As a church school

"With God’s help we do all we can to be the best we can be”

Philippians 4:13

In England today, 4,600 schools have a church foundation which represents 25% of all primary schools. We, in Burton Leonard Primary School, are part of the Ripon Episcopal area and Diocese of Leeds and have proudly been a church school since our foundation in the early 1800s.

As a pupil, parent, visitor or member of staff you should find that our church school is as good as any other good school. We face the same financial challenges as non-church schools and we offer the same range of subjects. However, you should feel that the school is different and distinctive. You will of course see signs of our Christian heritage and faith across the school in the form of prayers and pictures, you are welcome to join us for Collective Worship where staff and children lead us in prayer and song, you are also welcome to attend any of the events we are involved with in St. Leonard’s church in the village and we will proudly show you our reflective garden and quiet room. All of these are important and lovely, physical symbols of our Christian faith and beliefs and can affect the feel of the school but our Christian distinctiveness comes from much more than physical symbols.

Our distinctive difference as a church school is rooted in our school vision and the Christian values which underpin that vision. Our vision and values run through our daily school life like the words run through a stick of seaside rock.  We hope you will have an opportunity to see this and to feel how truly special our school is. In the meantime, please click on the Vision and Value tabs to learn more.