About Us

Head Teacher’s Welcome

Thank you for the interest you have shown in Leavening Community Primary School and Nursery.

I would like to offer you a very warm welcome to our school and indeed our website, which will hopefully give you a helpful introduction to our school and a good understanding of its activities, aims and values.

Located on the edge of the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds and within easy reach of Malton, Norton and Stamford Bridge, our school caters for up to 90 pupils aged between 2 and 11. In many ways Leavening is the ideal village school! Indeed, the phrase ‘Small school, big learning’ sums up perfectly our aim to combine excellence in learning with a wide variety of opportunities to enrich pupils’ childhood. Our school community also shares a deep sense of belonging and we work hard to nurture strong relationships between school and families.

A child’s primary education is a precious, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and, as a Headteacher, I feel very privileged to be involved in the education of children during this vital period of their lives. We are fortunate at Leavening in having a team of dedicated and committed staff all of whom are passionate about making these important years the best possible experience for the children in our school. Furthermore, as part of our thriving Early Years Stage provision we also offer a happy, secure and stimulating part-time nursery environment, with funded provision, for children from three years old. We understand that every parent wants their child to be safe and happy at school and to be encouraged to do their best. At Leavening we all share these feelings.

Our priority is to provide an engaging and purposeful curriculum in a caring and supportive atmosphere, an aim that is reflected in our school’s overall purpose:

‘Together We Can…’

This purpose is supported by our four values:

1. Look and learn beyond the classroom

2. Have high aspirations and fulfil our potential

3. Care, share and belong

4. Lead, teach and learn with passion,

…which taken together, highlight the aspects of school life that we believe are most important in running a successful, secure and happy school. They make Leavening a unique school and one that we are all proud to be part of.

I would be very happy to discuss with you any questions you have about Leavening.
If you would like to talk to me, or arrange a meeting, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Sian Mitchell – Head Teacher


Catchment Information

Leavening Community Primary School is a Group 1 Local Education Authority School administered by North Yorkshire County Council whose central offices are in Northallerton.  The school, established in 1906 and extended in 1964, 2003 and 2007, takes in children of all abilities from 3 to 11 years of age.  The catchment area includes the villages of Acklam, Leppington, Scrayingham, Howsham and Thixendale as well as Leavening.  We also welcome children out of catchment and over the years have happily and successfully educated children from Malton, Norton and the surrounding villages that lie north, south, east and west of Leavening.


Positive Mental Health – Young Minds

We know that being a parent or carer isn’t always easy. Although it’s often amazing and rewarding to watch your children or young people grow up, it can also be really hard work. Things might feel especially difficult if your child or young person is struggling with their mental health at the moment. Or if their mood and behaviour seem different, and you’re not sure why or what you can do to help. But you are not alone.
We have lots of practical advice to help you support them – from encouraging them to open up, to navigating mental health services and finding them the right help. No matter what you’re going through, things can get better.
Young Minds website: https://www.youngminds.org.uk/parent/