About us

About us

Based near Skipton and Ilkley, we offer childcare and education to children using the Montessori approach.  I am passionate about the benefits of this for our children and dedicated to ensuring top quality practice and provision in line with the key elements of Dr Montessori’s philosophy.  Jane Lord, Principal
Baby Nursery

Baby Nursery

At Wharfedale Babies, we provide full day care for babies and toddlers from 8am until 6pm in our Montessori Early Years environment, based on small mixed age grouping in spotless, warm and inviting surroundings.
Home

Home

At our School, the Montessori approach, coupled with our beautiful setting on the Bolton Abbey estate, between Skipton and Ilkley, enables our children to achieve their full potential, to be happy, and to grow in knowledge and confidence. - MEAB accredited  (see a copy of the latest report here Montessori accreditation_report ) -...
The Primary Classroom

The Primary Classroom

Our Primary classroom for 6-11 year-olds provides a  full Montessori primary provision where the children enjoy the freedom of choice of work within a carefully structured environment under the guidance and direction of our highly qualified staff.
The Pre-School

The Pre-School

In the Pre-School our children are introduced to a broad and balanced curriculum, using Montessori teaching apparatus which is beautifully designed and crafted.  The work exercises are carefully thought out to be inviting and appeal to the child.
What is Montessori?

What is Montessori?

The Montessori approach encourages maximum independent functioning at all levels for the child.  It develops the whole personality of the child, not only the intellectual faculties, but also the powers of deliberation, initiative and independent thought.  “The environment itself will teach the child”  Dr Maria Montessori.
Latest school news
Summer Ball!

Summer Ball!

To celebrate our 25th anniversay, we will be hosting a summer ball at the Cavendish Pavilion on Saturday 26 September.  Tickets, price £35 per person, are available now for the families and friends of our current and former pupils, and for contacts and invited guests.  Please contact the school for more information and for a...
Trip to Manchester Museum

Trip to Manchester Museum

On 10 June, the primary children travelled by train to Manchester to visit the dinosaur and fossil exhibits at Manchester Museum.
Woodland Warriors - Summer Holidays 2015

Woodland Warriors – Summer Holidays 2015

Woodland Warriors, the summer club run by Zoey Marshall, is to take place for 3 weeks this summer in July and August.  See the letter below for full details, or contact Zoey on woodlandwarriors@hotmail.co.uk. Woodland+Warriors+letter+Summer+2015 Woodland Warriors Booking+form+Summer+2015
Talk by dental hygienists

Talk by dental hygienists

The Cabin children have been learning how to take care of their teeth, with the help of dental hygienists from Diamond Smiles Dental Centre.
Lunch in aid of Hearing Dogs for the Deaf

Lunch in aid of Hearing Dogs for the Deaf

The primary children hosted a lunch last term to raise funds for Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, and were successful in collecting £120 for the charity! See the letter thanking them for their donation here:
RSPB Birdwatch

RSPB Birdwatch

The school children took part this year in the RSPB Birdwatch.  See the letter of thanks they received here:
Visit by Dental Hygienists

Visit by Dental Hygienists

The pre-school children learnt all about the work of a dental hygienist as part of their term’s project, “All about me”.
Montessori Talk

Montessori Talk

The school organised a talk by celebrated American Montessorian, Paul Epstein, given to parents, local practitioners and invited guests.
Firefighters Come to Call!

Firefighters Come to Call!

At the beginning of March, a team of firefighters came to visit the pre-school children  to help them learn about keeping safe. The school, of course, has fire alarms, but did you know that, if you don’t, the fire service will come out and fit one free of charge!
Police Visit

Police Visit

The police came to visit the school last week!  The children learnt all about keeping safe.
Autumn Celebration

Autumn Celebration

The pre-school children celebrated Autumn with activities and an afternoon tea party for invited guests, family and friends.
Pre-school trip to Morrisons

Pre-school trip to Morrisons

The pre-school children visited Morrisons as part of their project investigating the sources of our food.
Autumn Walk

Autumn Walk

The primary children enjoyed an Autumn walk on the Devonshire Estate.
Fell Rescue Trophy

Fell Rescue Trophy

The Cabin children were presented with a trophy by the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association, having won a new award for the school having the highest proportion of children to complete the family walk in the Three Peaks Challenge 2014.  Well done to the walkers, and thanks to the Frineds of Wharfedale Montessori for organising the school’s involvement....
Pre-school trip to Pizza Express!

Pre-school trip to Pizza Express!

As part of their project this term on understanding the sources of our food, the pre-school children visited Pizza Express and made their own pizzas, exploring a variety of ingredients to choose their toppings.                    
Macmillan Coffee Morning

Macmillan Coffee Morning

The primary children hosted a coffee morning on 26 September to help raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.  Check this post soon to find out how much money we raised!
Life of Maria Montessori

Life of Maria Montessori

We have discovered this fascinating timeline of Maria Montessori’s life and work.  Access this link to view it here (click on the title to go to the news post), or go to the Montessori page on this site. http://www.giraffe.ie/maria-montessori-and-the-history-of-montessori-education/
Stay and Play Sessions at Wharfedale Montessori

Stay and Play Sessions at Wharfedale Montessori

Our Woodland Explorers sessions run every Thursday afternoon in term-time from 12.45pm.  Messy Play sessions at the baby nursery take place every Friday morning from 9.30am. Come and join us!
ART EXPLORERS "THE BIG OUTDOORS"

ART EXPLORERS “THE BIG OUTDOORS”

The children had great fun on our two special outdoor activity stay and play Art Explorer sessions held on 8 July.  The activities included “scooter painting” and making a bottle-top snail.
Ofsted Inspection Report 2014

Ofsted Inspection Report 2014

Following our inspection in June 2014, we are delighted to announce that once again we have been judged to be all good and outstanding! See a copy of the full report under the School tab on this site or on the Ofsted website.