community

Our school mission statement provides a foundation for the school's development and improvement. It is the fundamental statement that underpins all of our school policies.

Our school provides a foundation for all to flourish rooted in the person and work of Jesus; built upon Christian values encouraging aspirational achievement.

Never Give Up -  Encourage Others - Do Your Best

A School For The Community

Church Of England schools have always been community schools, serving all the families and children in the area. We have dedicated staff who strive to give their best to our children. Occupying a site just outside Skipton, we offer a very happy school environment in a beautiful scenic location.

The word `endowed' in the school title goes back to its Foundress, Elizabeth Wilkinson who endowed the school, leaving farm lands at Bell Busk to finance and house the teacher and original four boys in 1709. The lands are now owned by the school Trustees who administer the trust income for the benefit of the school and former pupils.

Extensions of the school in 1964, 1992 and 2000. 2003 saw the completion of a new Learning Resource Room for the ICT suite and libraries, enabling the school to provide dedicated learning time to specific areas of the curriculum.

2011 saw the completion of the new EYFS canopy area and 2012 saw the installation of the new outside EYFS area, class 6 and staff room. We completed our new hygiene room and office area (April 2014) and have just completed our new classrooms and computer suite project (September 2015 and September 2018) and corridor and lighting (September 2016). We are looking forward to the completion of new building works in September 2021 which will provide us with a new classroom. 

Voluntary Aided Schools (VA)

Voluntary aided schools are usually called religious schools or faith schools. In a voluntary aided school:

  • the land and buildings are normally owned by a charity, often a religious organisation such as a church, but the governing body is responsible for running the school
  • the school is funded partly by the local education authority (Education and Library Board in Northern Ireland), partly by the governing body and partly by the charity
  • the governing body employs the staff
  • the local education authority provides support services
  • the pupils have to follow the national curriculum
  • the admissions policy is determined and administered by our ecumenical governing body in consultation with the local education authority and other relevant schools in the area.