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Mrs Woodland talking about Red Nose day events on the radio!

Our very own Mrs Woodland talking about Red Nose day events at Barrow School on Radio Suffolk’s breakfast show this morning.

Barrow CEVC Primary School
Colethorpe Lane
Barrow
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP29 5AU

Tel: 01284 810223

Email: admin@barrow.suffolk.sch.uk

Our very own Mrs Woodland talking about Red Nose day events at Barrow School on Radio Suffolk’s breakfast show this morning.

 

Tremendous Titanic Topic

This term Year 3 and 4 have been learning all about the Titanic. Mr Keefe and Mr Hale have been astonished at the level of interest the pupils have had for this topic with a considerable number of pupils coming into school each morning full of new facts about the tragedy that they had discovered for themselves at home.

Barrow CEVC Primary School
Colethorpe Lane
Barrow
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP29 5AU

Tel: 01284 810223

Email: admin@barrow.suffolk.sch.uk

This term Year 3 and 4 have been learning all about the Titanic. Mr Keefe and Mr Hale have been  astonished at the level of interest the pupils have had for this topic with a considerable number of pupils coming into school each morning full of new facts about the tragedy that they had discovered for themselves at home.

The topic itself has produced some particularly spectacular writing this term as pupils were assigned  heir own real life passengers to tell the story of in English lessons. At the end of the unit, pupils were  hocked to learn of the fate of their given passengers. Our Titanic topic also produced some fantastic  artwork, none more so than our incredible Titanic morning where the children joined forces with their
parents to recreate each room on board the ship. Mr Keefe and Mr Hale have been particularly impressed with the children’s attitude to the catastrophe and how they have shown considerable respect throughout the topic.

 

Discovery Cafes in School

This term we will be introducing ‘Discovery Cafés’ in school. The aim of this initiative is to support you as parents with your understanding of how we teach and what you can do to support your child’s learning at home.

Barrow CEVC Primary School
Colethorpe Lane
Barrow
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP29 5AU

Tel: 01284 810223

Email: admin@barrow.suffolk.sch.uk

This term we will be introducing ‘Discovery Cafés’ in school. The aim of this initiative is to support you as parents with your understanding of how we teach and what you can do to support your child’s learning at home.

Each class will invite parents and carers into school to observe teaching with a particular learning focus. You will then they have the opportunity to work with your child to support and extend their learning with a fun activity. The sharing of knowledge and skills will take place in an informal ‘pop up Café’ environment created in school, with refreshments provided.

Cafés will place during the day for a class of children and parents in the hall and will last for about 75 minutes. We intend to hold these events at different times of the day throughout the year to give all parents the opportunity to attend. The Discovery Cafe format is designed to be an enjoyable social experience; for you meet with other parents in their year group as well as to do a learning focused activity with your child.

The focus for the first round of Discovery Cafes in the coming months will be reading and in particular supporting parents to develop comprehension skills. Our planned café dates are as follows:

Discovery Café Dates 2018/19

Year 1 – 15th November at 1.30pm
Reception – 21st November at 1.30pm
Year 2 – 29th November at 1.30pm
Year 4 – 15th January at 1.30pm
Year 3 – 30th January at 1.30pm

We very much that our new Discovery Cafes will help all parents develop their skills, knowledge and confidence in supporting, at home, children’s development and learning across the curriculum.

I very much look forward to welcoming you into school!

Yours faithfully
Helen Ashe
Headteacher

 

Books for Schools Campaign

Barrow School has now signed up for the Books for Schools Campaign.

Barrow CEVC Primary School
Colethorpe Lane
Barrow
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP29 5AU

Tel: 01284 810223

Email: admin@barrow.suffolk.sch.uk

EADT24 Books for Schools

EADT24 Books for Schools

 

Barrow School has now signed up for the Books for Schools Campaign. Simply collect the vouchers printed every day and bring them into school. For every 1000 vouchers collected, the school will be given £100 worth of books!

Parent’s artwork features on school’s new website

An artist and parent at Barrow CEVC Primary School has designed illustrations for the school’s new website.

Parent’s artwork features on school’s new website

 

An artist and parent at Barrow CEVC Primary School has designed illustrations for the school’s new website.

The artwork by John Glover is based on photographs taken during work and play time at the school, in Colethorpe Lane.

The site’s ‘Parent Zone’ provides updates for parents and the school has launched a Twitter account @BarrowCEVC_Sch

 

Barrow CEVC Primary School
Colethorpe Lane
Barrow
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP29 5AU

Tel: 01284 810223

Email: admin@barrow.suffolk.sch.uk

Open morning – Wednesday 14th November 2018

We will be delighted to show you around on a normal working day at a time to suit you.  Please contact the school office and we will be pleased to make arrangements to give you a tour and answer any questions you may have.

