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“…and walk in love, just as Christ also loves us…” Ephesians 5:2

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Please visit the newsletter tab for more information about the latest news happening at Barlestone School. Our newsletters are updated fortnightly.

  • EYFS Bunny Hop

    Tue 19 Mar 2024
  • Book Fair comes to Barlestone

    Mon 18 Mar 2024
  • Year 1 and 2 Nativity

    Tue 12 Dec 2023

    Our year 1 and 2 class have all been amazing practicing their Nativity and are really excited to perform in front of their parents/grand parents/carers.

  • EYFS Nativity

    Tue 12 Dec 2023

    Our EYFS class did a fabulous job performing their Christmas Nativity. Well done Hedgehogs!!

  • Rise Multi Academy Trust brings together children from 21 schools for ‘A Night at the Movies’ in collaboration with Leicestershire Schools Music Service (LSMS).

    Thu 27 Jul 2023 E Jones

    On Tuesday 27th June, Year 4 children from across 21 Leicestershire schools came together at The Venue, De Montfort University to perform a range of hit musical songs to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion. The children had been practicing for the past few weeks individually before coming together on the day for the first time to rehearse and perform. 


    Pupils only had one singing workshop with the choral leads from Leicestershire Schools Music Service; Nicki Atkins and Emma Burns, who organised and prepared the esteemed event, before coming together to form a 400+ Rise Choir, performing on stage in front of delighted staff, friends and family. 


    The spectacular event, forms part of the Trust’s commitment to providing a Pupil Charter for every child – offering opportunities and experiences that enrich pupils’ learning throughout their time at primary school. A parent commented ‘I felt so proud to be part of the Rise family of schools! Thank you for giving the children that opportunity.’ Another commented ‘The children were phenomenal! I sat there in awe of what I was hearing... Certainly an experience I will never forget’  


    The trust's vision is for each pupil to flourish and succeed, and that is what they did as they sang 9 songs from movies including The Lion King, Moana and The Greatest Showman, accompanied by an exceptional live band. The children shared some of their academic achievements during the year through a moving slideshow. 


    Showcasing their sign language skills, a highlight of the night was the children's performance of ‘Colours of the Wind’ from Pocahontas in which they sang and signed using British Sign Language the chorus of the song. This was important to both children and staff to promote inclusivity and diversity, one of Rise’s main visions.  


    A member of staff from one of the schools also praised ‘They have had firsthand experience of what it means to belong to Rise. Their confidence has blossomed in so many ways’, with another staff member saying ‘the children shared a love of music and feeling of belonging in the Rise family.’  

    Thank you to the superb sponsors; ideal care homes, Hormann and Johnson Astills.  


    Mark Cole, CEO of Rise Multi Academy Trust said “In total we welcomed an audience of over 800 and were overwhelmed with the positive responses received. It was a powerful example of how, as a Trust family, we can work together to achieve many amazing things, creating memories that will last a lifetime for our pupils.” 


    Julie Hopkins, Executive Headteacher of the Trust's Vale of Belvoir schools and project lead for the occasion, said: “I am so proud of how the children embraced this opportunity to work together as one big Rise family. They sang beautifully and it was clear to see the powerful impact the experience had on them and the audience. Special thanks to the many teachers who worked so hard to prepare the children”. 

  • Barlestone C of E Primary school celebrates ‘Good’ SIAMS report.

    Fri 14 Jul 2023

    Barlestone C of E Primary school has been rated ‘Good’ in all areas in its latest SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) report. Inspectors commented that all individuals are ‘treated with dignity and respect in this inspiring and nurturing school.’ 


    The inspection took place on 15th May 2023, and highlights the efforts put in from both school and Rise trust staff to further implement the Christian teachings and values in all elements of the school. 


    The school's main vision for pupils "and walk in love, just as Christ also loves us" is applied both through the school's curriculum and Christian teachings, where ‘collective worship is valued by all and is central to school life’. At the end of the school day children will say a prayer of reflection written by a member of the school. 


