Barkway VA C of E First School

High Street, Barkway, Royston, Hertfordshire. SG8 8EF
Telephone - 01763 848283     Email:

Headteacher: Mrs Margaret Davies-McKeon


Welcome to Barkway First School

Key Dates


Years 3 & 4 visit to Royston Cave and Museum

Art Club 3.15 - 4.15pm

3rd Maths Production. Yr 1-4
5th Harvest Service - Newsells Wildlife Area
6th Stable visit - N & R

Drama Session at Barley

Art Club 3.15 - 4.15pm

12th-16th Walk to School Week
12th Year 1 & 2 visit to Newsells Wildlife Area

Standalone Farm Trip Yr N & R

Nasal Flu Vaccination Yr 1 & 2

15th No Art Club
26th - 30th Half Term
See Diary Dates for more information

At Barkway school, we have high expectations for all our pupils and we aim to create a stimulating and vibrant learning environment, where all pupils achieve well and make good progress, academically, socially, morally, in the creative and performing arts and in sporting activities too. We have small classes and staff who know the children really well and best ways to help them learn and be happy.

If you are a prospective parent,  or would simply like to know more about our school, please contact the school office for an informal chat or to arrange a visit. You will receive a warm welcome at the school!


The school underwent a successful OFSTED Inspection on 13th-14th March 2014, with the school graded as 'Good'. Key strengths identified were:

  • Pupils feel safe, behave well and work hard in lessons
  • By the time pupils leave at the end of Year 4, their attainment in English
  • and mathematics is above that typically expected for their age
  • Children get off to a good start in the Nursery and Reception Class
  • The school's warm and caring family atmosphere is greatly  valued by pupils, staff and parents
  • Teaching is good and every pupil's progress is closely tracked
  • The school provides good quality special activities to help pupils catch up
  • Pupils experience a wide range of stimulating activities
  • The headteacher and governing body provide a clear direction for the development of the school

We were delighted with the outcomes of the inspection and would like to thank the children, staff, governors and parents for all their hard work to help us achieve this result. If you would like to read the report it can be easily accessed via the link on our Documents' page.

Margaret Davies-Mckeon


Barkway Pre-school

Barkway Pre-school is a voluntary managed setting run by a committee of parents. We offer high quality care and education for children aged 2-4 years. We offer a safe and stimulating environment in a classroom setting within Barkway First School. We have our own enclosed outside play area offering free flow from classroom to garden play.

We are guided by the Early Years Foundation Stage (2012).

Please contact us for further details, visits always welcome.

Karen Evans
Pre-school Leader