About Our School

Allithwaite has a long standing tradition of successfully educating pupils in the area, in fact it was our sesquicentennial anniversary in 2015; we  celebrated 150 years of teaching and learning in Allithwaite village. The school was established in 1865 by Mary Winfield Lambert after bequeathing money to establish a church, vicarage, school and school house. The school is nestled in the heart of Allithwaite in the Cartmel Valley and as such benefits from its central location, next to St Mary’s Church, surrounded by views of Morecambe Bay.

Our visitors not only comment on our beautiful site but our welcoming and happy atmosphere which infuses the school. All of these factors dovetail to provide a calm and purposeful school environment which enables children to flourish in their learning and development.

Whilst we value the long established heritage that the school has, we continue to look to the future and make every effort to meet the needs of our pupils for the 21st Century. We hope to ensure children leave our school ready to respond to the rapidly changing world in which we live.

Our community involvement is important to us. We are very much involved in the Allithwaite community, working with locals groups, the church, local residential homes and community groups.  . Equally we encourage the children to look further afield, working in partnership with St Margaret’s Primary in Whalley Range, Manchester, and also sponsoring a child in Ghana.

We believe that children at Allithwaite should develop a love of learning that will last a lifetime. We offer pupils a friendly and safe atmosphere with an emphasis on success and achievement. We encourage our children to enjoy the wealth of opportunities provided for their moral and personal development. All children are valued equally and we match the learning needs of each child with teaching strategies that promote success. Ofsted recently noted that ‘There is an outstanding programme for promoting pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. As a result, pupils are highly considerate and respectful towards adults and each other.’

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We help to develop the children’s self-confidence and self esteem so that they mature emotionally, spiritually, socially and personally. We place great emphasis on courtesy, respecting others and developing great expectations. Whilst focusing on academic achievement, we are known for providing good personal development and creativity. We endeavour to balance the rigours of study with the fun of having good friends and learning together.

We have a superb reputation for working in the outdoors. We make every effort to ensure all of our children develop their outdoor skills and explore the world around them. We have an excellent reputation for enabling our pupils to explore their talents especially in sport or the arts.

Our children have various opportunities to explore their creative talents whether singing, composing, learning various instruments or through art or dance. We hold termly concerts to celebrate the children’s achievements and progress as well as our Christmas and end of term performances.

Throughout the year our children are able to access a whole range of sports and competitive opportunities in partnership with the local schools in the Cartmel Peninsula. This enables children to discover their abilities and sporting preferences and encourages a healthy lifestyle.

All of these experiences as well as a very good reputation for achievement and academic success for all children ensures our children have a rounded curriculum and enables the children to be prepared for the future as they make the transition to secondary school and beyond!