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Long Marston CE Primary School is a small village school serving a number of rural villages. Very much a Church school, we have a strong Christian ethos and strong links with the village Church and local community.

Located in the centre of the village, we are approximately 7 miles west of York with easy access to Leeds and Wetherby, the motorway network and mainline rail services.

The school is a modern building with some historic elements and benefits from large and attractive outside spaces, a dedicated Forest school and a pond.  We are a 2 class primary school working a flexible group approach to deliver the best possible outcomes for our children. We also provide wrap around care through our before and after school clubs. Though we are one of the smaller schools in the area, we have plenty of capacity to respond to any growing local population.

Currently rated Good by Ofsted (2016) and Good by SIAMS (2017).

Our values

Our Christian Values of: Hope, Community, Dignity and Wisdom are learnt by the children in collective worship, R.E and P.S.H.E lessons as well as through the curriculum. The value of the week is displayed around the school. Children are praised and rewarded for showing the value through team points, verbal praise and in celebration worship.

Our values underpin the British Values and as a Church school, we re-enforce these through our collective worship and curriculum. As an inclusive school we educate our pupils about other faiths and beliefs within mutual respect for one another.

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Our vision

Long Marston CE Primary School is a small school providing a welcoming, enthusiastic, healthy and secure environment for all its children. Our vision is to develop independent learners whose Christian values give them integrity, creativity and a love of life.

We believe that all our children can achieve high standards within a balanced curriculum supported by the values and ethos seen in our distinctive Christian context.

We set high expectations of ourselves and others, encouraging pupils to value learning, to respect one another and to be confident in themselves. 


At Long Marston CE Primary School our aim is to provide a broad, balanced, differentiated, progressive and relevant curriculum which is unique to our school.

  • We are a family who encourage children to be responsible and independent. We work closely with the Star Alliance of schools to ensure the best for all the children in our care and provide sustainability for schools like ours which are small ... but have big ideas!
  • Our inclusive, holistic approach allows children to achieve their full potential socially, morally, academically and physically. We offer flexible personalised learning opportunities which recognise individual talents and foster a culture of high expectations and strong self-belief. We follow and promote Christian Values so that each person in our school can become a responsible citizen.
  • We have a strong focus on outdoor learning and eco-schools and we aim to take a lead throughout the area in Forest schools.
  • Creativity and confidence are closely nurtured. Knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes are developed during the learning journey.
  • We believe in first hand experiences and endeavour to ensure children are life ready. We are passionate about life skills, enterprise, music, sport and understanding the major issues of our time.
  • We open the eyes of the children to the wonders of the world. We celebrate our own environment, provide a national and international perspective and keenly foster a love of life and learning.


We are a happy school based in a modern building with excellent outdoor areas. Located in the centre of the village, we are often praised for our warm welcome and our bright, articulate and well behaved children. Children feel safe and happy in school.

  • Bright, articulate children
  • Member of STAR teaching school alliance
  • Supportive and challenging governors
  • Forest School with excellent grounds
  • Area of growing population
  • Strong relationships with Church, Local Authority and Diocese

Areas for development

  • Develop further the leadership and management
  • Implement and evaluate a 4 year financial plan in line with the improvement plan
  • Raise and develop quality of teaching
  • Improve pupil progress/outcomes
  • Analyse pupil performance to inform action planning
  • Develop opportunities through STAR alliance
  • Grow pupil numbers 


SIAMS Report

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We currently have a staff team comprising 4x part time teachers (including the Headteacher) working with a team of teaching assistants, a school administrator and a play leader. All teaching staff have subject as well as broader leadership responsibilities and one is Forest school qualified.


Delivering a high quality education to our pupils within the constraints of the current funding structure is a significant and ongoing challenge. Long Marston CE Primary School, similar to many other small rural primary schools, is also carrying a historic budget deficit. The good news is that we made a small surplus for the 2017/18 financial year and have received notification from the Local Authority that our deficit will be licensed for at least the next three years. A successful candidate for this role will play a key part in working with the Governing Body and the Local Authority to reduce this deficit over that time. This will involve strong financial discipline, whilst at the same time exploring innovative ways to deliver the curriculum in a cost constrained environment, grow pupil numbers and investigate alternative sources of income.

The Wider Community/ Relationships

We benefit from strong links with our local pre-school, PTFA and parents, the STAR Alliance, the local community, the Church and the Diocese of York.

Some examples include:

  • Pre-school who use the Forest school each week, join in some school activities through the year and a group of 3/4 year old children come in to school one day a week for the summer term prior to transition to the Reception class.
  • The PTFA is an important source of funding and support through a range of community events as well as school-based activities. Money raised currently is contributing to a new KS2 reading scheme
  • An open door policy operates for parents/carers to enable concerns to be addressed at the earliest opportunity. A weekly newsletter communicates with all parents/carers. We share parents’ high expectations and the majority of families are very supportive of the school
  • We are part of the STAR teaching alliance. As a result, we benefit in many ways including professional development opportunities and cross-school moderation. Small groups of children work with other schools in activities related to the curriculum in a wider peer group. The relationship with STAR is a key one for the school and one which we would like to develop further
  • Collective worship is regularly held at the Church with parents, carers and governors welcome to attend. In addition, a team of volunteers regularly deliver the ‘Open Book’ programme in school, Foundation Governors run ‘Messy Church’ sessions and school productions take place in the Church to celebrate modern and traditional festivals
  • Have a look at our newsletters on the web site for the extensive range of wider activities the children are involved in.

About Long Marston

Long Marston is a village situated on the B1224, seven miles west of York.

The Battle of Marston Moor was fought just west of the village and there is a monument to the battle on the Tockwith Road to the north of the village.

In addition to the school, the village has an Anglican church (All Saints') and a thriving village hall and social club.

The nearest railway stations are at Kirk Hammerton (3 miles) and Cattal (5 miles) and provide easy access to York and Harrogate. There is also easy access to the A1 and the main motorway network.

About living and working in North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire is England's largest county and one of the most rural. The area comprises the Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors, three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Pennines and a stunning coastline around Scarborough and Whitby. The area hosted the phenomenal Tour de France in 2014, and due to its success has created the Tour de Yorkshire with global recognition. There are ruined castles and abbeys, serene gardens, unique breweries, thrilling rides and industrial heritage. Something for everyone!

For outdoor enthusiasts North Yorkshire has plenty to offer. From the hard gritstone of Almscliff and Brimham rocks to the limestone of Malham, Gordale and Kilnsey - climbing venues are in abundance. The Yorkshire Dales is the premier area for caving and for mountain biking. There are the bridleways of the Dales and North York Moors as well as the renowned trail centre at Dalby Forest. The 7stanes mountain bike trail centres are all easily accessible for days and weekends away as is the Lake District and the fells, crags and coast of Northumberland. There are a small number of sailing clubs on reservoirs around the county and fantastic, if chilly, surfsport venues and sea kayaking on the east coast.

While the county is rightly known for its wide open spaces, it also incorporates attractive market towns including Northallerton and Skipton - judged the best place to live in Britain by the Sunday Times (2014). In addition to the traditional seaside towns of Whitby and Scarborough, the Spa town of Harrogate, as well as the ancient city of York, the most visited city outside of London. There are a wide range of shopping, leisure and cultural facilities as well as excellent schools, universities, road and rail links, there really is everything to offer you and your family as a place to work, live and enjoy!

Travelling further afield we have convenient connectivity, with close proximity to metropolitan cities of Leeds and Newcastle, with little over two hours commute on the main train line to London. We border the Lake District, Lancashire, County Durham, and Yorkshire & Humber regions with all they have to offer.




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