Bedale Church Of England Primary School

Learning and Caring Together

Firby Road, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 2AT

01677 422 401

Our School

The school is situated in the market town of Bedale, providing education for children from a rich variety of backgrounds. We strive to provide an excellent education for all our pupils within a caring, stimulating and motivating learning environment. To help us achieve this aim staff, governors and parents work in close partnership together with added support from the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales and the local parish church of St. Gregory’s.  Being a Church of England school, our ethos is embedded in Christian values which underpin all areas of school life.

Our school is a happy, thriving primary school for children aged 4-11 years old. There are over 350 children on roll across fourteen classes. In addition to our well qualified teaching staff, we have a number of excellent learning support assistants, who work across the school supporting and enhancing children's learning where necessary.

Our Mission Statement

Built on Christian foundations our school aims to provide education of the highest quality within the context of Christian beliefs and practice, led by the hand of God, founded in the Word of God and inspired by the Spirit of God.

Our school provides Christian values through experiences it offers all pupils. Children enjoy a broad and balanced curriculum, providing opportunities for all to discover what excites their spirit and develops a love of lifelong learning and its place in their lives.

Children, staff governors and parents have high expectations of each other and themselves. We all feel a sense of worth and of contribution towards something special as we ‘learn and care together’.

Enhanced Mainstream School

Bedale Primary School is an Enhanced Mainstream School for SEMH (Social, Emotional and Mental Health).

The EMS team work with forty local schools to promote positive learning, emotional, behavioural or social development to meet the needs of all children in our locality schools.

We have purpose-built rooms known as 'The Ark' where children and staff can access support.  These rooms are also used for intervention groups, clubs and music lessons.  We work closely with all agencies and have a parent support worker who works with parents within the home and also runs workshops for parents.

The EMS team are part of every day life at Bedale running nurture groups and friendship groups.  We have an open-door policy, please feel free to visit us or phone 01677 458269 for more information.

Our School Values

Our School Prospectus

December 2018 Ofsted Report

The recent (November 2018) Ofsted for Bedale CE Primary School has given Early Years provision, personal development, behaviour and welfare an outstanding grading, with the overall report grading of good. Mrs Elizabeth Turnbull is delighted saying that it reflects the hard work and dedication of staff, pupils and governors. The three inspectors concluded that, ‘the headteacher works with determination', that 'pupils’ behaviour is exemplary’ and that ‘flourishing in the positive climate created by leaders and staff, pupils enjoy coming to school’. Furthermore, inspectors noted that lessons were planned to engage and interest pupils as well as to provide them with challenge.


Academically, the results at Bedale Primary speak for themselves. By the end of the Reception Year, the proportion of pupils achieving a good level of development is well above national expectations with many exceeding in reading, writing, mathematics and communication. Year one phonics results have been consistently higher than national for over three years. The school was congratulated by MP Nick Gibb, Minister of State for School Standards, for being in the top 6% and achieving so highly and in this latest report the inspectors noted that pupils’ attainment is ‘very high’.


Kate Loughlin, Chair of Governors, commented on the report saying, ‘she was delighted that the pupils excellent behaviour was reflected in the report.’ 


- Other Ofsted inspection reports and information can be found by visiting the Ofsted website by clicking the logo below.



SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican & Methodist Schools) Report 


- School Performance tables can be found at the Department for Education's website by clicking below.


Other awards and Quality Marks

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Our Parent Support: The FSG

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