Epic Efforts board June 2017!
Children from Barley and Barkway First Schools help pack up donations for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.
Visit to the church
Year 1
Firing the Rocket
Year 3 and 4
Nursery and Reception
Nursery and Reception
Nancy and Lola visit Barkway School
Chinese New Year
Great Yarmouth Beach
Epic Effort Board
Art Club
Sports Day
Preparing for Newsells
Rev Ruth talking about Noah and the flood, making good choices and washing away sins.
Glider visit
Harvest festival Oct 2017
Amazing Art work with Mrs McDonald

Key Dates

23rd-27th October– half term

30th October- term begins back to school

31st October – Gym club starts

1st November – Parent consultations starting at 3.15pm   Multi skills starts at Barley

2nd November – Art Club starts

6th November – Lego club starts


Welcome To Our School

Barkway First School is a one form entry Voluntary Aided Church of England First School and Nursery at the heart of the village.  Most of the pupils at Barkway School reside in the village while others live in Royston and neighbouring villages.
It is a primary aim of ours that every member of the school community feels valued and respected. We are a caring community, whose values are built on mutual trust and respect and we work together in a supportive way. We aim to provide an environment where everyone feels happy, safe and secure so that they are inspired to work hard and learn to persevere to do their very best. I hope you will take the time to read about our school and the many exciting opportunities we offer here, our Classroom bus and our partnership with the Essex School in London.
The Governors and Staff consider that our partnership between home, school and church is of paramount importance.

We offer wrap around care and, from September 2017 in partnership with Barkway Preschool, 30 hours care for Nursery children.

Please come and visit us and see that we really are, 'A small school that does big things!'

Sharon Brown




The school underwent a successful OFSTED Inspection on 13th-14th March 2014, with the school graded as 'Good'. Key strengths identified were:

  • Pupils feel safe, behave well and work hard in lessons
  • By the time pupils leave at the end of Year 4, their attainment in English and mathematics is above that typically expected for their age
  • Children get off to a good start in the Nursery and Reception Class
  • The school's warm and caring family atmosphere is greatly valued by pupils, staff and parents
  • Teaching is good and every pupil's progress is closely tracked
  • The school provides good quality special activities to help pupils catch up
  • Pupils experience a wide range of stimulating activities
  • The headteacher and governing body provide a clear direction for the development of the school

We were delighted with the outcomes of the inspection and would like to thank the children, staff, governors and parents for all their hard work to help us achieve this result.

Parent View - Give Ofsted your view on your child's school

Barkway Pre-school

Barkway Pre-school is a voluntary managed setting run by a committee of parents. We offer high quality care and education for children aged 2-4 years. We offer a safe and stimulating environment in a classroom setting within Barkway First School. We have our own enclosed outside play area offering free flow from classroom to garden play.

We are guided by the Early Years Foundation Stage (2012).

Please contact us for further details, visits always welcome. www.barkwaypreschool.co.uk

Karen Lavers
Pre-school Leader


Sir Oliver Heald MP answering questions from Year 3 and 4 class.