The school day begins at 8:55am and finishes at 3:20pm.
Our before school club runs from 7:55am until the start of the school day at a cost of £3.04 per session. This involves a healthy breakfast of toast, cereals and juice or milk and the opportunity to socialise with others. If you would like more information about our before and after school provision then please do not hesitate to contact us.
An after school club is available to children at our school and must be booked using Parent Pay.
We teach all statutory subjects within the National Curriculum and encourage children to make links to their prior learning and build upon existing knowledge. Our curriculum is sequenced in such a way that children have the opportunities to make links within and across subjects.
Phonics is taught using the Letters and Sounds Scheme and is supplemented with many high-quality resources including Phonics Bug.
To develop reading, we follow the Oxford Reading Tree scheme.
We are a Church of England (Aided) School and the programme of study for Religious Education as determined by the Governing Body reflects their commitment to the Church of England doctrine.
We use a number of engaging, exciting and inspiring resources to help children understand different religious beliefs and ideas. These include 'Understanding Christianity' and the Lincolnshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education (2018-2023) Our teaching aims to equip children with the skills to answer and respond to different questions and ideas as well as giving children the opportunity to debate and reflect on their own thinking.
The school day includes an act of collective worship for all pupils. Our collective worship follows the Liturgical calendar and allows children time to reflect on their own thoughts.
Parents have a right to formally request the permission of the Governing Body for their children not to attend the daily act of collective worship, however, parents in this instance are asked to provide alternative supervision arrangements.
A variety of lunchtime activities are enjoyed by the children. These include sports, music and library club. We also run after school clubs including Scrabble, wool and cross-stitch club.
Initial concerns expressed by parents about the school curriculum will be dealt with by the class teacher or the Headteacher. If the situation is not resolved informally, the Governing Body has an agreed complaints procedure. The document setting out this procedure is available for inspection at the school or online using the link below.
School, Church and Community
We have a direct involvement with the church and community. We attend local churches for services on special occasions. Parents, family and friends are encouraged to join their children in church at these times.
Year 6 attend a children's festival at Lincoln Cathedral. This festival offers the opportunity for the children to join children throughout the Diocese to worship collectively, view the Cathedral together, undertake work and projects jointly and create a display.
All Foundation Governors represent the wider community of the Church at parochial, deanery and diocesan level. It is their primary function to initiate and support their work of fostering good relations where school, church and society are concerned.
Access to Documentation
The following documents are held within the school office:
Statutory instruments and circulars issued by the Department for Education
Published OFSTED reports on the school
Programmes of study
Curriculum complaints procedure
Additional Personal Accident Insurance for Pupils
The pupils of the school are covered by the standard insurance offered by the Local Education Authority but the insurance market offers personal accident cover (24 hours a day) for pupils. Parents may not be aware of this and if they wish to avail themselves of this cover for their children then they should make enquiries with their insurance companies or broker accordingly. The Friends of Barkston School Secretary has further details.
Moving On To Secondary School
Children from Barkston and Syston CE School are in the fortunate position of being able to choose from many excellent secondary schools in the area. Parents, of pupils in Year 5 (Y5), are advised to visit the secondary schools when they host their open days. Pupils wishing to attend a grammar school need to take the 11+ examination. The 11+ is an opt in system. Near the end of your child's Y5, you will receive some paperwork which explains the process. At this time, you can choose to enter your child for the 11+ exam which s/he will then take in September of Y6. The children usually sit the exam at the grammar schools in Grantham on two Saturday mornings in September.
You receive the results of the 11+ before you make the choice of secondary school.