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 103 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 recently significantly extended. We have four indoor classrooms and one outdoor learning space. The Foundation and Year 1 children in Class 1 benefit from an indoor and outdoor learning area. Class 2 comprises children from Year 1 and 2; 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 Laptop and iPads are shared within the school. 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, wildlife area, and a pond. We have also incorporated shade, seating and quiet areas for the children. Class 1 have access to their own outside area in which they grow plants and a variety of produce. We are currently exploring the idea of creating a sensory garden.
The School House, adjacent to the school, is currently unoccupied but the hope is to use this for pre-school provision as one of the ideas.