Barham Primary School was originally founded in 1858 in the Parish of St John the Baptist to give village children a sound education within a Christian framework. Since that time the popularity of the school has resulted in children being welcomed from a much wider area. Barham is a Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School for children aged 4+ to 11. The present number on roll is 206, but this can vary from year to year depending on the number of Year 6 leavers in July and the total Reception intake in the following September. Our official capacity is 210 and we have room for seven classes. Our admission limit in any one year is 30 children.
The school is situated in Valley Road in the village of Barham, Kent.
The school has grown considerably since it was built in 1858. The original Victorian building houses the administration offices, the Headteacher’s office and two classrooms. Over the years mobile classrooms were added to meet the growing demand for places at the school. In 2000 a whole suite of new buildings was added to the school and the majority of prefabricated buildings was removed. Those that remain, do so at the specific request of the governing body and serve to enhance the facilities we can offer. Further extensive works were carried out to enlarge and modernise the old building whilst maintaining its character. Building works and renovations were completed in 2002. We now have seven excellent classrooms, including a purpose-built foundation stage classroom, a large multi-purpose, multi-use hall, fully equipped for PE, and a purpose-built computer suite.
We have a good, flat playground, some small garden areas and a playing field. We also have a quiet area for moments of reflection In addition, from some parts of the site, there are some outstanding views of the village and the valley in which it resides.
Our organisation is typical of a school of this size, having one class per year group. This is very advantageous for teachers in terms of planning and delivering the curriculum. Our admission limit means that the school is unlikely to grow any larger, so in many ways we have the perfect compromise, the feel and atmosphere of a small school, without the challenges of mixed aged classes.
At present we have seven classes; one foundation stage, two infant and four junior classes, all the children in each class being members of a discrete year group.