Agreement to Federate Melsonby Methodist (VC) Primary School and North and South Cowton Community Primary School

Dear Parents, Carers and Members of Staff

The Governing Bodies of the two schools met together and separately on 4th March 2019 to decide whether or not to proceed with the Federation.

Many thanks for your supportive responses to the consultations. These were considered by both Governing Bodies, independently and jointly, to assess the benefits offered and challenges presented by Federation. They took into account the experience of collaboration between the two schools since September 2017 to come to a decision about whether the Federation was right for their school.

The Governing Bodies both unanimously decided in favour of the Federation. The Federation will therefore now go ahead and, from 20th May 2019, the two schools will have a single Governing Body the constitution of which will be as previously advised. The first meeting of this Governing Body will be held on 20th May.

The Federation will be formally known as

The Federation of North & South Cowton Community Primary School and Melsonby Methodist Primary School.

Both of the current Governing Bodies will be dissolved on 20th May. Elections for Parent and Staff Governors for the new Federation Governing Body will be held shortly and details of this process will follow in due course.

Both Governing Bodies agreed that the collaboration between the schools had offered real benefits, including joint events much enjoyed by the children from both schools, enhancing their education and enabling teaching staff to work together and learn from each other. This exciting and valuable collaborative mission will be a significant feature of the future development of our two schools.

Very many thanks for your support and efforts over the last year.


Katharine Millar                                          Stuart Priestley

Chair of Governors                                      Chair of Governors

Melsonby Methodist Primary School       North and South Cowton CP School

Agreement to Federate Letter 11 March 19

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Temporary changes to critical care services at the Friarage Hospital, Northallerton

Temporary changes to critical care services at the Friarage Hospital, Northallerton.

Over the last 18 months, following public engagement, consultants at the Friarage have developed an innovative new model, to provide acute medical services in a small rural hospital.  During this public engagement South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust stated its intent to go out to full public consultation on this model.  However, the Trust has now been overtaken by events and needs to make some temporary changes to critical care services at the Friarage Hospital.

For further information please follow the link below.

Friarage Hospital – service changes – stakeholder briefing 27 2 2019

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January Crime Report 2019

Crime Report January 2019

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The Friends of Melsonby Methodist Primary School desperately need your assistance!

They need more people to join, get involved and to help out. There are also two key roles, that of Treasurer and Secretary which need filling as soon as possible.

The Friends perform a pivotal role for the school and community, organising and running our famous Annual Duck Race and the Christmas Fair, which raises much needed funds to provide the children with various activities and opportunities.

If you do not feel this is something you can undertake personally, but know of a friend or neighbour within the village who would be the ideal person, please encourage them to contact the school.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Trevor Watson



Melsonby Methodist Primary School

West Road



North Yorkshire

DL10 5ND

Telephone (01325) 718318



Friends of Melsonby Methodist Primary School Need Your Support




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Invitation to free community mental health event

Please find details below and attached of a free community event on mental health services across Hambleton and Richmondshire.

Wednesday 27 February 2019

11.30am – 2pm

Golden Lion Hotel

High Street



Email to find out more.

Mental Health Event


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December 2018 Crime Report

crime report december 2018

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Melsonby Methodist Primary School – Federation Proposal

North Yorkshire County Council

Melsonby Methodist Primary School & North South Cowton Community Primary School

Federation Proposal

Proposal documentation initiating a six-week consultation period was issued early in January 2019.

Further copies of the letter and the essential details are available from either school.

The Consultation closing date and time for responses is 12.00 noon on Wednesday, 20th February 2019.

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