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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Beatrix Potter

Yesterday class 1 visited the Beatrix Potter attraction in Bowness in relation to their ‘movers and shakers’ class project. They encountered ‘Beatrix Potter’ herself and were able to ask her questions about her life, books, and characters. They found out her favorite book was ‘The Tailor of Gloucester’ and that she used to live in …

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, 2021) 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.


At Dent C of E Primary School we aim to maximise learning for all our pupils through the provision of an engaging and inspirational curriculum for pupils in Reception through to Year 6.  We follow the Early Years Curriculum in Reception and have embedded the National Curriculum throughout the rest of the school.

Early Years Foundation Stage

The EYFS is split into seven areas of learning:

  • Communication and Language (CL)
  • Physical Development (PD)
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
  • Literacy (LY)
  • Mathematics (MA)
  • Understanding of the World (UTW)
  • Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)

The EYFS is usually offered discretely in the morning with a range of opportunities for continuous provision (in and outdoors), developing the children’s abilities across the different areas of learning.  In the afternoon, EYFS and the rest of Key Stage 1 pupils join together for creative, skills based learning which is led by a variety of subject specialists and the class teacher.

Key Stage 1

We have a 2 year rolling programme in Key Stage 1 due to a mixed age class of Year 1 and 2 children.  A cross curricular, themed approach brings learning to life and allows flexibility and curiosity for pupils to gain skills through a creative approach to learning.

Great care is taken by our staff to personalise all aspects of learning to support the pupils and their individual needs.  Behind this rolling programme are schemes of work which give more detailed teaching activities and learning outcomes for each subject. Please see attached link for more information.

Key Stage 2

The children in Key Stage 2 are taught in a mixed age class of Year 3 to Year 6 pupils and subsequently have a 4 year rolling programme through the Foundation subjects and a two year one through the Science curriculum. A creative, skills based, yet personalised approach to learning is always a priority across the key stage so that our pupils are engaged, challenged and curious about their learning.