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Barming Primary School

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible And Make Good Choices

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Welcome to BarmingPrimary School
Barming Primary School is a 2 form entry primary school on the outskirts of Maidstone. It is a co-educational school for children aged 4 to 11 years old. There are currently 404 children on role.
A Message from the Head of School
Barming Primary School has so much to offer. Everyone is welcome and children are encouraged to flourish and achieve their goals. Come and find out what we are all about!
Orchard Academy Trust
Barming Primary School is an Academy and is part of the Orchard Trust family of schools. The Trust currently consists of Allington Primary School and Barming Primary School.

Last Week's Attendance:

  • Reception 96.0%
  • Year 1 94.2%
  • Year 2 96.7%
  • Year 3 98.4%
  • Year 4 97.0%
  • Year 5 96.9%
  • Year 6 97.5%
  • Whole School - 96.8%

Progress and Future Plans

Barming Primary School


Progress So Far


Plans For The Future




Please see below for the Progress and Future Plans Meeting Powerpoint that was presented on Tuesday 23rd May 2017 by Mr Laker (Head of School) and Mrs Young (Executive Headteacher). Thank you to everyone who was able to attend, who posed questions and gave suggestions. We will aim to answer these shortly and send home a Parent Questionnaire for everyone. 


For those of you that unfortunately could not, please look at the Powerpoint at your leisure.


Comments from Barming: ‘Progress and Plans for the Future’ meeting – 23rd May 2017



What processes are in place to try and get sponsorship from local businesses to raise more funds?

The processes of obtaining sponsorship in order to raise more funds are at the beginning of the journey.   Several members from the Trust Board are attending a course on the best ways to approach firms and to gain sponsorship.   From this course an action plan will be produced with key members of staff being allocated to roles.   We have also written (letter informing parents of changes at Barming) to parents inviting them for suggestions about sponsorship.   You may have family members that work for companies who would like to sponsor the school or would like to make a donation.   Please ask and let us know if there is any interest.   We would be more than happy to advertise the company on our letters or during events in order to show our appreciation.


What can they play at lunchtime? (Many children say their games have been stopped)

The main game which has been stopped was a version of ‘British Bulldog’ and the reason it was stopped was due to the fact that it is an extremely fast paced game and the risk of children being hurt was increasing.    We are currently organising different boxes of play equipment for playgrounds and the different year groups in order to give the children something to do during playtime and lunchtime.


Can there be consistent quality of meaningful homework throughout the school with feedback for children that they can respond to?

As a school we are going to be addressing homework – this is scheduled to be discussed in a staff meeting by the end of this academic year in order for a fresh start in September 2017.   We completely agree that if homework is set – it should be meaningful and that feedback should be given for key pieces.


Will Forest School be continuing for children in Year R?

Unfortunately, due to the restructure at Barming Primary School, we find ourselves in a position of not being able to afford Mrs Price as the designated Forest School Teacher.   However, we will be looking at alternatives in order to embed Forest School techniques into our curriculum and the use of the outside areas.  


Miss Rootes has contacted Bovis Homes about contributing towards the cost of Wild Times Woodland Adventure. This is a program similar to Forest School and will run for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children. The sponsorship money was for £3000 which is sufficient to allow for sessions on the school site led by Wild Times Woodland Adventure. Please look at the link to find out more:


The funding will however only last until January and this is an area of learning which we would love to thoroughly embed in the children’s learning; it helps develop self-esteem, confidence, physical skills, team work and prepare the children for life!


Some parents have suggested paying for this to enable it to continue and allow older year groups to take part. This is something we are investigating further and will let you know costs as soon as possible if this viable.


Can we get the parents involved more in class open afternoons etc?

Where appropriate we involve parents where possible – I will bring this up in the September INSET day in order to remind teachers to invite parents to come in and help with lessons, listening to readers etc.


Can we have feedback regarding what is happening with teaching our children?   Explanation of how – as we found out from the children about bronze, gold etc.   Would appreciate finding this out from the teachers?

Where possible new initiatives will be communicated to parents via newsletters etc.   However, it is great to hear that some initiatives are communicated by the children as it shows they want to share their learning at home.   We will take note of this and will ensure future newsletters share appropriate changes.



Can we have more than one CATS/NFER test?   (Other schools have them in Years 3, 4 and 5 so areas for development can be addressed and appropriate help given)

As a school we introduced Pira and Puma tests which are used to assess the children’s performance 3 times a year.   These tests are for teachers to use in order to assess areas which need addressing and these areas for improvement are shared with parents during consultation evenings.   The tests take place in every year group.


At what point are parents informed when a child is identified as not meeting progress targets?

Teachers will inform parents if your child is not meeting the progress targets at any point during the year or during parent consultations.   However, as a parent, you can arrange a meeting with your class teacher at a mutually agreeable time if you have any concerns about your child’s progress.   This can be done by catching the teacher at the beginning or end of the day or by emailing/phoning the office staff for them to arrange.



Competitive sports with other local schools i.e. football, netball etc.

This is currently an area we are looking at addressing and will feature in the School Development Plan or P.E Subject Action Plan 2017-18.   We are very keen to get competitive sports back up and running.


Weekend for parents to help clear pond and wildlife area.

We are currently trying to organise a make the difference day(s) either Term 6 or Term 1 of the new academic year.   We would ask parents and staff to give up their time to help clear the pond and wildlife areas as well as paint classrooms etc.


Advance notice as much as possible re dates of events. (Working parents)

We try to ensure that dates of events are communicated as soon as possible and will continue to work on this next year.


Better reports needed please – perhaps going back to the old 1a, 2a etc.

There is a new report format this year and an opportunity for parents to feedback on their thoughts and feelings towards it.   As for going back to the old 1a, 2c etc, we would love to, however it is a statutory requirement from the government that we use AWL (Assessment Without Levels) and therefore we have to report progress and attainment on the new gradings.


Please make homework consistent.

Please see above statement on homework.


Open classrooms – mix up the day they are on please.

We acknowledge this suggestion and will ensure that the days are muddled up from September 2017 onwards.


Make lessons more inspiring – fun to learn

We have created a new curriculum overview which is more inspiring and fun – this will start September 2017 and will be tweaked accordingly throughout the year.


Can a copy of the slide pack used tonight be sent out to all parents?

This has been attached to the school website.