Headteacher:                                                       Mrs. S. Campbell B.A. (Hons) N.P.Q.H


Teaching Staff:                                                     Mrs. J. Minter – Hedgehog class and Deputy Head

                                                                             Mrs. C. Bovenzi – Owl class

                                                                             Mrs. K. Austin – Owl class

                                                                             Miss E. Alex– Squirrel class

   Mrs. G. Harris - Squirrel class

   Miss D. Coveney – Badger class

                                                                              Miss H. Fitzsimmons- Kingfisher class

                                                                              Mrs. M. Gould - Otter class

                                                                              Miss H. Lewis - Otter class  


Bursar:                                                                    Mrs. M. Salter                                                                 

School Administrator:                                            Mrs. C. Hawkes


Teaching Assistants:                                              

                                                                              Mrs. K. Birt

   Mrs. J. Burton

   Mrs. N. Cooper

                                                                              Mrs. C. Deamer

                                                                              Mrs. D. Dunnett

                                                                              Mrs. M. Green

   Miss M. Haddon

                                                                              Mrs. L. Halsey

                                                                              Mrs. C. Hawkes

   Mrs. K. Higgins                                                                            

   Mrs. E. McDonald

                                                                              Mrs. L Norris

    Mrs. S. Smith

    Mrs. J. Wackett

   Mrs. A. Waterfield


Lunchtime Supervisors:                                         Mrs. K. Birt                                                                             

    Mrs. L. Halsey

                                                                              Miss. M. Haddon

   Miss. W. Hutton

   Mrs. S. Sanders

   Mrs. M. Tomkins

                                                                              Ms. J. Turnbull

Family Support Worker:                                         Mrs. D. Terry                                                            

Site Supervisor:                                                      Mr. C. Norris





Foundation Governors:                                       Mr. G. Cracknell (Chair)

                                                                           Mrs. A. Seaman

                                                                           Mrs. C. Manning

Parent Governors:                                               Mrs. N. Howes (Vice Chair)



Co-opted Governors:                                           Mr. S. Garden 

         Mrs. H. Perry   

                                                                            Mrs. N. Cekaj

                                                                            Mrs K. Edmead

Staff Representatives:                                         Vacancy

                                                                            Mrs. M. Salter

Head:                                                                   Mrs. S. Campbell

Clerk:                                                                   Mrs. K. Berrill






 St Barnabas Church of England School aims to provide a safe, caring Christian environment where each child is valued, nurtured and given the opportunity to thrive educationally, personally and spiritually.


Working together, we can aspire, learn and achieve


  • to encourage the children to value themselves and others within the Christian ethos of the school
  • to provide a caring community in which everyone can interact sympathetically and empathetically, recognising and accepting individual difference with respect
  • to create a meaningful and stimulating environment which provides security and stability for each individual, thus enhancing the learning process
  • to provide, within the framework of the National Curriculum requirements, a broad, balanced curriculum which will develop learning skills and promote understanding and enquiry, so enabling each child to be the best that they can be
  • to promote opportunities for children to express themselves creatively and imaginatively with confidence
  • to encourage and motivate children to take responsibility for their own learning by providing opportunities for them to make informed choices through self-discipline and co-operation
  • to promote in the children a positive and responsible attitude towards wider environmental issues and their role in society



St Barnabas Church of England School is an academy within Peterborough Diocese Education Trust (PDET), for children of both sexes and all abilities aged 4 to 7 years, comprising Foundation Stage (Reception Year) and Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2). The capacity of the school is 180 and the size of each yearly intake is 60 children. 



St Barnabas Church of England Infant School is an Academy within the Peterborough Diocese Education Trust. The Academy Trust is the admission authority and has responsibility for setting the Admission Policy. The policy is administered by the Local Governing Body.

The Local Governing Body will admit up to 60 pupils into each year group.

The governors will admit all pupils with a statement of special educational needs or education health care plan which names the school.

