Welcome to Leavening Community Primary School …..often known as ‘North Yorkshire’s best kept secret!’ Thank you for showing an interest in our fabulous school. We hope you enjoy looking around our website and finding out what makes Leavening School so distinctive and a great school to be part of. For current parents and children, we hope this website keeps you informed and involved with everything that is going on at school. For prospective parents and visitors to our site, I hope the website show cases our strengths and encourages you to visit school and find out more.
I have had the pleasure of being the head teacher here since September 2012 and I have to say that Leavening Community Primary is the perfect village school! A real sense of community and belonging exists here. I am excited to be building on the fantastic opportunities that our children have here, to ensure their childhoods are enriched through excellence in learning and outstanding care.
We have a thriving nursery and Early Years provision catering for children aged 3-11 years. We also have exceptional outdoor learning opportunities and an outstanding curriculum.
I would warmly welcome visits to the school so you can see for yourself how wonderful it is. Thank you.
Sian Mitchell, Headteacher
Parents say ~
" After visiting 4 schools Leavening definitely came out on top- very friendly, happy and secure. We were delighted to be offered a place for our son."
“He has nothing but beautiful memories of his years at Leavening school”
“There are some lovely children at this school- a credit to their parents and the school.”
“The kindness, support, education and fun she has had in her time at leavening has transformed her.”
“A fantastic leaver’s concert”
“Both our children are making good progress and having good experiences.”
“There is a wealth of activities continually on offer.”
“Parents meetings give a great insight to children’s work in a relaxed atmosphere”
"Thank you so much for inviting me to your Tournament of Minds. Some fantastic ideas."
"What a pleasure to teach such well-behaved children - a credit to the school. Thank you for your hospitality."
"100% enthusiasm from all the children at the garden centre today. They were so proud of all their hard work. It was definitely worth a visit; the cake and tea were scrummy and the polite service and good customer care from the children was outstanding!"
Pupils say ~
‘You learn it yourself, it’s not just teachers talking at you. It is a better way of learning.’
‘We got lots of say in what we learn and how we learn; our teachers really listen to us.’
‘We LOVE all of our outdoor space; the wildlife area and pond and school field with our own mountain bikes make us the luckiest school ever!’
OFSTED says ~
"This is a good school. Pupils say, ‘Small school but big learning!’ This sums up their good achievement which is underpinned by an exceptionally rich curriculum. Pupils make good progress from starting points that are generally below average. By the end of Year 6, their attainment is above average in English, especially in reading, and broadly average in mathematics. Fewer pupils reach the higher levels for their age in mathematics compared to English. The accuracy of pupils’ spelling in Key Stage 2 does not always match the good quality of their punctuation, vocabulary and paragraphing."
"Teaching is consistently good with some that is outstanding. Teachers use up-to-date technology effectively to make teaching points clear and to enliven pupils’ learning. Learning through discovery and investigation are key factors in pupils’ good achievement. Lessons are lively, interesting and fun. Pupils are fully involved in checking their work and so they understand what to do to improve it."
"Pupils behave well. They enjoy coming to school and their attendance is high. Pupils enjoy playing with their friends. Lessons are rarely interrupted because pupils are keen to learn and they respect their teachers and classmates. The school is a well-ordered, safe environment and older pupils are proud of their role in helping to make it so."
"Leaders, managers and the governing body have a clear vision for excellence. This is evident in the outstanding curriculum and pupils’ outstanding spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The impact is seen in pupils’ high levels of confidence, independence and willingness to learn. The school has made significant progress since the last inspection in terms of raising pupils’ achievement, improving the quality of provision across the school and developing a thriving Early Years Foundation Stage...."
"…..The curriculum is outstanding because it has a profound impact on pupils’ spiritual, moral social and cultural development…."
"……The result is articulate and ambitious young people who know how to achieve their goals."