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News & Events  »  2015/2016

Outstanding Section 48 Inspection – July 2016
Following our recent section 48 inspection, we are delighted to report that we were judged as the highest grade of ‘Outstanding’ in all areas. Congratulations to everyone who contributed to this. You can read the report in full by following this link - http://www.dioceseofleeds.org.uk/education/docs/reports/Barkston%20Ash%20S48%20Final%20Report.pdf

Leavers’ Liturgy – July 2016
It was a very moving leavers’ liturgy as our Y6 children said goodbye to us. The liturgy consisted of prayers, singing, an end of year video and the end of year speeches written and performed by the children. They have been a brilliant year group and we will all miss them very much.

Last Celebration Assembly of the Year – July 2016
We had a fantastic last Celebration Assembly of the year. At the end of the assembly, the end of year awards were presented. Congratulations to the following winners pictured below: (left to right) Molly Milburn (Outstanding Sportswoman of the Year), Jessica Burke (Academic Achievement Award), Oliver Stables (Outstanding Sportsman of the Year) and William Croft (Ann Maguire ‘Make a Difference’ Award).

Class 5 Summer Production – July 2016
Class 5 put on an amazing performance of ‘School Daze’. The whole cast worked together to give the packed audience a wonderful treat. It was entertaining, humorous and a lot of fun! Well done everyone! 

STAR Alliance Spelling Bee – July 2016
Children from the STAR Learning Alliance joined together in our school hall for the Spelling Bee final. There was a very high standard of spelling evident from all schools. Congratulations to eventual winners, Tadcaster Riverside.

Archbishop of York visits Barkston Ash – July 2016
We were very honoured to have a special visit from the Archbishop of York. He had a tour of our school and particularly enjoyed watched our School Sports Organising Crew running various sporting activities.  

Sports Day – July 2016
We were blessed with wonderful weather for our annual sports day. The School Sports Organising Crew did a great job at organising a range of different events in the morning. The afternoon comprised of the traditional sports day races. Congratulations to the blue team who were presented with the winning shield by school governor Mrs Adams.

First Holy Communion – July 2016
It was a very special day at Scarthingwell church when 19 children made their First Holy Communion. The children took part in the offertory procession, bidding prayers, readings and performed a song to the congregation. It was a very blessed day. Congratulations to all the children.

Dyslexia/Disability Awareness Day – July 2016
We held a special dyslexia/disability awareness day in school where the children learned about the challenges different disabilities cause for people. The children took part in various activities to raise their understanding and empathy.

Helping Hands Summer BBQ – July 2016
Thank you to Helping Hands and everyone who worked so hard to make our summer BBQ such a wonderful event. An amazing £2,209 was raised which will help to fund our new KS1 lockers!
Open Top Bus – June 2016
We had an amazing morning celebrating our boys’ football team becoming national champions. Danone and the FA organised a special open top bus parade around the local area. We were interviewed by Radio York and spent the morning visiting schools in the STAR alliance to celebrate our victory.

Scarecrow Festival – Choir Performance – June 2016
Our school choir performed a number of songs from their repertoire during the Barkston Ash village scarecrow festival. They sang beautifully and entertained a large crowd in the village hall.

NSPCC/Childline Assembly and Workshop – June 2016
Children in Key Stage 2 learnt all about the work of NSPCC and childline during a special workshop and assembly.

European Day – May 2016
We took part in a special European day in May. Each class picked a country in Europe to study and spent the day carrying out lots of cross-curricular learning about the country.

National Football Champions - May 2016
After an amazing day at the King Power stadium, Barkston Ash were crowned ESFA Danone Small School Champions. Further details can be found on the sports page. Well done, boys!

Good Shepherd Appeal Mass – May 2016
Children from our Mini-Vinnie Committee took part in a special Mass at Leeds Cathedral. They joined children from other Catholic schools in the Diocese and presented Bishop Marcus with a cheque for £135 following fundraising in school for the Good Shepherd appeal.

SATs Breakfast – May 2016
Our Year 6 children were ready for everything the SATs tests had to throw at them after a week of SATs breakfasts! The children were able to relax and eat well before their tests ensuring they were calm and very well fed!

New School Hall – April 2016
After lots of great fundraising, and flexibility during the Spring Term, our new renovated and extended school hall is completed! It looks fantastic and is already making a great difference to provision in school.


