aspiring flourishing loving

Nursery Education

At Ripon Cathedral School, we are committed to providing a high quality Early Years education, which gives children a secure and confident start, and nurtures a lifelong love of learning.  This journey starts for our children in Nursery where they are nurtured and cared for as individuals and are given the chance to grow and develop at their own pace.


We provide an attractive, challenging learning environment which offers high quality opportunities for the children to learn through play, both indoors and outdoors. We are delighted with our refurbished facilities which were completed in February 2019. There is easy access between the Nursery and Reception classrooms for our free flow periods every morning and afternoon when the children can choose from a wide range of learning activities. We also have a kitchen in Oscar's (our club room) which we often use for baking, or using the produce grown in our raised beds. We place great emphasis on learning through first-hand experiences and offer a wide range of imaginative activities.  Children enjoy:

  • creative construction
  • forest schools 
  • water play
  • gardening
  • a first taste of Spanish
  • baking
  • links with the Cathedral
  • and much more

We would love to welcome you into our school so you can see for yourself the stimulating and caring environment we offer.  Please take a look at our photo on the Galleries tab to see more of the learning and fun we enjoy.


Adults know and care for the children in early years well.  Ofsted February 2020



Our nursery offers parents flexibility with funded morning and afternoon sessions, breakfast, lunch and after school care.

To apply for a place or for more information please call 01765 602355 or email admin@riponcathedral.n-yorks.sch.uk.





All admissions are dealt with according to our Nursery Admissions Policy 21-22 or for the school year 2022-23 as applicable.

Children are happy and benefit from supportive relationships. Ofsted February 2020

Early Years Vision

As a school we have put together our vision for the Early Years so that children have a great start at Cathedral School and aspire, flourish and love. Click on the picture below to find out more.