    Inspectors also highlighted that the school has strong links to the local church community, and that pupils having the opportunity to learn about other religions during RE creates a stronger sense of community. 


    Additionally, the school has implemented a ‘Pupils Champions programme’ in Year 6 which has developed students ‘resilience and self-confidence'. There is great emphasis on wellbeing not just the pupils, but staff, trustees and Diocese which further builds their relationships and allows everyone to flourish and succeed.  


    Furthermore, parents also are enthusiastic about the relationship between school and church and have seen ‘very caring relationships’ develop from this. Rise MAT have worked closely with the school to implement a new curriculum which has created a better work-life balance for staff also. 


    Jo Westaby, Headteacher commented ‘we are enormously proud that the strengths of our school vision and values have been recognised and celebrated in this report.  As a school we are committed to ensure that our school community ‘walk in love together’ so that all can flourish and succeed.’  


    Mark Cole, Rise CEO said, ‘We are delighted that the many strengths of Barlestone’s Christian, values and ethos were recognised during the inspectors visit. The school is very highly regarded by the community it serves so well’ 


    The full SIAMS report can be read at 


    To arrange a school visit please head to  

  • Red Nose Day 2023

    Wed 15 Feb 2023

    For Comic Relief this year, the Junior Leadership Team have decided to hold a non-school uniform day to raise money. This will be on Friday 17th March and we will be asking for donations through a Just Giving page.



    The children will also be designing Comic Relief

    t-shirts in class on the day too.


    As always thank you for your continued support.



  • Citizen of the Year 2022

    Fri 20 Jan 2023

    We are pleased to announce that our very own Sheila Lloyd, has been awarded the Barlestone Citizen of the Year award 2022!


    Philip from the Parish Council came into school this morning to present the award to her, she had no idea! But we are sure you will agree she 100% deserves this award.


    Congratulations Mrs Lloyd. 


  • From Leicestershire to Lapland: Barlestone C of E Primary School takes on epic Christmas challenge to raise money for Rainbows

    Fri 25 Nov 2022

    Barlestone C of E Primary School, along with many other schools in Rise Multi Academy Trust, will be taking part in one of the region’s biggest collective Santa Fun Runs as they aim to run the distance from Leicestershire to Lapland to raise money for Rainbows.


    Collectively it is hoped that over 1400 pupils and hundreds of staff, will run over 2200 miles around sports fields, school halls and play areas to cumulatively run the distance it would take to reach Santa in Lapland!


    Head of School for Barlestone C of E Primary School, Mrs Murray, said “We are really looking forward to putting on our trainers and Santa hats to raise money for an incredible cause.”


    “Aiming for Lapland is just adding an extra layer of excitement and it is encouraging every child to do an extra lap or a few extra steps to help us reach our target – both in terms of distance and the money raised. It will be a wonderful day to see all of the pupils from other schools coming together and participating in such a fantastic event!”


    Mark Cole, CEO of the Rise MAT, said: “Being a part of Rise MAT means having a commitment to the community and helping our children realise what we can all achieve if you work together.


    “We want to provide our schools with the opportunity to work in collaboration with each other, and what better way to do so than with a fun filled Christmas themed fun run raising awareness and vital funds for an amazing charity!”


    Pupils and staff from the school will be completing their Santa Fun Run on Thursday 1st December. We will be taking cash donations, as they will be collected and banked by Rainbows. Please return any sponsor forms and cash donations to school by Monday 5th December.


    Track our progress in getting the Rainbows and Rise MAT flag to Santa in Lapland by following this link:


  • EYFS open sessions

    Mon 26 Sep 2022

    EYFS Open Events 2022


    We will be holding our EYFS open events over three different days.


    10th October 10am - 10.45am

    9th November 10am - 10.45am

    14th November 3.30pm - 4.30pm


    If you have a child due to start school school in 2023, please come along and meet our EYFS staff and see our new EYFS building.