Barrow CEVC Primary School

Inspire, Create, Discover, Together

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’.

Barrow EXTRA – Breakfast and After school club

Our breakfast and after school club at Barrow School is known as ‘Barrow Extra’.  This provision is open to all children at Barrow from Reception to Year 4, during term time.

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

Tel: 01284 810223

Email: admin@barrow.suffolk.sch.uk

Barrow EXTRA – Breakfast and After school club

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Barrow Extra Information for Parents

 

Our breakfast and after school club at Barrow School is known as ‘Barrow Extra’.  This provision is open to all children at Barrow from Reception to Year 4, during term time.  We aim to offer to our children and parents quality care in a safe, stimulating and friendly environment in which the children’s personal, social and educational development can flourish.

Barrow Extra is open 5 days a week and will be run directly by the School.  The club follows the same general principles and policies as during the school day and will is accountable to the school governors.

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Barrow Extra Flyer

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Registration Form

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Booking Form

 

 

 

Harvest Festival Fortnight

The children will be taking part in lots of seasonal activities over the two weeks, exploring the value of GENEROSITY.

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

Tel: 01284 810223

Email: admin@barrow.suffolk.sch.uk

Harvest Festival Fortnight at Barrow CEVC Primary School 2018

Monday 17th – Friday 28th September

The children will be taking part in lots of seasonal activities over the two weeks, exploring the value of GENEROSITY.

 

Home Learning family Challenge

How many of the challenges on the sheet attached can your family complete together? Let us know how you get on! We would love to see pictures or writing about it.

Dates for your diary;

Every day : Food collection in aid of West Suffolk Vineyard Church Storehouse Foodbank.

Each class will aim to collect food to make up bags to feed a family for a week.

  • Tinned food – meat, vegetables, potatoes, desserts, soup, fish                       Tea bags in foil packs & small packets of sugar
  • Cereal packets that can be divided, eg Weetabix or variety packs                 Dried food – rice, pasta, dried packet meals, packet soups, pot noodles
  • Biscuits, crisps                              Food in jars – pasta sauces                                UHT milk

Friday 21st at 9:45am

at All Saints Church, Barrow – Harvest Festival Service.

Please join us for a Harvest celebration!

Friday 28th September

Great Barrow Bake Off and Governors Tea

Entries to be brought to hall first thing in the morning, to be judged during the day.

The categories will be A HARVEST LOAF, CUPCAKES and FAMILY SIZED CELEBRATION CAKE. Winners in each category will receive great prizes!

Entries will be sold in a cake sale after school to raise money for a charity of the children’s choice.

Join the governors from 2:30pm in the hall.

 

Generosity Experiences Matrix

Ideas taken from ‘40 acts’ website

 http://www.40acts.org.uk/the-challenge/

Circles ; draw circles showing all the different people in your life e.g. family, sports club, school. Use this as a starter to help think of who you could be generous to. No Scrubs; Find a chore you can do to help e.g. load the dishwasher, lay the table, sweep the drive.

Why not go on a class litter pick?

Roots; Make a local connection. Visit a local shop and find out the name of the owner. Find a local voluntary group and see what they do for the local community.
999 Emergency, contact the local food bank to see what they are short of today. Have a snap collection to meet this need. Cupboard love; host a tabletop sale after school to sell toys, books, cakes etc. Vote as a class on where you want the money to go. All ears; make an effort to talk to someone you haven’t for a while. Perhaps phone an elderly relative or write a letter to an old friend.
Dirty Cash; Think about how you spend your money. Could you spare some change for a class giving jar. Vote on how you want the money to be used. Dial Up; Use the Newsround newsfeed as a way to pray for issues around the world. Spur On; Use a pile of post-its. Can the children use lots of the up writing one line encouragements to others in school and at home?
Public broadcast; Using chalk, walk around school or in the town and write words on the pavement to encourage others or point out lovely things about the area. Chocolate Day; Hand out a bar of chocolate / wrapped treat to every child in the class. Task them to give it to someone else in another class/ local community/ at home. Ask them to report back on how the person responded. Second Fiddle; Try putting someone else first today. Hold the door open, let someone go before you, help some friends compromise to get on better.
Adopt; Organise an event with another generation – this might be hosting a play session with a toddler group, or inviting the local OAPs for tea. Fair enough; Find out about fairtrade. Create an assembly/ poster to present to other classes. Taste some fairtrade products. Daily grind; Think about the people who serve you in your everyday routine. Can you leave a treat for the postman/ the bus driver/ the dinner ladies/the school cleaners?
Essentials; make some care packages for the homeless in your local area. These need a tootbrush, toothpaste, plasters, socks, long life milk, small packs of long-life food and treats. Write a note of encouragement to go in too. Bake-Off; have a cake sale in aid of a charity of your choice, or bake for a free tea party for mums/ OAPs. Hats Off;  Give a compliment to someone who needs one today.
Washday; Find something to wash – windows, the doorstep, the teachers cars, the washing up. Include; Invite someone round for a playdate, or invite them to play with you at break time. Make sure they feel special and included. Beeline; Learn how to say hello in a range of languages including sign language so that you are ready to welcome anyone who joins the school.