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Shay Lane Primary School


Our New App

If you have a smartphone you can download OurSchoolsApp for FREE. It is a personalised app for our school and will allow us to keep you updated with school information, news, calendar events and contact information. It provides you access to school information at the touch of a button.


Please click one of the links below, depending on what type of phone you have, to download the app.

For Android devices:

For Apple devices:


Instructions for download:

 Using your device (iPad, iPhone, smart pad, tablet or android phone), visit the relevant marketplace for your product (Apple Store or Google Play).

 Search for ‘OurSchoolsApp’ and download the app.

 Once downloaded, us the search bar within the app and enter the postcode or the name of the school.

 Hit the search button.

Once you see the school name displayed, just touch the screen on the school name.

Confirm your choice by pressing ‘OK’.

You will now be presented with the correct app for your chosen school which contains news, information, calendar events, contacts and any other relevant details.


Shay Lane Christmas Video

Family Fun Day

What a fantastic family fun day we had this year. I would especially like to thank ISS for their muffin decorating workshop. My special thanks go to Mr and Mrs Walker, Ken our Lollypop man, Mrs Bill and Mrs Reeves for doing such a fantastic job on our refreshment stall; your help is always very much appreciated and without it we would not be able to have these events. Santa was, as always, very popular and has asked me to say how much he enjoyed meeting you all again and was shocked at how tall some of you have grown over the year.

Finally I would like to thank all of you who were able to attend, it is always lovely to see so many of you come along to join us.

Here are some images of the day

Christmas Information


16th School Closes for the Christmas Break


School re-opens 3rd January 2017

Bird and Bat Boxes Donation

Please see below the press release regarding the donation of bird and bat boxes made to us by Redrow homes.



There’s no need for Shay Lane Primary pupils to get in a flap about looking after their flying friends after homebuilder Redrow donated bird and bat boxes.

Unlike Redrow’s lovely new homes at nearby Nostell Fields, these abodes don’t have the latest appliances or their own en-suites; nevertheless they’re just what is needed for the Crofton school to help care for visiting wildlife.

Sales consultant Jonathan Leivesley took time out from selling Redrow’s family homes to hand over the boxes to the excited school pupils.

He said: “It is important that Redrow doesn’t just build homes, but helps the communities in which it builds to flourish too. Working with schools like Shay Lane Primary is a big part of that and we take a huge amount of pleasure from contributing to the wonderful efforts they are making in caring for the world around us, and helping to provide homes for all, not just for humans.

“Nostell Fields is close to the school and is popular with families, so it’s likely that some of our residents have children there now – or will do in the future.”

Shay Lane Primary School is keen to encourage its pupils to take an interest in the environment and look at the world around them and how they fit in it. Its wildlife garden, overseen by caretaker Mick Dexter, offers the perfect place in which to do this.

Helen Smales, office administrator for the popular primary, says Mr Dexter has taken the garden in hand after it had become a little overgrown because of the unfortunate illness of his predecessor, and now it is thriving again with help from the children who attend Shay lane.

Helen says: “We do a lot of activities in the wildlife garden: we have a Belfast sink in there so, in spring, we had tadpoles and the children watched them grow; and we have some bird boxes already scattered around and have had some birds nest here before, so it will be lovely to encourage more to build a home here – and bats too.

“Mr Dexter has planted sprouts and carrots and there are areas set aside to encourage bugs and insects. This is a good way to get pupils more interested in wildlife, to have fun and to learn.

“In summer we always plant a sunflower to see how big it can get. It’s a lovely way to nurture our children and begin helping them to develop into caring and responsible young adults. Anything to help encourage the children to have a positive interaction with nature is fantastic, so we are really grateful for the bird and bat boxes from Redrow.”

Her are a few images of our children receiving the boxes.

 World Taekwondo Champion

We are delighted to announce that Ella has once again achieved Gold in the 2016 Unified World Taekwondo Championships in Spain

Please see below a message we received last year from Mr and Mrs Willmott parents of Ella who is now in Year 5.

Dear Mr Wright and all staff,

Please find attached photos of Harry and Ella competing at the World Taekwondo championships held in Italy earlier this month.

Ella won gold in her individual category. (Ages 8 - 10) Harry won silver in his individual category. (Ages 10 - 13) They competed together in a different category but unfortunately just missed out on a medal position by coming 4th, but as one instructor said, 'They have been competing against the best in the world, so 4th place is still pretty amazing!'

We are so unbelievably proud of their achievements. They dealt brilliantly with the emotional roller coaster over the 6 day competition. We were at the venue for over 12 hours each day, everyone was tired but the experience was phenomenal and one the kids will never forget.

Onwards and upwards, the kids are back in training for a Yorkshire competition in early December. They have qualified for next years Worlds by winning in the Europeans earlier this year, we hope to get confirmation by spring 2015.

We can't thank you and the school enough for all your help and support given to us as a family. We appreciate it more than we can express. Please find photos attached of the kids,

Best wishes and kind regards, Wendy and Paul Willmott