Mini-Vinnie Raffle – March 2016
Mini-Vinnies raised £88 to help fund ex pupil Helena Bostyn’s visit to work in an orphanage in Cambodia. We had a special Easter egg raffle and the winner was… Matthew Hutton! Thank you to everyone who took part.

Decorated Egg Competition – March 2016
Helping Hands ran a brilliant decorated egg competition! The entrance area was filled with lots of fantastic and creative designs that made it very difficult to pick a winner. Well done to everyone who took part.

School Sport Organising Crew – March 2016
Following successful job applications, the children below have formed our first ever School Sport Organising Crew. Have a look at the school sports page of the website where they have their own section.

Barkston Ash – National Finalists! – March 2016
Barkston Ash Catholic Primary school are national finalists! The Y5/6 team have qualified for the national finals at Leicester City Fc after a series of impressive performances in the North of England final. Have a look at the sports page of the website for further details.

Investigative Science Week – March 2016
Our school held our own investigative science week, which involved each class conducting exciting investigations and experiments. Everyone had a wonderful time, learning about science in such a fun and engaging way!

Able Writers’ Workshop – March 2016
A small group of our pupils took part in an able writer’s workshop on Thursday at Riverside Primary School. This event was a STAR Alliance project and the children enjoyed the opportunity to work with William Gallagher, one of the writers of the BBC television programme, Dr Who. They took part in various creative writing tasks alongside pupils from other schools in the Alliance.

World Book Day – March 2016
We celebrated World Book Day this year by encouraging children to come to school dressed as their favourite book characters. It was fantastic to see so many wonderful outfits!

International Day – March 2016

World Food Day – February 2016
We had lots of fun in school on World Food Day, learning about, cooking and eating foods from different cultures around the world. We discussed nutrition, balanced diets and food issues affecting people around the world.

Mini Vinnies – February 2016
Barkston Ash has become a ‘Mini-Vinnie’ school! Our newly appointed Mini Vinnie committee will focus on helping the needy within our school, local community and the wider world. This fits in really well with the ethos of our school and our work during the Year of Mercy. We look forward to seeing wonderful work in the coming year!

STAR Alliance School Council Event – January 2016
Two representatives of our School Council represented Barkston Ash at the joint STAR Alliance School Councils Charter Event. They met with other school councils from primary and high schools in our alliance. They worked in groups to reflect on children’s rights and responsibilities. This will help the STAR Alliance to write a charter later in the year. It was lovely to see them making new friends and enjoying the day.

KS2 Cross Country – January 2016
A wet, muddy and tired group returned to school after taking part in the KS2 Cross Country event. 34 children competed on behalf of Barkston Ash. Everyone gave of their best and completed the course. Well done to everyone who took part! Look at the sport page on the website for further details.

Young Voices – January 2016
All the months of practising and working hard paid off when our school choir took part in the Young Voices concert at the Sheffield arena. The children (and the adults!) had an absolutely wonderful time joining with over 5,000 other children singing and dancing as the Young Voices choir and providing the backing vocals for Laura Wright, the Beatbox Collective and Tom Billington! To perform in such a huge venue and event was a fantastic opportunity and our children performed brilliantly throughout and were a real credit to the school. It was a tiring but incredibly worthwhile long day and one we are sure the children, and the audience, will never forget.
A huge thank you to everyone who helped the choir with their fundraising efforts enabling us to go to the event.

Positive Psychology Week – January 2016
We have had a fantastic Positive Psychology Week in school. During the week, the children have learnt about how to be happy, including how to form positive relationships, maintain good self-esteem, give and receive compliments and turn negative thoughts into positive ones. There has been a wonderful atmosphere around school and a range of excellent, creative cross curricular activities.

School Council Community Litter Pick – January 2016
As part of their challenge to contribute positively to the local community, members of the School Council, accompanied by Ms West, braved the cold weather to carry out a litter pick in the village. Well done to all involved!

Forensic Science Day – January 2016
Year 5 children had a fun, science-focussed day meeting pupils from other local primary schools and exploring Sherburn High whilst taking part in a series of STEM based subject workshops. Thank you to Sherburn High for hosting this annual event.

