Headteacher's Message


Welcome to our website which we hope provides you with a snapshot of life at WISE Shaftoe Trust Academy, though please contact us if you can't find out what you wish to know.  We became a primary school in September 2013, following a reorganisation of schools in the area. Although initially a local authority school and now part of the WISE Academy Trust family of schools, we benefit greatly from the involvement of the Shaftoe Education Foundation, an organisation which is part of the Shaftoe Charities established in 1685 by the Reverend John Shaftoe.  There has been a Shaftoe School in the village for over three hundred years, a fact we celebrated in 1997! 

The school is situated in the village of Haydon Bridge, seven miles west of Hexham, on the banks of the South Tyne. It serves the children who live in the village and many of the surrounding hamlets and farms.  

Our school has a very strong community spirit, many of the parents and governors having attended the school in the past. We work hard to maintain good parent and community involvement in the school and have a committed Governing Body and a very supportive Friends of Shaftoe Trust (PTA) who contribute positively to the ethos of our school. 

Our excellent team of dedicated staff work hard with our governors and parents to provide a caring and safe environment where every child thrives.  Together we aim to provide an exciting and motivating education for everyone with lots of challenge, the right level of support and encouragement, high expectations and a good dollop of common sense and fun. 

Our curriculum offers rich opportunities to all children enabling them to develop intellectually, physically, emotionally and creatively.  We pride ourselves on our family atmosphere and regularly work across the whole age range in our well established House Groups.  Our School Council and Eco Council draw their members from all year groups.  We strive to encourage the children to look beyond the school and learn about their world in the broadest sense and trips out in our local environment and beyond form an important aspect of school life.  We have regular visitors to the school and have close links with local arts groups, churches and other schools in our partnership. 

We have a splendid Victorian building and excellent outdoor facilities which include a walled garden, pond garden and woodland area.  Our building is heated by our Biomass boiler which was one of the first in the country! We also have PV cells on our south-facing roof which provide further power and have contributed to us being awarded our Green Flag award in September 2015

We look forward to welcoming you on a visit to our school.  

Mrs Gill Woodward