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    New direction for Hovingham and St. Hilda’s CE Primary Schools

    6 December 2022 (by admin)

    Ryedale Learning Trust (RLT) and the Schools’ Governing Body are delighted to announce that Hovingham and St Hilda’s CE schools will become Associate Members of the RLT from January 2023, with a view to joining the Trust in September 2023

    This following a unanimous decision by the Federation Governors on 1st December 2022. This decision in itself does not change the status of the County Council’s ongoing consultation on the proposed closure of Hovingham CE School which will continue and has a closing date of 12 December. The Council’s Executive are scheduled to review the position of Hovingham School on 24 January 2023. The staff consultations that are conducted in parallel with the consultation on closure will continue as planned. 

    However, RLT is committed to engaging with all schools (including CE schools) in the locality, and to ensuring that wherever possible that small rural schools are preserved, as they are integral to bringing life to the communities they serve. 

    Ryedale Learning Trust will ensure that St Hilda’s CE School receives the necessary support to continue to enhance its educational provision and to secure its numbers moving forward, whilst working with the local community to secure Hovingham CE School’s future. 

    Hovingham CE School has viable pupil numbers in catchment, but the school is without pupils currently. We know that from September 2023, we can provide high quality EYFS (nursery and reception) provision because we have the necessary staffing and leadership experience and capacity within our schools and Trust.  

    We believe that through listening to the community and providing high quality provision, Hovingham CE School will again be a school of choice in the local and wider community. However, to help secure the school’s future, we need families to sign up for reception places before the closing date of 15th January 2023. There is also the opportunity over this time for families to register for a nursery place for September 2023.  

    We will be holding an Open Morning at Hovingham Village Hall on Monday 12th December from 9.30am until 11.00am. This morning will give families the opportunity to meet and hear from school and Trust staff and leaders. We would love to see you there and be able to share our exciting plans for Hovingham CE School! 

    If you are interested in a school place for September 2023 in either school, please get in touch with Celia Tubbs execpa@ryedalelearningtrust.co.uk for further information.