Western Primary School will be closed until further notice.  In these unprecedented times, everyone at Western would like to extend their best wishes to all our families and the local community. Thank you for the support you have shown in recent weeks and we look forward to welcoming you all back to our wonderful school in the not too distant future.

T: 01423 502737E: admin@western.n-yorks.sch.uk

General Information


The Western community is rightly proud that Ofsted recognised our school as outstanding across all areas in June 2018.  Western Primary school enjoys a prominent position in the heart of Harrogate´s vibrant Cold Bath Road community, just minutes from Valley Gardens, RHS Harlow Carr, The Stray and the town centre.

Between 2003 and July 2019, under the direction of Headteacher Cheryl Smith, Western enjoyed continued growth in size, academic, sporting, art and spiritual achievements. The current Headteacher, Matt Shillito, joined the school in September 2019 following Mrs Smith's retirement and is proud to lead a dedicated, skilled and talented team of teachers, teaching assistants and administrators.

The school´s ethos, driven by an excellent leadership team, has led to its reputation as one of Harrogate´s flagship primaries. Over the last few years, Western has won a number of awards, including the prestigious International School Award.

In the summer of 2015, Western joined with two other schools to form the ´Red Kite Learning Trust´. Our growing Multi-Academy Trust builds on the existing strong partnerships between the schools and is a response to profound changes in the school system that reinforce the need for schools in a locality to work together for the benefit of all.  Multi-Academy Trusts are now becoming a standard part of the educational landscape and the government and Local Authority have made it clear that it wants all schools to be part of some kind of strong partnership in the years to come.  Working in this way gives us the opportunity to look at how we can share the experience, skills and resources across the Trust to provide the very best educational opportunities for our children.

Western Primary School

Built in 1897, Western´s somewhat austere Victorian exterior secretes a series of bright, modern, colourful, inter-connecting classrooms, corridors and public spaces that accommodate around 460 children aged 2-11.

Attainment has risen in recent years and is above average for most children by the end of Year 6.


Please contact the school office who will be happy to answer any queries or provide copies of any of the information displayed on the school's website. We also welcome any feedback you may have. You can contact or find us using any of the details shown on this page.

Western Primary School, Cold Bath Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 0NA

Tel: 01423 502737Email: admin@western.n-yorks.sch.uk

Western Primary School is part of Red Kite Learning Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 7523507, registered office address: Harrogate Grammar School, Arthurs Avenue, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 0DZ

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