Our school strives to provide the best for all children and there is a dynamic attitude to change and school improvement. We don’t want to stand still and we continually look to where we can do even better. We see ourselves as all being learners and excited about learning.
Involving parents, families and friends is extremely important to us and we have established lots of different ways people can be involved in the school and share in their children’s learning. For those of you without school-age children, we seek to be good neighbours and to play a positive part in the wider community. We are always happy to show visitors around our school and to discuss ways in which local people and businesses can work in partnership with us.
LEARN - CARE - SHARE - ACHIEVE
The school was founded in 1886, in a small brick and flint building near All Saints Church in the older part of the village, as a “charity school for the poor of the Parish of Barton Stacey” and moved into a new building in 1958 in another part of the village. In accordance with the Terms of Union with the National Society, we aim to serve our community by providing education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. We encourage an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promote Christian values through the experience we offer all of our children.
The village of Barton Stacey has a long and varied history and a strong future. The church of All Saints dates back from at least the 10th Century and is one of the oldest sites of continuous Christian worship in England. The main street is home to the oldest houses, The Swan Inn, Village Hall and Village Shop with Post Office services. You won’t find the traditional thatched cottage in the main part of the village however as a fire in 1792 tore through the village. The village fell into dereliction in the 1920s but sprang to life again in the 1930s with intervention from the government for use as a military training area. The houses on and around Roberts Road were built in the late 1950s as married quarters for the Ministry of Defence and the new school building opened in this area in September 1958 to cater for the large number of children now living in the village. A small housing development, Kings Elms, was built in the 1960s and a recent development of eight houses at Bertune Close. The most recent development has seen 19 houses be built at the former Wades Farm; the village continues to thrive
We are developing different ways of involving parents and other members of our community. We hold parent information evenings, workshops and events like Parent Lunches. We run a comprehensive induction programme for new Year R children in the summer term before they start school and conduct home visits for new children in September. We have an ongoing commitment to work with other schools in mutually beneficial partnerships and we encourage our staff to make links with other teachers at other schools.
We see the relationship with parents as very important. We pride ourselves as being an open and friendly place and we want to involve parents as appropriate with their children’s learning and development. This works best when there is a two-way relationship between home and school; if you’re worried about something then please let us know!
There is a strong link between the schools that feed Testbourne Community School. We also work with the Bourne Valley cluster of schools, Test Valley Small Rural Schools Group and with other individual schools.
We work in partnership with many external agencies and professionals who support our curriculum or children’s welfare and development. We want to make everyone feel welcome at our school and we recognise and value the input people from outside our school can give us.
Right to Withdraw
Parents have a right to withdraw their child from RE and Collective Worship. Any parent thinking about this must speak to the headteacher.
We value and respect the diversity of our community (this includes local, regional, national and global communities) and this is reflected in our Collective Worship activities. We learn about the world, different religions and cultures and we learn that everybody is different but loved by God just the same.