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Welcome to the federation of

Hovingham CE Primary School


St Hilda’s CE Primary School

Welcome to our school website

This is St Hilda’s CE Primary School in federation with Hovingham CE Primary School

St Hilda’s – New Wraparound Care starts on Monday 1st November 8:15am-5:30pm, contact the school for details.


As our school is a voluntary controlled Church school the admission arrangements are determined in agreement with the local authority (LA).  The LA is the “Admissions Authority” for our school.  

Term Dates

We publish school term and holiday dates for this school in North Yorkshire. Due to the coronavirus pandemic schools are currently closed for a lot of students. View the term and holiday dates for academic year 2020 – 2021 here.

Class Pages

Our Nursery, Reception, Year1 and Year2  pupils are taught by       Mrs Spaven

Our KS2 pupils are taught by   Mrs Dodds-Aston.


School policies cover every aspect of school life. Below are some of our most important policies for your reference. If you want paper copies of any documents please ask the school office.

From the Headteacher and Governors

Thank you for your interest in our school!  St Hilda’s, Ampleforth CE VC Primary School was judged to be a ‘GOOD’ school at its most recent OFSTED Inspection. The distinctiveness and effectiveness of St Hilda’s, Ampleforth CE VC Primary School as a Church of England school were judged to be ‘GOOD’ at its most recent SIAMS Inspection.

“Pupils, parents, staff and governors all agree that the school has a special family ethos.”  SIAMS March 2017.

Choosing the best primary school for your child is a really important task for parents.  To help with this task our website explains the key things that St. Hilda’s Primary School offers and we hope you will find it useful.

We are a small, rural village school and community nursery, situated in the village of Ampleforth on the edge of the North York Moors National Park.  It is a beautiful site with a large playing field, trees, wildlife area and playground.  Our accommodation was built in 1965 replacing the Victorian school which is now the Village Hall.

As Headteacher and Governors we are proud that our school provides good opportunities for spiritual, moral, social and cultural education. The teaching staff are dedicated and caring members of their profession. Their commitment to the individual needs of pupils and to the welfare of the school as a whole is especially evident and they are very well supported by the team of non-teaching staff.  We work closely in partnership with parents so that, together, we can build a firm foundation for your children to grow and develop to their full potential.

On the 1st April 2015 the school became Federated with Hovingham CEVC Primary School.  The head teacher is shared between the two schools, and a single Governing body oversees both schools.  We collaborate very closely to provide extra social, educational and sporting opportunities for the children.

Please click here to view Hovingham Church of England’s site.

The village community recognises St. Hilda’s School as an established, core part of village life; something which we are very proud of.

You are welcome to visit the school and to see for yourself the happy, productive atmosphere, which enables the children to grow in confidence and achieve so well.

James Pynn (Headteacher)


Johanna Senior (Chair)

Johanna Senior has been elected Chair of Governors at the recent Full Governing Body meeting. She can be contacted through the school office or via email: johanna.senior@hshafed.co.uk

‘Where everyone grows’

Our vision, ‘Where everyone grows’ is rooted in ‘I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full’ (John 10:10). We believe that education must equip people of all ages with the skills to maximise their engagement with the world around them and education must develop academic, spiritual, emotional and personal growth.

Our Core Values

Our four core Christian Values are Friendship, Perseverance, Respect, and Responsibility and were chosen by the school community. Further details of how we will live out these values will follow in due course.

‘Teachers have high expectations of pupils’ behaviour and conduct. Teachers establish a productive working atmosphere. There are good relationships between staff and pupils and between pupils.’ (OFSTED October 2017)

Latest News

Welcome to our new website

We hope you enjoy our new website. Please come back soon as we begin to populate the news with all the great things going on.

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