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Embsay Church Of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Pasture Road, Embsay, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 6RH

01756 793426, Fax: 01756 79342

About Us

‘Embsay Primary is an outstanding school’ (Ofsted 2011)

Welcome to Embsay C.E. Primary School on behalf of the whole school community. We are a happy and popular school with high standards and expectations. Our team of talented and dedicated staff all work together to provide the best possible education for the children in our care. We recognise that children have individual needs and our aim is to provide a happy, caring Christian environment where everybody is valued and encouraged to fulfil their potential.

The school is in the village of Embsay which is on the outskirts of the market town of Skipton. The number on roll has increased steadily over the last few years with additional classrooms, toilet facilities and staff accommodation added in the last eight years. In 2009 a seventh classroom was built at the school which enabled the school to move to seven single age classes in September 2010.


In January 2010 the school became one of five North Yorkshire Enhanced Mainstream Primary Schools for communication and interaction. The school provides an outreach service to children with communication difficulties in primary schools in the west of the county.


In October 2011 Ofsted judged our school to be outstanding:

‘The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils is at the heart of the school’s work and is outstanding. Pupils and staff see themselves as a family and work very closely with the local community. This ensures pupils take on many responsibilities and their behaviour is outstanding. All aspects of the personal development of pupils are exemplary, including their high attendance, excellent regard for health and safety, and preparation for their future economic well-being. Teaching, the curriculum, care, guidance and support and safeguarding are all outstanding and account for pupils’ superb outcomes.’ (To read the full report, click here).

Our achievements have also been recognised by a number of relevant agencies.

We were the first school in North Yorkshire to be awarded healthy school status in 2001, the award being renewed in 2007.

In 2002 we were awarded a Quality Mark by the Basic Skills Agency, this award recognising the school’s commitment to developing basic skills in literacy, numeracy and ICT. This award was achieved for a second time in 2006 and again in 2009.

In 2008 we gained the prestigious Arts Mark Gold Award in recognition of outstanding commitment to the arts.

In the same year the school was awarded the Activemark in recognition of the importance placed on sport.

The governors of the school are drawn from the local community and are committed to working with the staff and the local authority to continually improve on the high standards of education currently provided and to enhance the educational environment in which this is delivered.


Thank you for your interest in our school. If you require any further information or would like to visit the school, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Miss Georgina Hodgson

Acting Headteacher