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Barley and Barkway (VA) Church of England First Schools Federation

‘Christian Love in Action’

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'Christian Love in Action'


We are Schools in which every child understands his or her individual goals and feels encouraged and supported in reaching and exceeding them. We are Church Schools and we all uphold Christian values. We always embrace kindness and good behaviour. We are Schools in which we all feel safe and valued and are given the opportunity to express our emotions appropriately.


Barley and Barkway are Voluntary Aided Schools falling within the Diocese of St Albans.  Upholding Christian values provides our schools with a sense of community and leads to a nurturing and caring environment for our pupils. Our Rector, Rev'd Canon Ruth Pyke helps with our RE and collective worship planning and we welcome her into our schools to lead and share in our worship.


We follow the Diocesan vision for education and see our role as developing our schools as Christian communities centred around a common Christian vision for education.  We work closely with Margaret House, a local residential home and aim to bring our communities closer together through joint work in different areas.


Our Federation Values


Christian Values

We want a federation where our children are kind, tolerant, empathetic and charitable. They are sensitive to others and work towards positive outcomes.  They respect all of God’s creation and enjoy their Christian faith.  Children learn that the Christian faith is a worldwide community made up of different cultures and ethnicities.  They will learn to develop the vocabulary and understanding of the Christian faith and identify with Christian values.



We want a federation where our children have fun, are happy and curious to learn. They gain confidence and become independent learners, inspired and challenged by various learning experiences.  Individual needs are met and children make the best possible progress according to their abilities.  They are enthusiastic and love learning.  They flourish and grow in our setting and value their own and others’ achievements.



We want a federation where we know that our children are secure because we know we have the right policies and procedures in place to protect them and all understand and adhere to them. We want everyone to feel safe, supported and comfortable, strong in the knowledge that they can express their views and be taken seriously.  We all respect the safety of others and as adults guide children so they know how to assess risk and keep themselves safe.  We action any issues of confidentiality.  We take mental and physical health very seriously and are pro-active in assuring all pupils have emotional resilience.  We have open partnerships with parents.