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Barrow CEVC Primary
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Bury St Edmunds All-Through Trust

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Barrow Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary

Barrow LogoBarrow CEVC Primary School is a small primary school, located on Colethorpe Lane in Barrow, Suffolk, near Bury St Edmunds. It caters for children in Reception to Year 4. It has an Outstanding rating from both Ofsted and SIAS (the Church Schools Inspection Body).

At Barrow Primary School, every child’s educational, personal and spiritual development is important to us. As we know from personal experience, all children are individuals. They grow both physically and emotionally at different rates. As a small village school, we are able to take an individual approach to child’s education and we take safeguarding very seriously. If you see or hear anything that you are concerned about, please let us know.

As a church school, we follow a Christian Values programme which flows throughout the school day. We explore 12 key values, including compassion, friendship and thankfulness. We learn about British Values and enjoy exploring the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural aspects of the curriculum, which prepare our children to be positive and active members of society.

It is in the primary school setting that everyone’s ‘formal’ educational journey really begins. So it is important to get this first step right. Here, we have experienced and dedicated staff who make learning fun, as well as teaching Literacy and Numeracy, very skillfully. We also pride ourselves on having a relaxed caring ‘family’ atmosphere in the school with the learners showing caring behaviour not only to their classmates but also to older and younger members of the school.

Going All-Through
This is a time of great change in education nationally. While other schools locally are adjusting to their recent move to a two-tier system, our schools are already established and very confident with the forward looking All-Through system. As a result, all the schools in our Trust are able to focus solely on our core mission of helping every pupil to reach his or her potential by providing a seamless education from 4-19.

Any child in Year 4 who is not already in our system can choose to move into the All-Through Trust. Indeed, parents with children of all ages are very welcome to attend one of our open events and/or to have an individual tour. To find out what you need to do and how to get an application form visit the admissions page.


Mon 18 Dec 2017
Christmas Dinner

Tue 19 Dec 2017
Festive Pick & Mix Dinner

Tue 19 Dec 2017 - 09:45 to 10:45
End of Term Service 9.45 at the Church – all welcome.

Wed 20 Dec 2017 to Tue 2 Jan 2018
Christmas Holiday

Wed 3 Jan 2018
PD Day

Mon 12 Feb 2018 to Fri 16 Feb 2018
Spring Half Term


Barrow School Swimming Pool HireBarrow School Swimming Pool Hire

Book a fun family swim session at our newly refurbished swimming pool during the school holidays. £15 per hour

The pool is now also available on weekends for birthday parties or throughout the week for regular private hire. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

To book a swimming session, please contact the school office on 01284 810223.

View Swimming Pool Hire Poster.pdf

School creates builders’ yard for childrenSchool creates builders’ yard for children

Can they fix it? Well a group of pupils certainly can after a village school created a builders’ yard for them. Barrow Primary School set up the site complete with wheel barrows and various materials, donated by Kent Blaxill, in its outdoor learning area.

The school, in Colethorpe Lane, created the yard, dubbed ‘Barrow Builders’, to appeal to its ‘boy heavy and young’ Reception class. Headteacher Helen Ashe said: “We’ve got 20 boys in a class of 30 and more than half the class are born in the summer term. “The staff went out of their way to think outside the box to look at how we can motivate and challenge these children. “We contacted Bury St Edmunds merchants Kent Blaxill and the result is a hugely engaging area which is just great. “They delivered a whole load of resources for free and we’ve been able to create this incredible space that the rest of the children are desperate to have a go at. “It’s encouraging pupils to work together, communicate and it’s helping their motor skills and spacial awareness.

The girls in the class are also enjoying the yard as well as children in Year 4 who are paired with Reception pupils through a buddy system. As well as Kent Blaxill, Mrs Ashe also thanked parents and the RSPCA who have donated other items and equipment to the school.

Read more at: Bury Free Press

(Photo) Early year pupils with Jason Brightman (branch manager at Kent Blaxill in Bury) and Nadine Fairweather (Early years teacher and deputy head). PICTURE: Mecha Morton

Open Morning.Open Morning.

If your child was born between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014 they will start school in September 2018. The deadline for applications is 15th January 2018.  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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