Barrow CEVC Primary School
Colethorpe Lane
Barrow
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP29 5AU

Tel: 01284 810223

Email: admin@barrow.suffolk.sch.uk

Open morning – Wednesday 14th November 2018

If your child was born between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015 they will start school in September 2019. The deadline for applications is 15th January 2019.  We understand how important choosing the right school is and so, on behalf of our pupils and staff, we would like to warmly invite you to visit our school and experience for yourself the quality of the outstanding education we offer.

The school will be open to visitors throughout the morning from 9.30am to 12pm.

 We will be delighted to show you around on a normal working day at a time to suit you.  Please contact the school office and we will be pleased to make arrangements to give you a tour and answer any questions you may have.

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School quits Bury St Edmunds All-Through Trust – Bury Free Press

Governors have decided to withdraw Barrow Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary from the trust to expand the school’s educational networks and create a ‘realistic avenue’ to academisation.

Barrow CEVC Primary School
Colethorpe Lane
Barrow
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP29 5AU

Tel: 01284 810223

Email: admin@barrow.suffolk.sch.uk

School quits Bury St Edmunds All-Through Trust – Bury Free Press

A primary school has terminated its partnership with the Bury St Edmunds All-Through Trust to pursue a ‘wider vision’.

Governors have decided to withdraw Barrow Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary from the trust to expand the school’s educational networks and create a ‘realistic avenue’ to academisation.

Sarah Wightman, chair of governors, and headteacher Helen Ashe announced the move in a letter to parents yesterday.

They said: “The governing body has taken the view that, on balance, the opportunities available for Barrow School outside of the trust are greater than the benefit gained from remaining within the partnership.

“We would like to be able to expand our range of educational networks and give ourselves the option to pursue a realistic avenue to academisation on our own terms.

“The structure of the trust has inevitably evolved over time and changes have been made to its operational structure and planned strategic direction.

“The governors feel that the current working partner relationship gives us insufficient meaningful influence within the wider organisation; limiting autonomy and the ability for Barrow to continue to grow and develop in line with our own long term aims and in harmony with the current wider regional educational landscape.”
This change in direction is the start of a new and exciting chapter for Barrow – Sarah Wightman and Helen Ashe
As the majority of Suffolk moved to two tier schooling, Barrow entered a ‘working partnership’ with the All-Through Trust in 2012 to remain within a three tier system.

The trust is led by County Upper School and includes Tollgate Primary, Horringer Court and Westley Schools as well as a STEM academy, which is due to open in September 2020.

However, Barrow was unable to become a full member of the multi-academy chain after the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich refused its application to become an academy to join the trust.

Mrs Wightman and Mrs Ashe said the reasons for this ‘will not change at any point in the future’ and mainly relate to Barrow ‘being a church school joining a three tier trust of non-church schools’.

Having opted out of the two tier restructure, Barrow remains the only local authority funded first school in the county.

Plans are being explored to expand the school site to extend its age range ‘at some point in the future’.

Mrs Wightman and Mrs Ashe added: “On a day to day basis this decision should have very little impact on life at Barrow School.

“We will continue to work with all local schools on projects and activities, where there is the opportunity for our pupils to benefit.

“The Barrow staff will continue to work closely with all onward school choices at the point of transition to effectively support our pupils as best we can.

“The ending of this partnership with the All-Through Trust does not come without some sadness on our part and we recognise fully the work that has been done over the years as a result of our links with the trust.

“We are, however, confident that this change in direction is the start of a new and exciting chapter for Barrow and the school is now looking forwards with new purpose and a wider vision.”

When asked about the future of Barrow and if the diocese had an academy chain in mind for the school, Jane Sheat, diocesan director of education, said: “We support all church schools, including Barrow, as they explore what is in the best interests of their pupils.

“Ultimately governing bodies make decisions about their schools, with the consent of the diocese where academy status is concerned.”

When asked about the impact Barrow’s decision will have on the trust in terms of pupil numbers at Horringer Court, Westley and County Upper, Steve Boor, chair of the Bury St Edmunds All-Through Trust, said: “Barrow Primary’s ambition to fully join the trust was long-standing but their circumstances continually prevented this.

“We therefore understand their decision now to widen their links.

“As the trust’s results show, our popular all-through approach, with its distinctive middle phase, continues to deliver the best education outcomes for all our pupils, and the new STEM academy is encouraging even more interest in joining us at the start of year five.”

He added that the ‘traditional route from Barrow Primary into the trust’s middle phase at Westley and Horringer Court remains open to parents wishing their children to benefit from our all-through approach’.