CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - Baldersby St James Primary School is currently open for key year groups and families requiring essential child care cover (children of key workers, those with SEN needs & vulnerable children)

Nurturing minds to believe and achieve

Hope | Community | Respect | Perseverance


A warm welcome to all visiting our website.


We are a village school half way between Ripon and Thirsk with a distinctly Christian, calm and caring ethos. We strive for our pupils to be happy, healthy and confident learners who are enthusiastic and hard-working.

Our pupils show care and concern for each other and achieve high standards. 

We believe that our school should be an environment in which all parents, staff and governors can work together to create a safe, well-structured learning culture which promotes a mentally and physically healthy lifestyle.

We are totally committed to continually improving teaching and learning across a broad and balanced curriculum; fostering our pupils’ personal development and love of learning is our passion.

On the 1st September 2018, Baldersby St James Church of England Primary School converted to become an academy and joined Hope Learning Trust, a partnership of both secondary and primary schools driven to achieve excellence for all.

The success of our school is a result of the strong partnership between pupils, teachers, parents, governors, Hope Trust and the local community.

Below is a summary of the core principles of our school’s ethos.

At Baldersby St James we are totally committed to continually improving teaching and learning; fostering our pupils’ personal development and love of learning is our passion.

Our key principles

  • There is high expectation for all groups of pupils with challenging learning for all; our aim is ‘progress with depth’. High quality AFL (Assessment for Learning) is used to personalise learning for all groups of learners maximising their rates of progress.

  • Teaching methods are developed across the school to ensure pupils are able to confidently employ questioning skills to deepen their learning. As a result, pupils develop independent learning skills.

  • Pupils are provided with a meaningful, inspiring and interesting curriculum that is enhanced by visits, visitors and many cross-curricular links.

  • Pupils are encouraged to learn from mistakes developing resilience and good learning behaviours. Their social and emotional development is nurtured through all aspects of the school’s provision.

  • Pupils build learning power to establish life-long learning skills.

  • As a result pupils’ outcomes are high and their development of learning skills and excellent attitudes to learning ensure all children are well prepared to start their secondary education.

If you would like to find out more about our school’s approach to learning please arrange a visit through the school office.