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Headteacher : James Pynn
Age Range : 3 to 11
Number of Pupils : 33

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Telephone: 01439 788357
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Parents of Prospective Starters – Please contact our school office on 01439 788357 to arrange a visit. • Nursery places available for 3 and 4 year olds - visits welcome. Please contact the school on 01439 788357

Welcome to St Hilda's CE (VC) Primary School

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)

Adrian Bond (Chair)

Adrian Bond has been elected Chair of Governors at the recent Full Governing Body meeting. He can be contacted through the school office or via email:


 A paper copy of the information on the website is available on request from Mr Pynn and is free of charge. 

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'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 & Responsibility and were chosen by the school community.  Further details on how we will live out these values will follow in due course.

"The school has a warm, inclusive Christian ethos based on the four core values of the school; ‘friendship, perseverance, respect and responsibility’." SIAMS (March 2016) 

“St Hilda’s is a friendly school. Pupils, parents and teachers say that it ‘feels like a family.’ Everyone knows one another well. Pupils of all ages learn and play together. They are happy and safe. Teachers work hard to make sure that every child can do their best. Teachers make learning enjoyable. They encourage pupils to challenge themselves and to learn from one another.” OFSTED (March 2020)

GOOD: Head teacher James Pynn and pupils at St Hilda's Ampleforth celebrate their Ofsted Report  Picture: Nigel HollandGOOD: Head teacher James Pynn and pupils at St Hilda's Ampleforth celebrate their Ofsted Report Picture: Nigel Holland

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