Welcome to Lothersdale Primary School

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 afters-chool 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 recording very high results, and this has continued even after the disruption caused by Coronavirus. Our achievements were recognised by Ofsted in January 2006, October 2008 and, most recently, July 2014 when we were 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.

In recent years, the school has achieved the prestigious Green Flag Status for our work towards sustainability and we have achieved the Sainsbury’s School Games’ Gold Kitemark on many occasions; this award recognises 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, and 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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