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Barming Pre-School and Primary School

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

Barming Pre-School and Primary School

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

Welcome to Term 5 - Monday 15th April to Friday 24th May!
Welcome to Barming Pre-School and Primary School
We are a 2 form entry primary school on the outskirts of Maidstone. It is a co-educational school for children aged 2 to 11 years old. There are currently 416 children on roll.
A Message from the Headteacher
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.


2023 to 2024 School Prospectus:




'Since joining Barming Primary School a few years ago, it has been great to see the ethos and values of the school continually improve. Not just for children, but for adults too. We are all pulling in the same direction, which is so important. The Barming "team" is always looking to improve and grow as a collective.'

Class Teacher Sam Edwards


‘Leaders implement strategies to reduce workload - one key one for me is no emails out of work hours and if there is a rare email there is no expectation to reply.'

Key Stage 1 Leader Natasha M


Key Worker Jo


'It was wonderful to spend the morning with you and your school community yesterday, I was very impressed with the whole ethos and culture of your school.'

Mind Work Matters Kelly Hannaghan 


'Mr Kirby, Mrs Rathbone, Miss Rootes and Mrs Thomas are all nice to me and help me with everything.'

Year 6 child


'When you are stuck on your work teachers help us and we have lots of wellbeing time to socialise.'

Year 6 Polly


'I love how everyone is equal!'

Year 6 Faith and Alexa


'My oldest son James use to attend Barming Primary School up until last year. The whole time he was there was very trying and hard he has since been diagnosed with ADHD and ASD. His behaviour became such an emotional strain on myself as he was a school refuser and he would regularly run from staff become aggressive and then agitated. I really struggled every day to get him in to school.  The staff at Barming where so amazing I don't know how I would have managed without there support. Mrs Darby especially, was very kind helpful exploring every option with me and also checking in to see how I was coping in general as I have 3 other children who also attend Barming. Miss Rootes was also very involved in the care and education of my son and she helped me to make some hard but needed choices, she referred us to all avenues of help available and all of them tried there best for James in every way.

The whole school is fantastic and I very much appreciate everything, that not only Miss Rootes and Mrs Darby did but every member of staff as they really are a brilliant team. I also think it's so nice to see Mr laker and other teachers on the gate of the school every day rain or shine it make them so approachable and the school is so welcoming!'

Parent - James' Mum 


'Barming Primary School staff have and continue to provide our son with exceptional care. Our son has a very rare genetic condition which results in him having a complex neurological profile. All staff at Barming Primary School show an incredible amount of patience and understanding even when Oakley is unable to express exactly what maybe upsetting him. Staff are prompt at meeting his needs and at contacting us should there be any concerns. Oakley's difficulties can be very difficult to detect and he will keep a lot of things internalised. Staff are vigilant and proactive in ensuring that Oakley's struggles at school are kept to a minimum to prevent him enduring unnecessary psychological distress. We are kept fully informed of Oakley's wellbeing at school and communication between staff and us as parents is fantastic. Despite Oakley's struggles, staff go above and beyond to ensure that Oakley is able to participate in all school activities including school residential trips, with relevant adjustments being made when necessary.  As parents we feel that any concerns we have had in relation to Oakley have always been taken seriously by members of staff and dealt with correctly. We have been and continue to feel very reassured and comfortable with Oakley being in the care of staff at Barming Primary School throughout his primary education.'

Parent - Rachel Cutler-Fielding


'The various communications that the school sends out about the in-person or online classes provided, either at the school or externally, which are available for parents really encourages people to seek any help that they may need on any number of topics.  The teaching staff have always been quick to respond to any messages that I have sent to them, electronically or written and explained what is happening in class.

The school actively encourages participation in outdoor activities & sports, getting the children outside in all seasons, not just at break times, but through the forest school provision, lunch and after-school clubs.  I know that all three of my children have really loved the forest school sessions that they have had and have always they come back with big smiles on their faces when talking about what they did during these sessions.

I would like to thank the school for making it a place where they have felt welcome and part of a bigger family.'

Parent - Richard Planck


'I just wanted to let you know how much Alysia is enjoying coming into school in the mornings. She said she loves colouring before registration and talking to her friends so we never have any wobbles going in.

I think it's a fantastic idea to let the children talk and play and warm their little brains up before the real work starts and really helps their well being.

Since Barming has changed the policy to allow all the year groups to mix she has told me that she can play with her friend Molly who is in the year below and they always arrange to meet on the top playground. She also really enjoys being able to play with the older children and she seems to know everyone and has really grown in confidence. I believe this helps the older children be more caring and considerate of the younger ones and are good role models.

Keep up the good work.'

Parent - Carly Brinn 

Pupil Online Survey - May 2023


Year 2 to Year 6


  • I enjoy school 92%
  • Teachers help me do my best 94%
  • My teachers gives me work that challenges me 85%
  • I enjoy learning at this school 90%
  • Teachers listen to what I have to say in lessons 91%
  • There is an adult in school I can talk too if something is worrying me 93%
  • The behaviour of pupils in my lessons is good 89%
  • If behaviour is not good in a lesson it is swiftly dealt with 96%
  • The behaviour in general of other pupils around my school good 93%
  • Bullying is not a problem here at Barming 87%
  • I feel safe when I am at school 92%
  • My school encourages me to look after my physical and mental health 92%

Parent Online Survey - May 2023 (155 Responses)


  • Barming Pre-School and Primary School is very welcoming - 98%
  • My child is happy at this school - 98%
  • My child feels safe at this school - 97%
  • Any Bullying is dealt with swiftly - 88%
  • The school makes me aware of what my child will learn during the year - 91%
  • When I have raised concerns with the school they have been dealt with properly - 89%
  • The school has high expectations for my child - 85%
  • My child does well at this school - 91%
  • The school lets me know how my child is doing - 86% 
  • The school is good at communicating with us - 88%
  • There is a good range of subject available for my child - 98%
  • The school provide a good range of clubs for my child to attend - 68%
  • The school celebrates my child as a whole - 85%
  • I would recommend this school to another parent - 90%



We have listened and taken action:


  • We have significantly increased our number of clubs. Click here to find out more!
  • We listened to you and after many issues with WEDUC we have now moved to ARBOR! This is a one stop shop for all communication regarding school making it much easier for you to keep up-to-date and even pay for trips!
  • We celebrate all achievements on a Friday Assembly and at the end of each term we encourage children to come and show the whole school what they have been learning in outside clubs. This can be anything from dancing to Judo moves!
  • Later this year Miss Rootes will be creating a parent working party as we aim to continue to improve.


  • Barming Pre-School and Primary School,
  • Belmont Close, Barming,
  • Maidstone, Kent,
  • ME16 9DY
  • 01622 726472