Important Information

Important Information

1.Contact Details

School Name: Nenthead Primary School

Postal Address: Nenthead, Cumbria, CA9 3LS
Telephone Number: 01434 381400

Email Contact:


Enquiries: Contact Hollie Parradine or one of our other Administrators on the above telephone number or through the Office email address.


2. Admission Arrangements

Our Admissions Policy is available through the policy section of our website using the drop down menu on the main page.  If you are interested in a place for your son / daughter please contact the School.

3. Ofsted Reports

You can access our most recent Ofsted Report through the drop down on the Nenthead Primary School page on our website.  The School was designated as ‘good’ when last inspected in November 2018, the same grading as it achieved the time before in February 2014.

4. Assessment Results

The Year 6 SATs results for our two primary schools are to be found in the Performance drop downs on their website pages.  GCSE results gained by Samuel King’s students last summer can also be found in the Performance drop down on Samuel King’s page.

5. 16-19 Results

Samuel King’s is an 11-16 school with students leaving aged 16 at the end of Year 11.  Consequently we do not have any Federation 16-19 results to report.  However, we do keep track of our students at their Colleges, Sixth Forms and beyond.  It’s always good to catch up with how things are going for them.

6. Performance Tables

Government performance tables are another guide to student achievement.  You can access them through the drop down menu of the ‘Performance’ section of the Nenthead Primary School website page.

7. Curriculum

Teachers write to parents each term to let them know what they plan to cover in the coming weeks.  But you can also find details of the topics being followed by our children under ‘Curriculum’ in the Parents drop down on the Nenthead Primary School page.  Kate Bainbridge, Deputy Head, ‘refreshes’ the curriculum plan each year to make sure all pupils cover what is required as they move up through the school.

8. Behaviour Policy

You can access our Outstanding Behaviour Policy in the Policies drop down on the Federation website home page.  As with many of our other policies, you will find that it details the sorts of things people should do to make this policy work effectively – including students and parents.  Staff are encouraged to apply both rewards and sanctions.  But the policy is also very clear that while staff should be ‘assertive’, aggression will not be tolerated.

9. School Complaints Procedure

You will find our Complaints Policy in the Policies drop down on the Federation website home page.  If something is concerning you, we very much want to know about it and will do everything that we can to resolve any situations.

10. Pupil Premium

Last year the School received £5280 of Pupil Premium funding.  This year that figure is again expected to be £3960.  Please view the Pupil Premium Information document in the Parents drop down of the Nenthead Primary School web page for full details of how we spent last year’s money and plan to spend these funds this year.

11. Year 7 Literacy & Numeracy Catch-Up Premium

This money, a total of £4,700, is paid to our linked secondary school, Samuel King’s School, and is used to set up additional literacy and numeracy sessions set up for targeted Year 7 students.

12. PE & Sport Premium for Primary Schools

This year Nenthead Primary School will receive £15,560 through the PE & Sports Premium.  The funds have been allocated as below:

Sports Coaching
David Ballantine is contracted to provide a weekly football coaching session before school on Wednesdays.  He also delivers sports sessions during lesson time on the same day.

Specialist PE Teaching
Helen Allinson is our PE/Sports Coordinator across all three Federation schools.  She teaches classes and also delivers extra-curricular sessions including trampolining on Mondays after school.

We have spent money to both improve and extend the range of equipment we have primary aged children to use on their own site and on the other two Federation sites as well.  This has meant servicing and repairing existing items as well as buying additional items to extend the range of team and other sports we can play.

Sports Competitions
Helen Allinson has established the North Pennines Sports Partnership, linking our three schools with the primary schools at Rookup, St John’s Chapel, Wearhead and Forest-in-Teesdale.  Competitions are half termly with travel and other expenses being paid from Premium funding.

An important activity undertaken during the summer term.  We need to pay for the pool as well as the transport to and from it.

We are currently holding over £3k in contingency.  With funding for the coming financial year by no means guaranteed, it is important that we are least able to continue with our current arrangements for the current academic year.  Of course, our intention is to continue to promote increased participation in PE and school sport in years to come as well.



13. SEN and Disability Information

The School welcomes students with designated Special Needs, and will prioritise places for students out of catchment should the Local Authority deem a place with us to be in an SEN  youngster’s best interests.  Currently we have five students on the SEN Register.

We do everything we can to ensure that such children are treated no less favourably than any other students and have developed an Intervention Policy to help up to identify and support their particular needs.  You will find this policy on our website – it is on the Federation home page under Policies.  It has a clear aim, ‘to apply the interventions needed to help students falling behind expected levels of progress to meet their targets’.  This aim is then realised through three objectives:

  1. To maintain the SEN and Gifted & Talented Registers.
  2. To update the Intervention Register each half term with the names of:
    • G&T and SEN children currently well below national expectations for their age in one or more of the three assessment strands: reading; writing; and Mathematics;
    • and children who have joined the school within the last half term.
  3. To apply appropriate interventions to boost the progress of students on the Intervention Register, monitoring assessment results to check that gaps between current & expected levels / grades are narrowing.

We apply a range of interventions to support youngsters with SEN including in class support; withdrawal of literacy and/or numeracy boosting; and bespoke curriculum arrangements at particular times in their day / week.

The Governing Body is committed to providing equal access to students with SEN and/or disabilities and many of the interventions listed above are designed to do just this.  We do have an issue with access between floors other than by stairs.  Currently we would have to relocate lessons if a student was unable to use the stairs.  We are in the first stages of discussions with the LA about the possible development of all age facilities on our site.  As any plans develop we will be committed to achieving compliance with relevant DDA legislation.

14. Governors Information and Duties

Information about our Governors can be found in the Governor Zone on the Alston Moor Federation home page.  None of them have business or financial interests in Nenthead Primary School.  Information about the organisation of the Governing Body and its committees is located under the same People drop down.

15. Charging and Remission Policies

A copy of our Charging Policy is available on the Federation home page in the Policies section.  For more information contact Hollie Parradine by telephone or email.

16. Values and Ethos

We publish our values in our annual Improvement Plan and they provide an important focus for our work.  And here they are!

  • Our Pupils:  they are central to everything that we do; we want them to be happy at school, to be confident, respectful and supportive of each other, enthusiastic to learn, and for them to thrive, achieve and succeed.
  • Our Families:  the contribution they can make to their children’s learning and progress is invaluable; we do everything we can to make them feel welcome and to help them fulfil their key role.
  • The Wider Community:  we are keen to further develop our links with local businesses and the voluntary sector, widening the range of opportunities available to our pupils by tapping into local people’s skills and experiences whenever possible.
  • Partnership Working:  our Federation exemplifies the importance of partnership working; on top of this, our on-going development is underpinned by links with other schools through the CASL and LASL as well as the Local Authority and its various agencies.
  • Our place within the UK:  we want children to appreciate the uniqueness of the environment in which they live;  but we also want them to be in sympathy with British values and to be aware of and excited about the opportunities presented to them as citizens of the United Kingdom.

17. Requests for Paper Copies

Please telephone Hollie Parradine in the school office (01434 381236) or email ( for paper copies of any of the information included within our website.

18. Financial Information

Here you can view the school’s income, expenditure and balances as well as compare these with other maintained schools and academies.  The information on the website is updated annually by the DfE using the Consistent Financial Reporting (CFR) statements that are submitted by the school to the DfE annually.

Reporting of Salaries of High Paid Staff

All local authority maintained schools are required to publish annually on their website the number of individuals (if any) earning over £100k a year.  As at 01.09.2020 no staff earn more than £100k a year.