Headteachers' Welcome

Cartmel Priory Church of England School provides a unique secondary school experience in a wonderful rural location. This successful community school has a strong commitment to high quality learning, in and out of the classroom, and a determination to ensure that each individual student develops and achieves to their full potential.

Our record of success is founded on our dedicated and caring staff, strong support from parents and the outstanding pastoral system supporting personal and academic progress, resulting in excellent behaviour and attitude of the young people of our school community.

Our greatest strength as a school is the commitment of all our staff, both teaching and non-teaching, to the students and the fact that we know them as individuals. Our schooling is based on traditional values, an idyllic setting (including enviable external sporting facilities and access to Cartmel Park), small class sizes and the vast range of extra-curricular activities in which all students have the opportunity to be involved in. This has culminated in us regularly being placed amongst Cumbria’s highest performing schools in terms of ‘Value Added’ and "Progress 8" data.

“The deeply embedded and explicitly articulated belief that all people are loved by God ensures that staff and students alike receive care and support of the highest quality”. (SIAMS, March 2015)

Ethos and Values

Our mission statement is

‘Run Faster, Reach Further, Aim Higher, Grow Tall
Work Harder, Think Deeper, Laugh Louder, Love All.’

This mission statement reflects our belief that education is about the whole child and that staff and students should aim high. It also reflects our belief that learning should be an enjoyable and stimulating experience.

We always aim for academic excellence and the standards of achievement reflect this. Cartmel Priory School does, however, also offer an extensive variety of wider learning opportunities. These include, for example, the John Muir Award, educational visits, house sports, music and drama, an annual ski trip, history and modern foreign language trips, sports clubs and science activities.

We are a Church of England Academy Trust secondary school, one of only two in Cumbria, and our purpose is to support students in becoming successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.

I hope our website provides you with all the information you require but if you would like any further clarification, please contact school where the staff will be more than happy to assist you.

Dr Paul Williams - Headteacher