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Goathland Primary School is an attractive, modern and dynamic school catering for children from aged 3 to 11.  Originally built in the 1800s, and tastefully extended and modernised in the 1970s, the school building is beautifully situated in the midst of stunning moorland, yet only a few minutes’ drive from the main A169 Whitby to Pickering road.  With easy access from the direction of Dalby and Thornton le Dale, and only 15 minutes’ drive from Whitby, Goathland School is an excellent choice for families looking for a highly personalised, ambitious education in a warm and nurturing community environment.






We are proud to be one of North Yorkshire’s small rural schools. Teachers make great use of the local area and children benefit from a wealth of visitors to the school and trips out.  We are also part of the Yorkshire Coast Education Partnership and the Esk Valley Alliance, which gives great opportunities to work closely with other schools.

Base 1

This class is led by our experienced and committed EYFS and KS1 teacher Mrs Katherine Rigg and supported by her excellent teaching assistants, Mrs Diane Gallon and Miss Catherine Winter.  The class consists of Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 and offers high quality teaching combined with Continuous Provision, which gives children the freedom to follow their interests, be inspired by exciting new experiences and explore and extend their learning in a developmentally-appropriate way. We value play very highly and children are encouraged to challenge themselves and develop a passion for learning about the world around them.

Goathland School Nursery

Our school nursery opened in July 2022 under the skilled direction of Mrs Rigg. Being part of the Base 1 class gives children the chance to interact with a range of ages, which is beneficial to all and helps build confidence as well as providing opportunities for children to see and be inspired by the work of older children.  Phonics and early reading are introduced gently and there is a seamless transition into Reception.

We offer 15 and 30 hours funded provision. You can also purchase additional paid sessions at a cost of £12.00 for a full morning or afternoon session.

Base 2

This class consists of Years 3 to 6 and is led by Mrs Vickie Bordoli, our highly experienced and innovative senior teacher.   Here, children flourish in a stimulating environment where interest is sparked by a wide variety of learning experiences in and out of the classroom.  Children are constantly challenged to do their very best; they make excellent academic progress and leave school in Year 6 as confident, articulate young people who love learning and are excited to take on the next part of their journey.

Breakfast Club

We offer care daily for children in Reception to Year 6, from 8:00am – 8:45am at a cost of £3.00 per session.

Forest School

In 1877 the school was gifted a parcel of land. Whilst the 2.75 hectares of land was originally transferred for school purposes, it had never been used by Goathland Primary School. In 2018, staff, Governors and parents began the process of developing the site into a Forest School.

Forest School is an inspirational process, which offers ALL learners, regardless of academic ability, regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment. It is a specialised learning approach that sits within and complements the wider context of outdoor and woodland education

With the help of The North York Moors National Park - Land of Iron Project our Forest School is now a reality and the children enjoy weekly lessons from our qualified Level 3 Forest School teacher, Mrs Bordoli

How to contact us

The school benefits from the full-time support of our school Secretary, Mrs Katy Watson.  If you would like to make an appointment to visit school, or have any questions, please telephone Mrs Watson on 01947 896230 or email on Mrs Watson will either know the answer, or quickly direct you to the right person.

Ofsted 2018

Staff work closely with pupils, parents and volunteers to ensure that the school is at the heart of the village community that it serves.

Pupils are known, cared for and valued. They are confident, self-assured and enthusiastic.

Parents greatly value Goathland as a unique school with an evident community atmosphere.

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