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Welcome to our school website!

A very warm welcome to all visitors of this site! Chapel Haddlesey is a village school in a beautiful area of North Yorkshire. Most children come from the village but many come from neighbouring villages or as far off as Selby. Though a small school, our numbers are set to rise over the next few years which makes the school's future secure. As a Church of England School, we welcome all children and families from all backgrounds and all faiths and none. We value the contribution made by every member of the school community, whether it is academic, sport, art or music; each child has their particular gift and it is for us to nurture those gifts alongside their academic development. We work hard to educate the whole child in their academic, spiritual and social development. Ofsted found that the children are proud of the school and that the older children behaved very well and set a good example; the Diocesan inspector remarked on "…the very good behaviour of the children and the warm family atmosphere of togetherness."


With our motto of "Loving Life, Loving Learning, Loving God" we hope the children leave our care at the end of year 6 as happy confident, individuals who know their own strengths in and out of the classroom; we want them to be curious and capable learners to find out all about the world we live in and its peoples; and we want all the children to appreciate the beauty of the world and their place in it through the "…distinctive Christian character [which] is good at meeting the needs of all learners" (Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools Report April 2011). 


The age range of the school is from 4-11 years. Your child will be in one of two classes: Class 1, comprising Reception, year 1 and year 2 taught by Mrs Thorn; Class 2, comprising year 3, 4, 5 and 6 and the teaching is shared between Mrs Lindley who teaches four days a week and Mrs Murray, the headteacher, who teaches one day a week.

In whole key stage classes such as these, children can work alongside their intellectual peers: so a child may be working with their year group, or with a higher or lower group according to their needs. It means that strong learners are always appropriately challenged, and weaker learners are supported in their learning.



We follow the new National Curriculum and Early Years Curriculum, which are statutory, and the North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus for RE.  To ensure the children have a rich educational experience, we employ sports coaches to deliver top quality games, and make full use of all the staff strengths which include a qualified sports coach, French speaker, cookery expert and a science specialist as well as drawing on other interests of art, bird watching, history and needlework.  The cross curricular approach to learning engages the children in meaningful experiences where they draw links across the curriculum and develop skills of enquiry and communication as well as knowledge. Certain subjects that do not lend themselves to a cross curricular approach e.g. maths and some PE, are given discrete lesson time to teach their specific skills.


Reading and writing are taught from Early Years to year 2 using the Oxford 'Read Write Inc.' scheme which is used in many of the schools which Ofsted rated outstanding in their English.  We started in September 2012 and are delighted with the rapid progress the children have made.  We also use Accelerated Reader which is an online resource that grades fiction and non-fiction books according to reading age; the children take an online comprehension test on the book they have read and their progress is monitored closely.  This has made a significant contribution to our good reading levels in reading at the end of Year 6, and as the children choose a book they like, their enjoyment of reading is enhanced while they make progress, rather than driving them through a published reading scheme which can be very dry for some children.  The emphasis is on children using and applying these skills across the curriculum in a meaningful way.


Maths is taught using the Oxford Maths Makes Sense scheme, a highly interactive approach to which the children respond with enthusiasm and confidence; it is from the same publisher as Read Write Inc.  Again, where possible, we work towards children applying their mathematical knowledge in real situations in other parts of the curriculum, which brings maths to life and shows the pupils the necessity of being numerate.


Music is highly valued in school with several pupils taking lessons in keyboard and guitar. Small groups are beginning the recorder, and the children's singing is very strong. They regularly take part in local Sing Up festivals, joining with other schools and performing in such places as Selby Abbey or the local High School.


Find out more about our curriculum by licking the link below

How Our Curriculum is Taught - November 2014.docx


In the library we have a modern online system that keeps a catalogue of our books and helps us keep up to date; the children borrow books and their loans are all recorded so we have a record of each child's reading. The Junior Librarian also has a facility for the children to write and share book reviews, and suggest additions to the library. It helps with their researches by collecting together useful websites added by the staff so that web searches can be more fruitful for the children. In conjunction with loans from the North Yorkshire Library, we can ensure our book stocks are up to date and child friendly.


We have a rolling programme that keeps our computing equipment up to date; this includes computers, interactive whiteboards, recording equipment, Kindles and Ipads. The world uses a computer as pencil and paper, and our children become proficient in the use of the computer as an alternative way to communicate their learning, and they are taught to make effective searches on the web. Ever mindful of child protection, we instruct the children on how to keep safe on the new technology and how to report anything they encounter that upsets them. We do urge parents to put effective filters and firewalls on their home computers and never allow children on the web unaccompanied; it is so easy to stray into sites that are totally unsuitable for them.


We have extensive school grounds for sport, a garden club and playtimes, and a tarmacked area for netball. Class 1 have their own secure outside area for use during the school day though they join the older children for playtimes.

For inclement weather, we use Haddlesey Hall next door, which is a new facility available to the school for indoor PE, and other school functions such as the Christmas Play. A Mother and Toddler group: Chatatots, meets fortnightly in the hall and their children regularly join ours for events such as Teddy Bear's Picnic or for story time in the summer term.


Community Links

We have a breakfast club for the children commencing at 8.00 a.m. which is patronised by many parents, but can be used on a casual basis if needs be. On Fridays, the parents can join the children for a cooked breakfast and a cup of tea, and it is a good time to meet the staff and other parents informally.

The children have the final Collective Worship of every term in the church of St John the Baptist in the village led by the priest in charge Reverend Burr. She also leads a fortnightly collective worship in school. The children join in with parish events such as Harvest Festival and Christingle.

At least once a term we host special lunches where the children's family join them in the hall for events such as Remembrance or Mother's Day. These are well supported by the community and enjoyed by the children.

The children's families are also encouraged to join us at sports days and the school play; again, we invite the Chatatots families to join us as they may not have children already at the school.

The PTA (CHAPS) work tirelessly to raise funds for school and promote the school in the community. We are fortunate to have such energetic and imaginative parents who organise fairs and car boot sales, beetle drives and quiz nights that are well attended by the families and others in the village.

Should you wish to make appointment to visit the school, please contact us on 01757 270282.


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