Barlow C of E Primary School follows the North Yorkshire County Council policy for admitting children to school and our 2018/19 Admissions policy can be found here.
Applications for a school place for your child to start school are processed on line via North Yorkshire County Council and the link to NYCC Admissions can be found by clicking here.
Children are admitted to school at the beginning of the academic year in which they turn 5 years old. Children who have their fifth birthday between 1st September and 31st August in any year may commence school full time at the beginning of the Autumn term. However, as an option, parents of children who have their fifth birthdays between 1st March and 31st August may wish them to commence school for mornings only during the Autumn Term, moving to full time at the beginning of January in the Spring term.
As part of our admissions procedure, records from pre-school providers are passed on to us and contact with providers made. All new entrants, including those who transfer mid-academic year, have the opportunity to visit the school and take part in induction days before starting full-time. Our Class 1 Teacher will make contact with pre-school settings in the summer term before our new intake start full-time school.
Applications to transfer to our school during the academic year can be completed on line by clicking here.
Click here to go to the NYCC website, displaying the most frequently asked questions and answers about the admissions process.
Every Day Counts
The school firmly believes that going to school regularly is important for your child's future. It has been proven that children who miss school frequently can fall behind with their work and do less well in exams, impacting on future success.
Parents have a legal responsibility to ensure that their child has regular and punctual attendance. It is the headteacher's responsibility to ensure that this happens and also to support families who are having difficulty.
What to do if you are late
We ask that all children arrive at school, by 8.55am, to start at 9.00am. A member of staff will be in the playground from 8.45am to greet our families, and you may leave your child under our supervision from this time. The bell will ring at 8.55am, ready for a 9.00am prompt registration.
If your child arrives late, please enter via the main entrance. A 'Late' mark will be made in the register for any child arriving after the registers have closed. The headteacher reviews the registers on a regular basis and parents will be contacted by letter should lateness persist.
What to do if your child is ill
If your child is ill, we ask that you email or telephone the school office before 9.30am on the morning of each day's absence. The school has a rigorous process to ensure that no child is 'missing in education' and contact will be made by text, phone and email to all emergency contacts provided to the school if we cannot get in touch with parents.
Children who take time off school to attend medical appointments will be expected to provide evidence of the appointment card. If this cannot be provided, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised. Please may we ask parents to make appointments before or after school or in the holidays wherever possible.
We do celebrate good attendance – children who achieve above 98% attendance across the year are recognised in the end of year Parents' Assembly.
Our Attendance target for 2017/18 was 96% and the school achieved 96.44%. The target for 2018/19 is 97%.
Please complete an Application for Pupil Leave of Absence form which is available here. Where possible, it should be completed 6 weeks before the first date of requested absence.
North Yorkshire Country Council have issued guidance for parents on attendance and behaviour which is available here.
Before and After School Clubs
We offer a Breakfast Club service to all our pupils available every morning from 8.00am to 8.50am to help working parents. We feel this is excellent value for money for early morning childcare and a hearty breakfast, given increased food costs recently. The cost and menu is detailed below.
Mondays to Fridays
- A choice of cereal with semi-skimmed milk, toast with butter, jam, honey or, on specified days, chocolate spread, fruit, yoghurt, milk or water.
- £3.50 per child per day, £2.00 reduced rate for first and second siblings.
- A regular pattern of bookings can be made on the booking form, released from the office at the start of each term
- Drop in bookings are welcome every morning, should you need to drop your child early - please drop your children off and we will add the charge to ParentPay
We offer a range of after-school clubs, Monday to Friday, that finish at 4.30pm. Here is the letter for the after-school clubs on offer this term Barlow newsletter 060919
We offer a range of educational visits across the year to complement the learning that takes place in school. In 2018, the children have had the opportunity to take part in the Young Voices concert at Sheffield Arena, and have enjoyed visits to York and the Yorkshire Wildlife Park. In Autumn 2018, Class 1 visited Withernsea Lighthouse and enjoyed stunning views from the very top. We also shared a visit to the pantomime with Chapel Haddlesey Primary.
All educational visits are planned and organised following North Yorkshire County Council's guidelines. Safety on visits is of paramount importance to all staff and risk assessments are completed and shared with staff before the visit takes place. We have an Educational Visits Policy which is updated every two years and we log all of our visits on Evolve, the online NYCC visit database.
