Barton Primary School and Early Years Centre is a Community School within the comprehensive system of education on the Isle of Wight. It provides care and education for boys and girls from 3 – 11 years.
There are approximately 210 children on roll with a staffing establishment of Head teacher plus seven teachers. In addition to this number there are approximately 60 children on roll in the Early Years Children’s Centre with a qualified Teacher and Nursery Staff.
In July 2002 Barton Primary School achieved Early Excellence Centre status and became Barton Primary School and Early Years Centre. Funding was secured to build the Early Years Centre incorporating Barton Mainstream Nursery.
Alterations and extensions to the school were completed on 28th August 2003 and the Early Years Centre was completed at the end of November 2003.
Parents/carers are welcome to visit the school in order to assess the opportunities provided for their child and should contact the secretary for an appointment.
In 1994 the school was remodelled and a large extension reflecting the architecture of the original Victorian building was added. The old building has great character and holds many memories for past pupils and staff.
Excellent facilities were incorporated into the remodelled school, classrooms with shared areas and access to a patio or courtyard, a studio for music and drama, a library with a wide range of books, a hall and kitchen.
The site is unusual in having a “city” appearance on the north Barton Road side and a semi-rural aspect with lawns, shrubs, a playing field, and an environmental study area on the south, Green Street side.
AIMS OF THE SCHOOL
At Barton Primary School and Early Years Centre we share the following aims:
- To have close co-operation between home and school so parents/carers feel welcome, are aware of what goes on in school and are encouraged to help in their child’s education.
- To foster a sense of worth so that each child feels valued and their self-esteem is developed.
- To provide a stimulating, broad, balanced curriculum with appropriate learning opportunities for individual needs so each child is challenged, motivated and able to achieve their full potential and enjoy learning.
- To develop life skills through all areas of the curriculum in order to prepare children to embrace the challenges of everyday life in a rapidly changing world.
- To Promote good manners, respect for other people’s property, feelings and views in order to develop a sense of community and concern for people and the environment.
- To provide equal opportunities regardless of ability, gender, social or cultural background.
- Through our aims we encourage the children:
- To be self-confident
- To acquire a set of moral values on which to base his/her own behaviour that is acceptable to the community.
- To develop their own personal beliefs, attitudes and values whilst respecting that others may be different.
- To express themselves through speech, to listen, to read with understanding and to write clearly, accurately and with sensitivity.
- To acquire mathematical skills and an understanding of pattern and relationship accompanied by the quick recall of basic facts.
- To develop investigative skills in order to follow a line of enquiry or solve problems
- To begin to understand how technology can be used to enhance their learning.
- To develop the necessary skills to express themselves creatively through music, art, literature, drama, dance and movement and to appreciate the efforts of others.
- To develop agility, physical co-ordination and gamesmanship.
- To be aware of the local environment and other places, times and cultures
- To know the potential dangers in different environments and other places, times and cultures.
- To take responsibility for their own learning, organising their resources, time and becoming independent learners.
- To acquire information from a variety of sources and record information and findings in a variety of ways.
- To work co-operatively with others and for others.
The attitudes and values we wish to promote across the whole curriculum are self-confidence, curiosity, enthusiasm, originality, independence, perseverance, politeness, responsibility, co-operation, tolerance and a sense of humour.