Information for Prospective Parents & Guardians
one of the most important decisions you will ever make.
Education is fundamental to future success, so choosing the right primary school for your child is vital.
At Shield Row Primary School we a provide a dynamic and nurturing environment that values every child and enables them to gain high self-esteem, morals, confidence and the motivation to succeed.
Respect, kindness and cooperation are embedded into everything we do here in the school and pupils are happy, eager to learn and well behaved.
We have fantastic facilities, extensive grounds and a wide-range of extra-curricular activities, including sign language, football, netball, cookery, arts and crafts, games, computing and multi-sports.
We work hard to find ways to 'bring learning alive' so you might find us exploring the outdoors, working with a real life author, taking part in drama workshops, having lunch with a roman soldier or even setting up a restaurant in our classroom!
We know that choosing a school for your child is a daunting prospect. We're here to support you, so that when you do make a decision you can be confident it's the right decision.
Prospective parents and guardians are welcome to visit and have a tour of the school.
If you would like to apply for a nursery place, please complete an application form, contact the school office or drop us an email.
Nursery Application Form
Helpful learning resources are easily accessible for children both indoors and in the outdoor areas, which are skilfully utilised by teachers.
OFSTED Latest Report, June 2018
Open & Honest
Communication about your child never stops. After enrolment we encourage open and honest feedback and discussion.
Communication is essential for growth, so if you have any questions or thoughts or would simply like to discuss your child's education, class teachers are available at the end of every school day.
If you prefer to make an appointment, we will welcome you at at a time that suits your schedule.
Surrounded by beautiful countryside, Shield Row Primary School is where 200+ pupils come to learn, grow and play in a secure, friendly and caring environment.
Catering from nursery to Year 6, our modern, fully-equipped school and expansive sports grounds are unique to the area.
Doors open: 8:45am
Morning session ends: 11:45am
Afternoon session starts: 12:30pm
End of school day: 3:30pm
Reception, Key Stage 1 & Key Stage 2
Doors open: 8:45am
End of school day: 3:20pm
For a full list of 2023/24 term times, please click the link below.
We provide childcare provision from 7:45am in the form of Breakfast Club.
Breakfast Club runs every school day and offers a wide-range of fun activities such as pool, air hockey, board games, colouring and children's programmes - displayed on our large cinema screen.
The club also provides the opportunity for children to socialise and enjoy a healthy breakfast.
Breakfast Club sessions are charged at £2.50 per day with no need to pre-book. Sessions are free for children eligible for income-based free school meals. The club is accessed via the main entrance.
Recharge! is our after-school club and provides childcare provision until 6:00pm.
An array of activities are on offer designed to allow children to socialise and learn. Activities include outdoor games, lego, arts and crafts and developing basic cookery skills. There is also the option of homework and reading support.
There are three options for Recharge!
Option 1: session until 4:30pm £4:50
Option 2: session until 6pm £6:50
Option 3: after club session 4:30-6pm £2:50
Sessions include a snack and drink.
Places should be booked in advance through the school office and payment must be made via Arbor.
Food in School
Children are welcome to choose between a packed lunch or a school meal for lunch.
All children in Reception and Years 1-2 are eligible for free school meals. From Year 3 upwards children whose families meet the criteria are entitled to free school meals.
School meals are priced at £2.50 per day and children order their lunch choice every morning at registration.
Special dietary requirements can be catered for. We operate a zero nuts policy.
All children in school are asked to bring in a water bottle which is sent home every night to be cleaned. Children are actively encouraged to drink water throughout the day.
Under the Fruit in School scheme, children in Early Years and Key Stage 1 will receive a piece of fruit each day free of charge.
Years 1-6 can purchase a fruit juice, yogurt or piece of fruit at morning break for 30p.
Sweets, chocolate, fizzy drinks and energy drinks cannot be brought into school.
You can read our packed lunch policy here.
We believe that a uniform is helpful in establishing good standards of appearance in school and that it helps our children to develop a sense of identity, pride and community spirit.
We also have a PE uniform, as we ask the children to come into school in their PE kits on their PE day.
Children are not permitted to wear makeup or nail varnish at school.
Our uniform guide can be downloaded here.
You can order school uniforms directly from our provider Border Embroideries by clicking here.
Children are not allowed to take holidays during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.
School holiday dates are sent out regularly and are always available on the website or from the school office.
We politely request that you keep to these dates when booking holidays.
For a full list of 2023/24 term times and holidays, follow the link below.
Shield Row Primary operates within an equal preference scheme and welcomes all children.
We are an academy within Tudhoe Learning Trust. The Trust is the Admissions Authority for all schools within the Trust and operates admissions on the same basis as that used by Durham Local Authority.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Normal admissions procedures apply. However, where a Special Educational Need or Disability is identified the school will work with parents/guardians and other agencies to ensure that appropriate provision can be provided.
The planned admission number for our school in 2024/25 is 30.
In School Year Transfers
Applications for our Nursery are dealt with by the school and all applications should be made directly to our office. For further details please get in touch via out contact form or by calling 01207 239661. Our nursery application form can be downloaded here.
We now offer 30 hours of childcare provision in our Nursery.
Download the information sheet below to find out more.
Use the links below to download our EYFS handbook and school brochure which contains essential information about Shield Row Primary School.