Barningham Church of England Voluntary School was established in the 1850's by the local rector and is at the heart of the village community. There are more than 80 children at present, aged from 4 to 11 years of age and we have four classes at present. As a school we are proud of our Victorian heritage and enjoy very close links within the villages surrounding us. Our children enjoy a creative and inspiring school day and we aim to create a school environment which is both positive and inclusive.
The school children have four councils: School - whole school issues; Learning - planning and reflecting on the curriculum; Eco - developing a more sustainable environment; and Junior Road Safety - keeping us safe outside school. They regularily raise money for charities, such as Children In Need and Macmillan Cancer Care. There are plenty of sporting and other enrichment activities, such as knitting and clarinets. The aim is to create a positive and modern school environment, where high expectations are standard and every child is working to fulfill their dreams.
We celebrate the major Christian festivals at St Andrew's Church. The older children participate at the Act of Remembrance. Each class studies the geography and history of the village. We have regular Coffee and Tea afternoons (always with plenty of cake) which are open to local residents and each child donates a food box each harvest to an older member of the villages. As part of the Barningham Jubilee Project, the children studied time (linked to the church clock restoration) and the Parish Council created a quiet seated area, with a sundial at the centre, in the school grounds. Through these many links, the school and village share common understandings and bridges are built to create strong links for the future.
The school website is: www.barningham.suffolk.sch.uk and we hope that you can see more of what happens throughout the year.
Frances Parr Head Teacher