Welcome to Higher Lane Primary School

Head's Welcome 

On behalf of the Pupils, Staff and Governors I would like to welcome you Higher Lane Primary School.

Higher Lane Primary School is situated in Whitefield and is a two form entry primary school with 440 pupils on role. The school has a good reputation within the locality and is regularly over-subscribed.

The school provides a caring, carefully structured environment which fosters positive attitudes to the pursuance of excellence. We strive to create a relaxed yet orderly climate which enables the children to take pleasure in their learning and pride in their performance. The ultimate aim of the school is to meet the needs of all its pupils in order to develop them into confident independent learners.

The school has undergone very successful inspections and most recently in November 2014 Ofsted reported : “This is a good school with outstanding behaviour." 

The children play a vital role in contributing to the smooth running of the school through the School Council, Year Six Monitors and the Head Boys and Girls which you can find out about through this site. 

Our rich high quality curriculum is based on a thematic approach and children learn through interesting and engaging topics.  

Parents and staff work closely together in a supportive environment to enable pupils to fulfil their potential. The school has an open door policy and parents are encouraged to discuss any concerns or worries at a mutually convenient time. All concerns are taken seriously and dealt with quickly.

I am extremely proud to be the Headteacher of our great school and extremely fortunate to work with supportive parents and governors, outstanding pupils and a talented staff.

Ms C McLachlan  (Headteacher)


National Leader Of Education 

Higher Lane Primary School  is a National Support School and Carol McLachlan, our Headteacher, is a National Leader of Education. National Leaders of Education (NLEs) are outstanding head teachers who, together with the staff in their schools, known as designated National Support Schools (NSS), use their skills and experience to support schools in challenging circumstances. 

Higher Lane  has a very successful record of working with other schools, head teachers, groups of teachers and individual teachers in improving teaching and learning and pupil attainment and achievement. In addition to leading their own schools, NLEs work to increase the leadership capacity of other schools to help raise standards. 

Schools seeking advice or support, guidance or help of any kind can contact Carol for an informal discussion via the school office.

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  • Parent Questionnaire - July 2018
  • Please click here to answer our questionnaire and then click on submit at the bottom when finished. It should only take a couple of minutes - thank you for your support!


  • Vision Multi Academy Trust CEO Summer Newsletter
  • Please click here for our summer term newsletter.


  • Exciting Announcement!   
  • Dear parents/carers,

    Stand Preschool is delighted to announce they will continue the excellent work they have been doing for the last 30+ years from a new location. From September 2018, we will be operating from Higher Lane Primary School.

    Stand Preschool have always had close links with Higher Lane, so all parties are excited about

    working even closer together. Whilst the Preschool will initially be a stand‐alone setting, we will be working with the existing EYFS team at Higher Lane and likely become part of the school at some point in the future.

    Anyone interested in finding out more information, or an application form for places from

    September, should call 0161 796 1548 / 07845 152827 or email standpreschoolm45@gmail.com On behalf of all the committee and team at Stand Preschool, Mirjam Stewart‐Groen, Chair of the Committee


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  • Parental Support Worker - Here to Help!
  • Our parental support worker, Mrs Nott, is available to to offer support, help and guidance for parents, carers and families who may need support in improving their child’s attendance, behaviour, health issues or simply access information. There are many more ways in which Mrs Nott may be able to assist you.  Please click here for more information


  • Active Learn Log-in Details  
  • Please click here for your child's Abacus/Bug Club log-in.


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