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Barrow Primary School

Barrow LogoBarrow CEVC Primary School is an Outstanding School located on Colethorpe Lane in Barrow, Suffolk, near Bury St Edmunds. A small primary school, it caters for children in Reception to Year 4.

At Barrow Primary School, every child’s educational and personal 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.

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 prepare to move to a two-tier system, our schools have already reorganised into 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 12 Oct 2015 to Fri 16 Oct 2015
Trust Sports Festivals Week

Thu 15 Oct 2015 - 14:30 to 15:30
Parent Forum Meeting

Mon 19 Oct 2015 to Thu 22 Oct 2015
Parents Week

Thu 22 Oct 2015 - 08:50 to 09:30
MICE Session

Fri 23 Oct 2015
PD Day

Mon 26 Oct 2015 to Fri 30 Oct 2015
Half term

Wed 11 Nov 2015
Remembrance Day Service in Church

Thu 26 Nov 2015
h Parent Consultation Evening (Years - 1- 4 )


Exciting New Development for Education in BuryExciting New Development for Education in Bury

Following a bid to the Department for Education (DfE), the Bury St Edmunds All-Through Trust is delighted to announce that we have progressed to the ‘pre-opening stage’ for a new Technical Academy in Bury St Edmunds.

The Trust has long advocated the need for fresh approaches to different routes in education, all with equal parity. Through the Technical Academy, the Trust will seek to create one such route by embedding teaching within a vocational context, developing the skills young people need for the modern workplace. Within a broad curriculum, the focus of the academy will be on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects which are the key to the success of the UK economy. Our bid has been supported by many local and national companies including ARM, Bosch, British Sugar, Claas UK, Marshall’s, Microsoft, Rolls Royce, Treatts, UK Power Networks and Vitec as well as the University of East Anglia and the Suffolk business partnership.

All students will be members of our All-Through Trust with access to its extra-curricular opportunities. At age 13, students will be able to opt for either the STEM academy or County Upper with the flexibility to move at 14 or 16.

We now have a short period to develop our plans further, particularly with regard to the site and physical resources required for the new Technical Academy. During this period the Trust will be working closely with the DfE, our industrial supporters and other stakeholders, particularly parents and the local authority, to ensure that we realise this very exciting new initiative to provide an outstanding option for Bury St Edmunds and West Suffolk.

School hold ballot to choose new logoSchool hold ballot to choose new logo


Pupils at Barrow Primary School have been getting involved in the election fever sweeping the country by holding their own vote - to choose a new school logo.


The students are taking part in a whole school ballot today (Thursday) to choose the new emblem, picked from three designs by Tom Rowley, a local graphic designer.

Helen Ashe, headteacher, said the exercise was to ‘inspire, engage and connect’ children with democracy, while forming part of the school’s drive to promote British values in its curriculum.


“For the children at Barrow it’s an excellent opportunity to find out more about and discuss Parliament and democracy in the UK and relate these concepts to their own lives,” she said.


The final decision on the new logo will be made by the school’s governing body.

Dr Viv Hughes, chair of governors, said: “It is great for the children to experience decision-making through a democratic process.”

Bury Free Press

Teaching boss hails Trust schoolsTeaching boss hails Trust schools

The man responsible for teacher training across the country visited the Trust on 6 March and described us as a "beacon of good practice".

Charlie Taylor, the chief executive of the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), visited our County Upper and Barrow Campuses. NCTL is an agency sponsored by the Department of Education, created in 2013 and oversees the training of teachers in the UK.

Helen Ashe, the headteacher at Barrow Primary, said: "He was very positive about what he saw here and I think he went away impressed with the way our schools work together. He described both of the schools as a beacon of good practice in East Anglia."


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