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Located within 5 miles of each other, Sharow CE and Skelton Newby Hall CE Primary Schools have been a federation since 2012. We work closely across the two sites and have a single governing body with representatives from both villages. The schools have been internally renovated with a modern and purposeful feel which is welcoming and warm.

Sharow Primary School, is in a rural village location to the North East of Ripon; a cathedral city in the Borough of Harrogate. The children are polite, a feature noted by OFSTED. The school is still small enough that everyone knows one another providing a caring atmosphere. As a church school we have close associations with St John’s Church and Diocese as well as strong links with other local schools. We also provide wrap around care with a before and after school club, run by dedicated staff members.

Skelton Newby Hall CE Primary School was established by the Vyner family at Newby Hall with which the school retains close ties. Skelton is a small, happy and friendly school where behaviour is good. Everyone knows and cares for each other which helps to create a strong sense of community. A traditional, Victorian building, the school is situated between Ripon and Boroughbridge in a rural village setting. It benefits from a large playing field, climbing frames, a pond and woods; all of which are used to enhance the learning experiences of the children.

Currently School numbers are as follows:

  • Sharow: 100 pupils
  • Skelton: 25 Pupils

Annual featured activities for pupils include residential trips to an outdoor activity centre; a day out in London with a show (Year 6) and a trip to France (Year 5/6).


Current attainment & progress:

  • Sharow (2 pupils) who both achieved good data in RWM
  • Phonics at Sharow (17 pupils) 52.9% - well below NA
  • Skelton RWM at KS2 42.9% (small cohort of 7 pupils)

Tapestry is used in Early Years and Marvellous Me from Y2 onwards.


Skelton OFSTED – good

Skelton SIAMS - outstanding

Sharow OFSTED – good

Sharow SIAMS – outstanding


Values & Ethos


We believe that every moment matters and as village schools, we are able to offer a bespoke flexible curriculum that can adapt as opportunities present themselves.

We firmly believe that every child should be capable of anything. Children should acquire a depth of knowledge and range of skills and be able to think and apply their skills across the whole curriculum.

We work in collaboration with Harrogate Sports Partnership. Sports and learning events are run on a cross site basis to encourage development of larger social circles and integration. 

The Christian ethos is evident in all areas of our schools, providing a supportive and nurturing environment for children whatever their ability, need or background. We feel this helps children develop thier confidence and grow both academically and spiritually.


Areas for improvement

Sharow School is well placed in terms of demand and numbers and is currently oversubscribed. If additional capacity can be found on site, there may be an opportunity to add an additional classroom which would have a positive effect on finances.

Skelton School roll is now very small. Located in a catchment that has an aging population, the school is reliant upon attracting pupils from the wider area. The school has to find ways of attracting more pupils.

Headteacher Priorities:

  • Maintaining pupil numbers at Sharow
  • Raising pupil numbers at Skelton by attracting pupils so that the school population grows
  • Developing staff and promoting a team ethos
  • Liaising with parents 
  • Establishing the new leadership in the school
  • Mathematics leadership and outcomes

 Long Term Plans:

  • To grow Skelton School so that it has EYFS and KS pupils
  • To develop Sharow School provision to cater for growing demand
  • To further strengthen leadership across both schools
  • To ensure that the finances of both schools are balanced

 Future opportunities:

  • Housing Developments in Ripon, Boroughbridge, Langthorpe and Sharow will increase the populations of each of the communities. Families will have a choice of schools and some may choose a village setting for their children.
  • Closer collaboration with local schools to be considered and opportunities investigated.
  • Possible opportunities for academisation have been considered but are not a focus of the School improvement plan.


Staffing – Sharow

  • Early Years/Reception Teacher – 1
  • Year 1 Teacher – 1
  • Year 2 Teacher – 1
  • Year 3 & 4 Teacher – 1
  • Year 5 & 6 Teacher – 2
  • Advanced Teaching Assistants – 3
  • General Teaching Assistants - 5 *1 shared resource across both schools
  • School Administrator – 1


Staffing – Skelton

  • Class Room Teacher – 1
  • General Teaching Assistants - 2 *1 shared resource across both schools
  • School Administrator – 1

Both schools will have a Base Leader. All staff have subject leadership roles.



Sharow School is currently in a budget neutral position. The governors have modelled the revenue forecast over the next 5 years, which shows the Revenue Balance increasing. The current budgetary arrangement equally splits the cost of the Headteacher between both sites, which Governors do not feel is fair, and therefore revised budgets will show an alternative split of Leadership costs reflective of size. As a result, this will reduce the revenue balance overall.

Skelton School currently has a substantially positive Revenue Balance. The arrangement mentioned above and roll of 25 pupils, means that with current financial modelling, revenue will become negative in the 2020/21 year. However, if numbers on roll rise, the school can retain a positive position.

The Governors anticipate that budgetary pressures will continue to rise and this will provide new challenges. School structures will need to be considered and advantage taken where possible.


Wider Community

North Yorkshire communities are generally relatively affluent with low levels of unemployment. Minority groups in rural areas of North Yorkshire are quite rare and generally the children are of a white British background.

Skelton and Sharow villages both have well educated communities, within which expectation is high. Expectation that children will be self-motivated and independent learners; leaving school well educated socially, morally and spiritually.

The Governors and Staff of our Schools all live within the communities that they serve and are therefore integrated within them. Each school has strong relationships with parents and their local community.

Both schools provide regular updates to children and parents. Historically this was provided via a weekly newsletter, but the introduction of a revised website allows each year group to enjoy a regularly updated page. The updates cover a wide variety of activities and events. Each School has a Friends association running fund raising events.

Skelton school has strong connections with Newby Hall and regularly makes use of the grounds. In addition, key services are held in the Newby Hall church and the children regularly attend services in the local village church.

The Johnson & Mukherjee Brothers Charitable Trust has provided grants for a number of projects within the schools and the outgoing Headteacher has become a Trustee.

We have strong links with the Diocese of Leeds ( North Yorkshire County Council. Our links with the local schools cluster and Harrogate & Rural Teaching School Alliance (HART) ( ensures we have the opportunity to share best practice and benefit from moderation support.


Sharow, Ripon

Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, Ripon is the third smallest city in England. It is located 11 miles south-west of Thirsk, 16 miles south of Northallerton and 12 miles north of Harrogate. As well as its racecourse and cathedral, Ripon is a tourist destination because of its close proximity to the UNESCO World Heritage Site which consists of the Studley Royal Park and Fountains Abbey.


Skelton, Boroughbridge

Boroughbridge is a thriving market town and civil parish in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, it is situated approximately 16 miles north-west of York. Adjacent to the A1(M), there is easy access to the motorway network with Leeds, York, Harrogate and Teesside; all easily commutable.

The town is ideally located as a centre for many local and regional attractions, a number of which can be found within a few minutes of the town centre itself. The town boasts a range of independent shops, with a number of cafés, restaurants and pubs for people to enjoy and unwind after a busy day.


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 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, surf sport 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, there is 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 the metropolitan cities of Leeds and Newcastle and 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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