Mount Road, Sunderland, Tyne And Wear SR4 7QF

0191 5535968

Barnes Junior School

Proud to learn, proud to achieve

Important Updates

All before school and after school activites are currently suspended until further notice.

Breakfast Club, and After School Club will be suspended until further notice as from 5:30pm on 19/03/20.

Thank You for your continued support. 



 The Schoolcomms app can be downloaded from the app supplier on your mobile device. The school uses the app for all payments, club bookings and also has a messaging service that is monitored by our office staff.

If you require any help or support downloading or using the Schoolcomms app, please contact the office staff who will be happy to help.

Contact Us

School Office: Tel 0191 553 5968

SENDCO - Mr S R Ward: Tel 0191 553 5968

Chair of Governors:


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Headteacher's Welcome 

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and find out more about life at Barnes Junior School.  We are incredibly proud of our achievements during the last academic year and we have high hopes of further success in 2019-20.

As a 3 form entry Junior school, we prepare our children for the next step towards secondary education, ensuring that we balance the rigours of basic skills with a creative approach to learning and lots of exciting learning opportunities.

We are a fully inclusive school and we aspire to ensure that all learner’s meet their potential regardless of their starting points.

Our website is updated regularly and chronicles the day to day Barnes experience.  If you would like to find out more, we would be delighted to show you around.

For any other information, please do not hesitate to contact me on 0191 5535968 

Mr Simon Ward



The government have announced the list of Key Workers which is as follows:

Health and social care

Education and childcare

Key public services

Local and national government

Food and other necessary goods

Public safety and national security


Utilities, communication and financial services

I am pleased to tell you that we have worked as a staff to develop a provision that will be in place on Monday. Based on staffing projections and the continued need for safe working and social distancing, this will have capacity for up to 80 children. Priority will be given to those children who have 2 parents who are key workers, single parents excepted.  Children with Education and Health Care Plans, Looked After Children and those that have support from Social Workers. Beyond that, we will strive to find provision for children with one parental key worker. This may cause some anxiety to families, but please be assured that we are trying our hardest in this unprecedented situation.

Our new provision will run from 8:30 am until 3:30pm, and will be less structured than a normal school day. Teachers and staff will be organizing activities, with the mornings most likely to be working on the  tasks that have been sent for those that are “working from home.”

 We will still have very high expectations of behaviour and reserve the right to ask for children to be collected if they are nor meeting these standards and are putting themselves or others at risk. 

The government are keen to stress, and I would fully support that 

“If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.”

However, in order for us to continue to make plans for Monday, if you are employed in any of these identified key working roles, please can you send an email to as soon as possible stating:

  • Your child’s name
  • Key Worker occupations
  • If you intend to send your child to the potential provision available at Barnes Junior School from Monday. (indicate if there are days where it will be possible for them to stay at home.)

 We will then be able to continue to work on our plan to create a very new and vital provision at Barnes Junior School. If you have already replied you do not need to reply again unless someone in your family is now considered as a key worker. We would appreciate responses by 6pm this evening if possible. 

Children who have Education and Health Care Plans, Looked After Children and children with access to Social Workers have already been contacted separately about the provision available to them. 

I am in awe of the wonderful work the key workers are doing to protect our society from the threats of this virus and hope that this plan can help us to continue to support the most vulnerable and poorly and get back to a sense of normality as soon as possible. I am very biased, but I am so proud of the staff at Barnes Junior School and the commitment and willingness to be part of this plan has been amazing. We must not forget that we are Key Workers and have families to care for and worry about too. 

To those who will not be accessing this provision- I hope to see you all soon, and can’t wait for the next handshake, or elbow bump, or whatever might be appropriate. 

Yours faithfully

Mr Ward



Guidance for schools, colleges and local authorities on maintaining educational provision

Published 19 March 2020

As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

That is why the government has given clear guidance on self-isolationhousehold isolation and social distancing.

And the most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.

Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.

We know that schools will also want to support other children facing social difficulties and we will support head teachers to do so.

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
  5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.

If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision:

Health and social care

This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.

Key public services

This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government

This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.

Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).

Public safety and national security

This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.


This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.

If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.

If your school is closed then please contact your local authority, who will seek to redirect you to a local school in your area that your child, or children, can attend.

