We are a vibrant and inclusive local authority maintained nursery school just outside York city centre. We serve both our local community and the wider city. We offer care and education for three and four year old children.

We are also an enhanced resource school and have twelve places for children with Special Educational Needs. We are expert in working with children with SEN and our staff are trained in many aspects of SEN including alternative communications such as Makaton, PECS and visual timetables.

At St Paul’s Nursery School we pride ourselves on providing a fantastic education for children and a first class transition to primary school. Our children move on to several different schools in the local area.

We work with the Early Years Foundation Stage which incorporates seven areas of learning including the prime and specific areas of:

Personal, Social and Emotional development

Communication and Language

Physical Development

Expressive Arts and Design

Understanding the World




We respect each child as an individual and nurture the characteristics of learning, encouraging them to develop as talented and self confident individuals.

We are committed to providing equal opportunities for all children and encourage our pupils to learn to work together valuing each other and respecting the community and people they live amongst.

We offer rich and varied activities and experiences which are in tune with children’s interests and believe strongly in giving children enrichment through books, theatre and drama, art and music. We run Forest School sessions regularly to give the children the opportunity to learn in the natural environment.

We work closely with our colleagues in the local area to share good practice and welcome students and visitors to our school.

Apply for a place


We admit new children the term after their third birthday. Parents may add their child’s name to the waiting list once their child is 2 years old.

Parents of prospective pupils are most welcome to visit the nursery school by prior arrangement.

St. Paul’s is now offering up to 30 hours extended entitlement for all eligible families.

Applying for a place at St Paul’s Nursery School is straightforward and easy.

You can download the application form this page, updated version coming soon.

Alternatively, if you would like us to send you an application form in the post,

please call us on 01904 622291 or email us on st.pauls.nursery@york.gov.uk

N.B. If the school is over-subscribed, your child can be placed on a waiting list, and you will be contacted as soon as a place becomes available.


View our facilities

We are lucky at St Paul’s to have such wonderful inside and outside facilities. We have different areas inside such as busy room, quiet room, an enhanced resource provision room and group time areas. We also have a cosy reading room with a child size sofa and chairs so children can sit and read (and be read to)

Outside we have a generous space for the children to play in, including a covered sandpit, slide, area for trikes and bikes, a mini climbing wall, a garden area for growing vegetables and much more…

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Pupil Premium


Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is additional funding for early years settings to improve the education provided for three and four year olds.
Three and four year old children will attract EYPP if their family meets at least one of the criteria listed:

Income Support
Jobseekers Allowance
Employment and Support Allowance
State Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) Universal Credit OR
Is a looked after child

Please see our Early Years Pupil Premium report for financial year 2016-2017 and our Early Years Pupil Premium Parent Factsheet.

Equality and Opportunity

For information about the promotion of equality and opportunity, please see our Single Equalities Policy.

Loving, Living, Learning

At St. Paul’s Nursery School we strive to create a happy atmosphere where learning is fun, where children, parents and staff can learn together and where we all develop to be the best that we can be.

We aim to:

Put the children at the heart of everything we do.

Provide a setting where children are seen as individuals, where their needs are identified and responded to and where they are given the best possible chance to fulfil their talents.

Encourage children to grow in confidence and self-esteem, to become more independent and learn to take responsibility.

Encourage curiosity, creative thinking and questioning minds.

Create a happy, safe, secure and stimulating environment.

Work together as a mutually supportive, creative and innovative team.

Support parents and carers in their role as educator and value their contribution.

Value everyone and celebrate all achievements.

Always try our best in all that we do.

Respect ourselves, each other and our world.

Promote a brighter future for us all by developing the potential of the whole school community and beyond.

Respect childhood and offer each child the opportunity to be active and healthy.

We believe…

Each child is an individual and has needs that should be met in an atmosphere that celebrates diversity.

High levels of wellbeing and involvement are important for children, staff and parents.

Everyone should aim high and all achievements should be celebrated.

Children learn most effectively by using all their senses and through their own activity and first hand experiences.

Everyone has the right to be safe, healthy, happy, achieving, active, respected, responsible, nurtured and included.

A creative, exciting and well planned challenging learning experience will inspire a love of learning and a spirit of enquiry both now and in the future.


Our last Ofsted inspection was 3 May 2013, and we were given a rating of


To view the report please open the pdf below:

ofsted report

Also need details of DfE school performance tables

30 Hours Entitlement

St Paul’s Nursery School offers 30 hours extended entitlement for eligible families. You can read more here, by downloading our 30 Hours Entitlement document.

Quality Mark

To view the report please open the pdf below:

Quality Mark Report