Back to school: This is which primary schools in North Yorkshire reopened today

Thousands of primary school pupils returned to classes today but the majority of schools stayed shut over coronavirus fears.

Monday, 1st June 2020, 6:10 pm
Updated Monday, 1st June 2020, 6:28 pm

One hundred and ten of North Yorkshire’s primary schools welcomed back children in reception, year one and year six this morning, despite safety warnings from teaching unions and some scientists.

The county's remaining 249 schools will remain closed for at least another week or more, while some have not yet set a return date at all.

Surveys have suggested that about half of parents nationally remain unconvinced by the government’s reassurances.

One hundredand ten of North Yorkshires primary schools welcomed back children in reception, year one and year six today.
One hundredand ten of North Yorkshires primary schools welcomed back children in reception, year one and year six today.

But a clearer picture of parents' worries will be painted later this week when North Yorkshire County Council reveals how many students actually returned to school.

It comes after weeks of wrangling between the government and teachers' unions over safety concerns - and more than 20 councils across England advised schools not to reopen earlier today.

North Yorkshire County Council has backed the government’s plan throughout and before the weekend, Coun Patrick Mulligan, the council’s executive member for education, tried to assure parents that children’s safety is a priority.

He said all schools have carried out risk assessments looking at social distancing, staffing and hygiene.

But Coun Mulligan added distancing in some small classrooms "simply isn’t possible."

Today will have looked very different for those pupils who did return - with staggered drop-off times and children staying in small groups of no more than 15 pupils.

Staff changes are also being minimised and items touched by children are being sanitised.

Which primary schools reopened today?

Admiral Long Church of England Primary School

Ainderby Steeple Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

All Saints Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School, Kirkby Overblow

Alverton Community Primary School

Appleton Wiske Community Primary School

Aspin Park Community Primary School

Athelstan Community Primary School

Barkston Ash Catholic Primary School

Barlby Bridge Community Primary School

Barton Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Barwic Parade Community Primary School, Selby

Bedale Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Bentham Community Primary School

Birstwith Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Bishop Monkton Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Brompton & Sawdon Community Primary School

Brompton Community Primary School

Broomfield School

Brotherton & Byram Community Primary School

Burneston Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School

Burnsall Voluntary Aided Primary School

Burton Leonard Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Caedmon College Whitby

Cayton School

Clapham Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Cliffe (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School

Colburn Community Primary School

Cowling Community Primary School

Croft Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Dishforth Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Easingwold Community Primary School

East Ayton Community Primary School

East Cowton Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Embsay Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Ermysted's Grammar School

Escrick Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Filey Junior School

Forest of Galtres Anglican/Methodist Primary School

Gillamoor Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Goldsborough Church of England Primary School

Grassington Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Hampsthwaite Church of England Primary School

Harrogate Woodfield Community Primary School

Hemingbrough Community Primary School

Hovingham Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School

Hunmanby Primary School

Hutton Rudby Primary School

Ingleby Greenhow Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Keeble Gateway Academy, Sowerby - NEW

Kell Bank Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Kettlesing-Felliscliffe Community Primary School

Kettlewell Primary School

Kildwick Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Kirby Hill Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Kirk Smeaton Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Kirkby and Great Broughton Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School

Kirkby Fleetham Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Kirkbymoorside Community Primary School

Knaresborough, Meadowside Community Primary School

Knaresborough, St John's Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Knayton Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Langton Primary School

Leavening Community Primary School

Leeming and Londonderry Community Primary School

Leeming RAF Community Primary School

Lindhead School

Luttons Community Primary School

Malton Community Primary School

Marton cum Grafton Church of England (Voluntary Aided) Primary School and Nursery

Marwood Church of England Voluntary Controlled Infant School, Great Ayton

Masham CE

Melsonby Methodist Primary School

Michael Syddall Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School

Middleton Tyas Church of England Primary School

Mill Hill Community Primary School

Nidderdale High School & Community College (KS4 ONLY)

North and South Cowton Community Primary School

North Rigton Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Norton Community Primary School

Oakridge Community Primary School

Oatlands Community Infant School

Osmotherley Primary School

Outwood Academy Ripon

Pannal Community Primary School

Ravensworth Church of England Primary School

Riccall Community Primary School

Richard Taylor Church of England Primary School

Richmond Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Richmond Methodist Primary School

Ripley Endowed Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Romanby Primary School

Saltergate Infant School

Scotton Lingerfield Primary School

Seton Community Primary School

Settrington All Saints' Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Sherburn Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Sheriff Hutton Primary School

Sicklinghall Community Primary School

Sinnington Community Primary School

Skipton, Greatwood Community Primary School

Skipton, Parish Church Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Snape Community Primary School

South Kilvington Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

South Otterington Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Sowerby Community Primary School

St Hedda's Roman Catholic Primary School

St Hilda's Ampleforth Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

St Martin's Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School, Scarborough

St Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School, Selby

St Peter's Brafferton Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School

St Peter's Catholic Primary School, Scarborough

Stillington Community Primary School

Sutton in Craven Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Sutton on the Forest Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Terrington Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School

The Boyle & Petyt Primary School

Thornton Dale Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Thornton Watlass Church of England Primary School

Thornton-in-Craven Community Primary School

Thorpe Willoughby Community Primary School

Welburn Community Primary School

Whitley and Eggborough Community Primary School

Wykeham Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

From June 15 secondary pupils will start to return, in Years 10 and 12 - and there are plans for all primary years to go back for the last month of term.

By Jacob Webster, Local Democracy Reporter