The Trust

Cawthorne Education Foundation acts as the Voluntary Aiding Body to Cawthorne's Endowed School.

The Foundation Trust's present Charity Commission scheme dates from 2001 and reaffirms founder William Cawthorne's intention to provide education to the youth of Over Wyresdale.

The Charity Commission records the Trust's activities as 'Grants for Educational activities to young people living in Over Wyresdale'.

Under the Trust Deed, currently referred to as the 2001 Scheme and the School Instrument of Government, the Trust may appoint up to nine Foundation Trust Governors to the School Governing Body.

The Trust own the School, which is a Grade II, late nineteenth century, listed building. 

The present School building, possibly designed by architect John Douglas, was constructed in local sandstone under a hipped slate roof.

A short distance from the School, the former Schoolmaster's house, also owned by the Trust, was constructed in 1882 by local master builder William Huntington.

The Trust holds at least three Trustee meetings a year and the current Charity Commission registry reference to the Trust is here  Charity Commission - Registered Charity 526331   

The School

Cawthorne's Endowed School continues to provide an excellent, inclusive, primary education in a caring environment. It is a Voluntary Aided State Maintained School.

The latest OfSTED inspection rated the School as 'Outstanding'.

Headteacher Mr Patrick Corbett.

'Small School - Big Heart'. Lancaster Guardian article August 2020.

'School Spotlight'. December 2020.

The School vision statement is:

Veldoce Veldisce Veldescede.

We teach each other, we learn together, we leave prepared.

The legacy and associations relating to the School are reflected in the lives and families living and working within the parish of Over Wyrsedale and much further afield.

The School is supported by an active Friends' Association.

Printed copies of  'The History of Cawthorne's Endowed School' are available from the school for £10 Inc. p & p.

For much of the information and many of the particulars of the Abbeystead School history, I beg to acknowledge my indebtedness to the "History of Over Wyresdale", by the Rev. D. Schofield, and to "Abbeystead in Wyresdale and its Endowed School", by W. O. Roper, FSA. JOHN W. WOOD, Wyresdale Vicarage, May 1924.

My thanks are due to the many helpful parishioners who have readily and speedily given me information.

JOYCE C. MITTON, Woodside, January 1974.

I would like to thank governors, staff, parents and children, as well as ‘Friends of the School’ for all the help they have given me in adding to this record, and to note how blessed we are to have such a wonderful school.

MONICA M . LEE Hare Appletree House April 2014.


If you feel that you would like to learn more about the School and its heritage, or wish to suggest suitable ways to support and further secure a unique educational foundation, tradition and future, then please refer to the contact page which has appropriate links to the School, Trustees and Trust Secretary.

Former pupils, family and Friends of the School are invited to submit helpful, brief comments/testimonials relating to their Cawthorne's Endowed School experience. 

This is for potential inclusion on the Trust website.  

You will be helping to ensure that the School's heritage, its reputation and historic role in this unique rural community continues to be recognised, maintained and preserved. 

Thank you for your interest.