When there are more applications than there are places available, the governors will admit pupils according to the following criteria which are listed in order of priority:


Oversubscription criteria:

  1. The Governors will admit 'looked after children' or children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangements, or special guardianship order. A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).
  2. The Governors will admit children on social or medical grounds, where professionals have clearly identified that the school will best meet the needs of the child. (These applications must be accompanied by documentary evidence from appropriate professionals within the Health or Social Services)
  3. The Governors will admit children with an older brother or sister continuing at the school or the linked Junior School (Freeman’s Church of England Junior Academy) at the time of admission of the younger child.
  4. The Governors will admit children of parents/guardians who live closer to the school than any other school and who can demonstrate that they are worshipping members of a Church that is a member of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.(Applications should be accompanied by a reference form SIF/A available from the school. The completed SIF/A form will be sent to the minister and he/she will be asked to complete a SIF/B form confirming the statements on SIF/A)
  5. The Governors will admit children of parents/guardians who live closer to the school than any other school.
  6. The Governors will admit other children of parents/guardians who can demonstrate that they are worshipping members of a Church that is a member of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. (Applications should be accompanied by a reference form SIF/A available from the school. The completed SIF/A form will be sent to the minister and he/she will be asked to complete a SIF/B form confirming the statements on SIF/A)
  7. The Governors will admit other children.

Tie Breaker

If the admission number is exceeded within criterion 3, priority will be given to those who live furthest from the nearest alternative school. Within any other criterion, applications will be prioritised on the distance from the child’s home to school.

Distances are provided by the Local Authority and are measured on a straight-line basis using a geographical information system.

Waiting Lists

If the school has more applications than places available parents may elect to place their child’s name on a waiting list.

Pupils will be placed on the waiting list in strict order according to the oversubscription criteria on the Admission Policy. If a place becomes available at the school, places will be allocated according to these oversubscription criteria.

The Waiting List will be revised in September at the start of the new school year and at the time of allocation of any available places. Parents wishing their child to remain on the waiting list should contact the school within 10 school days at the beginning of September. Any places that become available mid term will be allocated as soon as possible.

‘Late’ applications

Hopefully this will be a rare occurrence. Each application is processed as speedily as it can be after receipt. The governing body will deal with late applications after all the ‘on time’ applications have been processed. Those refused a place, due to the school having reached the planned admissions number, will be advised of their right of appeal.

Anyone refused admission has the right to appeal to PDET against this decision.

Class sizes in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 are deemed full at 30 children.



 The school building is a mixture of old and new.  The hall, nurture and food technology areas are part of the original building which dates back to the l890s; the main teaching and administration areas were built in the 1970s and three further extensions to these areas were added in the 1990s.   The new offices were built in 2012.  The school has undergone extensive internal remodeling which was completed in summer 2016 to provide a staffroom, nurture and food technology room and a disabled toilet and ramped access to the school.

The teaching areas are in two parts- four classrooms opening through glazed doors onto a shared area in KS1 and two large open plan classrooms and a large shared area in foundation stage. There is also a covered outside area accessed through foundation stage to allow the reception children to learn outside in all weathers.

The school is set in pleasant grounds, adjacent to a park, and each classroom has access to an outside area.  A recently built adventure playground is used by all children during the lunch playtime.  The school also has the use of a specially fenced off area in Bassetts Park shared with Freeman’s Church of England Junior Academy.


Smoking is not permitted in any areas of the school site and dogs other than guide dogs or disability dogs are not permitted on site.


In September 2017 there will be 180 children on roll and they will be based in six classes as follows:


                                    Hedgehog class                                  Reception

                                    Owl class                                            Reception

                                    Squirrel class                                      Year l 

                                    Badger class                                       Year l

                                     Kingfisher class                                 Year 2

                                     Otter class                                         Year 2


All classes have a full time teaching assistant to support learning and there are two additional teaching assistants in foundation stage.  There are currently a further five teaching assistants supporting additional needs across the school. 


The curriculum is planned by all staff and we aim to offer every child a secure, stimulating and happy environment in which to develop their individual talents, ideas, interests and skills through a broad based integrated curriculum.   All staff are involved in curriculum development and take a collegiate share of responsibility, acting as advisers and sharing expertise with colleagues as necessary.


