About Us

'Live, Love, Learn and Pray'


St John with St Michael (SJSM) CE Primary School is a warm and welcoming voluntary controlled school set in the picturesque area of Shawforth in the Rossendale Valley. We are a small school for pupils aged 4 – 11 years and have a Nursery unit where children can start from Rising 3. We currently have 117 children on roll and serve a village community.

Our most recent OFSTED inspection in March 2017 states that the school continues to be 'good'. We were delighted that they recognised that rigorous leadership puts pupils at the heart of all we do'. 

 A copy of the report can be found at:

OFSTED report 

We were delighted that they recognised that rigorous leadership puts pupils at the heart of all we do'. We also received a Diocesan SIAMS inspection in February 2019 and were awarded good in all areas with excellent support offered to pupils and their families, both within and beyond the school day, reflects the commitment of governors and staff to ensuring that the vision is lived out daily.

We are fortunate to be located in a beautiful village surrounded by countryside, and situated next to a farm with lovely surrounding views. We have a lovely modern building with a Nursery Unit with its own outdoor provision and kitchens. We have 4 well sized classrooms, a well-stocked library, computer suite and a first aid room. We have a well-sized hall for the number of pupils in the school which we use for lunch times, assemblies, celebrations/events and P.E.  We recently have added a nurture room with its own kitchen which provides a great space for children to work in groups. Outdoors we are lucky to have a large field and a garden space with its own beehive. We also have a memorial garden for a past pupil who sadly passed away due to cancer called Joshua’s Garden.

The School is greatly involved with the wider community, has a very active Eco-School Council and School Council.

The School manages a Breakfast Club from 7.45am - 9.00am at the cost of £2.00 per session payable in advance or on the day, and also has an Extended After School service 3.30pm - 4.30pm for only £2.00 per child or there is a full After School Provision from 3.30pm - 5.30pm which includes a light snack and a drink at the cost of £5.00 per child


"We at St John with St Michael CE Primary School aim to promote the physical, mental, moral and spiritual development of the children in the light of the Christian Gospel."

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