Aims and Ethos

Barley School Values

We are a School in which every child understands his or her individual goals and feels encouraged and supported in reaching and exceeding them. We are a Church School and we all uphold Christian values. We always embrace kindness and good behaviour. We are a School in which we all feel safe and valued and are given the opportunity to express our emotions appropriately.

Our vision for the future is to become an excellent school based on our ‘Aims’ and ‘Learning Ethos’ as stated below:

Barley School Aims

  • To endeavour to provide the best possible education for the children in the school, within the context of a caring Christian community.
  • To create a safe and stimulating environment in which all individuals are valued and where achievement is celebrated.
  • To ensure pupils receive a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum providing opportunities for the development of academic, creative and social skills enabling them to embrace the challenges of the 21st Century.

Barley School Learning Ethos

  • Lifelong learners: with an active love of learning.
  • Thinkers: skilled in using thinking skills critically and creatively to make decisions and solve complex problems.
  • Inquirers: using their natural curiosity to acquire the skills needed to conduct purposeful research.
  • Hard workers: valuing effort as well as achievement.
  • Communicators: confident in receiving and expressing ideas and information.
  • Risk-takers: confident to explore new roles, ideas and strategies.
  • Knowledgeable: with a critical mass of significant knowledge and themes and topics of global importance.
  • Principled: with integrity, honesty and a sense of fairness and justice.
  • Caring: with a personal commitment to action and service – and sensitive towards others’ needs and feelings.
  • Open-minded: committed to exploring a range of views, and understanding the values and traditions of other cultures.
  • Well-balanced: with an understanding of the importance of physical and mental balance and personal well-being.
  • Reflective: with the ability to reflect wisely, and constructively analyse their personal strengths and weaknesses.