Kell Bank is a small, friendly Church of England primary school, situated in a beautiful part of the Burn Valley, and serves the nearby villages of Fearby and Healey, and the broader area around Masham.
The school was built in 1820 with money from the Danby family, local estate owners, and has been altered several times. In 1999, the old school house was renovated and it now provides extra teaching space. A further extension was completed in September 2006 to provide Key Stage 1 with an art and wet play area, as well as an outdoor play area allowing safe free access for the Foundation Stage children.
The school also owns land adjoining the playground which provides a large playing field, including a wide range of wooden play equipment and a football pitch. The reclaimed gardens provide additional recreational space for the children.
Parent Comment, January 2020
'We moved to the area from a large town in the south and started at the school just before they broke up for the summer. The boys had a seamless transition and have been completely settled at Kell Bank from the off, as the size of the school wasn't overwhelming and they made good friends very quickly. They have been welcomed by everyone at this friendly school.
Having now been at the school a bit longer, I can really see the difference in my children. They are being challenged at school with their reading and subject matter. I wasn't sure about the smaller class sizes at first, but now see that they are a real bonus in ensuring that each child has a lot more teacher time than in a larger school, and everyone can be listened to. The children are being nurtured, rather than simply passing through the school system. The smaller class sizes are a bonus in that teaching can be taken out of the classroom a lot easier, and the children have had a number of trips in a short space of time.
There are also links with the community - Swinton Estate and Maple Creek are both involved with the school and the children enjoy swapping stories and experiences as they work together. Kell Bank also works closely with Snape and Thornton Watlass Schools, and are able to use that relationship to join in with school activities which require larger pupil numbers. In December, we were treated to an African drumming performance, which was excellent, and which my boys really enjoyed.
I'm pleased with my decision in choosing Kell Bank and look forward to seeing my children flourish as they progress through the school.'