The school is thankful for a committed ‘Friends of the school’ fundraising group CHAPS (Chapel Haddlesey Adults & Parents Society) who work hard to organise social events for our families and raise monies for the school.  Every year we have a well-attended Summer Fayre and Christmas Fayre, and other events which have included a summer disco for the children, family quiz night and family camp night on the school field.

The committee meet every half-term to discuss future events and all parents, grandparents and friends of the school are welcome to attend.

Minutes from the most recent meetings are attached below.

The photos show the family camp night  and the Summer Fayre, which were both well attended by our families and community members.

At Easter, CHAPS organise a family night in the community hall. This year, the Magic Hatter entertained around 90 children and adults with his magic show and CHAPS organised a supper.  Thanks to everyone who attended, the feedback was really positive.

The Christmas Fayre was a great success, with lots of families commenting on the festive atmosphere around school.  Over £1000 was raised which was a brilliant result for our small school.

Twice a year, CHAPS arrange a Bag2School collection whereby unwanted clothes are donated in exchange for cash for the school.

The 2017 Camp Night saw 21 families pitching a tent on the school field and enjoying an evening of games, campfire and a BBQ.


We have strong links with Chatatots, a pre-school Parent & Toddler Group that meet weekly, term time only, on a Thursday from 9.15am to 10.45am in the Community Church Hall, adjacent to the school.  Each term, we invite the parents and toddlers into school to take part in activities.  The poster below has more information about the sessions.

In the Summer term, the children visited school to take part in some gardening with Mrs Hall.  They also joined us for our Teddy Bear’s Picnic lunch on the school field.

Chatatots children are invited to come across to school each week to borrow a school library book.  Mrs Mason, a grandparent helper, and our school librarian, help the families choose a book and encourage each child to find their own library card and issue the book themselves with our electronic scanner.


In spring 2016, Chatatots were awarded a grant from the Stronger Communities Funding Programme from NYCC to fund new tables, chairs and other new play equipment.


Rev Anna visited Chatatots at Easter to tell a simplified version of the Easter story.  The children loved singing along with her guitar and waved palm leaves too.


In April, the families were invited to help our children plant the plug plants we were growing for our bedding plant sale and continuing the gardening theme, Mrs Hall invited the children to visit Class 1 and plant a pea or a courgette seed in a pot to take away and nurture at home.  The morning ended with milk and a snack, a play outside with our EYFS children and a story in the sun.  Have a look at the photo from Mrs Purdy showing keen gardener Annabel watering her seeds from Mrs Hall.

Cllr John McCarthy, Jayne Purdy (Chair of Chatatots) and Tom Jenkinson from the Stronger Communities Team.
Mini Maestro's musical workshop


St John the Baptist Church serves West Haddlesey, Chapel Haddlesey, Temple Hirst, Hirst Courtney and West Bank and we currently have services here every Sunday at 11.00am except the first Sunday of the month. The service on the second Sunday is an All Age Service for the whole family.

If you would like to have your baby or child baptised/christened or if you would like to get married, this is your Parish Church.

We also have a small Chapel in Temple Hirst where we have a service on the first Sunday of the month at 2.15pm.  On fifth Sundays, we have Messy Church Services for all ages in different locations across the Benefice.  You can find out more by looking at

Reverend Anna Burr has been the Priest in Charge of St John’s as well as the churches in Hambleton and Birkin since April 2011.  She and her husband Alister are Foundation Governors of our school.

Doorstep Green

The doorstep green

Chapel Haddlesey Doorstep Green is a shared community area in Chapel Haddlesey for recreational use by adults and children of our villages.

The funding came from the Countryside Agency (50%), now known as Natural England, and the remainder was from the Landfill Tax and a small amount was raised by the Doorstep Green committee.  The Parish Council share the running costs of the site with the Doorstep Green committee and this is usually around £1400 per year.

Fundraising events have included a Winter Ball at Darrington, a Northern Soul night in Chapel Haddlesey Community Hall and a Halloween party.  Events are held on Doorstep Green each year including a Party in the Park in the summer and Christmas Carols around the tree.

