Our Story

Caring for everyone. Learning together. Achievement for all.

Our Story

Our Early Years Foundation Stage includes Nursery provision. We offer 30 hours of provision alongside the Reception class: 8.45 – 11.45, 11.45 – 2.45, with the option of staying for the final half hour until 3.15 for a small cost. Our teacher Miss Stewart is a supported by teaching assistant Mrs McCormick.

For further information, or to apply for a place in Nursery, please contact the school or refer the Cumbria County Council’s School Admissions Section ‘Applying for a Nursery Place’. In the event of our Nursery being over-subscribed, our usual Admissions Policy applies.

The school day begins at 8:50am each day with registration. Children can be dropped off from 8.45am each day either to the classroom door (EYFS and KS1) or left on the playground (KS2) where there will a member of staff supervising. There is a morning break from 10.30 – 10.45 for Nursery/Reception and KS1 and 11am until 11.15am for KS2. Lunchtime is between 12:15pm and 1:15pm. There is an afternoon break for Nursery/Reception and KS1 from 2:30pm—2:45pm.

The school day finishes at 3:20pm. Parents are asked to wait in the front playground and teachers will direct children to the adult who is collecting them.

For our children in Nursery we offer a flexible approach to provision where parents can select the hours they wish their child to attend. Please contact us to discuss the options available.

Our school is situated in the village of Beetham. The school building was previously the Toll House for the users of the A6 which adds an interesting historical background to the school. At the heart of the village is our school field. This provides a combination of woodland and open field to enrich many curriculum activities throughout the year.

The school is a Voluntary Aided Church of England Primary School with strong links to our local church St Michael’s and All Angels.

The History of Our School

There has been a school in Beetham since 1500AD. Over the years it has received many contributions from local beneficiaries as well as the diocese. The school is originally thought to have been located near the church and was a Free Grammar School. In 1833 it is believed to have had two schools – one for all children and the second was a paid for school, one of which was the what is now the Heron Theatre. In the early 1900s it was deemed that the school was too costly to repair and a decision was made to build a new school. In 1904 the present building was built on the site of a former toll house, becoming Beetham Queen Victoria Memorial School, which opened in 1905. Part of the original toll house can still be seen in the teaching area called the Rainbow Room. The school was founded by and has always had close ties with Beetham Parish Church.

Our School Aims

At Beetham School we help all our children to:

  • Feel valued, cared for and happy
  • Become independent and motivated learners
  • Acquire skills necessary for future learning and life
  • Achieve their full potential in all areas of the curriculum
  • Develop enquiring and creative minds
  • Know how to keep themselves safe
  • Be able to enjoy and appreciate opportunities they are offered
  • Develop respect and understanding for others, their environment and the world


We aim to achieve this by:

  • Establishing positive learning partnerships between home, school, the church and the community
  • Offering support, challenge and encouragement to succeed
  • Providing a stimulating learning environment with opportunities to develop technological skills
  • Provide an interesting and inspiring curriculum
  • Using a variety of teaching approaches and resources
  • Enriching the curriculum through an exciting range of extra curricular activities and visits/visitors
  • Creating an ethos based on Christian values of care, respect and understanding for all aspects of the world in which we live.