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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 and also benefit from advantages of being part of a much bigger organisation.

Snape site for 3-5 year olds:
• Nursery, Reception and Year 1 children are taught together at our Early Years Foundation Unit with a teacher and two teaching assistants.
• Each Friday, all pupils join together at the Thornton Watlass site to take part in our 'Fantastic Friday' activities, which allows all children to feel part of the whole school community.
Thornton Watlass site for 6-11 year olds:
• Children Years 2 - 6 are educated at this site.
• The five year groups are split into ability groups for English and Mathematics on four mornings with a teacher in each group.
• The children can be taken directly to the site where they are educated by parents, or we will transport them, free of charge, on the school bus.

Aims & Vision

Our Aim and Vision for the Federation is to develop a community of independent and inspired learners, who will be well equipped to live in a diverse, changing and exciting world.

British Values

Across the Federation of Snape and Thornton Watlass Schools, we take very seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and our RE, PSHE and Citizenship lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding.

The Curriculum

Our Curriculum for Snape and Thornton Watlass Schools.


At the Federation, we enjoy having the opportunity to work in collaboration with others and regularly benefit from working with schools in the Bedale Cluster and wider Swaledale Teaching Schools Alliance.

In particular, we work closely with Kell Bank C of E Primary school. We enjoy and benefit from opportunities to share staff expertise, combined planning, staff training, school trips, sports teams and school resources to name just a few. This close co-operation brings enormous benefits for the children of all schools as together we are far stronger than when we work in isolation.

We believe that this model of school partnership is the way forward into the future for small rural schools like ourselves.

Click here to view Kell Bank CE Primary School’s website.

Click here to view the Swaledale Alliance website.


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