We get to know every child as an individual, finding out abour their interests, strengths and areas to develop; as well as understanding how they prefer to learn. We then aim to take each child from where they are and move them on as appropriate, encouraging them to reach their full potential.
Our main aim is to ensure that every Barwell Infant has their needs met and receives an all-round education ~ moral, spiritual, cultural, physical and intellectual. We hope to create and sustain a safe, happy, caring and stimulating environment in which every child grows in knowledge, skills and understanding ~ both academically and socially.
We have a firm commitment to allowing the children to have childhood experiences and we provide fun and practical learning opportunities. We hope children will be active and engaged learners who take increasing responsibility for what they do. We hope they will learn many transferable skills and have high self-esteem, in preparation for their years at school and their life ahead!
The children, staff, parents, governors and the community are all involved in the care and education at Barwell Infant School. We have a home/school agreement to reflect our commitment, and we believe that partnership is based on mutal understanding and shared interests, and that we all need to do our very best for the common interest... the children!
* Valuing all children equally
* Education should be related to each child's age, ability and individual needs
* All of our work should be determined and guided first and foremost by the needs of the children
* To provide access to learning as a life-long experience
* To be effective and efficient through the partnership between children, parents and the school
* To be committed to continuous review and development in response to changing expectations and
circumstances - aiming for the highest stanards
We're in our 103rd year! ~ Barwell Infant School opened in 1911 and the original building is still in very good repair!
It is a very traditional style of school building, with classrooms radiating off from a central hall. There are also two classrooms situtated off the foyer area, and a 'newer' (30 years old) open plan base which was purpose built for our EYFS children.
The school is fortunate to have plenty of outdoor space. There are two large secure playground areas, with a range of playground markings to create interesting play opportunities. Within the play areas there is also a trim trail, basketball hoops and sheds for storing our playtime and lunchtime equipment. We have several large wooden play structures, including HMS Barwell, a log train and climbing fort. We also have an outdoor stage, sandpit, storytelling structure and an outdoor classroom! Finally, for those quiet moments, we have several arbours, benches and huts, along with rainbow picnic tables and sun canopies.
To encourage exploration and outdoor learning, we also have a dedicated garden area complete with a wildlife area and a small natural pond, which the children access under close adult supervision. This garden area provides the children with opportunities to plant and grow flowers and vegetables, and the chance to watch how some of our native trees (including an apple tree!) change throughout the year.
Rather uniquely, we also have our very own charity shop on site! This full size shop is run by our PSA, with all profits being ploughed back into the school to provide extra equipment and opportunites for our children.