Expect More

We aim to provide an intellectually challenging learning experience from which all pupils can benefit. This school is devoted to raising children’s expectations and aspirations. Our principal objective is for each pupil to develop a deep interest in, and love for, learning. Pupils will be taught to apply this learning to the everyday world around them.

Our ultimate goal is for pupils to become self-motivated, independent learners with a wide range of generic study skills that will prove useful to them throughout their lives. Whilst engaged in this process we also want them to have fun: to enjoy their childhood.

We seek to make a real difference to children’s lives by providing them with the skills they will require to be successful, both now, as children, and in the future. The curriculum we offer is designed to prepare them for life and work in the twenty-first century.

We are committed to children leaving this school having achieved high standards in the basic skills of reading, writing and arithmetic. In addition, we wish to inspire them by offering an exciting, broad, dynamic and varied curriculum experience that embraces the arts, music and sport.


Barnes Primary School is a community of learners where everyone can be successful and strive to continually improve on their personal best.

The school will try to:

  • treat all children fairly, care for them and ensure their safety
  • ensure that all children are well taught so they achieve the best possible academic results
  • help all children to develop a sense of personal responsibility and an awareness of the importance of being considerate and caring towards others
  • provide an educational service that meets the individual needs of all children within the school community
  • keep parents regularly informed about their child’s progress and about all aspects of school life
  • be welcoming at all times and offer parents the opportunity to become involved in the daily life of the school
  • promote physical fitness and an awareness of the importance of personal hygiene, exercise and diet
  • develop in each child an understanding, appreciation and respect for different religions, beliefs and moral values. Through the development of tolerance and mutual understanding we seek to prepare children for living in a multi-cultural society.
  • provide children with a broad and varied educational experience which incorporates the National Curriculum and fully embraces physical education, the arts and music
  • and look for opportunities to instil within children  the core values that underpin our school curriculum, “maximising learning, love and laughter” through development of seven personal qualities:
    • Integrity – being honest, to oneself and others
    • Self-sufficiency – showing independence in thought and action
    • Creativity – possessing personal vision; being original and resourceful
    • Personal responsibility – taking initiative oneself without having to be told
    • Empathy – understanding others and being able to appreciate how they see things
    • Self-belief – the personal conviction that one can achieve; success is always possible, and usually likely
    • Resilience – never giving up; continually believing that one can do it: success is always possible.

In children’s language:

I can be strong and say what is true (integrity)

I can do things for myself (self-sufficiency)

I try new ways of doing things (creativity)

I can see a need and do something helpful (personal responsibility)

I know others have feelings and I look after them (empathy)

I’m sure I will be able to do it. It may take time but it is possible (self-belief)

I keep trying even if it is hard (resilience) Ebola 1

Collecting for Ebola (November 2014): a line of £1,345 one pound coins

Peter Mortimore, a distinguished academic and grandparent at our school, captured our ethos well in his book ‘Schools Under Siege’ (Policy Press, 2013) when he wrote

My grandson’s primary school has the motto ‘Learning, Love and Laughter’. This cleverly links the school’s main task – promoting learning – with affection and fun. What better combination could there be.

Alongside this we have the very highest of expectations of and for everyone involved in our school community – children, their teachers, their parents and senior leaders are asked to continually expect more.