Our School

The Pochin School is a co-educational school for children aged four to eleven years in the village of Barkby. We also have a term-time pre-school based in the Village Hall for three and four year old children.

Many of the children come from outside the catchment area from the surrounding villages and Hamilton. In total we have approximately 160 children.

The main building was built in 1869 and enlarged in 1894. It is a Grade 2 listed building that has been modernised recently to make it suitable for the 21st Century whilst maintaining its character.

The school has five classes. Outside, we have two playgrounds, one for the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children and one for the Key Stage 2 children. The Cricket Pitch is used as a sports field and we use the Village Hall for dinners, assemblies and PE.

A painting of our school, by H Green, 1976.

Mission Statement

Valuing individuals through high expectations.

We are a small school that values high expectations in which individual children are nurtured through:

  • quality teaching and learning;
  • opportunity for children to achieve their full potential;
  • a caring, happy, secure learning environment in a rural setting;
  • high expectations of behaviour and discipline;
  • strong leadership and teamwork with all staff;
  • valuing partnership with the wider community, especially parents;
  • and providing equal opportunity for all.