seven new recruits have been getting used to life at a Dales school since the new academic year got under way - and that's only among the staff.

The 100-pupil Aysgarth School welcomed its new intake of teachers as term began and now has a pupil-to-teacher ratio of seven to one.

"Boarding provides a wonderful opportunity for children to do the activities they most enjoy in the company of their friends and the standard of pastoral care today ensures that it is a happy and stimulating experience for the child and for the parents," said Aysgarth headteacher Anthony Goddard.