Our Schools

Snape Community Primary School is situated at the eastern end of the attractive historic village of Snape. The village lies 3 miles south of the market town of Bedale and is 10 minutes west of the A1. Snape retains its atmosphere of peace and charm, having no through roads and a warm, caring, supportive community. The school has provided education to generations of local people since its foundation in 1875.

During the last 3 years, major building works have resulted in a very significant enhancement, extension and modernisation of our school facilities. We have a well-equipped classroom and a hall (for PE, assemblies, dining and an extra teaching space). Outside is a recently-extended covered outdoor education area with sand, water, construction and activity stations to develop all areas of play. There is also a playground, which leads to an area of grass and wooden climbing apparatus, and backs on to open fields to the south of the village.

Our Reception and Nursery children are able to enjoy the whole of this dedicated space to fully meet the requirements of the Early Years curriculum, along with their teacher, Mrs McLeod and teaching assistant, Mrs Thompson. For our nursery (FS1) pupils, we are able to offer the 15 hours of government-funded places, as well as any additional hours booked by parents.

Thornton Watlass Church of England Primary School is a Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School, which opened in its present building in 1968. It is situated in the picturesque village of Thornton Watlass between the market towns of Masham and Bedale. The school benefits from having two large classrooms, a hall, a smaller teaching space and an extensive outdoor area, which is regularly used as an outdoor classroom and a large sports area.

This large site allows our Key Stage One children to have continual access to the outdoors as part of their learning with their teachers, Mrs Ball and Mrs Miller, and Mrs Murfitt, their teaching assistant. The flexibility of additional teaching space also allows our Key Stage Two children to work in much smaller groups for English and Maths, each with a teacher, during four mornings of the week.

 While your children will be registered at either one of our schools, the children and staff very much see themselves as one school, working together. Transport between the sites is provided daily free of charge for parents.