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About Our Schools

The Federation was established in 2011, joining together two small rural primary schools: Snape Community Primary School and Thornton Watlass Church of England Primary School.  The schools are geographically very close, situated within 3 miles of each other, in the beautiful North Yorkshire Dales – an enviable environment for your children’s education.  They retain the advantages of being small rural primary schools, but also benefit from the advantages of being part of a bigger organisation.


Snape Site - Sunflowers Class


Nursery and Reception children are taught together in our Early Years Foundation Unit, with a teacher and teaching assistants.  When you enter Snape School, you will immediately notice a vibrant, purposeful learning environment, comprising of a well-resourced classroom, a library, a hall, and a spacious outdoor learning and play area.  Alternate Fridays, our children visit Thornton Watlass to join in with Forest School activities.

Thornton Watlass Site - Owls & Red Kites Classes


Children in Years 1 - 6 are organised in to two classes: Owls (Years 1, 2 and 3) and Red Kites (Years 4, 5 and 6).  Each class benefits from support from Teaching Assistants.  Our school is set within beautiful, extensive grounds, which have been developed to include a large playing field, climbing areas and an outdoor performance platform.  We enjoy Forest School activities every other Friday, and regular visits from specialist teachers and local church representatives.