As a Church school our caring Christian ethos underpins all we do and we maintain close links with the Church community. St Margaret of Antioch Church is just across the road and while at Barley the children become very familiar with both the building and its purpose. Termly school church services are held for children, parents and members of the community and pupils participate in the parish Harvest Festival, the Patronal Festival, the Christingle service and a variety of other activities. The church is also used for the Christmas presentation and Summer Leavers’ Concert.
The local parish priest, Rev. Ruth Pyke, is a frequent visitor to the school and regularly leads collective worship. The foundation governor, Sue Jagelman, is also closely involved with the school and works with the children on church-linked projects, for example learning about the church building and its significance and producing a “Children’s guide to the churchyard.” Close links are also maintained with the Diocese - recently the Bishop of Hertford came to a special service to bless the newly restored school bell and children will be taking part in celebrations in St Albans Abbey for the National Society’s 200th Anniversary of Church Schools.
The school was also selected as a finalist for the Church School Awards 2011 in recognition of their achievements in community cohesion and global citizenship.
“The school’s caring Christian ethos is evident in the way older pupils look out for younger ones.” OFSTED 2011