Lowther Endowed School

Achieving, Caring, Enjoying


"I'm really happy with the school. The teachers, support staff and office staff should be proud of what a great wee school Lowther has become . Teachers and the headteacher are very approachable with any concerns and we like how any concerns are taken seriously."  A parent


"My children are really happy at the school, as are we as parents. Mrs Wield clearly has a passion for the school and all it does and this is reflected in the staff, and throughout the school. My children have now been in each class in the school and each teacher and member of staff has responded quickly and knowledgeably to any questions or concerns. They are always welcoming and happy to answer any questions. Thank you to all involved in the hard work you all put in to making school such a lovely place for our children"  A parent

Welcome to Lowther Endowed School


Hello and a warm welcome to Lowther Endowed School's website.  Please also check out our Facebook page!


Lowther Endowed School is handily located in the beautiful Eden Valley between Penrith and Shap, in the village of Hackthorpe. Our catchment area consists of 6 villages and many rural hamlets and farms, but we welcome children from other areas too.


Our school has three classes:

Hedgehogs: Reception and Year 1 (Miss Booth)

  Otters: Years 2, 3 & 4 (Mrs Thomas/Ms Thwaites)

Badgers: Year 5 & 6 (Mrs Douthwaite/Ms Malin)

We have spaces available in all year groups currently.  Our children are supported across the school by our teaching assistants -

Mrs Gill, Mrs Pinkerton, Miss Tickner and Mrs Daley.


We are very lucky to now have the fantastic nursery Little VIPs on site for their provision for 2.5 year olds upwards (their younger children are next door in the Old School House).  


We are very fortunate to have excellent facilities, including a hall and large classrooms, along with excellent outdoor facilities such as playing field, large wildlife area and playground. We also have the use of the local tennis courts, where we can play netball and football. The school has access to a dedicated Forest School area in the forest nearby as well as developing an exciting on-site forest skills area.  We are very lucky to have a staff member, Emma Daley, trained as a Forest School practitioner  (see our Forest School page).  We believe that being in outdoors, appreciating the beautiful place we live and work in, is vital to our well-being and to develop a sense of belonging and community.  Our children truly love the outdoors, keeping fit and healthy and we really celebrate their positive attitude in being active.


Our meals are fantastic! These are cooked on site using Mellors as our providers.  Our chef Anthony works hard to provide delicious, nutritious food every day that the children will enjoy. We use locally sourced food wherever possible.


Every day, we have an after school club, which is very popular, run by Emma Daley.  We also have a breakfast club (from 8 am) and an 'early bird' drop off club available which is run by Lynn Pinkerton.


We provide a wide range of extra-curricular activities, including a great outdoor residential trip to Lockerbie Manor, and an action-packed urban residential to Edinburgh (alternate years for Year 5 and 6). 


We consider PE to be a very important part of our curriculum and are providing the children with opportunities to try a range of sports such as orienteering, fencing and archery alongside the more traditional school team games.  Action Ants help us provide such a varied range of sporting activities.  We love to enter competitions and are being incredibly successful (of course it is the taking part that is important!) 


Please feel free to contact the School if you would like more information or would like to come and look around our fabulous school.


Thank you for visiting our website.


Carla Weild

Head teacher

Designated Safeguarding Lead*


If you would like a paper copy of any of the information on our school website, please speak to our school office who will provide this free of charge.



*Toinette Thomas is deputy DSL

Katie Chappell, head at Shap Primary School is on-call in absence of either DSL or Deputy DSL