Young Apprentice Challenge - January 2016
Class 5 worked hard to present their businesses to the boardroom as part of their Young Apprentice challenge project. The standard of presentations was absolutely outstanding and it was a fantastic effort from everyone. After paying back their initial £3 loan, the children have made an incredible profit of £1,500. Many thanks to Class 5 for donating £150 of this to the Young Voices choir. The finalists (Ella, Sam and George, Jessica and Grace, and Harrison) were presented with their finalists’ trophies with the winning trophy presented to Sam and George for their fantastic Bashopoly business. Many thanks to our school governor Mrs Lowe for presenting the winning trophy and a huge well done to everyone in Class 5. 

North Yorkshire Orchestra – December 2015
We were delighted to have the North Yorkshire Orchestra visit us in school to perform various pieces of music, including some Christmas songs, for our children. We all enjoyed learning about the different instruments and sections of an orchestra, and had fun singing and clapping along to the songs we knew!

KS2 Advent Presentation – December 2015
This year, our Key Stage 2 Advent Presentation – Joseph’s Gift, was told from Joseph’s perspective. The children learned many lines, songs, actions and stage directions! We performed three times and the audiences at each performance were very impressed by the quality shown. Well done, Key Stage 2!

F/KS1 Nativity – December 2015
Classes one and two spent several weeks rehearsing and their hard work paid off when they gave two stunning performances of their nativity. Parents and visitors were really impressed by the enthusiasm and talent of our children. Well done, everyone!

Visit from North Yorkshire Fire Service – December 2015
Classes one and two were delighted to have a visit from the North Yorkshire Fire Service. In school, they have been learning about the great fire of London, and they had the opportunity to watch the fire re-enacted, with a cardboard and straw Pudding Lane, in the playground! The children were shown the features of a fire engine (including a demonstration of the flashing lights and the siren!) and enjoyed an educational talk about fire safety. Thank you to the North Yorkshire Fire Service for their time!

Visit to Highfield Nursing Home - December 2015
Some members of our school choir were honoured to pay a visit to Highfield Care Home and perform a sneak preview of some of our advent presentation songs. The performance was fantastic, and the children loved the opportunity to share refreshments and conversation with the residents after.

Christmas Card Making Day – December 2015
On Monday 7th December, our whole school was transformed into a Christmas card-making factory! Each class produced liturgical cards which were then distributed to spread the good news at Church and within our village.

Christmas Fayre – December 2015
Once again, Helping Hands organised a fantastic Christmas Fayre. We enjoyed food, drink, games, music and stalls. Thank you for all your support – we had a fun day and raised an amazing £1,923! This money will be used to fund new reading books and bookshelves. Thank you everyone for supporting this event.

Pantomime – December 2015
We were very fortunate to have Chaplin’s Panto Company join us to give a lively performance of Jack and the Beanstalk to the entire school! Thank you to Helping Hands for funding and organising this – we all had a wonderful afternoon!

Outstanding Test Results – November 2015
 We have recently received a letter from Jill Hodges, assistant director of education and skills at North Yorkshire County Council, congratulating the children and the school on our outstanding exam results. This is the 2nd year in a row that 100% of children have made at least expected progress in reading, writing and maths. Our progress in all subjects has placed us in the top 5% of the country – our maths results are in the top 4% of the country. Thank you to all the staff and children for all their hard work and yourselves, as parents, for all your fantastic support. A full breakdown of the results can be found following the link below. http://barkstonash.n-yorks.sch.uk/page.php?id=3027 

Primary Maths Challenge – November 2015
Children in Years 5 and 6 completed the National Primary Maths challenge, with several pupils receiving gold, silver or bronze certificates for their achievements. Well done to all the award winners and everyone who took part!

Anti-Bullying Week – November 2015
We have taken part in the national anti-bullying week. The whole school have carried out work discussing what bullying is, what its effects are and how we can try to make sure bullying doesn’t happen at Barkston Ash.
Sports Trophies Galore – November 2015
Our boys’ football team have had an amazing start to their season, and have already managed to secure themselves a variety of titles! Our team are currently the Sherburn Cluster Cup winners, ESFA Selby District champions and the ESFA Cluster winners! THREE trophies were presented to the team in celebration assembly. We are very proud of our boys’ football team – well done, boys! Captain Oli certainly has his hands full!

