Kirkby Stephen Primary School from England

Kirkby Stephen Primary School is situated in the small Upper Eden Valley market town of Kirkby Stephen.  It is a rural area with many dairy and sheep farms, and a wide variety of small local industries.  The countryside is popular with tourists and is convenient for visiting the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales.  Tourism is an increasingly important sector of the local economy.

The pupils attending the school come from the town itself and the outlying villages, which means quite a large number of children are transported to school by bus.  The children are aged from four to eleven years, and there is one class in each year group.  There is a total of 216 boys and girls, and just over twenty staff.

The school is situated in a relatively isolated area of northern England, and over the last few years’ international links have been developed with schools in Holland, Italy, Poland, Romania and Russia.  The school feels it is important to broaden the children’s experiences, and recently a group of Italian students have spent two weeks in school on a work placement. Staff from the Beatrixschool in Haarlem have visited the school to share good professional practice. These links have been further enhanced by major investment in information technology, which enables rapid worldwide communication plus the introduction of new and exciting teaching methods.