The school has a strong Christian tradition and maintains close links with St Barnabas Church, situated nearby.   The incumbent, Rev. Christine Ostler is a regular visitor to the school and the church is used by the school as much as possible.  Services to celebrate Easter, Christmas, Harvest and Christingle are held in church and the children visit for prayer stations, Experience Harvest, Experience Easter and Experience Pentecost.



 Morning Session:   9.00 - l2.00 noon.

8.45 a.m.          Children’s doors open

9.00 a.m.          Start of morning session and whole school

10.45 a.m.        Break for 15 mins.

Lunchtime:        12.00 - 1.00 p.m.

Afternoon Session: 1.00 - 3.15 p.m.

3.15 p.m.          End of school day*

*Please note children are the responsibility of parents/carers at this time. Those wishing to use the play equipment on the playground do so at their own risk.


We encourage children to arrive at school punctually in the morning- children are unsettled by a mad dash to school in the morning and entry to a class where everyone else is already settled and working.  We appreciate that there are occasional times where a child may be late but regular lateness will be monitored and a meeting with parents/carers arranged.


The main entrance doors are opened at 8.45 a.m. so that the children can store lunchboxes on the appropriate trolley, put book bags into individual drawers and place snack into the box in the classroom.  There is always a learning challenge in KS1 classrooms for the first 15 minutes of the day so those children arriving promptly benefit from extra teaching and learning.  Mrs Campbell or Mrs Norris will be on the door in the morning to greet children and take messages from parents and carers.  We do ask however that you allow your child to come into school on their own after the initial transition period.  Occasionally they may be a little upset and we will always make sure a familiar member of staff takes them to their class.


Registers are taken at 9.00 a.m. and are closed at 9.10 a.m.   Any child arriving after 9.00 a.m. is registered as late. Parents will also be required to sign the late book stating the reason for being late.  Late arrival after 9.15am is automatically registered as unauthorised absence unless for a medical appointment.


Registers are kept electronically on SIMS (Schools Information Management System) and are accessed by the Education Entitlement Service.


Excluding registration time, the statutory daily act of collective worship, break and lunch, each child benefits from a total of 22 hours teaching time per week. This is in line with the National Curriculum minimum requirements of teaching time for children within Key Stage One.



Parents have the option of either sending their child with a packed lunch or pre-ordering a hot meal or sandwich option from our catering provider,  abm catering.

Packed lunches should be brought in a named container. Please make sure your child has a balanced lunch and do not include sweets, crisps, chocolate bars, cartons of juice/fruit shoots, cereal bars or sandwiches filled with jam or chocolate spread. Small bottles of water and plastic sports bottles are acceptable, but NO glass bottles or cans, please. The children have problems with these, and the contents have a tendency to leak or explode and soak lunchboxes, tables and children as well as leaving everything very sticky!

Please do not send peanut butter sandwiches or food containing nuts as we have children with severe nut allergies.

Hot school meals are currently free for all infant school pupils (this is known as Universal Infant School Meals) and are ordered by parents online through Parent Pay.  Where possible, meals should be ordered for the whole term in advance but can be ordered weekly or on the day before 9am.

If you are in receipt of any of the following benefits you may be entitled to Free School Meals (not to be confused with Universal Infant Meals above).  Free School Meals has further benefits for you and the school, please ask at the office for further information and for an application form:

  • Child Tax Credit (with Working Tax Credit & household income below  £16,190)
  • Income Support.
  • Income related Employment & Support Allowance.
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance.
  • National Asylum Seekers Support.
  • Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit.



We are taking part in the School’s National Fruit Scheme when your child will have the option of a free piece of fruit each morning break. We do encourage the children to try this, however if you wish to send an alternative piece of fruit or some vegetable please do so in a named container.



Do not let your child bring toys and treasured possessions into school unless specifically asked for by a member of staff. Precious articles can go astray, get given away, swapped or muddled with someone else’s property; this can cause upset and distress - so please discourage toys!




Winter:            Grey skirts / pinafore dresses / trousers, white polo shirts, school cardigan with logo / sweatshirt with logo.

Summer:         Red and white checked dresses or white polo shirt and grey skirt


Winter:            Grey trousers, white polo shirt, school cardigan with logo / sweatshirt with logo.

