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

Every Child   Every Chance    Every Day

School Status Update


23rd June 2020 

We hope that you, your family and loved ones are safe and well during these difficult times. 

As you know, the government asked Primary schools to welcome back some pupils from 1st June.  Here at Shade we have been able to make provision for our Year 6 pupils as well as continuing to provide space for children of Key Workers and some children with an Education Health and Care Plan or with assigned Social Workers.  The government guidance states: ‘ children and young people in eligible year groups are strongly encouraged to attend (where there are no shielding concerns for the child or their household), so that they can gain the educational and wellbeing benefits of attending.’

We have made many adjustments to school life to reduce the risks of transmitting infection.  These controls are:

  • avoiding contact with anyone with symptoms
  • frequent hand cleaning and good hygiene practices
  • regular cleaning of settings
  • minimising contact and mixing

Details of specific arrangements (such as bubbles, hygiene expectations and use of the school space) have been shared with the families of our returning pupils.  Our risk assessment for phased re-opening can be read here.

Whilst we are committed to a gradual return to our normal provision, there may be circumstances when we are unable to do so.  Should that occur, we will notify our families and work with our neighbouring Todmorden Cluster of schools and the Local Authority to ensure that alternative provision is available for Shade’s vulnerable children and those of critical workers.  The Local Authority can be contacted on 01422 394101 or at 

Please note that safeguarding remains our key priority and it is important that you share any concerns or worries about children’s wellbeing with us.  Please contact Mrs Clarkson with any concerns  In an emergency, please phone Calderdale MAST services on 01422 393336

During this difficult time, Free School Meals provision for those children eligible for benefits-related Free School Meals will be in the form of the Government provided food vouchers.  Please contact Mrs Battersby on  if you need any help in accessing Free School Meals.  Further information about support available can be found on the Calderdale website at where there is also the facility to request support.  


Please stay safe and keep watching our website for updates, advice and the ongoing support for children’s learning at home. Download the School Jotter app to receive newsletters and news directly to your mobile device.

We are thinking of you all and are very much looking forward to the time when we can be fully open and return to normal service. 

A message from school for all our pupils and their families!

Schhol Calendar

Latest School Events

Annual Reports Out10Jul2020

Reception Trip to Towneley Park10Jul2020

Y6 Leavers Assembly16Jul2020

School Closes for Summer (7 weeks)17Jul2020

School Reopens for the New Year08Sep2020

Calendars page(s): School >>


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