Catholic Primary School

With God’s guidance we grow and learn

Background Information

Our school serves the Parish of St Joseph The Worker, Sherburn in Elmet.  It is the only school in the village of Barkston Ash and therefore also serves the local community.

The school was established as a Catholic School around 1870 on its present site, and has grown to meet the needs of the community it serves. The building comprises a school sports hall, also used as a dining room, adjacent kitchen, five classrooms, cloaks/toilet facilities, and a well-stocked library area.  There is also a Headteacher’s office, secretary’s office, Learning Mentor room, learning room and staffroom.  The sportshall was extended and renovated in the Spring Term 2016 and an ongoing development programme for the building is in place.
The school has a playground, which is marked out for various games, a grassed area which is used for sporting activities, a wooden outdoor learning sheltered area and a play area. There are currently 134 pupils on roll, organised into five classes.

Parish/Community Links

The school is at the heart of the community and is proud of the strong links established in both Barkston Ash and the surrounding area. The children make many visits into the local environment and community as well as other areas of the country to enrich the work undertaken in school. The school council carry out regular litter picks around the village and the choir enjoying performing at village events such as the scarecrow festival. We also make regular visits to Highfield nursing home to entertain residents and take part in monthly children’s liturgies and the annual Education Mass. Father McCarthy (parish priest for St Joseph’s, Sherburn) and Reverend Otter (All saints, Barkston Ash) are regular and welcome visitors to the school. 

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Curriculum Enrichment

We have a very creative curriculum with theme days and weeks throughout the year that really engage the children and give a purpose to their learning. These include: Disability/ Dyslexia awareness week, termly international work, First Aid taught throughout Key Stage 2, Bible skills week, gardening, Young Apprentice Challenge, Positive Psychology Week, Extra curricular sport, daily Prayers (including meditation and singing liturgy) and a detailed other faiths programme.


Sport plays an important part in life at Barkston Ash. All children have 2 hours of high quality PE each week including an hour from a specialist sports coach. We take part in lots and lots of competitive sport. We are members of the Selby District Sports Association and Sherburn Cluster Sports Association – this involves taking part in lots of different sporting events.
Our aim is for all children to represent school for competitive sport and to lead an active and healthy lifestyle – there are many different opportunities throughout the year for different games and sports, enabling children to lead a healthy lifestyle and find the sport for them. We are very successful in our competitions and you may have heard that we are currently national football champions!
During 2015/16 we had 111 different children representing the school for sport last year encompassing 14 different sports. In recognition of the sporting provision at Barkston Ash, we have recently been awarded the Sainsbury’s School Games highest award of gold award for our sporting provision.

Pupil Responsibilities

We give our children lots of important responsibilities in school to help them develop their independence and confidence. These include:  Sport leaders, Team Points scorers, Team Captains, Running Celebration Assembly, Reception children buddies, prefects, monitors, school councillors and being members of the Mini-Vinnie committee.


There are excellent Information and Communication Technology (ICT) facilities, with every classroom being equipped with an interactive white board and computers to help support the pupils work across the curriculum.

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Music also plays an important part in school life. Every Thursday we have a whole school singing liturgy. We have a school choir of 45 children (this is open to all children in Key Stage 2), that meets every week and performs at a number of different events during the year, including the local community and nursing home.  We are currently preparing to take part in Young Voices where we will perform as part of a huge choir of schools at the Sheffield arena.
We have termly dance, drama and music productions and peripatetic lessons in brass, guitar, piano and violin and many others through the North Yorkshire music scheme.

High Standards

We are very proud of the high standards that are children reach at all stages of school life. Our results are consistently above national and county average and a full breakdown of these results can be found on the following link - <Results>

Inspection Reports

Both our Section 5 Ofsted report and our Section 48 report can be found on the following link - <OFSTED Report> 
Our most recent inspection was in June 2016 where all areas of school were judged at the highest grade of ‘Outstanding’.

Contacting the School

Parents considering sending their children to this school are very welcome to visit beforehand. They should do this by making an appointment with the Headteacher - Mr C.Power.

Barkston Ash Catholic Primary School
London Road
Barkston Ash
Nr Tadcaster
North Yorkshire
LS24 9PS

Telephone: 01937 557373