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Headteacher : James Pynn
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Number of Pupils : 45

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Friday Afternoon PE Timetable



Year Group



Fri 27th Sept Yr 5 & 6 Football Ryedale School
Fri 4th Oct Yr 3 & 4 Football Ryedale School
Fri 6th Dec Yr 5 & 6 Christmas Aerobics Ryedale School
Fri 7th Feb Yr 1 & 2 Multiskills Ryedale School
Fri 14th Feb KS2 Swimming Gala Ampleforth
Fri 6th Mar Yr 3 & 4 Benchball Ryedale School
Fri 27th Mar Yr 5 & 6 Quicksticks Hockey Ryedale School
Fri 1st May Yr 5 & 6  Cricket Ryedale School
Fri 15th May Yr 3 & 4 Rounders Ryedale School
Fri 19th June  Yr 1 & 2 Rounders Ryedale School

Friday 4th October - Y3-Y4 Football

At a blustery Ryedale School, Y3/4 pupils competed well in the inter schools competition. Once again there was great team spirit with goals and a victory to savour too!  Thanks again to Mrs O'Donnell for accompanying us.

Friday 27th September - Y5-Y6 Football

Y5 and Y6 pupils played well in an inter school’s competition at Ryedale School last Friday against some very strong teams.  Pupils played the games in a good spirit, supported each other and took on board the excellent coaching offered by the Ryedale Sports leaders. Thank you for accompanying us Mrs O’Donnell.

Friday 21st June - Y1/2 Rounders

Well done to Y1-2 pupils who played so well at the Rounders Competition at Ryedale last Friday. Pupils quickly got to grips with new rules and there was some good batting, bowling and fielding on show. Games were played in a great spirit. A big thank you to Mrs Wood for joining us too!

Friday 17th May - Y3/4 Rounders

Well done to Y3-Y4 who all took part in a Rounders competition at Ryedale last Friday. There was some good fielding and some super batting too. Well done for finishing 6th!

Swimming Lessons - Summer Term 2

Next half term we will once again be taking all Oak Class pupils swimming at the St Albans Centre, Ampleforth.  The lessons will be on Monday afternoon from 1:15pm - 1:45pm and the dates will be:-

Monday 3rd June

Monday 24th June

Monday 10th June

Monday 1st July

Monday 17th June

Monday 8th July


Friday 3rd May - Year 5/6 Cricket

Well done to our Y5-Y6 cricketers who took part in a competition at Ryedale on Friday. There was good team work, batting, bowling and fielding on show. Pupils acquitted themselves well against some very skilled cricketers from other schools.

Friday 15th March  - Year 5/6 Netball

An update to let you know that we are not taking part in the High 5 Netball competition at Ryedale on Friday as building works meant changes to the format of the competition and our pupils would have had reduced game time. 
We will seek to enter an alternative event for Y5-Y6, subject to availability. 

Friday 8th March - Ampleforth College - Year 9 Sport Extravaganza

We would like to say a big thank you to Ampleforth College’s Year 9 pupils for spending the morning with us and providing us with a fun filled sporting event.  All the pupils had great fun and it was wonderful to see our pupils interacting really well with the older pupils from the college. 

Friday 8th March  - Year 3/4 Benchball

On Friday 8th March, the Year 3/4 pupils from both St Hilda’s and Hovingham School will be taking part in the Year 3/4 inter primary benchball competition at Ryedale School.  Pupils will be back before the end of the school day.

Friday 22nd February 2019 - Swimming Gala

Our Year 3,4,5 & 6 pupils have been invited to take part in an inter school swimming gala on Friday 22nd February, at the St Albans Centre, Ampleforth College.  If your child/ren would like to take part in this event, please indicate which strokes they can confidently swim 25 meters in.

February 2019 - Rowing Competition for all Primary Schools

It's almost time for the rowing competition to start again.  The rowing machines will arrive in school on Monday 4th February ready for the children to start the their rowing!  Key Stage 2 row for 3 minutes and Key Stage 1 row for 1 minute.

