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Barrow C E Primary School
Great Barrow, CH3 7HW, UK Chester
Tel. 01829 740455

Welcome to Barrow C E Primary School

About us

We are a village school in rural Cheshire, just five miles from Chester. Our school has a happy, lively atmosphere where every child is encouraged to develop to his or her maximum potential. We have a dedicated team of both teaching and non-teaching staff, an active board of governors and close links with the local community.


About Barrow School

The school is situated in a pleasant rural setting on the edge of agricultural land and woodland. Within the grounds we are fortunate to have a school pond, an orchard full of wildlife and a wooden play house which is popular with the children in fine weather. In addition we have two recently extended playgrounds, recently extended playing fields and a range of outbuildings inherited from our Victorian past.



The orchard play house


The old school pump

We have served the communities of Great and Little Barrow for 135 years and have now grown into a three class school. Most accommodation is within the main school building with a new mobile classroom in the grounds. We also have a library resource room and a small kitchen where the children  take part in cookery activities. The school has the use of the nearby local village hall for PE and drama activities and this is where we stage our school productions and Christmas Fair.


We hope that you will find this information helpful in settling your child into our School routine.

 The School Day

  • 9.00am – 12.00 noon

  • 1.00pm – 3.00pm (Infants)

  • 1.00pm – 3.30pm (Juniors)

 School Uniform

  • Jade Sweatshirt/Sweat cardigan embroidered with school motif.

  • White/navy polo shirt.

  • Grey trousers/shorts – boys.

  • Grey/navy trousers/skirt – girls.

  • Green/white, blue/white summer dress - girls.

  • All garments to be named.

 P.E. Uniform

  • Jade T-shirt printed with school motif.

  • Navy shorts.

  • Pumps (elastic/Velcro fastening).

  • Pump bag.

  • All garments, pumps and bag to be named.


  • PE takes place in the Village Hall.

  • Infants – Wednesday afternoon.

  • Juniors – Thursday afternoon.

  • On PE days a waterproof coat is needed (as we walk down to the Hall).


  • Junior children do outdoor games on Fridays. They require a tracksuit and suitable footwear .i.e. trainers, football boots.


  • The children are supplied with green reading folders which are returned when the child leaves school, these must be brought into School every day.

  • Reading record – to be filled in regularly by parents (details of books read and any comments.) The Infant  books can then be changed by staff.

  • Reading book.

  • Homework diary (Juniors).


  • Junior children may bring their own pencil cases to School containing pencils, coloured pencils,  rubber, ruler, sharpener etc and  a notewriter or fountain pen & black ink cartridges.

 School Dinners

  • School dinners are available however children may bring packed lunches if preferred.  

  • Dinners cost £1.75 per day, £8.75 per week.

  • Dinner money to be paid weekly on a Monday morning.

  • Cheques made payable to “CCC” or cash in an envelope clearly marked with child’s name.

  • Two weeks notice to start or end dinners is required.

  • Sample menus may be viewed in the infant cloakroom.

 Future Events/Holiday Dates

  • Letters are regularly sent out via “Pupil Post” to the only or eldest child in each family.

  • Please check your child’s reading folder regularly.

  • Or of course, check this web-site.


  • A County Library Van visits our school on alternate Thursday mornings.

  • When a library card is completed your child can borrow books to take home.

  • Please return books to School in a plastic carrier bag – to be hung on their peg on Library days.


  • Please let School know before 9.10am if your child will not be in School due to illness.

  • Notify us by telephone (no later than 10.00am), written note or in person.

  • Holiday Request Forms are available from the Office. These need to be returned to School for approval.

 Home School Agreement

  • Each child is given a Home School Agreement to sign and return to School.

 Medical Forms

  • If your child suffers from Asthma, a “Record of Asthma Sufferer” form, available from the Office, needs to completed and returned to School.


  • Junior children go swimming to Christleton High School for 15 sessions during the year.

  • They need a swimming costume or close fitting trunks  and a towel.

  • Goggles are allowed to be worn, but only after a written consent is received from parents.

  • All items to be named.


  • Children may bring a drink and small snack to be consumed at morning playtime.

 Arrival and Departure

  • Access to School should only be made through the main gate onto the front playground for safety reasons

Barrow  pre-school is a community run pre-school for under fives run in the Okell Rooms of Barrow Village Hall. It is registered with Cheshire County Council who fund places for children after their third birthday. The pre-school offers a friendly, stimulating environment and opportunities for children to develop their full potential using constructive indoor and outdoor play. Each session is planned and follows the Foundation Stage curriculum.

Pre-school children do visit the school and are welcome members of our audience at special school functions. There is particularly close liaison with the school in the term before the children are due to start school.

For more details of pre-school please contact Fiona Rackham 07762 138751

There are several activities which take place in school at the end of the school day.

The clubs on offer include:

Mondays  - High Fives  (netball skills) - Juniors only during autumn and spring terms.

Tuesdays - Craft club (school led) - Juniors only

                Football  - led by Chester City Football Club - infant and junior sessions are available

Wednesdays - 'Allsorts'  - takes place in the millennium rooms. This club is open to children aged 8 and over and is 

                       run through St. Bartholomew's church. Please contact  Rev. Jane Turner for more details.

                We are currently reviewing the provision of before and after school care.


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