At the start of each academic year, or on induction to the school, all families are asked to complete a School Visit Permission form to cover all visits through the year.
We have also arranged an exciting programme of residential visits inviting the children to a 3 day Robinwood Activity Centre in West Yorkshire and, coming soon, a 5 day visit to Northern France. The letter here gives more information about the visits planned.
Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills. They inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for young people of all ages.
The last Ofsted inspection was carried out in March 2017. Click here to view a copy of the report.
Parent View gives parents the opportunity to tell Ofsted what you think about their child's school, from the quality of teaching to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour. The survey can be completed at any time by registering your details on the Parent View site. Find out more by clicking here.
SIAMS Inspection Report
All Church of England dioceses and the Methodist Church use the National Society's framework for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005. The framework sets out the expectations for the conduct of the Statutory Inspection of Anglican, Methodist and ecumenical Schools under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005. SIAMS provides a process for evaluating the extent to which church schools are "distinctively and recognisably Christian institutions". The Church of England Education Office Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) schedule is used in all Section 48 inspections of Church of England schools and in the denominational inspection of academies.
The principal objective of the SIAMS inspection is to evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a Church school. This impact will be judged by exploring one inspection question:
How effective is the school’s distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels, in enabling pupils and adults to flourish?
This question is explored through the following seven strands:
1. Vision and Leadership
2. Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills
3. Character Education: Hope, Aspiration and Courageous Advocacy
4. Community and Living Well Together
5. Dignity and Respect
6. The Impact of Collective Worship
7. The Effectiveness of Religious Education
Our most recent report is available by clicking here.
DfE School Performance Tables
School Performance Tables as published by the DfE can be found by clicking here.
Here is the link directly to our school - DfE School Performance Tables for Barlow Primary School
We operate an on line payment system in school called ParentPay.
Parents are issued with a personal log in when their child starts at Barlow Primary and families can use this to pay for school lunches, breakfast and after school clubs, uniform and voluntary contributions to school visits.
Parents can view the school's performance data by accessing the DfE site by clicking here.
This allows parents to compare the progress children have made at our school in recent years compared to others nationally. As the data is often made up from small cohorts within our school, please contact Mrs MacDonald , Headteacher, for more analysis.
We are pleased to be able to offer a programme of extra-curricular residential visits to our upper KS2 children. In 2018, the children had the opportunity to visit The Old School House in Todmorden, a Robinwood activity centre for a 3 day visit. They enjoyed bouldering, climbing, trapeze, a crate challenge, piranha pool and much more.
We are excited to announce that we have negotiated a fantastic deal to take the Year 5 & 6 children from across the federation to northern France in March 2020.
We have negotiated with the travel company and I am pleased to be able to offer the opportunity for your child to take part in the following trip to France:
|PGL centre:||Chateau du Tertre in Normandy|
|Departing:||Monday 16th March 2020|
|Returning:||Friday 20th March 2020|
|Mode of travel:||Private coach and Eurotunnel transfer|
The cost per child is a very competitive £349 which includes:
- Return travel from school on a private executive coach with on board toilet & washroom, air conditioning/climate control , dvd/tv player
- A full daily programme of activities, e.g. visiting a boulangerie, French market, Mont Saint-Michel, Bayeux Tapestry and the Mémorial de Caen
- A full programme of evening entertainment, e.g. archery, trapeze, climbing, raft building and the zip wire
- Full board and accommodation
- Full comprehensive travel insurance (details available on request)
The only additional cost will be pocket money, passport and a packed lunch for the journey down.
The trip will be led by Mrs MacDonald in conjunction with PGL Travel Ltd., a first-class operator with a solid reputation for organising school trips - a reputation built up from over 50 years’ experience in the school travel business. All PGL centres are regularly assessed by the relevant regulatory bodies within the industry and are operated to the highest standards. They are backed by ABTA membership and are ATOL licensed ensuring that all payments made are fully insured.
There are significant benefits to be had from an overseas residential visit. It affords the opportunity for the pupils to succeed in a new challenge, enjoying the benefits of increased self-confidence and the forming of new relationships both within their peer group and the wider range of people they will meet whilst on the trip. It offers a different cultural experience and the opportunity to apply the French language skills that they are learning in school within a real context, extending their experience of life beyond the school gate.