Friday 8th February  - Year 1/2 Multiskills

A huge well done to all those who took part in the competition at Ryedale on Friday.  Pupils supported each other well and there was lots of skill and plenty of perseverance on show. Thank you to Mrs Wood and Mrs Newton for accompanying us too.

Friday 7th December - Y5-Y6 Christmas Aerobics

Pupils thoroughly enjoyed their Christmas aerobics at Ryedale and impressed the judges with their routines.  Not only was a fun and festive afternoon had by all, St Hilda’s came out the overall winners! Well done St Hilda’s.

Friday 23rd November - Y3-Y4 Dodgeball

Well done to Y3-Y4 who finished 2nd in their Dodgeball group last Friday before narrowly losing out in a playoff to the team who finished in the other group.  There was plenty of skill and support of fellow team members.  Games were played in the right spirit too.

Friday 9th November - Y5-Y6 Basketball

The standard of competition at the Ryedale competition was high last Friday and I was delighted with how the pupil’s skills improved over the course of the afternoon and by the way they coached and supported each other too.  The Hovingham v St Hilda’s game was particularly good!

Friday 26th October - Y1-2 Football

A belated well done to Y1-Y2 who took part in the football tournament at Ryedale just before half term.  On a very chilly afternoon everyone tried really hard and played the games in the right spirit.  There were some wins to celebrate too!

Friday 22nd June - Year 1/2 Rounders

A huge well done to Y1-Y2 for your efforts at the Rounders Event at Ryedale last Friday! Thank you to Mrs Wood and Mrs O’Donnell for accompanying and encouraging the children. We continue to strive to provide pupils from Y1-Y6 with a termly opportunity to take part in a sporting competition against other schools and see the benefits in sporting terms and also in self-confidence.  Such opportunities don’t occur everywhere.

Friday 4th May - Year 5/6 Cricket

Our Y5-Y6 pupils were amongst nine teams competing in a cricket completion last Friday.  It was an unfamiliar format with quick batting changes, but they enjoyed the completion and supported each other well showing some good bowling, batting and fielding.

Swimming Lessons - Spring Term 2

Next half term we will once again be taking all Oak Class pupils swimming at the St Albans Centre, Ampleforth.  The lessons will be on Wednesday from 11:00am - 11:30am and the dates will be:-

Wednesday 21st February

Wednesday 14th March

Wednesday 28th February

Wednesday 21st March

Wednesday 7th March


Friday 2nd February - Year 1/2 Multi-Skills

On Friday 2nd February, the Year 1/2 pupils from both St Hilda’s and Hovingham School will be taking part in the Y1/2 inter primary multi-skills competition at Ryedale School.  Pupils will be back before the end of the school day.


Friday 24th November - Year 3/4 Dodgeball

Year 3/4 pupils took part in an inter school Dodgeball competition last Friday. They all performed really well and finished runners up of the teams who’d finished either 3rd  or 4th in the initial groups. Well done everybody!

Friday 17th November - Year 5/6 Basketball 

Well done to all the Y5-Y6 pupils who took part in the Basketball competition at Ampleforth College last Friday. You played with great determination and the right sporting attitude.  Please click here to view the photographs. 

Friday 3rd November 2017 - Sainsbury's Active Kids

Thank you to everyone who donated their Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers to school. With the total number of vouchers received we were able to buy the following items.

Monday 25th September 2017- Pentathlon GB

On Monday 25th September, we are lucky enough to have 2 coaches from Pentathlon GB coming into school to work with the children.  The Modern Pentathlon is an Olympic event and comprises 5 events – pistol shooting, fencing, swimming, horse riding and running.  Oak Class will get to try laser shooting and fencing and Acorn Class just fencing (due to the weight of the laser pistol). The activities will all take part in the village hall using age appropriate safe/soft equipment.  The children will all get to have a go with the equipment and take part in some mini events.  We hope this will be a great opportunity for them to try something completely new and perhaps fire some ambition!

