History and Environment


Hannah Wild - The first Headteacher of TASS.

Hannah Wild – The first Headteacher of TASS.

Totley All Saints Church of England Primary School has a history going back over 170 years. it is situated on a greenfield site looking out over open countryside on the very edge of Sheffield. The first building on the present site was built in 1877.

In recent years the school has been extensively developed and amongst other projects we have added two classrooms, a library extension, new offices and foyer, a lift and four wheelchair ramps. Since June 2002 we have had a superb Infant block with secure outdoor play area for our youngest pupils. We have an All Weather Sports Pitch and a fully-equipped ICT Suite with 30 computers.

The first Totley School House.


Aerial photo of school and groundsWe are fortunate to have school grounds that are a natural resource for Science, Geography and History. Our children have been involved in tree-planting, developing a pond and planting shrubs and flowers in our wildlife garden. In addition to their “outside classroom” the garden is a place for our children to enjoy peace and personal space.
We have developed a vegetable garden which is looked after by the children and produce from the garden is used in the school kitchen.

A History of TASS

Joan Stratford, the Headteacher of the school from 1985 to 1997 has written a book: A History of Totley All Saints Church of England School, Sheffield 1827-2000 which give an excellent insight into the school’s history. Photographs collected & used by Joan in her book can be phoned by clicking on the link.

More information can also be found by visiting the Totley History Group website.

The following table shows the main events of our long history:

1720 The Revd. Robert Turie gave forty pounds for the education of six of the poorest children in Totley.
1754 Lord Francis Middleton, Edmund Offley, Richard Bagshawe, Strelley Pegge, Alexander Barker, Robert Fisher & William Green gave land for the building of a Church school in Totley.
1827 First Church school built by D’Ewes Coke in Totley Hall Lane.
1877 First building on the present site – now the Y4 classroom, cloakroom & staircase area.
1889 A temporary wooden classroom was built at the front of the school for the increase of numbers by the children of the navies who built the Totley tunnel.
1898 Another classroom was added for the infants – now the Y5 classroom.
1919 The school building was used for Sunday worship.
1924 All Saints Church was built.
1940 The front classroom was built to replace the temporary room built in 1889 – now the Y3 classroom.
1948 A  HORSA building was provided as two temporary classrooms for secondary age pupils.
1965 The school became a primary school. The hall, kitchen block, Headteacher’s room, mezzanine floor & classroom was built – now the Y2 classroom.
1975 Building work was carried out to provide pre-school education. The caretaker’s house was built – now Little Saints Nursery.
1994 The Headteacher’s room, general office & large entrance area was built.
1995 The first phase of the upper floor development of the Victorian block took place – now the Year 6 classroom.
1996 The second phase of the upper floor development took place – home studies, staff room, cloak rooms & store room.
1997 The library was built at the side of the school.
2000 The pre-school building was demolished & the Nursery re-housed in the former caretaker’s house.
2002 The HORSA building was demolished & the infant department was built.

Latest Events


  • I really like TASS & it's the best school I've ever been to. Everyone is really kind & have helped me to settle in. In my last school we had lots of bullying but at TASS bullying is extinct!!
    —New Y6 Child
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    —Y2 Parents
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    —FS2 (Reception) Parent
  • I feel that the work in Y6 is challenging & exciting for our son. He always comes home buzzing & can't wait to get on with his homework. I'm grateful to the school for everything that they've done for him!
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  • We feel that the teachers, the head teacher & all the school staff have our children's bet interest at heart at all times. We appreciate everything that they do for our children!
    —Y1 & Y4 Parent
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    —Y2 Parent
  • My child has made a great start to school. I feel really well informed & am impressed with the standards of teaching!
    —Y3 Parent
  • I felt very confident that all three teachers really knew our children & were genuinely interested in them & what their individual needs were!
    —Y3,Y2 & Y1 Parent
  • (Class teacher) is outstanding! She knows our daughter extremely well & has kept us well informed on her progress! She is very supportive in every respect & really approachable!
    —Y5 Parent Comment
  • TASS is a kind & caring school that cares about us ourselves - not just our education - even though that's what school's about. We always have fun & I never go home wishing 'I wish I'd been at another school'!
    —Y6 Child – End of Year Comment
  • I felt very confident that all three teachers really knew our children & were genuinely interested in them.
    —Y3, 2 & 1 Parent
  • It’s been slightly difficult with us coming from another school. There was no way the teacher could have been told everything, but within just a couple of weeks we felt that she had gained an excellent understanding of our child. We couldn’t be happier with the support our child has been given during her first term at TASS! Thank you!
    —Y2 Parent
  • Excellent teaching! I can’t believe how much she has come on in Reading & Writing!
    —Y1 Parent
  • It’s lovely to be greeted by the teacher each morning & to be able to pass on messages when necessary!
    —FS2 Parent


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