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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 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 24 Oct 2016 to Fri 28 Oct 2016
Half Term

Wed 2 Nov 2016 - 08:00 to 09:00

Fri 25 Nov 2016
Non-uniform day - Bottle donation

Fri 2 Dec 2016 - 15:30 to 16:30
Christmas Fayre

Wed 21 Dec 2016
PD Day


Summer Swimming Pool UpdateSummer Swimming Pool Update

We are delighted to say that professional lettings have been steadily growing at our refurbished swimming pool at Barrow school, with Elite Swimming Academy and Water Babies providing a range of lessons for the local community throughout the week.  The children at Barrow, along with a number of other local primary schools, are also all enjoying our swimming facilities as part of their PE provision. 

Whilst we have been using the pool since the beginning of the year, there is still some work to be done to complete the refurbishment fully.  This does mean, therefore, that the pool will be closed over the summer holidays so that this can take place with the minimum of disruption to the swimming lessons that take place during term time.

We are very keen, however, to continue to make the pool available to the local community through private lettings, as we have usually done each year.   As the planned work should be finished by the start of the Autumn Term, we would envisage making the pool available during October half term for families to rent on an hourly basis.  We will advertise more details nearer the time.

Young and old enjoy vintage games at BarrowYoung and old enjoy vintage games at Barrow

Young and old enjoyed a morning of vintage games as a village primary school continues to strengthen its links with the local community.

Barrow Primary School welcomed members of the village Lunch Club , who joined Year 2 pupils for games such as Beetle Drive and dominoes.

They also talked about the school’s key Christian value of honesty and times when they had broken rules.

Teacher Victoria Bush said: “We are looking forward to planning next half term’s get together - a creativity morning to continue building links with the local community.”


From Bury Free Press

Revamped swimming pool opens at Barrow schoolRevamped swimming pool opens at Barrow school

The future of a swimming pool at a village school has been secured for generations to come following a £50,000 revamp.
Barrow Primary’s pool boasts new insulation, floors, windows, showers, a toilet and an air-source heat pump, which will heat the facility using just 25 per cent of the current electricity consumption.

It follows a six month refurbishment project between the school and the Newmarket-based Elite Swimming Academy (ESA). The work allows the school to have full year round use of the pool and ESA will use it as a coaching venue out of school hours.

Head Helen Ashe said: “We’re delighted our pool’s future is secure. This an important development to our provision.”
ESA founder Ed Williams added: “We’re looking forward to offering private lessons in this beautifully refurbished pool.”

Bury Free Press


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