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'I like school because I enjoy the feeling of safety and security' - Evie Year 4

Our School

Our school is a small, rural, church primary school in the middle of the village of Burton Leonard. It is surrounded by trees and fields and these provide not only a pleasant environment in which to work and play, but also a resource which can be used in various curriculum areas. 

We have a small school hall used for assemblies, PE and lunches. We have three large pleasant, well-equipped classrooms and Key Stage 1 children have access to an outside play area.


You are very welcome to help in school at any time. Parents who do not have prior commitments or who have flexible working hours can help in a variety of ways throughout the school e.g. sharing books, playing board games, working with the computer, sewing,....the list is endless! We appreciate any help you can give - why not bring Grandma, Grandad or a friend?  Please see one of the teaching staff if you can help.

Friends of Burton Leonard School

We have an active Friends group who plan fundraising and social activities to provide much welcome additional funding to support our school.  There are many ways that parents can become involved either as committee members or helping with particular events.


We are very fortunate to have a supportive Governing Body who play an active role in the management and direction of the school.  They meet each half-term and make regular visits to school.


Parents are invited to accompany the staff on educational visits with the children, as a valuable part of our work is to take the children out of the school and its grounds to work in other environments. A Monday to Friday residential visit is organised every other year for the older children.  Risk Assessments are undertaken during the planning process for any educational visits in accordance with North Yorkshire safety guidelines.

The Education Reform Act does not allow schools to charge for school activities so charges are entirely voluntary. Should insufficient numbers of parents make the payment, however, we may not be able to cover the costs of the activity and it may not, therefore, be able to go ahead.


The staff keep up to date with curriculum developments by attending courses and obtaining advice from County Advisers and advisory teachers.

We believe that the curriculum includes not only the formal timetable of lessons but also the hidden curriculum, the out-of-school activities promoted by the school and the "caring-for-one-another" attitude encouraged in the school community as a whole.


The school is divided into three classes. Different styles of teaching are employed as appropriate i.e. individual, group or whole class.

English, Maths and Science are usually referred to as ‘core’ subjects.  All other subjects are referred to as ‘foundation’ subjects.

Admissions 2015/16

Burton Leonard Church of England School provides for children between the ages of 4+ and 11. 

Reception children start school in September and are invited to come to school in the summer term for a few sessions to familiarise themselves with other children, staff, school routines etc.

Parents considering sending their children to the school are invited to visit at any time, by  prior appointment.

Number on roll  67

Maximum admission number  10

School hours

8.55 a.m.-12.00 noon and 1.00 p.m.-3.30 p.m.  Children will be supervised in the playground from 8.45am by a Parent Link Worker, teaching staff are also on the playground from 8.50am, to talk to parents.
School terms

A list of term dates is in the diary.

School Meals

Children may have a school lunch, bring sandwiches or go home at lunch-time.  The cost of a school meal in 2013/14 is £2.10 per day, £10.50 per week, paid half termly in advance



Great emphasis is placed on the teaching of reading, each child receiving individual attention as well as working in groups. We use Letters and Sounds: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics. We believe parents have an active role to play in the development of their child's reading. Children are encouraged to take their reading books home, but we ask that they are returned the following day. Guided reading is used throughout school.  This enables teachers to work daily with a small focus group using a range of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays.

Children are given a wide variety of writing tasks. We encourage children to write imaginatively and in their own individual style. We also teach the key skills of spelling, punctuation, handwriting and grammar.

Children are encouraged to recount, discuss, debate, etc. as well as to listen to the views, opinions and news of others.


Our aim is that children should be able to tackle mathematical tasks with confidence. Their grasp of mathematical concepts is based on practical experience working individually and in groups using a range of resources.  Great emphasis is placed on mental arithmetic. Parents are encouraged to help their children  with KIRFS (Key Instant Recall Facts).

Science / Technology

Our work in Science is planned from the North Yorkshire Scheme of Work.  We recognise the important role that Science and Technology have to play in society and believe that here, especially, knowledge comes from practical investigations.

ICT is used across the curriculum.

History / Geography

Appropriate knowledge and skills are introduced largely through topic work, but we do feel that there is a basic core of knowledge needed, such as names of continents, capital cities and important historical figures and dates.  Cross-curricular links are made wherever appropriate or work may be covered through ‘theme days’.

Religious Education

We follow the RE Agreed Syllabus for North Yorkshire, teaching a range of themes through topic work. Our aim is to teach children Christian values based on loving and caring and this is the atmosphere we try to encourage in school. We also study the other major world religions, often by visits to local places of worship such as synagogues. 

PSHCE and Sex and Relationships Education

At Burton Leonard CE School we see PSHCE as an integral part of everything that we do.  Children receive regular PSHCE lessons based on the SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning)Scheme.  This teaches them how to understand and manage their feelings and how to have positive relationships.

Citizenship is another vital part of PSHCE and in those lessons children learn the skills they will need to become valued members of society.

