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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. Whilst the 2.75 hectares of land was originally transferred for school purposes, it had never been used by Goathland Primary School. Since 1906 it has been let on a series of agricultural tenancies. In 2018 staff, governors and parents began the process of developing the site into a Forest School. With the help of The North York Moors National Park - Land of Iron Project our Forest School is now a reality.

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

Just because children live in the countryside or in a village doesn't mean that they learn about or experience many outdoor pursuits. Most children have little exposure to challenges like wood cutting, fire building or nature conservation. Sadly, although they live within a wonderful outdoor playground many of our children know little about their natural environment and only spend time outside when whizzing around on their bikes or playing at the local play park. Some rarely spend time outdoors because no-one has shown them the fun they could have building a tree house or a den, pond dipping or simply exploring a new area. Unfortunately, as is true of society in general, many children spend most of their free time playing computer games alone on their ipads.

The Forest School curriculum means that our field can become an outdoor classroom where the children learn subjects such as design technology, science, maths, literacy, drama, geography, art and history from a qualified Level 3 Forest School teacher in a social, fun and challenging way.

Autumn Term 2019

We had a fantastic afternoon with The North York Moors Park Rangers this term. Our children planted young hedge plants and showed great team work and perseverance in making sure they were planted and protected properly.  Thank you once again to Sam from The North York Moors National Park, Land of Iron Project for donating the whips and organising the afternoon. We look forward to working with Sam again soon when we plant 21 oak trees, one for each child, at our Forest School 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.


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