Welcome to our school!
Here at Ralph Butterfield Primary School we place supporting a positive feeling of wellbeing as top priority for all in our community. Our culture and ethos is one of openness and transparency, a place that has an ‘open door’ and welcomes daily interactions around the needs of children and their families. Happy children who feel safe are best placed for developing a love of learning and thriving at school and in life. Our ethos enables children to enjoy working hard, in a safe, supportive learning environment, so that they can also achieve the highest standards that they are capable of. Our school is fully inclusive; teachers and teaching assistants successfully support a wide range of needs to ensure all children can access and enjoy our curriculum.
The children are absolutely at the heart of every decision we make and as a staff team we are very dedicated and care passionately about what we do. We pride ourselves on the outstanding level of care shown for each individual child. We take our safeguarding responsibilities very seriously and work hard to ensure that every child is, and feels, safe, and has a caring and supportive environment in which to work, grow and enjoy time. Underpinning everything is the shared goal between our parents/carers, staff and governors, of providing our children with the best possible education and experiences, preparing them for their next stage of education academically, but also with life skills and a good level of emotional resilience.
I am extremely proud to lead such a skilled and committed team, having been appointed as the Headteacher of Ralph Butterfield Primary School in September 2020, after being Acting Headteacher in the previous year. I am delighted and honoured to hold this role; I feel very enthusiastic about what we can achieve to keep moving our school forward, whilst building on previous successes.
I began working at Ralph Butterfield Primary School in 2002, choosing to stay due to my absolute dedication and commitment to the children, staff and parents/carers in this particularly wonderful school community. I have been fortunate enough to successfully take leadership opportunities through a variety of roles prior to my appointment as Headteacher, including Assistant Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher. Living and working in a community that I have grown to know so well, it is a privilege to have begun leading the school forward with an exciting new vision, despite the recent challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.
I believe that a successful and happy school depends on everyone in that school community working well and supportively together. It is therefore important to me that everyone feels valued and knows that they can contribute their thoughts and opinions. As Headteacher, I actively seek feedback from the children, parents/carers, external agencies and the wider community to ensure that we are all working together, in the same agreed direction, with an ethos of transparency, honesty, positivity and mutual respect.
As part of this, you will find our School Development Plan (SDP) summary poster for 2021 - 2022 published on our website. It shares priorities around enhancing our learning environments, developing our curriculum offer, promoting and celebrating equality and diversity, and embedding our wellbeing strategy. We keep everyone in our community updated on progress with these priorities through our weekly newsletters, which can be viewed on our website and will offer you an opportunity to learn more about us.
Our school is also fortunate to have a fantastic, enthusiastic board of governors, with wide ranging relevant skills, whose job it is to challenge what the school is doing and support its strategic leadership. Parents/carers will have opportunities to meet and engage with our governors, who are also keen to receive feedback and ideas.
I’m very much looking forward to continuing to work with our school community and to welcoming new families. It is a very exciting time to be part of Ralph Butterfield Primary School. I hope you enjoy exploring our website, and learning more about what we have to offer. Selecting a school for your child can be a daunting process and we realise how important it is to feel trust in the people that care for your child each day.
Please do feel free to make contact with us either via email (RalphButterfield.School@york.gov.uk) or give us a call (01904 768325 option 3).