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About St Benedict's Roman Catholic Primary School

St Benedict’s RC Primary School is a Church aided school in the Diocese of Middlesbrough whose Trustees are Ampleforth Abbey and is maintained by North Yorkshire LA. This means that the members of the Parish in Ampleforth have contributed towards the cost of building the school and continue to care for its buildings and its people.

The school provides distinctive Christ centred, Catholic education for children aged 4+ to 11+ years, with priority being given to children who live and worship within the Catholic Parishes of: Our Lady and St Benedict’s, Ampleforth; Oswaldkirk, Easingwold, the Helmsley area, Kirkbymoorside and Gilling East.

It is a Voluntary Aided School in which the Governing Body is responsible for admissions. It is guided in that responsibility by the requirements of law, by advice from the Diocese and its duty to the Catholic community and the Common Good.

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Our Setting

St Benedict’s is designed to open out into its beautiful grounds so that classrooms extend into the outdoors as well as indoors. We have an exciting wildlife area in the grounds with outdoor classrooms – wooden learning platforms among the trees and vegetation connected by a series of pathways and with bat and bird boxes. In addition children have the opportunity to grow vegetables and plants that attract a variety of wildlife. We recently added a wildlife hide to our woodland area.

A view from the school on a crisp winter’s day.

In 2008, the school was extended to provide extra classrooms for its growing population in an exciting contemporary design with glass panelled walls providing panoramic views across the valley and outdoor play and performance spaces. The playground has a multi-use games area to enable children to play games and ball activities during break times.


Children say of the school setting:

‘It’s a nice place to have a school because there’s lots of space and countryside to look at.’ (Kit)

‘Some schools look out onto blocks of flats. We are very lucky that we have a brilliant view as well as a playground and playing field.’ (Jake & Oliver)


Rural Location, Broad Outlook

A view of  ‘Big Ben’ on our London residential.
Children who come to St Benedict's are blessed by their surroundings. The school is situated on the east side of Ampleforth village and has large, attractive grounds and spectacular views across the valley to wooded hills. There is space to run, to play, to be quiet and thoughtful. The school enjoys all the benefits of a scenic location and a strong, village community, but despite this rural setting, the culture is outward, not inward-looking.

St Benedict's undoubtedly benefits from its association with Ampleforth Abbey and College, home to the largest Benedictine monastic community in Western Europe, which reaches out in its friendships and associations all over the world.

As Catholics, we are part of a world-wide family, and children at St Benedict's are encouraged in a direct way to love and respect differences in people of other countries and cultures.

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