Summer:         Grey Shorts, white polo shirt


Cardigans, sweatshirts (crew and V-neck), fleeces, baseball caps, beanie hats for winter, white polo shirts and white P.E. T-shirts with the school’s name embroidered on can be purchased online  from our school uniform supplier, Mapac, along with non-logoed items such as skirts, trousers, shorts etc.

Shoes- black, flat soled shoes or sandals.  Black flat soled boots may be worn in the winter.  Wellingtons may be worn in wet weather but indoor shoes must be changed into.

Jewellery should not be worn for health and safety reasons. The wearing of stud earrings is permissible but these must be removed by the child before PE lessons. Alternatively, parents may choose to remove earrings at home on the days that PE falls.  Long hair must also be tied back.   If you choose to have your child’s ears pierced then please wait until the start of the summer holidays so that earrings can be removed for PE without the risk of holes closing.



Each child will need a P.E. bag containing a white school T-shirt, burgundy shorts and pull-on plimsolls.   Spare socks are useful for children wearing tights in cold weather.

Please make sure all items of clothing, both for P.E. (including the bag) and daywear are clearly named.

If your child has the occasional accident a spare pair of pants may also be useful to keep in their PE bag.



If your child is ill, please let us know by phone, note or email on  by 9.15am on the day of absence.  We always make phone calls home to children not in school, for safeguarding purposes.

If your child has had an attack of diarrhea or sickness, please keep him / her at home for 48 hours after the problem has ceased. This reduces the spread of infection throughout the school.

Some children need regular medication, e.g. Ventolin for asthmatics; we will administer this kind of medicine and also prescribed medicines, where there is a need for a child to complete a short term course. A consent form would need to be completed beforehand and these are available from the office.

St Barnabas Church of England School takes its responsibilities to pupils with asthma very seriously. All parents of asthmatic children are asked to arrange the completion of a school card by their G.P. This card containing details of the child’s treatment is then kept in school.

In the event of a child becoming ill during the school day we will notify parents or a contact adult. Please make sure that the information submitted on the pupil data form is always kept up to date – particularly new mobile telephone numbers.



 Occasionally a child may have a minor accident in school. We have qualified First Aiders on the staff and they will assess the situation. If you are needed to accompany your child to the Medical Centre, you will be contacted.

If we are unable to get in touch, a member of staff, acting in loco parentis, will take the child for any treatment necessary.



During their first year in school, all children will have hearing and vision tests.

During the term that they are five, children will have a “screening examination” which includes a vision and hearing test and a measurement of growth.  Initially parents will be requested to complete a questionnaire giving written consent for this to take place.

If you would like your child to have a hearing or vision test, or a special medical examination for any reason and at any other time, please contact the school nurse on 01933 235360.

Head lice can be a common complaint. Checks for these are no longer carried out by the school nurse or letters sent out by the school. Therefore we ask that you be vigilant in combing and examining your child’s hair for lice.  We will send out reminders for checking hair on a regular basis and notify parents when we know of any cases in school.

Please also watch out for threadworm, another quite common condition among children in the younger age groups, and minor ailments such as conjunctivitis, impetigo, and scabies are very infectious — children should kept at home until the infection has cleared up.



All public sector organisations, including schools, have a statutory responsibility to ensure that all stakeholders to the school are not subject to any form of discrimination on the grounds of disability. As a parent/carer you are a key part of our stakeholder group.  If you have a disability which you would like to notify to the school then please have a chat to the Headteacher.  (For clarity a person is considered to have a disability if he/she has a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long-term effect on his/her ability to carry out normal day to day activities.)



Children take their book and “My Reading Record” home each day in the school book bag and are asked to read to an adult at least five times a week.

Any positive comments that you care to make in “My Reading Record” will be appreciated.

Please ensure that the bag comes back each day and that the books are taken care of while at home.  If a book gets lost or damaged we will have to make a charge of £5  to cover the replacement cost.

An open evening takes place for Reception parents during the autumn term to explain how we teach reading in school and how you can work in partnership with us.

Book bags can be purchased online from Mapac along with other items of uniform.



We also have a stock of fiction and non-fiction library books that are available for loan by the children.  New books may be taken out on Friday afternoons (a charge will be made for lost or damaged books).  Reception children join this scheme in the spring term.



