn effectively.  This can be seen, not only in English and Maths, but also in Art, Music, History, Geography and all the subjects, topics and themes that we teach. 

Our children have a wide and varied curriculum, which we believe fosters learning for the whole child.  Our children have amazing adventures at places like Robinwood, Healey Dell, the beach, the Sea Life Centre and the Zoo. 

Our woodlands and dens help develop their imagination and curiosity.

We also have visitors into school to support our learning, such as theatre companies, Bike-ability and musicians.  For more curriculum information for this term, please see our Curriculum pages for our Unit Theme booklets.

OFSTED last visited us in Dec 2017.  We were extremely pleased with the very positive report we received.  

If you would like to download a pdf copy of our most recent Ofsted Report please click below:


However since then, we have continued to make significant improvements. Click the link to see or school performance 2017.

This will show you our fantastic results and how well we do compared to the National picture. 

These results place us in the top 24% of schools in the country for Expected Standard in Reading, Writing and Maths and the top 16% of schools for progress between Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.  This is significantly above the National picture. 

Our main aim is a love of life and learning. 
Happiness is the key and our children’s happiness, safety, security and love are at the heart of our achievements for each individual child.

It is very difficult in this short space, to tell you all about our school so please come for a visit.  Contact the school office on 01706 647991.