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Wednesday 19th July 2017 - Nursery Sports Day

Nursery had their sports day on Wednesday.  They were all amazing and each received a medal for taking part.  Thank you to all parents who attended and joined in.

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Thursday 6th July 2017 - Sports Day

Pupils from both schools spent the day at St Hilda’s enjoying a range of sporting activities. It was lovely to see so many parents who were able to attend in the afternoon to offer their support. We are all extremely proud of the efforts and sportsmanship of all the pupils!

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Wednesday 28th June 2017 - Rounders Event

Mr Smith is organising a KS2 Rounders event for Slingsby, Hovingham C of E and St. Hilda’s School.  This will be on June 28th at 1:15pm on Slingsby Sports Field.  All parents are welcome to attend and offer their support to all three schools.  It would probably be a good idea to bring plenty of water to drink and sunhats (school does have a plentiful supply of hats but please feel free to bring your own).  There will be teams of 10 made up from Year 3/4 and Year 5/6.

Summer 2 - After School Cricket Club

A Cricket Coach from the Yorkshire Cricket Board will be running a club for 6 weeks at St. Hilda’s each Friday from 3:30–4:30pm, starting this Friday 9th June.  There will be 20 places available across the two schools so we will work on a first come first served basis.  Parents will need to collect pupils from St. Hilda’s School at 4:30pm. 

Friday 26th May 2017 - Archery Day!

On Friday 26th May all pupils will be taking part in an Archery Day at St Hilda’s. Grey Goose Archery ( will be working with pupils teaching them traditional archery skills.  The children will be working in groups and will all receive an hours tuition.  Reception to Yr 3 children will be using “safe arrows” children in yr 4-6 will use traditional bows and arrows.  Mrs Sprakes will be providing a packed lunch as we hope the weather will be kind and the two schools can enjoy lunch outside together. If your child/ren does not require a school packed lunch, please can you contact the school office by Wednesday 17th May for ordering purposes (Reception, year 1 and year 2 pupils are entitled to a free school meal)”.  More details will follow closer to the time.  Due to our Archery Day we’ve had to cancel the Year 3&4 rounders tournament. This has been replaced by a Tennis tournament on Friday 9th June.

Friday 28th April 2017 - Year 5/6 Sports Leader Training

Mrs Carter would like to say that it was a real pleasure taking the Y5/6 children for a session of initial 'sports leader' training on Friday afternoon. The children were full of enthusiasm and great ideas. This training was carried out with the intention that they take responsibility of, and lead, a skills development programme on a lunch time. They will support the younger children in developing their skills but also have the opportunity to access the programme at their own level and support each other. During the session on Friday afternoon the Y5/6 children used their coaching techniques to support the Y1 children in developing their skills in running, balancing, throwing, catching and kicking. Mrs Carter was particularly impressed with the kind words of encouragement that she heard as she observed the children. All of the children said that they had really enjoyed the experience and that they are looking forward to the programme being introduced. The photos show some of the work in action...

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Friday 31st March 2017 - Quicksticks Hockey Year 5-6

Many congratulations to the team, coached by Mrs Carter, who finished 3rd on Friday at the tournament held at Ryedale. All teams played very well and tried their best. There were some excellent saves made and clever attacking moves. I was especially impressed with the excellent teamwork. Mrs Carter was very proud of all involved. Thank you to Mrs Wood for accompanying pupils to the recent tournaments.

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Friday 24th March 2017 - Quicksticks Hockey Year 3-4

Huge congratulations as the team, coached by Mrs Martindale, finished 2nd last Friday afternoon in a competition consisting of 16 teams.  Well done everyone!!


27th Feb - 3rd March 2017 - Rowing Competition for all Primary Schools

It's almost time for the rowing competition to start again. The rowing machines will arrive in school on Friday 17th February ready for the children to start the first week back after half term. Key stage 2 row for 3 minutes and key stage 1 row for 1 minute.


