Knowlwood Road, Todmorden, Lancashire OL14 7PD

01706 812913

Shade Primary School

Every Child, Every Chance, Every Day



Welcome to Shade Primary School

It is my privilege to be Head teacher at Shade and work with staff and parents in order for children to achieve their potential. It is our aim to provide children with a happy, secure and stimulating learning experience in order for them to become confident, independent learners with a thirst to continually learn and improve. Education is about developing young people so that when they reach adulthood they feel that there is a place for them in the world and they have the skills and confidence to seize it.

Helen Clarkson

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Message from the Governors

As you are all aware, we were visited by Her Majesty's Inspector Mark Evans on 2 February, which was almost 5 years since the last Ofsted visit to Shade. We were absolutely ready to show off the school and although it was a rigorous and challenging process, Mark demonstrated an open and friendly attitude and a willingness to listen, learn about our school and share ideas. 

I can’t say how delighted I was with the outcome letter that we shared with you recently that confirmed Shade as a Good school. Alongside the positive comments on the achievements of our staff and pupils, the ‘Shade Family’ vibe shone through and the pride we all feel to be part of it was palpable. 

I would like to thank Mrs Clarkson and the senior leadership team, the staff, the children and the governors for their excellent preparation and their passion and commitment on the day. Thanks also to parents for giving such brilliant feedback, it was so rewarding to hear Shade described as happy, inclusive and open.

I was pleased to note that the word happy was used a few times in the letter and my favourite comment of all was from one of our pupils who said ‘it’s fun here’. I like to think that’s true.

Have a lovely Easter.Nina Hatfield


Shade Primary School Ofsted Report







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 Lakeside YMCA Appeal

   We were proud to lend our support to the YMCA's appeal at Lakeside. Watch the video below and find out why.














The Royal Society Yong People's Book Prize 2016

Our panel of Key Stage 2 children met at lunchtimes to select their favourite book about science and technology.  We submitted a video of our thoughts and judgements.  

Now that the RS have seen all the videos from the schools, they have announced the overall winner.  We're very proud to have been included in the Royal Society's own video announcing the over-all winner!

Click here to see the RS video on YouTube and discover which book has won the prize!



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KS2 Hike to the Pike 

Tuesday 18th July 2017

A fantastic day was had by all and the weather was amazing. 120 children and adults walked the 11 mile hike to our local landmark and arrived back in school happy and tired and ready for their ice cream.

Well done all!