Physical Education

We play football, netball, cricket, rounders and other sports matches with nearby schools. To comply with the National Curriculum we attend Ripon Swimming Baths in the summer term. We are able to make use of our playground and our field to do a wide range of physical activities during warmer weather, using small and larger equipment. The hall is used for gymnastics, large apparatus etc. at other times of the year. Please send a note if your child is unable to participate through illness or injury. We are advised that in the interests of safety, all jewellery should be removed before a P.E. lesson where possible.

Our aim is to compete fairly, to do our best and to accept defeat as gracefully as we accept victory.  Every two years the Year 5/6 children go to East Barnby Outdoor Education Centre for a week’s residential visit where activities may include walking, canoeing, climbing and orienteering.


Music plays an important part in the life of the school and the joy of singing and a sense of rhythm are promoted in all pupils. Children are given the opportunity to learn to play the recorder.  Peripatetic teachers from the North Yorkshire music service currently come into school for instrumental tuition.

Collective Worship

Every day we have Collective Worship. This is an opportunity to promote the caring ethos of the school and for the whole school to discuss issues, promote the caring ethos of the school, share information and celebrate achievements.  Parents have the right to exclude their children from Religious Education and/or assemblies.


Extra-curricular Activities


We offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities run by staff, parents and outside agencies.  In the past these have included gardening, chess, cookery, karate, sport, music, art and crafts and a library club.

Special Needs

Our school has been awarded the IQM (Inclusion Quality Mark), which reflects the inclusive practices used to support and nurture all our pupils.  In consultation with our SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator), individual education programmes of work (IEP) can be set up to help these children.  If thought necessary, and with parental agreement, County specialists/medical agencies can be consulted and we will provide extra support.



Class teachers are concerned not only for acedemic progress of your child, but also for their personal and social development.  We try to combine high expectations with a consistent and sympathetic approach.

Sometimes, however, problems do crop up and we involve parents at an early stage rather than leave it until later and we hope you, as parents, will do the same with us.  Please tell us of anything that will affect your childs well-being.


Homework is set regularly and we expect children to complete this as a continuation of their classwork.  Homework comes in many forms and parents are encouraged to support their children with this.

Regular reading to and with parents is vital; all primary school age children should either read to their parents, or enjoy their parents reading to them, for between 10 to 20 minutes a day.

Home/School/Child Agreement

All schools by law have to have a home-school agreement.  Parents are invited to read and discuss it with their child/ren and, if in agreement, sign it and return it to school.  A copy will be returned for your information.

Health & Welfare

Please inform the school if your child has any specific problems or difficulties  e.g. allergies, dietary problems etc.

If your child is unwell, please do not send them to school in the hope that they will be alright. An unfit child will not be able to cope with the physical and mental demands of the school day.

Teachers can only administer prescribed and named medication which needs to be taken during school hours but parents must complete an authorisation form.

Child Protection

Burton Leonard C E Primary School is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all children in school. All North Yorkshire schools, including Burton Leonard C E Primary School, follow the North Yorkshire Area Child Protection  procedures and the LEA procedures. The school will, in most circumstances, endeavour to discuss  all concerns with parents about their child/ren. However, there may be exceptional circumstances when the school will discuss concerns with Social Care and/or the Police without parental knowledge (in accordance with Child Protection procedures). The school will, of course, always aim to maintain a positive relationship with all parents.

Starting School

In  the early years we support your child in their personal, social and emotional development, and most of this will have been started at home.  However, at school age, it is helpful if your child can cope with the following basic skills:

Use the toilet independently.

Wash hands.

Dress and undress in outdoor and indoor clothes.

Fasten and unfasten shoes/coats.

Use a knife and fork.


When a child starts school we ask parents to complete a pack of admissions forms giving certain information such as emergency contact details and medical history.

School Uniform

All children are requested to wear the uniform which consists of white shirt/blouse, grey trousers/skirt, and red sweatshirt with the school logo. (A red cardigan or pullover may be worn if preferred.) Sweatshirts and PE kit are available to order via the school office.

All items of school uniform should have your child's name in it. In order to protect the floors parents are asked to provide a change of  shoes in winter.


We are required to record reasons for children's absence, therefore  please notify the school of the reason why your child is not in school. For safety reasons we ask for a telephone call on the first day of absence, by 9.00am.

We do ask that children are not on the school grounds before 8.45am and teachers will be available on the playground from 8.50am.


Children are formally assessed by staff at the end of  Years 2 and 6.  K.S.1/2 results do not have to be published nationally when there are fewer than ten pupils in the year.  Pupils progress is continually assessed and tracked across the year and throughout the school.


If you are not satisfied with any aspect of your child's education please contact the classteacher in the first instance to discuss the problem. Should you wish to take your concerns further then please contact the headteacher. (Please refer to School Policies)


Transfer to Secondary Education

In other areas there is a wide selection of comprehensive schools, all of which hold open days/ evenings where parents can visit the schools before making their choice. In recent years children from this school have moved on to Ripon Grammar School, Ripon College of Technology, Boroughbridge High School, and St. Aidan’s High School.  Our children move onto a variety of secondary schools, including Ripon Gramma School which operates a selective testing system.

We are delighted to have your family with us. We hope you will all be happy in our school.