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Barley Lane History


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Barley Lane Primary School turned 70 years old last year! We are very proud of our longstanding links with the local community and the part we have played in equipping our pupils with the skills needed to thrive in an ever-evolving world.

The school was constructed in 1952 and was originally two separate schools, Barley Lane Infant School and Barley Lane Junior School. In 1992, the two schools were amalgamated to form Barley Lane Primary School.

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Pupils and staff at Barley Lane are fortunate to enjoy expansive grounds with attractive gardens and a large sports field. We have two wild areas (the Paddock and the Spinney) with a pond for science and environmental studies and an established orchard.

The area that the school serves is a pleasant residential area in the south east of Redbridge borough, comprising older properties built at the turn of the century on the western side and houses completed in the late 1930s on the east. It is a well-integrated community with a large proportion of its intake from the Asian community. The school makes provision for teaching English as an additional language through its own staff.

The school has gradually grown and became a 4-form entry school in 2019. A 52-place nursery unit opened in September 1997. It currently has 29 classes with approximately 870 pupils and over 100 staff!

Over the past 70 years, our school has remained steadfast in its commitment to providing a quality education to generations of pupils. Our vision at Barley Lane Primary School is to achieve academic excellence. Our children will develop a passion for learning and become resilient, well-rounded citizens.  The school is arranged in year groups with each class teacher planning the delivery of the National Curriculum with other teachers responsible for parallel classes. There is a large experienced team of higher level teaching assistants and teaching and learning assistants. There is further support from the Senior Leadership Team and from subject leaders who are released on a regular basis to work alongside colleagues. 

Our inclusive school community is respectful, compassionate and collaborative. We provide high quality support for children who have special educational needs. We currently have 35 children with Education Health and Care Plans.

The school is very well resourced and is fortunate to have a two libraries, a food technology room, music room, two halls (one equipped with stage lighting), a separate dining hall and two computer suites. There are also laptop computers and iPads available for use in other areas. The school provides a large number of extracurricular activities. In sport these include chess, football, photography and badminton. 

We are very proud of our place in the Goodmayes community and have always valued the importance of community and collaboration. We have forged strong bonds with parents, alumni, and the wider community, creating a network of support and shared values that have contributed to our success. Here's to 70 years of educational excellence!football team 60 61 001archives

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School Leadership

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Barley Lane Infant School

Mrs O’ Dwyer (1952 - 1967)
Mrs Joyce Pratt (1967 - 1986)
Mrs Vera Price (1986 - 1990)

Barley Lane Junior School

Mr Tom Davis (1952 - 1968)
Mr ‘Jock’ Warden (1968 -1973)
Mr John Treadway (1973 -1992): Mr Treadway oversaw the amalgamation of the two schools in January 1992

Barley Lane Primary School

Mr John Treadway (1992-2001)
Mrs Lesley Lewis (2001-2013)
Mr Mark Ingham (2013-2017)
Mrs Debbie Webb (Executive Headteacher 2017-18)
Mr Michael Henry (2018-present)


Photos from the Past

Please have a look through our galleries below. Many of the photos were donated by past pupils and staff during our 70th Birthday Celebration year in 2022-23.