Should you want to find out a bit more about the visit, please have a look at the PGL website here - https://www.pgl.co.uk/en-gb/school-trips/primary-schools/centres/chateau-du-tertre
Here are some other links you may find useful to share with your child:
Safeguarding & Child Welfare
Safeguarding Children Statement & Policy
We are committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all children in school.
All North Yorkshire schools, including Barlow Primary School, follow the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board procedures. The school will, in most circumstances, endeavour to discuss all concerns with parents about their child/ren. However, there may be exceptional circumstances when the school will discuss concerns with Social Care and/or the Police without parental knowledge (in accordance with Child Protection procedures). The school will, of course, always aim to maintain a positive relationship with all parents.
Prevent Duty Information
On 1 July 2015 the Prevent duty (section 26) of The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 came into force. This duty places the responsibility on local authorities and schools to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
Barlow Primary School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. As a school, we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is as important as safeguarding against any other vulnerability. Staff and governors complete on line training about the Prevent duty and this is updated every three years.
All staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We believe that children should be given the opportunity to explore diversity and understand Britain as a multi-cultural society; everyone should be treated with respect whatever their race, gender, sexuality, religious belief, special need, or disability.
As part of our commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the government's Prevent Strategy.
Barlow Primary School has been given the opportunity to take part in a new project that will run jointly between all schools, academies and colleges in North Yorkshire and North Yorkshire Police.
This new project, Operation Encompass, has been designed to provide early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of normal school hours and that might have had an impact on a child attending our premises the following day. This information will be shared at the earliest opportunity between Monday to Thursday and, when an incident occurs on a Friday, Saturday or a Sunday, the police will contact us the following Monday.
A nominated member of school staff, known as a key adult, will receive awareness training to enable them to liaise with the police. They will be able to use information that has been shared with them, in confidence, to ensure that our school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children or their families. Information will be shared where it is identified that a child or young person was present, witnessed or was involved in a domestic abuse incident.
Operation Encompass was introduced in Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall in February 2011 and has proved very effective in providing appropriate support in a timely manner. This initiative has already been implemented in other force areas such as Cleveland and is now being extended across the Durham area.
We are keen to offer the best support possible to all our children and we believe this is initiative is going to be extremely beneficial and supportive for all those involved. Click below to see details of the website.
Parent & Carers Behaviour Policy
Please click here to read our Parent Behaviour Policy Autumn 2018
On line Safety learning in school
In our school, we understand the importance of teaching our children and parents about online safety. Each year during the Spring term, we plan an online safety focus week where children learn about how to be safe on line through a series of activities and interactive learning. We arrange for an online safety consultant to deliver the key messages to parents and staff in an after-school workshop. The aim of this session is to update staff with the latest online safety guidance and trends and guide parents on how to help protect their children on the home computer, ipads, games consoles and mobile phones.
To coincide with this, a drama company, 'One Day Creative', delivered a workshop in March 2019 on age appropriate online safety to our children in an interactive way.
We have Acceptable Use Policies which are use for all pupils across the curriculum and these are available to view here.
Click here for the EYFS & KS1 Home School Internet User Agreement
Click here for the KS2 Home School Internet User Agreement
Our Online Safety Policy is available by clicking here.
Here are some useful websites for parents regarding how to keep your child safe online.
ELSA stands for Emotional Literacy Support Assistance and is a programme we run at our school to support the teaching of emotional literacy or emotional intelligence. Mrs Edenbrow, a trained ELSA assistant, delivers a series of activities to small groups of children who we feel would benefit from learning strategies to help them become more resilient.
Here is some more information about what we offer - 'What is ELSA?' - information for parents
School Health Service Information
Health Professionals visit our children in Reception and Year 6 to check height, weight, growth and teeth, with parent's permission. The letter below from School Health explains the service they provide at primary level.
Here is the link to the service provided by the School Health team at our school: Healthy Child Team
What do we offer
The North Yorkshire County Caterer’s School Meals Service operates a Healthy Eating policy which is reflected in the menus offered. Three weekly menus are sent home each term for children to select their meals for the full term. Hot school lunches are prepared on site every day and are available to all children. We are pleased to be able to cater for all tastes by allowing families the option of selecting the days they would like a hot lunch each week.
