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December 2019

We now have a School Website giving parents constant updates on what is happening in School.

Many of our children cycle or come to school on a scooter, which is wonderful! Our new FABS team have paid for two new scooter racks for Reception and KS1 pupils. We have situated them in the covered area known as the Reflection Garden. We wanted the younger children to have somewhere closer to the school building to park their vehicles.

Our new FABS team have got off to a first-rate start. They did an amazing job organising the first discos of the year. The discos took place on Wednesday 23rd October. Both were a huge success and enjoyed by all!

FABS are already planning the next big event. This is something new to the school. On Saturday 7th December FABS will hold a Christmas Fair in the school hall. We are immensely excited by this, especially as we will be having a visit from Father Christmas and some of his little helpers. There will be plenty to keep everyone busy including, craft stalls, food, mulled-wine, carol singing with our new choir and much more. Please come and join us! Click for more details.

Once again we had a terrific response from parents and carers for donations of food for the Harvest Festival. This year the donations were sent to a local foodbank in Warwick and were very much appreciated. Peter Watts, a member of the local community, donated a giant pumpkin to school. We are hoping the children can make something delicious to eat from it, with the support of Mrs Wardle!

In early November, children and staff in Key Stage 2 at Barford School went on a trip to the Islamic Experience Exhibition and Ghamkol Sharif Mosque in Birmingham. We were fortunate to have been given a guided tour of the mosque, finding out all about how it is used daily and learning about the ways it serves the community. The exhibition was an amazing experience, and our guides taught us about the Islam faith and its history, what daily life is like for a Muslim in Britain and how Islam has had an impact on our language and science.

The children were particularly amazed at seeing examples of Islamic art and architecture, as well as seeing a copy of the Qur’an which was over 600 years old! Also, they enjoyed discussing with the guides how our own church is similar and different to their mosque, and asked many probing and thoughtful questions about the Islamic faith. All the children and staff really enjoyed their visit, and have learned a huge amount about a faith and culture so different from their own.

On Monday 11th November, Mr Sewards organised an amazing morning. Three members of the armed forces, Corporal Chance, Private Duggan and Warrant Officer Hargreaves came into school to work with the children. They arrived in an army ambulance which had a stretcher and other wonderful resources that every child from Reception to Year 6 had the opportunity to work with. The soldiers then joined us for our "Remembrance Assembly" and gave very moving presentations on why they had joined the army and what Remembrance means to them. The assembly concluded with our school choir singing a version of Hallelujah. It was a truly lovely morning.

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Barford School dates back to 1677, when the Rector and former Headmaster of Warwick School, Thomas Dugard, made a bequest of £5 a year, £4 of which paid the salary of “such person as shall teach 14 poor children and the other £1 to teach 2 poor girls.” To this small endowment were added various bequests notably from generations of the Mills family.

The school was open to all children who were parishioners and about 30 boys and as many girls usually attended. They were instructed in reading, writing and arithmetic; the girls were taught to sew by the master’s wife.

In 1851 the present school was erected by the National Society - a Church of England body. This consisted of two large rooms, boys and girls being segregated. When infants were admitted, a portion of the Malt Barn opposite was brought into use. Parents had to pay a weekly amount for every child.

In 1948, with the implementation of the Education Act, financial responsibility was taken over by Warwickshire County Council. However, the Church maintained its links with the school, as shown by its name and by electing two Foundation (i.e. Church) Governors to serve on the Board of Governors.

The school was extended in 1960. Until the mid-1970's, the school was a thriving junior and infant school, but with the introduction of the first and middle school system, the number on the roll decreased, as education could only be provided for children from 4 to 8 years.

In 1993, under the Schools' Reorganisation in Warwickshire, it was proposed that Barford Church of England First School should be closed. This was met with fierce opposition from the community.

In June 1994, it was announced that the decision to close the school had been overturned, and from September 1995, Barford St Peter's C of E (Aided) Primary School became official. The school now serves the parishes of Barford, Sherbourne and Wasperton and provides education for children from 4 to 11 years once more.

In 2004 the school was further improved and extended, and national performance “league tables” declared it to be in the top twenty five primary schools in England.

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Barford St Peter's CofE Primary School
Church Street
CV35 8EW

Phone: 01926 624244

Click here for the latest OFSTED inspections at Barford St Peter's School .

Click here for Adobe pdfNational Society Inspection Report, 2006 in pdf format (198k).