Cawthorne Church Of England (VC) Primary School

Our Cawthorne Community

Since 1872, our school has stood at the centre of the village, working in conjunction with the Church to serve the local community and educate generations of families and children. Cawthorne is built on a genuine Christian love for one another, fosters a strong sense of togetherness and harbours a close knit community. Through collaborative partnerships and positive relationships, all members of our community are engaged, supported and encouraged so that they flourish in life.

Our school parable of the Good Samaritan epitomises our values of friendship, compassion and the notion of ‘loving your neighbour as you love yourself’. Our Cawthorne Community consists of five points of a star:

  • our Governors;
  • the Church;
  • parents;
  • our staff;
  • our children

Our children sit at the centre of everything that we do as we want them to develop as unique individuals who flourish in life. In order to achieve this, all of the five points need to be working together in a positive, supportive manner so that the child shines bright. If one of the points are not engaged then we will not be able to achieve our shared, Christian vision. Being at Cawthorne is a partnership, where everyone plays a positive role in a child's educational journey.

Links With The Village Of Cawthorne

The village and parish of Cawthorne has a long history spanning back to the Domesday Book of 1086 and beyond. It lies about four miles west of Barnsley and is located in the rural area of green belt land. The Parish comprises the village of Cawthorne and a wider rural area of scattered smaller settlements and farms. It extends over 1500 hectares and had a population of 1,151 in the 2011 Census. Cawthorne Village is situated in an area of natural beauty, being surrounded by green fields, farmland and estate land. There are a multitude of beautiful walks for the novice or the more experienced rambler to tackle. 


There has been a school in Cawthorne since 1455. Over the years, the position of this school has moved and developed until our present school was established by the Spencer Stanhope family and The Church in 1872.

The school stands in a prominent position at the centre of the village alongside Cawthorne All Saints Church. Our school prides itself on the close links we have with the many local amenities, clubs and facilities:

By developing links and positive relationships with the active, rural community of Cawthorne, our children and families develop a close affinity with the school, the village and the surrounding locality.

A Close Affinity To Cawthorne

The past three years have been incredibly tough on our community but what has managed to help us through is our inclusive, Christian ethos, which is founded on a genuine love for one another. There is a real sense of togetherness and cohesion at our school. We see ourselves as one big family who are connected with each other 'every step of the way'.
However, what makes Cawthorne special is that this affiliation doesn’t just end when children transition to secondary school. It lasts a lifetime and this was clearly evident when we celebrated our 150th anniversary. Scores of past, present and future pupils, staff, parents, family members, the local community and local dignitaries came together celebrate the significant milestone and the successes of our school. Once you have been part of our school, in whatever capacity, you never really leave.
As we enter into a new academic year, we are all striving towards another 150 years of sustained excellence so that every member of our Cawthorne Community, past, present and future, continues to flourish in their life.