Sainsburys Silver Award – November 2015
We are very proud at Barkston Ash of our involvement and achievements in sports. 111 children (out of 133) took part in competitive sport during 2014/15. Last year, we received the bronze Sainsbury’s Sport Award and this year we were proud to be awarded the silver award! Well done and thank you to all children, parents and staff who helped us to achieve this award.

WW1 Day – November 2015
The whole school participated in a World War 1 remembrance day. Each class produced excellent, thoughtful work, including some beautiful poppy pictures and powerful poetry. The children responded very maturely, especially with regards remembering the suffering experienced during and after WW1. 

Reading Challenge – November 2015
During the summer, North Yorkshire Libraries ran a reading challenge for primary-aged children, during which they had to read books and collect stamps. We had a record number of children who completed the challenge this year, and their certificates were presented to them in assembly. Well done to all our fantastic readers!

STAR Alliance Able Science – October 2015
As part of our membership of the STAR Alliance, a group of Year 6 pupils attended an Able Science day, alongside students from other local schools. It was an amazing day, where the children (and adults!) dressed up in space gear, built their own robotic arms and took a virtual trip to Mars! 

Bible Study Week – October 2015
The whole school participated in a bible study week. Each class enjoyed fun, educational activities and lessons centred around the bible. All the children really developed their bible skills and showed an excellent knowledge and understanding.

STAR Alliance Able Writers – October 2015
As part of our membership of the STAR Alliance, a group of Year 6 children went to Tadcaster Riverside School to take part in an able writers’ workshop. They were delighted to have the opportunity to learn about story-writing with Stephen Davies, a professional children’s author!

Big Sing Liturgy Thing – October 2015
Children from Years 5 and 6 attended the Big Sing Liturgy Thing at St. Theresa’s Catholic School in Leeds. We learned worship songs, complete with actions and dance moves, in the morning, then took part in a beautiful liturgy in the afternoon. It was a wonderful experience!

World Food Day – October 2015
On 16th October, we participated in World Food Day. The day focused on raising awareness of the issues behind poverty and hunger. Each class held discussions on the issues and created wonderful pieces of work.

Welcome Liturgy – October 2015
Our new reception starters took part in a welcome liturgy, where they were warmly welcomed into our school family and local community by Father McCarthy and their Year 6 buddies. The children were blessed, sang a lovely song and received a commemorative candle. Parents and visitors attended and shared in a wonderful liturgy.

Selby District Football Champions – October 2015
Congratulations to our Y5/6 boys’ football team who have become Selby District football Champions 2015! Full details on this great achievement are available on the sports page.

CAFOD Assembly – October 2015
We were fortunate enough to have two members of the CAFOD team come into school and talk to our children about the charity work they do, helping disadvantaged children. Our school had raised money for CAFOD during a non-uniform day and were delighted to be able to present it to them.

Knottingley Food Bank Visit – October 2015
Following our harvest food collection, we were delighted to be able to make a donation to the food bank in the local area of Knottingley. Mr Power and school council chairman Adam Tchaikovsky delivered lots of bags of food. Thank you to all the families for their generous donations – they will be greatly appreciated.

Harvest Festival and CAFOD non-uniform day – October 2015
We celebrated harvest festival in school with a special liturgy led by the year six children, focussing on the work undertaken by the charity, CAFOD. The children and staff came in non-uniform, donating money to CAFOD. We raised a total of £116. Well done everyone!

Arla Workshop – September 2015
There was great excitement amongst the children when the Arla Roadshow came to our school with their inflatable classroom! The children attended workshops with their classes, where they learned about the secret life of cows!

Prayer Garden Opening – September 2015
After months of planning and hard work, our newly renovated prayer garden was opened and blessed by Father McCarthy and Reverend Otter. The opening was attended by staff, the school council and some of the volunteers who helped to create the garden. The prayer garden is now regularly used by the children for circle time prayer sessions and spontaneous moments of quiet prayer and reflection. It is also open for visitors and is a lovely part of our school.


New Lockers for KS2 – September 2015
We are very grateful to Helping Hands PTA for the money they raised from their summer BBQ at the end of last term. With this, we were able to purchase lockers for every child in KS2 – I’m sure you’ll agree, they look fantastic! Helping Hands Chairperson Mrs Jenkin handed over the cheque to buy the lockers to Mr Power during Celebration Assembly! The children are very proud of their lockers and they are helping to keep our school very tidy.