The children of the school often walk down to the area to enjoy some fresh air and explore the wildlife.  There is a pond, picnic tables, a climbing wall and willow tunnels for all to enjoy.

The Doorstep Green committee have recently purchased a marquee which is available for hire for private functions.  Please contact school on 01757 270282 to receive contact details of the committee members.

Church Community Hall

Our Church Community Hall – We are fortunate to have the use of a hall, adjacent to the school, for indoor PE and school events.  The hall is managed by the Chapel Haddlesey Parochial Church Council and was built in 2006, thanks to local fundraising and a grant from NYCC.

The hall is available for bookings for classes, events and parties by contacting Val Brunyard on 01757 228171.

The church and community hall

High Schools

Over the past few years, our children have continued their studies at secondary level at Carlton Holy Family School, Snaith High School or Brayton High School.  Parents are informed about high school open evenings for prospective families in the Autumn Term. Before making the transition, the Year 7 coordinator visits the school to chat to the children about transition and share key information with them.  In July pupils have the opportunity to spend an induction day to meet other local pupils who will be making the transition with them.

Brayton High School


Brayton High School Doncaster Road Selby North Yorkshire

YO8 9QS.

Telephone: 01757 707731.

Fax: 01757 213389

Holy Family School – Carlton


Longhedge Lane, Carlton, North Yorkshire,

DN14 9NS

Telephone: 01405 860276

Fax: 01405 863611

The Snaith School


Pontefract Road

DN14 9LB

Telephone: 01405 860327

Fax: 01405 862748



Our History

We are proud of the history of our school, which is over 140 years old.  The school opened in 1875 on this site and has educated the children in our villages, seeing generations of families attend the school.

Here is the story of Erin and Ella’s family history at our school.

Two new starters at Chapel Haddlesey Primary School have made history this month by becoming the fifth generation of the same family to start at the school.
Erin McCluskey and Ella Westmoreland have started in the reception class at the primary school to join 7-year-old Hollie as the fifth generation to pass through the local village school.
Both of their parents – Rebecca McCluskey and Helen Westmoreland – went to the school in the 1980s following in the footsteps of their parents who were at the school in the 1950s.
Susan Walker, Rebecca’s mum and Erin’s grandma, attended the school in 1958 after her mum and dad – Harold Brunyard and Mabel Fisher – and her grandma and granddad – James Brunyard and Sarah Baxter – all attended the school previously.
Similarly Joyce Ranby, Helen’s mum and Ella and Hollie’s grandma, attended the school in 1954 to follow in the footsteps of her mum – Doreen Precious (nee Brunyard) – and her granddad – Thomas Brunyard.
Thomas and James Brunyard – who are the great-great granddad’s of Erin, Ella and Hollie – were at Chapel Haddlesey Primary School in 1893.
The brothers mark the start of what has now become a family tradition with the school holding a special place in their hearts of the family.
Not only have the family members attended the school, some also worked there.
Joyce was secretary at the school for 25 years whilst Susan was a teaching assistant there for 21 years.
Helen is also heavily involved in the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) at the school at present.
The family have always lived in Chapel Haddlesey, dating back to the 1890s when their ancestors attended the school.
Helen said: “It’s really special that we can say we have the fifth generation starting at the school now – not many people can say that.
“We’ve all lived in Chapel Haddlesey all our lives and don’t think we will ever move.  The community spirit and people here are just great.  The school is really family friendly, they really care about the children.”
Susan said: “The happiest days of my life were when I started here and worked here.”
Chapel Haddlesey Primary School opened in 1875 meaning that the majority of its existence has seen children from this family passing through.
Joyce had two brothers who also attended the school – Frances and Mike – as well as their children.
Whilst her auntie – Marjorie Brunyard – attended along with her mum in the 1920s and went on to be headteacher.
Susan’s siblings Alan and Julia also attended the school with her in the 1950s with their children also going on to attend years later.
The next family member to join the school will be 18-month-old Jack McCluskey who is already down on the list to keep the family tradition going.

Look at these old photos, kindly brought in by Susan Walker.  Do you have any of our school this old?