Canon Sharples joined the ‘Learning Together Trust’ in July 2015, forming a highly successful collaborative partnership with St. Wilfrid’s.
Canon Sharples is part of LIverpool Diocese. The school's Christian Vision is ‘The Joy of the Lord is my Strength.’ Nehemiah 8:10. The Mission Statement ‘Trust God. Love Always. Aim High’ and Christian Values of Fellowship, Friendship, Respect, Peace, Trust and Love underpin all aspects of life at Canon Sharples.
Canon Sharples is a large Church of England primary school with a 60 place Nursery, offering flexible provision and wrap around care. The school building is modern and well-resourced, set in beautiful grounds, with Haigh Hall on its doorstep.
Following inspection in July 2023, Ofsted found that Canon Sharples remains a ‘Good’ school. Ofsted stated, ‘Leaders are ambitious for pupils’ learning and behaviour.’
In November 2016, Canon Sharples was judged ‘Outstanding’ following a SIAMS inspection. Canon Sharples has fully embraced the ‘Thrive Approach’, and following a robust application and assessment process of the Thrive Approach during 2022, the school was very proud to receive the Thrive Ambassador School Excellence Awards in the following areas of their practice: Environment, Reparative, Real-time learning, Relationship and Leadership. This has culminated in the accreditation of the ‘Thrive School of Excellence’ Award. In 2023, Canon Sharples gained the ‘Wellbeing Award’ for schools, recognising the outstanding the done to promote mental health and wellbeing within its school community. Ofsted stated, ‘They (children) appreciate the support that staff provide for them. This includes the ‘Thrive Hive’, where pupils can go to discuss their worries or concerns with a trusted adult.’
Canon Sharples C.E. Primary School and Nursery delivers the four-stage approach of the Cornerstone Curriculum, which engages, develops, innovates and expresses children’s knowledge, skills and understanding of the wider curriculum. During 2022, the Nursery at Canon Sharples was recognised by Cornerstones for their outstanding use of the curriculum, which followed passions and celebrated diversity. The school was delighted to be accredited with the ‘Cornerstones Curriculum Award’. Ofsted stated, ‘Leaders have ensured that pupils receive a broad and balanced curriculum’.
Canon Sharples continues to improve its academic standards, with outcomes at the end of Key Stage 2 broadly in line with National averages and on an upward trajectory.