St Mary’s Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School lies eight miles from the centre of the City of York. Many of the children travel from surrounding villages spread over a wide rural area. We currently have 109 children on roll ranging from Foundation to Year 6.
As a Church of England school, our distinctive Christian character supports the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all learners, and aids in their preparation to become responsible citizens. The local parish are actively involved with the school and special services are held at St. Mary’s Church in Askham Richard throughout the year. We have a secure site and rigorously uphold safeguarding measures to ensure the safety of all children.
We are a member of the Pathfinder Teaching Alliance as we value collaborative working with other schools and colleagues. Further information about Pathfinder may be found on the website: http://pathfinder-education.co.uk.
The school was originally opened in 1899. Over the years it has increased in numbers and the building extended. We have three indoor and one outside classroom. The Foundation/Key Stage One children share an indoor and outdoor learning area. Class 3 comprises of Year 3 and 4 children, and Class 4 having Year 5 and 6 children.
The classrooms and school hall are equipped with interactive Smartboards and we have both an Infant and Junior computer suite. School dinners are cooked on site in the school kitchen, and we have a small library and personalised learning area.
The school has a wonderful outside learning environment for work and play. We have a hard playground area, a playing field, two adventure play areas, wildlife area, and a pond. We have also incorporated shade, seating and quiet areas for the children. The children grow vegetables in raised beds, and an active Gardening Club attends our sensory garden. Class 3 have access to their own outside area in which they grow plants and a variety of produce.
The School House, adjacent to the school, offers breakfast and after school clubs, as well as housing ‘Little St. Mary’s’, our local playgroup.