Shibden Head Primary Academy

Shibden Head Primary Academy is a two-form entry school for pupils aged 4 to 11 serving the village of Queensbury in Bradford. A privately-run nursery operates on our site and this also provides before/after school and holiday care for local children.

The staff and governors work closely together to provide a happy, safe, positive learning environment in which children can learn and develop in order to fulfil their potential. We encourage a strong partnership with parents and carers to create the very best learning opportunities for children in our academy.

We provide a broad and balanced curriculum with an emphasis on the basic skills all children need to acquire in order to succeed. Our ‘Learning Challenge Curriculum’ is designed to capture children’s imagination and natural curiosity and motivate a desire to learn about the world in which they live. Children are taught to use new technologies as tools for learning in the 21st century.

The academy’s Ofsted inspection in July 2016 recognised that ‘pupils make an excellent contribution to the harmonious atmosphere through their positive behaviour and enthusiasm for learning’. Our behaviour code is based on respect for ourselves, each other and our surroundings and this is reflected in very positive comments by visitors to the academy and when classes are out on educational visits.

We have worked very successfully with Focus for a number of years. We are now proud to be a part of the Focus-Trust and value the benefits that working with the Trust and our partner academies have brought to our academy.

We extend a warm welcome to new families and invite prospective parents and carers to visit us to get a real feel for our vibrant academy.

Sarah Thornton, Headteacher

Shibden Head Primary Academy



Headteacher: Mrs Sarah Thornton

Shibden Head Primary Academy
Hainsworth Moor Grove
BD13 2ND

Tel: 01274 882 458


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Key Academy Facts & Statistics

Type of academy  Primary
Age range  4 – 11
Location  Bradford
Denominational  No
Budget  Balanced
Number of children 422
Number of teachers 18
Total number of staff 62
% Free school meals 7.5%
% Pupil Premium 15%
% Special educational needs 11.6%
Attendance 96.7%