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St Stephen's Catholic Primary School and Nursery, a Voluntary Academy

Learning, living and loving one another in God's name

Gargrave Road, Skipton, North Yorkshire
BD23 1PJ

01756 709451

Religious Life in School

The school has close links to St. Stephen's Church and the local community with a number of events through the year.  Please click here to visit St. Stephen's Parish website. 

Father Andrew, our local priest is on the Academy Council at the school and regularly visits the school to meet the children.

The events below are some of the highlights in the year.  In addition we hold Mass regularly both in the church and in school to which parents are often invited.  Please see the school and class newsletters for details.


Fr. Andrew visits Ribblesdale
Fr. Andrew visits Ribblesdale

Good Shepherd Celebration 2017

Children from Year 5 and 6 attended the Bishop’s annual Good Shepherd Service at St. Anne’s Cathedral on Friday 19 May 2017. They presented Bishop Marcus with a cheque raised by the school. The donation is for Catholic Care who provide vital support for families.

The children also had chance to meet children from the other nine schools in The Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust.

June 2016

Year 6 children celebrate mass at Broughton Hall with the King and Queen of Losotho.

Mass at Broughton Hall
Mass at Broughton Hall

International Mass

On Sunday 16th May we took part in an International Mass to celebrate the feast of Pentecost. Children dressed in national costume, carried flags of different countries and songs were prayers were sung and said in a number of languages. After Mass the celebrations continued with food from different countries whilst the children played in the bouncy castle.

Holy Communion 2017

On Saturday 25thJune, 26 children made their First Holy Communion. The children took part in the Mass by leading the prayers, hymns and offertory procession. The children prepared for this special sacrament since October 2016 with the help of the catechists of the parish, Mrs Burton and Mrs Bentley.

Holy Communion June 2017
Holy Communion June 2017

May Procession 2017

On Friday 5 May 2017 after Mass in the School Hall, the whole school processed to the grotto by the Church lawn to pray for our mothers. While everyone sang 'Bring Flowers of the Rarest', the children from Malhamdale and Airedale placed flowers they had made around the statue of Our Lady and then everyone said this prayer:

Blessed Mother Mary,
help my mum to be a good mother.
Give her peace and wisdom,
strength and courage,
grace and happiness.
Be nearby when she needs help.
Keep her close to your Son, Jesus.
Help me to always show my mum
how very much I love her.

May Day Procession
May Day Procession
International Mass
International Mass