For Parents

At Captain Shaw’s we have a constant dialogue with our parents, whether it is through the ‘Our School’ app, via email, over the phone, face to face, or over lunch on Fridays. We love to hear from parents present, past and new.

In this area of our website you will find the weekly newsletter to keep you up to speed with the weekly happenings and other key information; if there is anything else you would like to know please do get in touch.

Weekly Newsletters

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Weekly Newsletters


Prospective Parents Info

Cumbria Admissions Information

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Prospective Parents Information

Making the choice of school for your child is a big decision. We welcome enquiries from any parents who are in the process of making this important choice. Please contact the office to arrange a time to come for an informal look around with your child. We would love to share with you all the benefits our friendly, happy school can offer to young children.

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Special Educational Needs

We believe that one of the many benefits of a small school that lies right at the heart of a community is that every child is recognised as an individual. We know the learning needs of each and every child in our school and we work in close co-operation with children, their parents and external professionals to ensure that any special educational needs are identified and addressed at an early stage.


Click here to view our SEN Policy.

Click here to view our SEND Local Offer.

Friday School Dinners

On Fridays, Class 2 put on their chef whites and head for the kitchen to prepare delicious and nutritious cooked dinners for the whole school. Parents, grandparents and members of the local community are also welcome to join us which they regularly do; we see this coming together as one of the things that makes our school special. Class 2 children derive enormous satisfaction and pride in producing wonderful meals for their school community, supporting local businesses and learning important life skills in the kitchen.

Our very own restaurant, ‘The Captain’s Table’ boasts a 5 star hygiene rating from Copeland Borough Council and is open for business every Friday 12.00pm. We offer a 2 course lunch and even provide a take-away service.

Our unique provision has even made it on to BBC Radio 4’s Food programme.

British Values

In November 2014 the DfE published guidance on promoting British values in Schools, saying;

“A key part of our plan for education is to ensure children become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background. We want every school to promote the basic British values of (see below). This ensures young people understand the importance of respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain.”

 The Government’s definition of British Values are;

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

At Captain Shaw’s  we have always taught these values as part of our curriculum and weekly school assembly programme:

The Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural curriculum, known as SMCS permeates through every part of our curriculum and is fundamental to our school ethos. Children learn that with liberty comes personal responsibility, such as willingly following school rules, taking care of school resources and their personal belongings, doing homework and be an active learner. Children learn to respect the rights of other children to choose friendships, to appreciate and celebrate the achievements of other children, to understand and support those children with SEND and to work co-operatively as part of a team. We actively promote the Multi-Cultural aspect of Great Britain as part of the school’s responsibility to prepare our children for life in modern Britain, particularly as our general life and cultural experiences in a rural Cumbrian school are so different to those of children in an urban, multi-racial, multi-faith school.

Our RE curriculum teaches the beliefs, practices and traditions of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism. RE is taught every week to all children in our school.

We use St Michael’s  Church to support the teaching of Christian beliefs and practices and celebrate Easter, Harvest and Christmas in church with our school community. Every child will visit the local Buddhist Temple at least once. Each summer, Year 6 children visit a Mosque and a Synagogue in Manchester as well as the Cathedral.

Examples of how we apply the democratic process and rule of law include; children create their own ‘class code of conduct’ at the beginning of every academic year, they are pro-active in applying these rules and have the confidence and trust in the adults at school to ‘tell’ when they think that rules have been broken by their peers. Children understand our Behaviour Policy and the sanctions contained therein, so they understand that there are consequences to unacceptable behaviours. All pupils are consulted on new initiatives in school ( when appropriate) and their views are taken into account by teachers and school leaders, every child has a ‘voice’ through the school’s ‘suggestion box’ and ‘worry box’. The contents of these boxes are reviewed every week by adults in school who then respond to suggestions or worries with individual or groups of children. Older children often take part in debate, they learn how to present an argument that includes their viewpoint and they learn to respect the differing views of their peers. The PCSO visits school to deliver assemblies about ways in which the police serve the community.

The children have been introduced to this statutory initiative to ‘actively promote fundamental British values’ DfE in whole –school assemblies and also in their class ‘circle time’ discussions. Evidence of our children’s understanding of what it means to ‘be British’ is being collected and will inform teacher’s planning for SMCS. The 5 specific British values identified by the government will be explicitly taught to children and will become embedded in our school’s ethos and mission statement.

Extended Hours

We know the pressures on families to have flexible childcare arrangements outside of school hours. We are proud that we offer before school and after school care that is safe, flexible and stimulating for your child. Children can arrive at school from 8.00am every morning where they have the choice to continue with their school work, play games or use the school’s ICT provision. A staff member is always on hand to ensure that your child is in safe and caring hands.

Similarly, after school, we run a regularly reviewed club programme that will provide extended hours from 3-15-4.30pm. Examples of recent clubs include judo, archery, KS1cookery or PE multiskills. These clubs are either run by our own staff or by DBS cleared external specialists for a nominal fee of £1 per session.

We are proud that we are able to offer such a comprehensive childcare provision for busy parents and from the feedback we receive and the high attendance figures, we know that this service is highly valued by children and their parents.