From the Armthorpe Community Library...

Dear Mrs Campbell,


I am writing to thank you on behalf of the volunteers of Armthorpe Community Library for your generous donation of £200. We were extremely surprised, but delighted that the children chose of all the worthy charities out there, our library. Our aim is to provide a valuable service for the local community and particularly to encourage young people to come and join us. Your donation will help us to buy additional resources in order to help with this.


Can I also take this opportunity to praise the School Council representatives who visited the library to present the cheque. They were polite respectful and very friendly, certainly a credit to your School.


We hope we can continue to be considered as an additional resource to your school and that the children visit often. Should you wish the library to order specific books, provide class activities in respect of topics studied, or organise story-time sessions please do not hesitate to contact us.


Thank you once again
Kind regards


Mr Ricky Collins

Following a sports tournament...


I would just like to take this opportunity to email you and say how proud you must be of the School Boccia team that attended the school games at the EIS on Friday 22nd March in Sheffield.

Your team were a credit to your school-so well behaved, well mannered, friendly and supportive to all teams and to staff responsible for the organisation on the day.

Could you please pass on to your Head teacher, team members and their parent or carers how fantastic they were.


Ivy Dorchester-Brown-Volunteer

Jill Newbolt

Tournament Organiser


Following a weekend visit to Ingestre Hall...


On behalf of the Ingestre staff, I would like to express my thanks to all those involved in the recent weekend visit.

The children from Shaw Wood Academy have demonstrated exemplary behaviour and attitudes to learning, inspiring Ingestre tutorial staff to provide the highest level of creative challenge, resulting in a standard of work rarely seen from primary aged children. As Ingestre’s Senior Tutor Richard Poynton comments in his summation of the weekend, ‘I’m not sure what it is that you’re doing in school but it’s definitely working so please keep it going.’

The sociability and maturity of the children were also recognised with kitchen, cleaning and tutorial staff noting how polite, kind and respectful the children were.

I would also like to add our appreciation for the enthusiasm, support and engagement of the staff, all of whom helped to make the residential truly memorable.

This weekend has increased the bar and reminded us all of what we must aim for to achieve high quality creative residential experiences. We are grateful to Shaw Wood for reinvigorating our efforts to reach this aim.


Felix Peplar

Head of Centre


Comments from Google Reviews...


Year 3 production of YE-HA , Absolutely Amazing! Everybody involved should be massively proud,, the hard work in putting on a show of this quality just Wow. Thanks to all the teachers and all the helpers that made this truly enjoyable from start to finish, clear to see the kids having so much fun, And nice to see there little characters shining through, Well done to all, fantastic!


Nikki Dem


This school has kitchen staff that go above and beyond for special meals to make them exciting for the kids ie Xmas or Red Nose Day etc. Teachers I have known go above and beyond to help kids that need it, shed tears for students/former students pain or loss. Teaching assistants that give that extra little help, support or confidence where needed. Pastoral staff that are worth their weight in gold for kids that need it. A head teacher that changed holiday dates in an attempt for parents to find affordable holidays. A group of amazing staff giving up their free time to do a walk to raise money for mental health support in school when the government cut funding. Playtime and dinnertime staff that look after our kids when they fall. A variety of after school clubs/activities and explorers where again all staff are incredible. Considering all rules, regulations and impossible targets set by the government I think this school thanks to amazing staff still manages to push that bit further for its students.


Terri Scutt


I cannot recommend Shaw Wood enough. The first time I visited the school to see if it was suitable for my daughter, I knew instantly that this is where I wanted my children to be educated, and they have not disappointed. The staff are professional but friendly, they are encouraging, determined and considerate of all the individual children and their needs (whatever their gender, religion, ethnic or socio-economic background). I have never had a bad word to say about the school, and I still don't. Recent negative attention, caused by one dinner lady who is no longer employed at the school, has only served to prove to all the staff and parents at Shaw Wood, that the Head and the Board of Governors only have the pupil's best interests at heart. Their swift action in regards to making the children's safety their number 1 priority shows the real ethos of the school, and is a true representation of how the school operates. My husband and I now have 3 children attending here, and they will continue to flourish here until they proceed to secondary school. Keep going Shaw Wood, you are doing amazing!


Nicci West


From our Compliments book...


'Brilliant idea to hold a Year 2 BBQ. Great way to raise money and to get children and parents to spend quality time together.'


'Thank you for a lovely morning playing in Nursery. It was good fun to play and to watch Lucie enjoying her time at school.'


'I left Shaw Wood Juniors in 1973. Still glad to find it is as fantastic as ever. Well done everyone!'


'As always, a great performance, clearly shows loads of effort from all involved – kids and staff. Super proud to be associated with Shaw Wood.'


'Fabulous afternoon with year 6 playing board games that they had designed. What an amazing idea to promote creativity whilst incorporating many learning skills. Well done children and teachers.'