Dear Parents/Guardians,


Thank you for your continued support during this very unusual time. It has taken an enormous amount of work from everyone to get to where we are today, and I once again wish to pay tribute to the staff team at Petteril Bank; working tirelessly in and out of school on behalf of our children.

Although our current school setup takes a lot of our focus, I am keenly aware that the school year is nearly over and that our thoughts are now moving to September. With this in mind, we are delighted to be able to inform you of our class structure for the next academic year.

Year Class Name Teacher
Reception/Y1 Ullswater Mrs Lamb
Year 1/2 Rydal

Mrs Tagerud / Mrs Lane

Year 3 Derwent Water Miss Cowling
Year 4/5 Buttermere Miss Heron
Year 5/6 Coniston Miss McMillan


As you can see, we have reduced the number of classes from seven to five, due to the number of pupils we currently have on roll. Most classes are now mixed-age. This will allow us to meet the needs of all pupils and is especially important as they return from such an extended time away from school.

The decision to move to mixed-age classes is not one that has been taken lightly, however, we feel strongly that this is in the best interest of the children and school. The children in Year 1 and 5 have been allocated to their new class, based upon relationships and confidence rather than by ability. They will be taught the curriculum content that is appropriate for their age and stage regardless of which class they are in.

We will write to each parent in Year 1 and 5 separately to confirm which class they will be a part of and class teachers will be in touch to introduce themselves before the end of term. If you have any questions about this, please do get in touch with either Mr Askew or Mrs Robson.

Staff updates

Mrs Sarah Lee, one of our senior leaders, has extended her secondment to Newtown Primary School in Carlisle. She is now due to return to Petteril Bank School in January 2021.

Miss Charlotte Park is due to start her maternity leave any time soon, we send her our best wishes for the safe delivery of her new baby.

Mr Liam Parker successfully finished his apprenticeship at Petteril Bank School this summer. We are so grateful for all that he has added to the life of our school and wish him the very best for the future.

I will keep you updated with any important information over the summer break about starting back in September in terms of Covid-19 plans. We are awaiting more guidance from Cumbria Local Authority about how to reopen fully, with all children returning. We are also going to adapt the way that we run the school for the beginning of the term, being mindful of the need to somewhat recover from what we have all been through this year and find our feet again. 


I would like to thank you once again for your continued support and encouragement during this strangest of school years. 


Kind regards


Joseph Askew