Clubs and extra curricular activities vary with demand and the interest of staff and children. At present we have choir, JAM (Jesus And Me), football, multiskills, cookery and gymnastics.  These are not available to reception children before Christmas as they are very tired by the end of the day.


HOME / SCHOOL LIAISON                                          

At St Barnabas Church of England School we believe strongly that teaching young children is a partnership between family and school.

Before your child comes to school please make sure that:

                        s/he can attend to him / herself at the toilet

                        s/he can attempt to get dressed and fasten his/her shoes independently

                        s/he can put their coat on independently

It will help your child to feel more confident and assured about coming to school if they arrive on time, are permitted to come into school on their own as soon as possible, and with everything they need for the day.

Facilities for parking cars in this area are very limited.   Please do not park on any zigzag lines - even for one minute.   This causes a hazard to children crossing the road who can neither see nor be seen by oncoming traffic.   Please do not park in the staff car park or allow your child to cross it for obvious reasons of danger from moving vehicles and the restriction of access for emergency vehicles.   There are two routes to and from the school building for the children - either via the main entrance or along the pathway which leads to the park.  We have regular visits from the local police who will ticket cars parked illegally.


If you have any minor problems please see either Mrs Campbell the Headteacher or Mrs Salter the Administrator in the morning.   If it is something that requires more time, Mrs Salter will make an appointment for you with the appropriate member of staff.  The classroom staff will bring your child out at the end of each day and this can be an opportunity to speak to your child’s teacher (a longer appointment can be arranged if necessary).  Please don’t hesitate to speak to school staff if you have any questions- we will do our best to help or put you in touch with the most suitable person.

There are a number of special occasions during the year when you are invited to come and share with us the things we are doing.   We hope that you all will take an interest in all the school activities and attend all those functions which relate to your children’s schooling.   You will be given opportunities during the year for Open Evenings with your child’s teacher, usually in October and March with a written report in July.


We greatly appreciate parental help in school, so if you are able to offer a regular morning or afternoon session please contact Mrs Campbell and she will put you on the rota. As we are committed to the safeguarding and welfare of our staff and children, volunteers will have to undergo a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check prior to starting.  You will not usually be asked to help in your own child’s classroom as we feel this is not beneficial either to your child or the others in the class.  



It is the expectation that parents receive communication sent out by school electronically. We have an electronic communication system whereby school can communicate safely and securely by e-mail. To enable us to set you up on this system we will ask you to supply us with an e-mail address which is checked regularly.

We have found that this method of communication avoids paper letters going missing and parents feeling that they are not informed about what is going on in school.



The School has a home school agreement. You will be given a copy when your child starts school and the data permissions page has a section for you to acknowledge receipt of this and agreement to uphold your responsibilities as a parent.



Our school organisation is such that children progress in a way commensurate with their own ability and maturity. However, some children do not progress as well as we would wish in all curriculum areas, and in the first instance the class teacher will discuss the child’s needs with the parents, the SENCO, (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) and the Headteacher. Strategies to help the child will then be put into action. If, however, this is not successful the child’s parents will be contacted again and permission requested to involve CYPS (Children and Young People Services).  Parents will be kept informed if there are concerns about a child, so that they can help the child at home alongside the additional support being given in school. A copy of the school’s Inclusion policy is available should you wish to see it.

Further details regarding the provision of education for those children with special needs and abilities can be found on the NCC website under special educational needs.



The school has an agreed policy on behaviour which defines clearly that responsibility for children’s behaviour is a partnership between parents and school. A copy of the school’s Behaviour Policy is given to all parents when a child starts school. Parental signature acknowledging agreement with the policy is included with other data permissions.



We have an active Friends of St. Barnabas School (FOSBS) association which is open to parents, staff and members of the community. Its aim is to benefit the children by organising community, social and fundraising events. Your support is invited. We are always welcoming of volunteers to join the committee, help at events or come along to support the events organised.  The school, and your child, will benefit greatly from the ‘little extras’ that the fundraising allows.