We are grateful for the work of teachers and workers in educational settings for continuing to provide for the children of the other critical workers of our country. It is an essential part of our national effort to combat this disease.


Dear Parents and Carers

As you will be aware, the Government have ordered schools to shut at the end of the school day on Friday 20th March until further notice. 

This is the news we have been expecting for a while, and we have been preparing ourselves for this with work for children to complete at home accessible through our email cloud or hard copy. Needless to say, these resources will continue to be updated, and this will be communicated to you through the usual channels. 

The government have also said that the school buildings will remain open and a provision in place to care for the children of key workers and the most vulnerable children in schools. At this point in time we do not have a definition for these areas. When we do, we will be contacting you all to find out if your child is eligible for this rprovision so that we can put plans in place for staffing and activities. 

The provision of a packed lunch for those children on Free School Meals will be organised and details of how to claim that will be sent to those families.

Thank you for all of your support in these uncertain times, and I hope that the measures being taken will help to get our country back on its feet again. 

Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any questions or if there is anything we can do to help. 

Yours faithfully

Mr Ward

Head Teacher

Barnes Behaviour Rules

We have started the new year with a renewed focus on behaviour in school. Last week we talked about 3 golden rules in our school:

Be Safe

Be Ready

Be Respectful

It is so much easier to remember 3 very simple, positive rules than 10-15 complicated negative rules, and most school rules will fit under one of those three categories.

We have high expectations of the behaviour of our children, and this is regularly commented on by visitors, and when the children are on school trips.

One of our Year 3 teachers wrote a poem which was read out in assembly:-

  • A is always be ready to learn. On your seat, eyes front and ears listening.
  • B is for being your very best self. It’s not about others so just try your best.
  • C is for calm and collected in school. Focused in lessons and following rules.
  • D is for demonstrating respect. To your peers, teachers and classroom and especially yourself.
  • E is for excellence towards which we must strive. Put your best foot forward and you will thrive.
  • F is fair treatment for all. Opportunities for everyone to help us all grow.
  • G is for greetings to welcome us all. But how many ways can we say hello?
  • H is for honesty and speaking the truth. Never lying to others, to yourself stay true.
  • I is for integrity which we now know, is being honest about things when no-one else knows.
  • J is for Joyful coming into school. Enjoying our time together because learning is cool.
  • K is for kindness in the actions you show. Share your things, listen well and hold the door.
  • L is for Lend a hand to everyone you meet. Those people support you so you should be sweet.
  • M is for manners that you must remember to say. Use your pleases and thank-yous each and every day.
  • N is for never give up even when it’s hard. Tomorrow is a new day, it’s a fresh start.
  • O is for optimism, open your mind. In times of change, some good you will find.
  • P is for positive behaviours each day. Earning our dojos in work and in play.
  • Q is for quiet and knowing just when to listen to others before speaking again.
  • R is for rules that we must follow to keep us all safe today and tomorrow.
  • S is for sharing and taking your turn. This is a simple rule that we all must learn.
  • T is for thinking and taking a moment out. To think about what your actions are all about.
  • U is for understanding other people in school. Forgiving one another and not judging too soon.
  • V is for victorious which is what we must be. When adapting our behaviour to act respectfully.
  • W is for wise, gaining knowledge together. When we are ready to learn we’ll know it forever.
  • X is for excitement for each new day. Ready, safe, respectful finding your way.
  • Y is for yourself, the person in charge. Show your best behaviour, come on you’re a star.
  • Z is for zooming towards an even better school. Where everyone is ready, safe, respectful following rules.


First silverware of the new school year for Barnes Juniors!

A team of 4 year 5 and 6 children took part in the first inter-schools quiz competition at Fulwell Junior School on Thursday. 

The team were put to the test with 5 tough rounds including spelling, maths problems, comprehension, general knowledge and dingbats.

An amazing spelling round enabled the team to build a massive lead (including words such as picturesque and acquire) and steady scoring gave them a total of 80 points. This was 50 points ahead of their closest rivals, and brought home the shiny new trophy.

Well done to Athena, Alfie, Amy and Jonathon.

Could you solve these questions:

What is the highest mountain in England?

What does this dingbat say:


Correct Answers to Mr Ward by next Friday will be put in a draw for a prize….

Barnes Harriers

World Book Day