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

‘Living Life in All Its Fullness’

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What Others Say

Alice Hemming, children's author visit. Spring 2023.

Thank you for inviting me to Barley and Barkway on Tuesday. I said in assembly that the hybrid presentation across two sites was a brand new experience for me, but so much about the visit was unique and special. The children, right from the very youngest, were engaged, enthusiastic and bubbling over with questions. All staff were supportive and hands-on in my session. Reading and writing are clearly highly valued. A lovely experience all round!


A Review By Beverley Harding (Parent). Autumn 2022.

"The Federation are passionate about making children feel happy, safe and secure, and they offer the very best educational opportunities to all, whatever gender, or ethnicity.  They personalise learning experiences so that all pupils make good progress and achieve well, and grow both educationally and spiritually."


Year 1 visit to Henry Moore Studios & Gardens. Summer 2022.

Apple Class, it was delightful to meet you this morning. I was very happy to take you on your tour of the gardens and help you learn something about Henry Moore’s life and work.  You listened very well and were alert and responsive.  You all showed an interest in the artworks and did your best to make comments and ask questions. - Jan, Volunteer Guide.



Rounders PE session. Summer 2022.

I live in Barley and was walking around the Plaistow today with my dog whilst the children were playing rounders in the school field ... I just wanted to congratulate their PE teacher who encouraged each and every one of them for doing well. It was so lovely to hear and the children were clearly engaging with him, a great ambassador for your school. - Ms Sarah Wallace, Barley Resident.


Whole School Maths Mastery Readiness observation. Summer 2022.

Visiting maths lessons and talking with children as part of the maths Mastery Readiness year has been a pleasure. The children are keen to learn and to explore ideas together and with their teachers. - Nicola Adams, Primary Teaching and Learning Adviser (mathematics), Herts for Learning Ltd.

Living life in all its fullness. John 10