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LATEST NEWS FROM BARFORD ST PETER'S C of E PRIMARY SCHOOL

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

As Easter was early the Spring Term was short but the pupils had worked extremely hard in those weeks. This makes the Summer Term extra-long giving the children the opportunity to complete all of the activities that take place during the busy summer term.

Prior to our end of term Easter Service the oldest pupils gave a performance of a play, in and around Barford Church, about the Easter Story from Palm Sunday until Easter Day. It was very moving and many parents were able to join us.

We were honoured to have a visit from Nigel Murray MBE to give an assembly about Sport Relief's 'do something proud'. Nigel attended 4 Paralympic Games, winning many medals, including two golds, in his sport of Boccia. The children really enjoyed listening to him and were amazed at his achievements despite him being in a wheel chair. Class 4/5 visited Compton Verney as part of their Vikings project. During the day they all experienced making a ship's head out of clay after looking at similar artefacts for inspiration. Part of the day was spent outside in the forest where they made a wattle and daub fence, built shelters, learnt to light a fire without matches and made flatbread, it was a truly delightful visit.

As part of the build up to Easter many pupils made beautiful Easter Gardens or decorated a hat or egg, it was extremely difficult to judge as they were all so wonderful, well done children.

Finally the Term ended with the usual Easter Egg Hunt in the school grounds, always fun!

Best wishes from staff and pupils at Barford St Peters

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BARFORD ST PETERíS SCHOOL TRUST

Barford St Peterís School Trust will require a new Trustee from July 2016.

The Trustees of Barford School date back to 1836, when the then Rector re-established a Trust for the education of children in the parish. The Trustees are selected from the local community and the current Trustees are the Revíd David Jessett, Mr I McBeath, Mr R Jordan, Mr W Worrall, Mrs H Clay, Mr J Partridge and Mrs J Heap.

There have been many changes at the school within recent years, in 1996 it became a voluntary aided primary school and vacated the old Victorian building which the Trustees now rent out to the Beehive Nursery. The rentals of the old school and school house have mostly been used to provide the governorsí share of development costs of some of the new building that has taken place over the past 20 years. Recently the Trust has been able to support the King Georgeís Playing field regeneration scheme which will benefit the pupils of Barford St Peterís school by enhancing the physical education curriculum.

The Trustees retire in rotation and a vacancy will arise for a trustee in July 2016. In the interests of greater transparency, the present Trustees are inviting members of the Parish of Barford to put their names forward if they interested in becoming a Trustee.

For further information on the duties and responsibilities of the Trustees, please contact Mr Worrall, the chairman, on 624407.

If you are interested in applying, please do so in writing to the secretary to the Trustees, Mrs Helen Clay, The Cottage, Mill Lane or .

The present Trustees will then consider all the applications and may invite prospective candidates to attend a meeting where they can discuss further. A full meeting of all the Trustees will then approve a candidate to fill the vacancy. The closing date for applications is end of June 2016.

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SCHOOL GETS SUPPORT TO IMPROVE ITS TRAVEL PLAN

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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VILLA COACHES BRING FUN AND GAMES TO VILLAGE SCHOOL

Children from Barford St. Peterís enjoy some coaching tips from the Aston Villa coaching team.Top coaches from Aston Villa Football Club are helping to put fun into football with the children and staff at Barford St Peter’s Primary School under a community coaching initiative.

The pupils from Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 are receiving weekly football training sessions from Aston Villa’s coaching staff. The term got off to a fantastic start with a variety of fun filled games and exercises being taught. The first session was hugely popular with boys and girls reporting how they enjoyed learning new team skills.

Head teacher Annette Delaney was extremely pleased with this initiative. “Seeing our boys and girls all having the opportunity to experience sports coaching from a well known premiership club in this way is just fantastic. The children have clearly enjoyed working with a professional coach. We are extremely grateful to have secured the support from Aston Villa FC for this six week programme. Paul is a popular coach and provided the children with many ‘foot balling tips’ as well as making it lots of fun.”

Some of the popular games for the pupils included playing “traffic light football” and “stuck in the mud”. The sessions will take place each week at the school.

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MUSICAL TALENTS FROM PAST AND PRESENT

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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HISTORY OF BARFORD ST PETER'S C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOL

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
Barford
WARWICK
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).

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