Omotherley village is steeped in History. Evidence can be found in the surrounding moors of bronze age standing stones and burial mounds in addition to iron age settlements. Over a thousand years ago Asmund (a Scandinavian invader) made a clearing known as a “leah” which became ley. Consequently, Asmund’s leah became “Osmotherley ''. The Queen Katherine Hotel in the centre of the village is a reminder of Katherine of Aragon’s link to the area (as she was instrumental in establishing the hermit , Thomas Parkinson, in a cell on the site of Lady Chapel close to Osmotherley) in the 16th century. During the 19th century the village was a thriving centre of the linen industry and the youth hostel itself - which is a site used by school for outdoor learning sessions- is a converted mill at Cote Ghyll. A mere 45 minute drive from Osmotherley, York provides a wealth of archaeological evidence of Viking settlements at the famous Jorvik museum . Twenty five minutes away, Darlington is the location of the first passenger steam railway ,which opened in 1825.
At Osmotherley Primary School we strive to provide a high-quality history education, which engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to develop and understand the cause and effect sequence of events throughout time which has led to the world that we live in today . They will gain an understanding about the places, people and environments both natural and human by asking questions and finding answers. By exploring beyond the classroom, the children will engage with their local environment and begin to understand their impact on it with the choices they make. There is a clear progression in the skills and knowledge taught throughout the school and deliberate practice allows children to improve fluency leading to mastery and an alteration to their long-term memory.
Throughout their time in Osmotherley School, they will develop and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the history of the local area.
In a school setting with such a low representation of ethnic minority groups, we strive to provide a balanced diet of historical documentation to make children wary of stereotypical views, sources and images.”