The 19th century saw great changes, the population had grown, and the number of children increased. Concern was felt about child employment and ill treatment. Schools were suggested as the answer. In 1833, children from nine to thirteen employed in the textile mills should have nine hours in the factory and two hours schooling daily. It was not until the Acts of 1876 and 1880 that education for children age thirteen and below became compulsory, coupled with a system of weekly payments by the parents, not finally abolished until the turn of the century.

In 1902 the School Boards were replaced by Local Education Authorities who took over the responsibility for both the School Boards and Church Schools.

Sutton-in-Craven C of E School

Sutton-in-Craven C. E. (V.C.) Primary School opened 1st February 1858 at a cost of £1,070-18s-6d money raised by the efforts of Rev Fawcett.

A voluntary controlled school, with 118 pupils aged 4-11.

The school provides a good quality education where pupils thrive and achieve well. The caring and inclusive ethos fosters very positive relationships between adults and children overall and underpins the secure and supportive learning environment in place. Pupils, including those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, make good progress in their academic work relative to their starting points.

Sutton-in-Craven Community Primary School

Opened in 1896 with six staff and about 170 pupils. By 1898 there were 175 pupils and seven staff.

A Community School, with 216 pupils aged 4-11.

The school is a good school that places the individual needs and aspirations of every child at its heart. Pupils, staff and parents spoke warmly about he 'family atmosphere' in the school where 'everyone matters'. Vibrant displays of pupils' work celebrate their achievements and reflect the increasingly varied curriculum that excites pupils' interest, promotes positive attitudes and encourages them to become confident learners. Links with schools in the local and global communities provide pupils with an insight into the world around them.