Wharfedale Montessori School, located on the beautiful Bolton Abbey Estate in North Yorkshire, provides preschool and primary education. The location, Strid Wood, is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Founded in 1990 by Jane Lord, the school is inspired by a passionate belief in the benefits of a Montessori education, to give students hands-on and practical instruction in a high-quality environment. Initially the school was established as a Children’s House focused on ages 3-6 years, but due to overwhelming parent demand the school expanded, becoming one of the first Montessori schools in the UK to offer primary education (6-11 years). Jane’s husband, Graham Lord, became a Montessori primary teacher in 1998 extending the family business. Their daughter, Imogen Hardy, trained in 1994 and has worked in Montessori education across the world, including in New Zealand, Europe, the Caribbean and across the UK, before returning to Wharfedale Montessori in 2018 where she is now Vice Principal.

Wharfedale Montessori School has gained a nationally recognised reputation for delivering the very highest standard of Montessori education, for both the Early Years and the primary age groups. The Lord family’s dedication to providing quality Montessori education was recognised in 2014 by the Montessori Schools Association when they were awarded Montessorians of the Year. They remain active in the larger Montessori community, with the school identified as a leader in the delivery of Montessori education nationally.  

At Wharfedale Montessori School our aim is to enable children to achieve their full potential, to be happy, to grow in knowledge and confidence, to be able to find their place in the world, enjoy it and do well.

The ethos of the school is as valid to our community today as it was when our Mission Statement was first set out back in 1990; to provide an outstanding education and level of care for our children in line with Montessori principles.

To arrange a visit you can get in touch here.

mrs lord and her granddaughter
childrens house