Our Community

Families and Community

Burton Green is a small, friendly, nurturing school based at the heart of our community. The Pastoral Lead and Head Teacher are on the gate at the start and the end of every day to welcome the children and their families. Teachers are also available on their classroom doors at the start and end of every day.

Ofsted 2019: Pupils’ sense of pride and belonging is tangible. This sense of pride extends to the wider community, including parents. They value greatly the support you provide, especially in times of need.
Quotes from Parents

Choosing Burton green school was the best decision we could have made for our child. The staff are caring, communicative, well informed and always give us time to discuss our child’s progress. Michelle Boden

What an amazing sense of community at Burton Green. There is such a warm welcome and sense of friendship. All of the staff in the school have the ability to connect with every age group and this has been wonderful for our family. The staff at Burton Green also know the parents and understand that we have concerns and worries about our children. Whatever the issue is, the school will work with each individual need to the best of their ability. What an amazing start my children have had. They are learning through fun, love and laughter and this shows in how proud they are to go to school every day. Thank you Team BG! Emma Yates

Pastoral Lead

At Burton Green, we are incredibly lucky to have a full time Pastoral Lead, Yvonne French. Yvonne works with the children and families in our community and is frequently referred to as ‘the heart of the school.’ She has recently won an award at the Community Pride Awards – Public Hero of the Year. Yvonne has worked at Burton Green for 27 years and in that time has supported countless children and their families. Many children quote ‘Mrs French’ as the reason why they feel safe in school. Her pastoral room ‘The Nest’ is open for children all day long, including at playtimes and lunchtime. She has recently completed the Mental Health First Aid course. Yvonne regularly meets parents and grandparents for a cup of tea to support them as well as their children.

Quotes from children:

‘I love Mrs French, it is like she is in my family.’ (Year 3 boy)

‘Mrs French is amazing. She is kind to us all and helps me if I have any worries. I have my lunch in the Nest with her and she has helped me to get faster at eating.’ (Year 4 boy)

‘Mrs French is wonderful as I can tell her all of my worries and she helps me to feel better. I know I can go to her if anything is wrong.’ (Year 5 boy)

‘Mrs French is a kind lovely person. I can talk to her about anything and she is always there for us. She makes me feel happy.’ (Year 6 girl)


We love welcoming our parents into school. We hold events such as Family Phonics and Book Breakfasts in school time so that parents can take part in sessions alongside their children.

Family Learning

Hi, I’m Sarah Wilson and I am the Family Learning Tutor linked to Burton Green. I am usually in school on Tuesdays. I’m here to work with parents and carers who would like ideas to support their child’s learning. I have previously taught from nursery (FS1) through to year 6 in York primary schools and am really looking forward to being able to spend time with parents and carers to support them.

We will be running different events over the rest of the academic year, with drop ins, workshops and short courses. These might include getting to grips with phonics, number games or encouraging your child to read at home. They are all free to attend and I hope you’ll come along! Click here for more information about the courses we run

I work Tuesdays and Wednesdays and can be contacted on: 07879 676222 or via sarah.wilson@york.gov.uk if you would like to talk to me about particular requests or have a chat, please catch me at school on a Tuesday or send me a message via Miss Harris.

Supporting our Families

We support our families in a number of ways:

  • We have weekly deliveries of food from both Rethink Food and Luke’s Larder, which is connected to our local church
  • We have excellent links with the Salvation Army who help us provide families with toys at Christmas
  • A gift of warmth – coats are regularly outside so that the children have a warm coat
  • We have regular donations of children’s books which are free to a good home

Our Community Garden

At the front of school, we are lucky to have our lovely Community Garden. This is a place for our families to sit and talk in a relaxed, peaceful environment. The community garden project was partly funded through a grant from the Clifton Ward. We recently used blackberries from Forest School and apples from the Community Garden, to make delicious muffins.

Wider community involvement

We have regular visits from Ollie Maskell, our local PCSO. He spends time with children across school and helps them to understand how they can stay safe at school, outside of school and online. We also have visits from other people who can help us such as: firefighters, doctors, nurses, dentist and vets.


Mrs Gornall (Early Years Lead) and Mrs French (Pastoral Lead) run a weekly playgroup for children ages 0-2years and their families.

Nature Friendly Schools

Nature Friendly Schools is a ground-breaking project funded by the Department for Education and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) with support from Natural England.

By developing teachers’ confidence and ability to drive forward outdoor learning in schools, Nature Friendly Schools is giving thousands of children in England the opportunity to get closer to nature benefitting their learning, health and wellbeing, and care and concern for the environment. It is fuelling creativity and a sense of adventure, allowing children to experience the joy that nature can bring. At Burton Green, we have developed our Forest School and also each child has planted a tree in the school grounds.