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Welcome to Barrow 1618 Church of England Primary Free School 

Barrow 1618 Church of England Primary Free School is genuinely a community in action: a small school making a big difference. Welcome to our website; I hope you will find it interesting and informative. If you have any questions that aren’t answered here, please do contact us directly and we’ll be happy to help.


Our school was opened in September 2012, under the Free School legislation and occupies the site of one of Shropshire’s oldest known schools, founded in 1618 for the local working boys of the area. 


Today, our school maintains that rich, historic heritage, whilst blending state-of-the-art modern facilities and breathtaking, rural surroundings. It is free to attend and caters for pupils from Reception to Year 6.


Our unique, innovative curriculum centres on learning opportunities presented by the natural environment and learning through 'hands-on' experience. We champion the highest academic standards and progress, whilst recognising that every child will have strengths, interests and talents in different areas. We will look for, identify, fulfil and extend our children’s potential, wherever that lies, to provide an educational experience they’ll remember for a lifetime.


We believe that our school and its community can make a difference. Fundamental to our Christian Values is the role of service in our wider community and our children learn from a young age that they have an important and powerful responsibility. The ‘Barrow Values’ provide a nurturing, positive framework in which to develop independence, tolerance, enterprise, imagination and resilience: skills for life.


Our site also hosts the wonderful 'Barrow Village Preschool', which caters early years provision for children from 2 years old. Please visit their website by clicking here


It has been a time of great success and celebration for Barrow 1618, and we are rightly proud, as we have celebrated the achievement of 'Outstanding' outcomes of inspections by OFSTED in June 2016 and SIAMS (the inspectorate for church schools) in October 2016. This year, our commitment to the development of sports and adventurous activities has earned us the Gold 'School Games Award'. We also celebrated the achievement of Platinum 'SafetyMark', in recognition of excellence in safety management and promotion of pupil welfare. Our highly skilled team of professionals are passionate about the future of our school and its pupils and we very much look forward to sharing our school with you.


Mr John Newton

Head Teacher  

Please click HERE to view the school's 'Outstanding' OFSTED Inspection Report (June 2016)


Please click HERE to view the school's 'Outstanding' SIAMS Inspection Report (October 2016)

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21 Jul Take your Barrow Values and all those happy memories with you boys and girls! ❤️your teachers xxx

18 Jul Nothing but pure optimism and talent in this photo! sign of stage fright before the opening show!? 😲 it's a goo…

17 Jul Just a snippet of some of our talented guitarist performing for the whole school 🎸🎼 Lessons still available next ye…

11 Jul Rain never stops fun in the forest! Great day building shelters for our bears 🐻

7 Jul Successful Step up for nursery children supported by their brilliant Barrow buddies #feelingproud😇❤️

Head Teacher - Mr. John Newton

Administrator - Mrs. Claire Machin

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