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August 2018

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

Here we are at the end of a very busy school year full of wonderful experiences for the children…

 Class 4/5 gave us an assembly about a Victorian childhood. They dressed in clothes of that era and portrayed, amongst others, road sweepers, chimney sweeps, flower sellers and maids. They also staged a Victorian School with a very strict Headteacher who made us all sit up straight!

 Key Stage 2 children were given the task to create, at home, anything that depicted Victorian life. The result was amazing - Barford School's own 'Great Exhibition.'

 Class 1 had the challenge of growing a bean seed at home and keeping a weekly diary. One very imaginative pupil grew hers in the shape of a heart.

 Although our youngest pupils are only 5 or under, they displayed wonderful confidence when they presented their assembly. The theme was ’Mini-Beasts’ and they told us facts through art, reading and very powerful singing especially the last song when they delighted in roaring, like Lions, at their audience!!

 A unique experience for some of the pupils was the arrival of the Cross of Nails from Coventry Cathedral in a Studebaker vintage car from a school in Warwick. The cross is going to every church school in the diocese and we passed it onto Loxley School during a service in church.

We are always in awe of the resilience of our pupils. Recently a Year 1 pupil climbed Mount Snowdon with his family to raise money for charity. Well done Joshua!

We also like our past pupils to keep in touch with us. Harry Lazell, now 15, attends Reed's School in Surrey where he can pursue his intense tennis training as well as continuing his education. He has played all over the World and in March reached the ITF finals competing in the 18u doubles in Qatar. An amazing, achievement! Another former pupil of Barford School, Finley Smith, was part of The Warwick School first XV Rugby team, who successfully defended their National Schools Cup Title at Twickenham. It was a tremendous team effort and was a great achievement for Fin to be selected as he is only 15 years old! Fin said, 'It was one of the best days of my life!' Congratulations.

At the end of the summer term Year 6 looked distinctive in their colourful 'Leavers' hoodies, signifying that they are about to move on to secondary school. It is always sad to see them go but we know that they are well prepared for the next step in their lives. We all took part in the church service where a candle was lit for each Year 6 pupil. They also enjoyed their leaver’s party with staff and parents.

'Olivia' our end of year school performance was a wonderful success. The children enjoyed acting singing and thoroughly entertained their audience.

Best wishes from Staff and Pupils.

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Cycle RackPupils and staff at Barford St. Peter’s Church of England Primary School were celebrating recently when a new bike rack was installed to improve the storage facilities for children cycling to school.

The school received a grant from Warwickshire County Council to actively promote cycling to school and to endorse safer and greener travel as part of the travel plan. Barford have also introduced a system where parents and children sign up for a “cycle permit” administered by staff.

The project was generously supported by Morrison Construction part of the Galliford Try group who provided both materials and labour enabling the school to have these new cycle racks installed.

Head teacher Mrs Annette Delaney said, "We are extremely pleased that our children can be encouraged to use their bikes safely on the way to and from school. As a village school it is extremely important that we encourage safe and healthy forms of travelling. These superb facilities will help to keep the children’s bikes secure when they are in school. It would not have been possible without the support from WCC and Morrison Construction. We have already started to put the racks to good use”.

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School MusicThe village of Barford was treated to an evening of musical entertainment on a night to remember when 16 acts took the stage .The event , “Barford School Music Evening” saw a packed school hall with villagers , parents and friends attending an evening soiree in the school which took months of dedicated preparation .

Over 50 children , past and present pupils of Barford St Peter’s C.E. (V.A) Primary took part. The line up included a wide range of performances including sax, clarinet , piano and violin fanfares and plenty of singing.

The evening was the culmination of detailed planning all carefully put together by music teacher Mrs Joyce Lewis and her team , supported by the school FABS committee. Commenting on the play to the 150 string audience Head Teacher Mrs. Annette Delaney said “ This was a wonderful evening for all of us to remember. We are extremely proud to have such fantastic mix of musical talents in our school and it is great that past pupils were able to come along and perform for us. The school is committed to the teaching of music and it is lovely to see and hear it all come together in this way.”

The finale was a performance of three pieces played by The Royal Spa Brass Ensemble , which included one of the parents. Not only was this a truly wonderful event it also raised money towards school funds.

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Don’t forget to collect tokens - we collect tokens from Sainsbury’s, Tesco, The Times and Nestle Cereals. Now these can be left at the Village Shop if you don't have a child at the school. Click for more details.

Click here for pictures of the school building work.

Click here for pictures from the Summer School fete.

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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).