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Purple Mash  



Goathland Primary School is an attractive school catering for children from age 4 to 11 years. Originally built at the beginning of the 1800's it was tastefully modernised and extended in the 1970's. The building is situated at the edge of the village of Goathland surrounded largely by beautiful moorland. There is a hard surfaced playground which is marked out for netball, a grass area and a small garden, which is usually tended by the children themselves.





Internally the school building comprises of two large classrooms and a shared area used as a Library and for Assemblies, and a kitchen. The children are taught in two classes by motivated and dedicated teachers, all of whom have high expectations of pupil behaviour and achievement.

Forest School

In 1877 the school was gifted a parcel of land 100m from the school. Whilst the 2.75 hectares of land was originally transferred for school purposes, it has never been used by Goathland Primary School. Since 1906 it has been let on a series of agricultural tenancies. 

It is now proposed that the site be used as a Forest School. This is a new and exciting development which will encourage and inspire all who are involved. The children will develop personal, social and emotional skills including independence, confidence and self-discovery through positive experiences which will raise their self-esteem.  

Support has been raised by staff and governors from the North York Moors National Park, Forest Schools and the Woodland Trust. 

The school has secured a grant from the North York Moors National Park to replace existing stock fencing and we will plant new hedging to encourage wildlife to the site.

September 2019

The children enjoyed their first Forest School session in our school field. Firstly the children learnt safety rules and the importance of caring for their environment and then looked closely at and recorded plants within a small area. 

It was great to hear how well the children had slept after their adventures in the field. Children thrive when learning in an outdoor environment and we will encourage them to take risks, problem solve and build resilience using all the wonderful, natural resources around us. 


February 2019

Staff, parents, pupils and National Park volunteers met at the school field to plant 720 hedge plants, kindly donated by the North York Moors National Park. It was a cold day but we did it and the boundary works are now complete!  Alder Buckthorn was also planted to encourage Brimstone butterflies to the site. 

January 2019

The school field gets a new stock proof fence and a wooden 5 bar gate kindly donated from The North York Moors, Land of Iron Project.

December 2018

Parents, pupils and staff met at this parcel of land to begin preparatory work to the boundary. Old fencing and barbed wire were removed, the overgrown hedge trees were trimmed and an old shed removed.  The children are already excitedly referring to it as the School Field.