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.
Since 2003, under the direction of Headteacher Cheryl Smith, Western has seen continued growth in size, academic, sporting, art and spiritual achievements.
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.
Western´s latest (2013) Ofsted report recognised the many positive aspects of our school. It was disappointing that the grade does not reflect these comments fully. Inspectors recognised, for instance, that pupils’ attitudes towards learning are “positive and enthusiastic”, teaching is “effective”, the curriculum “comes alive” and children “have respect for each other”. Most significantly, “the children are a credit to the school and their parents”.
Over the summer 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. "This is such an exciting development for all our schools and 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.