Stay & Play

In Autumn 2018, we received funding from the NYCC Stronger Communities Fund to start up a weekly Stay & Play session for families in Barlow and the wider area.  We are pleased to say this has been a great success at bringing new families together to meet and play.

Please come along on Friday mornings from 9.15am to 11.00am in term time and you will receive a warm welcome.  Sessions are £1.50 per family which include refreshments.

We have a Facebook page too - search for Barlow Stay & Play to see what we have been up to!


We are in the process of starting a new PTA group - if you are interested in helping shape this group, please speak to Mrs Marwood in the office.

Collective Worship in our community

The Christian Ethos of the School

Christian values are central to the ethos of Barlow C of E Voluntary Controlled Primary School.  We aim to provide a broad, balanced, challenging curriculum and encourage all our children to reach their full potential in a friendly and supportive environment. We support the York Diocese ethos statement which states: “the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level.  The school aims to serve its community by providing an education to the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice.  It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.”  

Collective Worship

Collective Worship takes place daily at 10:15am .  It is led by a member of staff, Reverend Pete Watson, and sometimes outside visitors. We may change it to an earlier part of the day for visiting participants.  

Our school is part of St Wilfrid’s Parish, Brayton which is led by Rector Pete Watson, pictured below.

Rev Pete Watson visits school on a regular basis to lead worship and often pops along to have lunch with the children. 

We look forward to regular visits from the church’s “Open the Book” team, who really make the stories in the Bible come alive! Once a month, we welcome into school a team of Church volunteers who run a programme called ‘Open the Book’. The volunteers retell bible stories, focusing on Christian values, through drama and singing.  Each session, different pupils are selected to take on a role in the scene and dress up in simple costume, reading simple lines.  The audience really do enjoy these stories which help to reinforce our teaching about Christian values.  

The act of worship reflects Barlow’s Anglican tradition.  Whilst we acknowledge that our children are largely of a Christian background, we strive to inform and empathise with all faiths in our world and how faith can encompass many forms of religion. Parents and friends are warmly invited to celebrate with us on special Acts of Worship e.g: Harvest, Christingle Sunday, Easter and end of term Leavers' Worship. We consider it reasonable to assume that parents who send their children to Barlow C of E (VC) Primary School are sympathetic to its Christian character.  However parents have the legal right to withdraw their children from Acts of Worship.  We would provide adequate supervision for them with a member of staff.

Here is our Collective Worship Policy - Barlow and Chapel Haddlesey Collective Worship Policy Spring 2019

Here is the link to the St Wilfrid's Parish webpage: St Wilfrid's Parish

You may be interested in reading the Parish magazine which is published monthly and available to read here: St Wilfrid's Parish magazine

Here is a flyer giving details of the Christmas services to be held at St Wilfrid's Church in Brayton for Christmas 2019 - Christmas Services at St Wilfrid's 2019 (1)

Here is the link to the Diocese of York - Diocese of York

Barlow Common

We are very fortunate to have a beautiful nature reserve on our doorstep at Barlow Common.

Barlow Common

High Schools

Over the past few years, our children have continued their studies at secondary level at Carlton Holy Family School, Selby High School, Snaith High School or Brayton High School.  Parents are informed about high school open evenings for prospective families in the Autumn Term. Before making the transition, the Year 7 coordinator visits the school to chat to the children about transition and share key information with them.  In July pupils have the opportunity to spend induction days to meet other local pupils who will be making the transition with them.

Brayton High School contact info:  01757 707731

Holy Family School - Carlton contact info:   01405 860276

Selby High School contact info:   01757 703327

Snaith High School contact info: 01405 860327