Being a Church School


Barby CE Primary has been a Church of England school since it's foundation and is now part of the family of schools within the Peterborough Diocese Education Trust (having converted to Academy status on 1st July 2014). As a Church school, we do not only undergo Ofsted inspections but also undergo a Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) (known as a Section 48 inspection), as well; more information about these can be found on the Church of England website.

The outcome of Barby's last Section 48 inspection (March 2017) was an overall "Good" grade. "The distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a Church of England school are good":

  • Christian values are lived out through a strong family ethos.  This has a powerful impact on the wellbeing and relationships of everyone in the school community.
  • The headteacher and senior leaders provide clear direction, inspired by a Christian vision, that ensures the school is fully inclusive and meets the needs of all learners.
  • The contribution of clergy and foundation governors ensures the school's Christian character is secure and sustainable for the future. 

If you have more general questions about what it means to be a Church school, please have a look at "The Church School of the Future Review" or contact the school for more details.

Please follow these links to our Collective Worship and Religious Education policies (which can also be found on the Policies page attached to the Governors Tab).


St Mary's Church, Barby

St Mary's Church is part of the benefice of Barby and Kilsby.  It is part of the Daventry Team Ministry and is in the Diocese of Peterborough.

Reverend Nigel Fry was appointed as Team Vicar within the Daventry Team Ministry with special responsibilities for Barby and Kilsby Parishes in 2016.

Barby School has a very close relationship with St Mary's, with frequent visits into school from Reverend Nigel. The pupils and staff regularly attend services and activities throughout the year at the Church.

 St Mary's Church, Barby