Our Church School

Church Schools

Church of England schools comprise 23% of all maintained schools in England and Wales.

The schools include infant, junior, primary, middle, all age secondary schools and academies. The Church does not currently run special schools, sixth form colleges or Further Education Colleges.

Church of England schools are established primarily for the communities they are located in. They are inclusive and serve equally those who are of the Christian faith, those of other faiths and those with no faith.

Church schools are recognised for their distinctive Christian ethos and the impact this has on standards and all round education. The proportions of Church schools regarded as ‘good’ and 'outstanding' (by Ofsted) is much higher than the national norm and yet the Church schools are fully inclusive.


Shankhill Church of England Primary School

We are a voluntary controlled Church of England school in the diocese of Carlisle. Our successful and thriving school works in accordance with the beliefs and practices of the Anglican Church, as required by the Trust Deed and the instrument of governance of this Church of England School. Our school ethos and mission ensure that we are sensitive to the individual members of our school and wider community. We aim to support the academic, spiritual and character growth of every child respecting those of the faith, those of other faiths and those of no faith. Everyone is welcomed and cherished. 


Our Mission Statement: 

Within our ethos:

  • Our school will develop in each child a respect for others and the distinctively Christian environment we all share, so that they may become responsible, well-rounded young people; 
  • School will be enjoyable within a caring atmosphere in which learning will be exciting, creative and inclusive. 

St. Mary's Church, Stapleton

As a Voluntary Controlled School, Shankhill has a strong Christian ethos; the Christian Values underpin the schools ethos and drives improvement.  The school has excellent links with the Parish of Solport and Stapleton, and in particular St. Mary's Church.

For further information regarding St. Mary's, Stapleton please click here.  


The Diocese of Carlisle and Board of Education

For more information regarding our local Diocese and the Board of Education please click here.


SIAMs Inspection

For our recent SIAMs inspection (March 2015) please click here   


History

The original school was built in 1879 and consisted of one school room. This situation existed until the 1960's, when a second classroom was built, and then, in the 1970's, a third classroom and a kitchen were added. The old schoolroom is now known as "the top end", and is used for assemblies, music, sewing, group teaching and Library study periods. It is our main resources area.

In 2007 a new hall extension was added to the school, which is used for assemblies, PE, eating lunch and school performances.

We organised an Early Years INSET training day in our hall for our staff team and 41 teachers from our schools across Cumbria. 
 
In 2015, thanks to a Lottery Grant, we unveiled our new school garden, which included:

  • a vegetable and planting area;
  • a sensory area;
  • a water feature;
  • glazed gazebo for outdoor learning;
  • bird watching hide;
  • 20+ bird boxes, toad homes and a bug hotel; 
  • outdoor benching and stage area in our woods;
  • bog garden.

In 2016, we refurbished our Class 1, redesigning it to offer everything a child in our early years could desire, both inside and out.