The cost is £2.60 per day or £13.00 per week, payable in advance on ParentPay.
All school meals are prepared to a very high standard. A freshly prepared two course meal will be offered every day with meat and vegetarian options available. All food served in school will be nutritionally balanced based on the government’s nutritional guidelines to ensure that children can work better in the afternoons. Children who have a dietary requirement may also be catered for including religious, cultural or allergy and/or intolerance diets. Please contact school if your child requires a special diet or ask to speak to the school cook directly.
Here are the updated menus incorporating the changes for the second half of the autumn term:
Qualifying for free school meals KS2 Pupils - Years 3 to 6
To qualify for free school meals you must fulfill one of the following criteria:
- Universal Credit, provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods (£616.67 per month);
- Income Support;
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance;
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance;
- Support under part six of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
- The guarantee element of Pension Credit;
- Child Tax Credit, provided you are also not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual household gross income that does not exceed £16,190 (as assessed by HMRC); or
- Working Tax Credit run-on, paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
Please note that contributions-based benefits, including contribution-related Jobseekers' Allowance do not entitle you to claim free school meals.
Government funding provides pupils in Year Reception, 1 and 2 with a school meal at no cost to the parent. School meals are healthy, tasty, social and fun and choosing a school lunch for your child will help save you up to £475 per year if you take up the offer. If you are eligible for free school meals, having considered the above criteria but your child already receives the free school meals funded by the government for children in year Reception, 1 or 2, please do still apply. The school receives 'Pupil Premium Funding' which is designed to help disadvantaged pupils of all abilities perform better, and close the gap between them and their peers.
If your family is eligible for free school meals, please complete the attached forms and return them to school office or NYCC Welfare department.
More information regarding free school meals for children in all year groups can be found on the North Yorkshire County Council website by clicking here - Free School Meals
Can my child still bring a packed lunch?
Yes they can, but we would encourage them to try a school lunch. This will give them a varied and balanced diet and save you time and money. If you wish your child to have a packed lunch then we ask that you provide a healthy one, which is low in saturated fats, salt and sugar and no glass bottles or fizzy drinks are sent in. (Please avoid pastries, crisps and chocolate on a daily basis and encourage salads and fruit). Packed lunches are stored in an area which is not refrigerated so please be aware of this when choosing the contents.
More information about NYCC Meals can be found here - NYCC School Meals
Advice on healthy lunches may be found can be found here - My School Lunch
As part of the government initiative to encourage children to eat five pieces of fruit and vegetables a day, all children in Reception, Year 1 & 2 receive a free piece of fruit each day. The children self-select which fruit they would like and at what time of the day. Children in other year groups are invited to bring a piece of fruit from home to eat during this time. Should you wish your child not to receive this fruit or if you are aware of any allergies, please let your child’s class teacher know.
Our school milk scheme
Our school provides a milk scheme that is available to all of our pupils and we would like to invite you to register your child. School milk is free for under-5s, and for over-5s it is available at a subsidised* price of 22 pence per day.
Each child that registers with Cool Milk will receive a 189ml portion of semi-skimmed milk every day, delivered fresh and chilled to the classroom. Their school milk will not only provide them with essential nutrients, but as it is rehydrating and energy boosting, it also bridges the gap between breakfast and lunch to help children stay focused. For more information on how milk can benefit children visit Why milk is great
How to register
If your child is under five:
- Register online at Cool Milk or complete a registration form available from the school office.
- Register by a Tuesday at 5pm for your child’s free milk to start the following week.
- Free milk will continue until the Friday before your child’s fifth birthday. You will receive a payment request four weeks before their birthday - if you wish your child to continue to receive school milk, simply make a payment.
If your child is five or older:
- Register and pay online at Cool Milk
- Alternatively, fill in a registration form available from the school office – once Cool Milk has processed your form, you will receive a payment request
- You can pay Cool Milk either online, over the phone or at a local PayPoint in half-termly, termly or annual instalments.
- Please pay by a Tuesday at 5pm for your child’s milk to start the following week
If you have any questions regarding school milk please visit Cool Milk or contact Cool Milk directly on 0844 854 2913.
