About our school
What is it like to attend this school?
This is a very welcoming school with a friendly atmosphere. The small pupil numbers encourage a family feel, where pupils from Reception to Year 6 happily learn, play, eat and celebrate together. All pupils can identify trusted adults within school, including those in non-teaching roles, to whom they could turn to if they had any worries. Positive attitudes and kind behaviour are celebrated and awarded in weekly assemblies
. Behaviour is good and systems are in place to deal effectively with any minor issues raised.
Staff are committed to providing a wealth of opportunities to all pupils, ensuring that no child’s experience is limited by the small size of the school, our low staff numbers or their individual needs. Pupils have access to a wide range of activities, including games, lego and sports clubs; regular swimming lessons for all; musical instrument tuition; and the opportunity to compete in sporting and technology events. Many pupils enjoy taking on leadership responsibilities, including being on the school council and being reading buddy.
Opportunities to work collaboratively with pupils from other schools within the Trust are actively planned into the school year. This provides pupils from our small village community with useful opportunities to develop confidence and build relationships with their peers beyond Lealholm, in preparation for their eventual transition to secondary school in the nearest town, almost 10 miles away.
The rural location is embraced by the school community and pupils have regular river school sessions where they develop technical abilities, as well as enhancing their communication and teamwork skills. Pupils talk passionately about their local community and its farming heritage and are also aspirational about their future, with many pupils already undertaking proactive steps towards their personal goals.
Staff have high expectations of all pupils and are keen to develop their resilience, independence and communication skills. Staff, pupils, parents and governors have worked together to create a set of oaths, which aim to enhance pupils’ broader development during their time at Lealholm in order to ensure that all pupils are effectively prepared for the next stage of their educational journey.