Welcome to Dent Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School!

Welcome to our school, in the beautiful surroundings of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. We love learning and we enjoy developing together through an enriched and broad curriculum. We hope our website will help you to find out more about how we work and what makes life at Dent C of E School so special. Please get in touch if you have any questions.

Our most recent full Ofsted inspection said: ‘The attention to pupils’ well-being and the level of pastoral care is second to none… …Pupils of all ages and abilities are given plenty of opportunities to try new things and experience success. Consequently, they enjoy school, feel confident, and are well prepared for their new schools when they leave Dent Primary.’

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Dent Church of England VA Primary School Vision Statement

Our vision is for all of our community to be
Joyful & Equipped to Succeed & Serve.

Joyful – We want everyone in our community to be happy in and out of school, to have a deep-rooted sense of joy in life and to be content and comfortable with who they are.

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.”

Psalm 139:14    

Equipped to Succeed – We want our children to leave school with a solid body of knowledge and skills to allow success in the rest of their education and lives.  Beyond the curriculum, we want our children to be equipped with a love of learning and the personal skills & resilience to flourish in the face of life’s challenges.

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord…”

Colossians 3:23-24

Equipped to Serve – We want our everyone to leave our school with our Christian values deeply engrained. As inclusive and compassionate people, they will contribute to their communities and challenge injustice, knowing that they can make a difference to the lives of others.

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

 1 Peter4:10

Christian Values

Our Christian Values are:

Wisdom, Trust, Service, Justice, Compassion, Endurance & Forgiveness.

Each year we have an overarching value which we are exploring and each half-term we have a focus value in our collective worship and school life.

We make sure that our values shape everything we do across the curriculum and wider school life.

Last half-term our focus value was Justice. Our collective worship ‘working wall’ below recorded some of the activities we explored.

This half term (Autumn 2, 2022) our value is Wisdom. We are exploring what wisdom, how it is different from knowledge, and what impact it will have on our lives if we grow in wisdom.


Dent CE Primary School Curriculum Intent

Our School Vision is for all of our pupils to be Joyful & Equipped to Succeed & Serve.

Our curriculum is broad and balanced and is planned for knowledge and skills progression based on the National Curriculum.  We want our children to leave school with a solid body of knowledge and skills to allow success in the rest of their education and lives.  Through all of our teaching we seek to develop a love of learning and to encourage children to acquire knowledge through open-minded curiosity, questioning and problem-solving.

Our curriculum will be hands-on and engaging, making use of visits and practical activities where possible. Our isolated rural school is deeply rooted in its local community. Through our curriculum we aim to equip our pupils not only to live well in this location, but to grow their horizons and cultivate a globally aware outlook and the skills they need to succeed wherever they go and whatever they do. This includes maximising opportunities to promote diversity and a range of worldviews and cultures within our curriculum. We are an inclusive school who ensure that all pupils are supported to succeed regardless of their ability or background.

Early Years Foundation Stage

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