The Local Governing Body has powers delegated to it by PDET and is responsible, with the Headteacher, for managing the school.   The School Governors have legal duties, powers and responsibility; however, they can only act together, they cannot act individually.  The Local Governing Body is made up from:

                        -           Parents

                        -           Teaching and non-teaching staff

                        -           Co-opted governors

                        -           Representatives of St Barnabas Church (Foundation Governors)

  -           Clerk to the Governors

-                       -           Headteacher

They are elected for a term of four years.

The Local Governing Body meets formally six times a year to discuss a range of issues and make important decisions, brought to their attention principally through the Headteacher’s Report.   Sub-committees meet regularly to monitor more specific matters of school management, curriculum and resources.

Parent Governors are able to bring the views of parents to Governors` Meetings but speak and act as individuals.



Under the Education Act all absences must be recorded. If the absence is reported satisfactorily by the parent, e.g. for illness, medical or dental appointments, this is treated as authorised absence. Where there is no notification or the school has doubt about the authenticity of the absence, then this is treated as unauthorised absence. Only the school, within the context of the law, can approve absence, not the parents.

We aim for all children to achieve 95- 100% attendance.

Reasons for absence: 


    • Genuine illness resulting in unavoidable absence
    • Religious observance
    • Close family bereavement


    • Holidays / days out
    • Oversleeping
    • Having a birthday

The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 amend the 2006 Regulations to clarify that leave of absence during term time shall not be granted unless there are “exceptional circumstances”. Exceptional circumstances have not been clarified but guidance to head teachers interprets them to mean funerals, exams etc.  It has been made very clear that holidays do not fall into this category.  Therefore as of September 2013, under Local Authority policy, the headteacher is unable to authorise absence for family holidays.  The local authority is currently consulting on issuing fixed penalty notices for an absence of 5 consecutive days for an unauthorised absence/holiday or 5 days within a six week period where no satisfactory explanation has been given for absence.

Punctuality is important:

Lateness can affect your child’s ability to settle into school, their friendships and learning.



In accordance with the Education Act, this school has established a policy whereby visits and activities undertaken by the children during the school day are funded through voluntary contributions by parents.  

This puts the onus of goodwill on to you as parents, because without your contribution, the wide variety of experiential learning that takes place beyond the classroom will not be possible. As each activity is planned and costed very carefully, you will be informed as to the amount of contribution which would be necessary to make the activity viable.

Your co-operation and commitment to our policy will be much needed if we are to continue the school’s very successful programme of school visits and extra activities.

A full copy of our Charging and Remissions Policy is held in school and is available on request.                                                    


On certain occasions groups of children or the entire school may make outside visits, e.g. to church, to the park, to sporting festivals, the library.  Will you, therefore, please sign the enclosed pro forma giving permission for your child to make any such visit with St Barnabas staff and parent helpers

Should a longer journey be necessary, it is the governors` policy that professional coach hire is arranged. You will be required to sign another permission slip for day visits e.g. country parks, farms etc before we can take your child on trips.



Parents should be aware that there is no universal personal accident cover for school children. Because it has no insurable interest, Peterborough Diocese Education Trust policies cannot extend to cover pupils engaged on education visits, school journeys etc., although the general liability policy protects PDET against the consequences of action brought against it on behalf of pupils. Insurance is normally taken out by schools for visits abroad and also for visits in this country involving an overnight stay.

Parents are advised to check with the Headteacher for more detailed information. Parents are, of course, at liberty to take out insurance on an individual basis should they want additional cover for their children.



Please see privacy notice.


A range of documentation is available on our school website either directly or through links.



(A General Scheme)

The school also subscribes to the PDET scheme for resolving general complaints which may be made against the school, for example in relation to school rules or policies.  

The school will always try to resolve difficulties or complaints at the earliest possible stage through discussion between teachers and parents or head and parents.  We ask any problems are not aired on social media sites, this is part of the Home School Agreement you sign when your child starts school.

Occasionally it may be necessary to refer a matter to the Chair of Governors if it cannot be settled by members of the teaching staff.

A copy of PDET’s “A Complaints Procedure for Schools” is available in the school office for perusal.



RE and collective worship are required by law to be part of the curriculum and each school day.   Parents have the right to withdraw their child from either if they so wish.