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An Outstanding Church School

Welcome to Bishop Monkton Church of England School  

Welcome to Bishop Monkton CE Primary School.  We are very proud of our school and delighted to be sharing it with you.  Our aim is to provide all children with an enjoyable learning experience in which they thrive.

Education is a journey, not a race and we are in the privileged position to be able to shape that journey with your children.  Along the way we have plenty of fun, with a varied and interesting curriculum that will bring out the best in your child. But don’t take my word for it!


Come and visit and see for yourselves what our children are achieving. Please feel free to contact the school to make an appointment and I would be delighted to show you around.

Thank you for visiting!

Mrs Sally A. Cowling


Rural Ripon Ambassadors Group meet with Julian Smith MP

    On Friday 16th January the first meeting of the Rural Ripon Ambassador Group (RRAG) was held.  This is a group of twenty-two pupils, from eleven different village schools around Ripon, who all represent their school councils.  The first meeting, hosted by Bishop Monkton CE Primary School, gave an opportunity to meet Julian Smith, the local MP for these pupils.  The children wasted no time in asking some hard hitting questions which covered a range of topics from a lack of library services, planning for housing and the question of fairness with the grammar school selection system.  Julian Smith, clearly undaunted, responded well to the children and enjoyed hearing their views on matters that affect them.  








Mrs Coupland, as Sports Coordinator, receives the School Games Bronze Award on behalf of the school.  This national 

scheme rewards schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into their community. Well done to everyone who has helped secure this award and to Mrs Coupland for all her hard work.


Back to School Ceilidh

On Friday 19th September the Governors hosted a Ceilidh at Bishop Monkton Village Hall to welcome families back to a new school year.  As the guests arrived they were serenaded by Dennis Bailey playing the bagpipes and the Ceilidh music throughout the rest of the evening was provided by the band, ‘Blind Panic’.    Blind Panic not only entertained us with great music but also instructed us in our dance moves.  Their caller, Louise, ensured that even our youngest guests were ‘dosey doeing’.  The dance floor was full of families really enjoying themselves.   By the end of the evening several parents looked completely worn out!  Food and refreshments were provided too .  Tasty fish and chips were provided by Mr Chips and beverages were provided by the governors. Also, the other wonderful part of the evening was we raised £354 for school funds.  Hopefully, this warm and friendly fun-filled evening will mark the start of a happy year for our school!

"Excellent evening, well run with a great band who were very inclusive"

                            "Loved it all, especially dancing with my friends and the lovely chips"

"Awesome music and dancing, we even had ice-cream!"

                                         "I enjoyed it all....the dancing, the fish and chips, the rolos I had.....I liked it all."


“An Outstanding Church School.”

Bishop Monkton Church of England Primary School is celebrating the success of a recent church school inspection which judged the school as “Outstanding” in all areas. 


The inspector described the school as “a vibrant and inclusive church school” recognising the professional commitment of all staff. 


Sally Cowling, Headteacher said “I know the high level of care and support that is given on a daily basis to our children by a dedicated team of staff.  It is always good to see this externally recognised.” 

The inspection report concluded that “children achieve well and their conduct strongly exemplifies the Christian values they have learned.” 


Full Inspection Report available here



Three Peaks Challenge

As part of a group of 22 intrepid walkers from Bishop Monkton, Sally Cowling, Headteacher, Sarah Worthington, School Administrator, James Hobson and Michelle Vernon-Way, School Governors, took part in the Three Peaks Challenge on Saturday May 10th.

With rain, wind and hail it certainly proved to be a challenge against the elements, with waterproofs and walkers being tested to their limits equally. It was all for a very good cause though as walkers were sponsored to complete the challenge in under 12 hours to raise funds for one of our pupils younger sister Chloe Dudley who was born with complex medical needs.

All walkers achieved their goal with humour, grit and sheer determination.



Bishop Monkton School Artists in Print!

Last May, talented artists from Key Stage 2 selected a piece of art for ‘The People’s Choice’ exhibition that ran throughout the summer at the Mercer Gallery in Harrogate. 
Our school was one of the many groups with whom the gallery worked with for this exhibition.  These groups were very diverse from Knaresborough Youth group to Harrogate actor Hugo Speer.  The children had the opportunity to ‘discover’ art, critique it and then through their own personal viewpoints explain which piece of art they would like to select for the exhibition. 
The children impressed the staff at the gallery with their ability to reflect upon their own personal experiences, feelings and  judgements and use these to appreciate the art.  Through a well articulated discussion a choice was made, ‘Fishing Boat, Lerissos, 1985’ by Donald Hamilton Fraser. 
This exhibition has since been put into a book ‘The People’s Choice from the Harrogate Fine Art Collection’, brought together by Sheila Asante.  The children’s choice is featured alongside quotes which explain their decision.  A photo of their ‘critiquing’ session and of their ‘print’ artwork that they created are also  included.  If you would like a copy of the book please contact the Mercer Gallery on 01423 556188 for details.