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Parent View - Give Ofsted your view on your child's school

About Our School

Picture of Rosedale Abbey SchoolThe School is housed in a spacious, Victorian, two-storey stone building, which was constructed in 1874 as a 'Lecture Hall' and dormitories for the Ferrybridge Ironstone Company.

The Schoolroom was opened on July 12th 1875 with 21 pupils and, by September the same year, numbers had risen to 102.   

With the end of mining in the 1920s and the large decline in the local population, the numbers on roll fell dramatically. In 1938 Hartoft School closed and 6 children transferred to Rosedale (60 on roll).

Evacuees from Middlesbrough and Hull swelled the school’s roll by an additional 70 in the 1940s and many evacuees chose to settle in the local area rather than to return home. In 1958 Rosedale's Updale School closed and 5 children transferred (18 on roll).  Some, who returned to Hull after the war, still keep in touch with the school!

Local, ‘in catchment’ children make up the largest percentage of our school roll but several ‘out of catchment’ children also attend Rosedale Abbey CP, as their ‘school of choice’.

In our Admissions Register we can even identify ‘4th generation’ pupils attending school in 2016!


Our Vision

At Rosedale Abbey Community Primary School we strive to provide an inclusive, high quality, outward-looking, relevant education for all our children in a happy, friendly, caring and secure learning environment.

We ensure that learners are given life skills for their future and support them in working towards reaching their potential.


Our School Community and Partnerships

Children, parents, staff, governors and the wider community are partners in working together to secure the vision and ethos of Rosedale Abbey CP School.

Our formal Federation with Nawton CP School enables both schools to benefit from the sharing of curriculum activities, resources, visits, sports events, staff training opportunities, planning, subject leadership and staff and governor expertise. Win:win all round! 

We also collaborate with:

  • Gillamoor CE School - sharing weekly swimming sessions and more
  • Other A170 Cluster primary / secondary / special schools
  • Ampleforth College - joint music projects


Lady Lumley's School & Rosedale School House (The Yorkshire Bunk House)

We also work closely with Lady Lumley’s secondary school, Pickering, and enjoy a variety of collaborative working and sporting opportunities in association with other primary & secondary schools within the North Ryedale family.

In 2012 the two schools collaborated on the redevelopment of the redundant School House attached to Rosedale Abbey School.  The property was redeveloped as The Yorkshire Bunk House - with 3 bunk dormitory rooms, a kitchen, lounge, staff bedroom and shower rooms - including disabled facilities.  The Yorkshire Bunk House opened in September 2013 and is used widely by school groups (Duke of Edinburgh groups et al) during term time and other groups at weekends and in school holidays. It can be rented privately, out of school time, for family holidays, wedding parties, walking groups, cycling groups etc.


Other links

We are a Strategic Partner within the Esk Valley Teaching School Alliance, which offers us many opportunities for joint staff development and for involvement in educational research.

For 2016 - 2017 we will be involved in an exciting partnership project, Developing Academic Resilience, which is supported by the Esk Valley Teaching Schools Alliance, the NYCC Healthy Child Team and the charity Young Minds. 

We are a Strategic Partner within the Howardian Small Schools Alliance, which offers 'small school specific' opportunities for peer group working and professional development.


Inside and outside

The EYFS / KS1 classroom is on the ground floor, together with cloakrooms, staff cloakroom, girls and boys cloakrooms and toilets and the School Office. 

The large upstairs room, part of which is a professionally lit stage, is used as the KS2 classroom, for art and craft work, as a dining room, assembly hall and gym. Also upstairs is the Kitchen, where our fantastic school dinners are cooked!

We have a playground, which is used for playtimes and P.E. and have use of the local campsite adventure playground and the Milburn Field, a huge space, for Games sessions.

We have fenced Nursery play area, a raised-bed vegetable growing plot and a nearby school garden, where our small flock of hens live when they are not out exploring the village! 

Fixed playground equipment, including a traversing wall, clatter bridge and climbing poles chosen by the children, was installed in March 2014. 

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