Friday 10th February 2017 - Swimming Gala

I'd like to celebrate the achievements of all the pupils who took part in the Swimming Gala last Friday.  I am impressed by your efforts, your behaviour and your support for other pupils who took part.  I'd like to thank Mrs Martindale and Mrs Dodds-Aston for staffing this event and to all those parents who kindly volunteered transport and supported the children. - Mr Pynn

Monday 6th February 2017 - Box2bfit

Following on from the success of our Skip2bfit day last year, on Monday 6th February we had a Box2bfit day in school.  Children took part in boxing fitness training.  The exercises were incorporated into a number of circuits which are all set to music.  Pupils really enjoyed the 'Box2bfit' workshops and completed a variety of circuit training style activities.  This event was funded from our Sport Premium money and continues our plan to have a headline event each term designed to motivate and inspire.  Such events have included the visit of the Climbing Wall last summer and the visit of Chris Tomlinson, Olympic long jumper in the autumn.  Pupil feedback about all these events has been very positive and pupils were again complimented on their willingness to have a go and their manners. Well done everyone!

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Friday 20th January 2017 - Youth Sport Trust Bronze Quality Mark

I am delighted to announce that very recently both St Hilda's, Ampleforth and Hovingham CE VC Primary Schools have been awarded the Youth Sport Trust Bronze Quality Mark for their commitment to physical education (PE) and school sport.  The Youth Sport Trust is a national charity that is building a brighter future for young people through the power of sport.  The Quality Mark is an online self-review tool which provides schools with a nationally recognised award for the quality of their PE and school sport.  The tool supports schools to audit their PE provision and identify priorities for their development.

Swimming Lessons - Spring Term 1 & 2

We will once again be taking the pupils swimming later this term for a period of 6 weeks in total.  Unfortunately, due to maintenance work at the St. Albans Centre, the weeks have had to be split over half term.  The lessons will be on Wednesday from 11:00am - 11:30am and the dates will be:-

Wednesday 8th February

Wednesday 8th March

Wednesday 15th February

Wednesday 15th March

Wednesday 1st March

Wednesday 22nd March


30th September 2016 - Year 5/6 Football at Ryedale

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27th September 2016 - Chris Tomlinson (GB Athlete) Visit

A huge thank you to Chris Tomlinson, Olympic long jumper, for visiting us on Tuesday. We all enjoyed the circuit training he did with us and the answers he gave to our questions.  His advice was truly motivational, everything we do deserves 100% effort and nobody can ask for any more than that!  There can be little more inspiring than a top sporting star spending time working with our children.  

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23rd September 2016 - Ampleforth College Tennis Coach

"On 23rd September 2016 we had a tennis coach come in to teach us tennis.  Adam from Ampleforth College taught us how to serve, volley and rally.  At the end he gave us wrist bands and an Andy Murray poster.  Everyone thought it was great and hope to do it again."   Please click here to view the photographs
By Effie - Y6

School Year 2015/2016

1st July 2016 - Year 3 and 4 Rounders at Ryedale School

Last Friday the children in Y3 and Y4 displayed great sporting skills in the competition at Ryedale last Friday.  Play was of a high standard and got better as the games went on.  Overall the two teams came second and third which was a fantastic result as we played with two smaller teams rather than having lots of extras.  Well done Y3 and Y4!

24th June 2016 - Year 1 and 2 Rounders at Ryedale School 

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 27th May 2016 - Climbing Wall

On the last day of term, the pupils from Hovingham School will be joining us at St. Hilda’s for the whole day. A climbing wall has been organised for the children and everyone (R-Y6) will get a session on the wall at some point during the day.  The children will also be having a picnic lunch so let’s hope the weather remains sunny and warm.  Click here to view the photographs

"Many thanks for the opportunity to bring the climbing wall to your school today.  It was great to see all the children giving the wall a go, even if they initially had reservations.  Their enthusiasm and support for their classmates also had to be admired, as too were their great manners - all the children were a real credit to your school.  Great to see several of the staff trying out their skills on the climbing wall too!!"  justClimb 

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