* Milk for under-5s is provided free of charge, fully funded by the Department of Health. Milk for over-5s is subsidised by the Rural Payments Agency and the E.U.
You will need PDF Reader to view the prospectus, if you do not have it please download from here
A word from the Head...
The team at Barlow is incredible. The staff and governors are each committed to providing quality learning opportunities for the children, and deeply care about their well-being. I am amazed at the pace of learning within each classroom and the depth of understanding that every staff member has about every child in their care. As members of the Barlow community, this won't be a surprise to you, and many parents have echoed similar sentiments to me each morning in the playground. I’d like to thank you for sharing your thoughts, and for making me feel so welcome as I join the school. Please do continue to talk to me, as I always appreciate hearing your thoughts and opinions – both good and not so good! I’d like to finish by focusing on the most important members of the Barlow family – the children. They are delightful and a credit to the school. I've witnessed nothing but the highest standards of behaviour, outstanding manners and respect for each other and the adults in school. Whilst standing on the playground each morning I have seen children run and skip into school ready to begin their learning, with enthusiastic greetings being rapidly exchanged and sharing effortless smiles. Barlow is a happy school and it is fortunate to be based on a foundation that will support its future. I feel privileged to be a part of this, and I look forward to sharing our successes and improvements with you throughout this term.
Mrs Suzanne MacDonald Headteacher
We love showing families around our school – please phone Mrs Marwood on 01757 270282 to arrange a personal tour.
Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND)
At Barlow Primary School, it is important that all our learners achieve their highest potential and it is our job, as education professionals, to determine how we can deliver on this. We recognise that some children may need bespoke, individual provision, which may include small group interventions and at time one to one support.
Children who have a Special Educational Need or Disability
There are 4 areas of need according to the DfE 2014 SEN Code of Practice:
- Cognition and Learning
- Social, Mental and Emotional health
- Communication and Interaction
- Sensory and/or Physical Needs
Children who have a Special Educational needs may present as having one or more of the above areas of need as outlined by the Code of Practice, available here.
The DfE have published guidance for the support system in place for parents of children with SEND and it is available here.
Children are assessed regularly to ensure that they are making the expected progress. Some children may need extra help and support and the class teacher will ensure that this provision is put in place. If these strategies are not working and the child is becoming significantly behind their peers in any area then our staff will invite parents into school to discuss how we can work in partnership to help the child.
Provision and resources
Lessons are differentiated for all learners, including those with SEND, in order for them to access the learning at their level and make progress. The school has access to a wide range of professionals and outside agencies that we can contact for further support and advice. If we feel that outside agency input would benefit your child then we will have a meeting in school to discuss this with you.
These could include:
- Healthy Child Team (previously School nurse)
- Health Visitors
- Speech and language therapists
- Educational Psychologists
- Specialist advice and support from outreach services
- Social, Emotional and Mental health support
- Communication and Interaction difficulties
- Physical and personal care support
- Specialist support for hearing and visually impaired children
- Specific learning difficulties including dyslexia support
Individual Education Programme (IEPs)
From February 2019, Mrs Lindley, Senior Teacher from Chapel Haddlesey Primary, is the SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) for both schools across the federation. Whilst she is completing her training for the SENCo qualification, she is shadowing Mrs MacDonald, the Headteacher, who previously took on the role. Mrs Lindley will be the main point of contact, after your child's class teacher and she is available on 01757 270282 or by emailing her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. If your child has specific SEND provision, an Individual Education Programme will be prepared for your child. This states the targets we will be working on with your child over the next term. It also outlines the provision they receive in school to help them make progress.
We require parents/carers to sign and return the IEP to their child's class teacher. It will then be copied and returned back to you so we both have a copy. If you are unsure of what something means within the IEP please speak to your child's class teacher, they will be more than happy to go through the IEPwith you.
Our SEND reports and policies are here:
North Yorkshire County Council have published their local offer for children and families from 0-25. This outlines what is available for children and young people with SEND in our Local Authority.
All schools are required to provide information to parents on how to seek additional support beyond that which is ‘normally available’ for their child.
The main aim of the local offer is to enable families to see readily the support they can expect locally without having to struggle to find the information. If there is any information that you would like to know that is not on the website then please do not hesitate to contact Mrs MacDonald.
The North Yorkshire local offer can be found by clicking here.