Second class to be restored at West Burton Primary School

West Burton Primary School.

A second class is to be reinstated at West Burton Church of England Primary School

Parents have been informed the class will be restored in September.

The governors of the BAWB federation of Bainbridge, Askrigg and West Burton schools say they have made the decision following talks with the North Yorkshire County Council.

The decision comes after a working party was set up to attract more children to the three schools.

The move signalled improved relations between the governing body and residents of the Bishopdale village, who were unhappy about changes to the structure of the federation, which meant children from West Burton being bussed to Bainbridge.

The working party, which includes teachers, governors, parents and members of the community, has launched a marketing strategy which the governors say has created a renewed interest in the small rural school.

School leaders add that set in the context of rising numbers of children across the whole of Wensleydale, West Burton School is “well placed” to take advantage of the increase in affordable housing, better broadband connection and the desire for a healthier lifestyle that is bringing more young families to the area.

In a letter to parents, signed by all the members of the working party, Derek Walpole, chairman of the board of governors, said that he was “extremely optimistic” that numbers at West Burton School would increase, and looked forward to the ongoing support of the parents and the community.

He also welcomed “the approval and support” of the local authority.

West Burton School will be holding an open day as part of the annual May Fair held in the village on Bank Holiday Monday on May 27.

A stall with games will be set up outside the school, and activities and escorted tours will take place inside.

Further information about West Burton School and the BAWB Federation can be found at