Worthington Primary School

Worthington Road, Sale, Cheshire M33 2JJ Tel: 0161 973 3504

We are a County controlled (Trafford LEA) co- educational school for pupils in the age range 3 to 11 years.
Head Teacher: Mr Clive Searle

On Monday afternoon, we opened school to visitors and members of the Worthington family. This gave us all the opportunity to say ‘goodbye’ to the wonderful old building.

Hundreds of past parents, pupils, staff and governors returned to the school that they attended. Some visitors had only very recently left our school, others had left some considerable time ago. Everyone looked very happy to be spending time in the school that they have fond memories of.

The hall had been decorated with memorabilia from the school’s historic past, awards, documents and naturally, photographs. Visitors were able to spend a great deal of time walking round school, chatting to friends both old and new, and enjoying the wonderful refreshments made by our cooks, Mrs Spragg and Mrs Rogers.

All the current staff were in attendance and were so happy to speak to people about times gone by.

We remembered those who fought so hard to keep the school open in 1979. Without their hard work, there would not have been the opportunity to see a new school built on our site.

We remembered the cracks in the stained glass window caused by a falling bomb during the Second World War.

We all have such fond memories of the school but it was clear from the event that as fond of the bricks and mortar as we all are, it has always been the people (both young and old) associated with the school who have made the difference and have made Worthington the school it has always been and will continue to be!

We look forward to meeting again in September when we can open the doors of our new school to visitors – please watch this website for details of the event.

On Monday of this week, a very special guest rang the school bell for the start of the day. Mrs Cagney (pictured with her daughter) had been a pupil of Worthington only a few years ago but had never had the chance to ring the school bell.

It was our pleasure to give her the opportunity to take part in this very important daily routine.

As you can see by the smiles all round, it was clearly worth the wait!

We have been approached by so many past staff, governors, pupils and parents wishing us every success in the new school. We would like to thank them for their kind words but also reassure them that we won’t be changing what we stand for just because we are moving ten metres further north along Worthington Road!

As we talked about in Friday’s Assembly, we ordered the good weather and we certainly got it for our Summer Fair this Sunday!

The whole school community came out in their hundreds to join in the fun. The school field and school hall were packed with games to play, prizes to win and lovely food to eat!

The Fair was opened by a very friendly caterpillar called Simon! He normally lives on the building site of our new school but desperately wanted to come over and see the old school one last time!

Like all sensible caterpillars, he knows about building site safety, so he always wears his hard hat to protect his head.




There is always so much to do at our fair but don’t forget to wash your face before bed time!

It was lovely to see all the friends of the school at our fair and I am sure that with all their help and generosity we will have made lots of money to spend in our new school building.

All our thanks go to everyone who helped with the fair – especially Mrs Chambers and her army of PTA volunteers. Thank you too for all those who came along to the fair to spend their pennies!

Who needs Glastonbury when we’ve held our very own Musical Evening here at school in the very week of a certain less famous event happening in the South West of England! The Evening included individual soloists playing violin and cello. When the strings combined to form the Strings Orchestra, the effect was electrifying!

The guitar groups also played, and we will all remember their two fabulous numbers for a very long time to come. Some of our instrumentalists have only been playing a matter of weeks and yet they proudly performed to a high standard.

The choir performed in both the first and second half of the evening. They sang beautifully! Their numbers are increasing weekly and the performance levels keep rising too! They were enhanced by soloists who sang incredibly to the packed audience of one hundred and twenty parents.

A massive thank you must go to Helen Smith – our strings teacher, Brad Edmundson – our guitar teacher and Mrs. Creswell – our Choir Leader.

It has been a year of great excitement at Worthington Primary in Sale Moor, as the whole school community has witnessed the development of the new school building.

After 108 years of continuous education on the Worthington Road site, the brand new modern, purpose-built school will be ready to open in September 2013.

Worthington Primary School – the first Council school erected in Cheshire – opened on Monday 25th September 1905, with Mr Slate at the helm. It was built in replacement of the Sale Lodge School, colloquially known as the ‘Marl Pit School’. The current school was named in memory of Mrs Worthington, whose benevolence provided the land for Worthington Park.

Throughout the long history of the school, pupils have witnessed some major events, including the temporary closure of the school in the winter of 1918/19 due to a disastrous outbreak of Spanish Flu. During the Second World War, air raid shelters were excavated and children even witnessed an aerial dog fight!

During the last 108 years, the school’s rich tradition has been upheld and current headteacher Mr Clive Searle continues this practice. He is clear that despite the move to a new building, the school will take with it the best of the old and at the same time the best of the new.

“The whole community of Sale Moor will benefit from the opportunities that our new school will provide. It has been an exciting venture for all those involved in the build and a marvellous learning opportunity for the children and staff. Everyone is so excited about what we can achieve in the new Worthington Primary. The superb partnership between Trafford, the school and our build partners, Willmott Dixon has ensured the very best possible outcome for generations of children, families and staff.”

With work nearing completion, the existing school will be demolished with the best of the old, including the magnificent commemorative stained glass window finding a home in the new design.

In order for those who have ever had an association with the school to visit one last time, the school is inviting past pupils and their families, along with any past members of staff to take a trip down memory lane when the school opens between 4.00 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. on Monday 15th July. Guided tours of the school will be available, leaving from the school hall at regular intervals. Pictures and memorabilia from the school’s long history will be on display and visitors will be treated to light refreshments.  Please do come!