Principal - Anouska Gardner
Principal - Anouska Gardner


‘Big’ school works with smaller school to get children back into education

Children from a local primary school have spent time at ‘big’ school this week in a move to ensure they could return to learning safely, whilst also enjoying the experience of attending a secondary school.

When schools were given the green light for wider opening last month, Riccall Primary faced the problem of safely accommodating the returning students on their own premises, because of social distancing rules. Thanks to an ongoing partnership between the schools, the team at Barlby High School have welcomed thirty Year 6 pupils from Riccall and their teachers into school last week. In bubbles of fifteen, they have been using the teaching rooms and facilities at Barlby High.

Living in lockdown has meant that Year 6 children across the country have not been able to visit their chosen secondary school, let alone take part in induction activities, which would normally help ease the transition from primary to secondary.

Julie Caddell, Principal at Barlby High School, was delighted to welcome the group into school. She said “It’s so important that our young people get back to school safely, but quickly, not only for their education, but also for their wellbeing.

“Like other schools across the UK, Barlby High has been open throughout lockdown, for vulnerable and key worker children, but we had lots of rooms which were standing empty, so we were more than happy to work with our friends at Riccall. They have brought lots more energy into the school and this opportunity has also given the children chance to familiarise themselves with Barlby High, before they move to secondary school in September.”

Nick Styles, Headteacher at Riccall Primary School, added “We’re so grateful that we could work closely with Barlby High School to offer this opportunity to our Year 6 children. It has been a great way to offer the children a chance to experience learning in a secondary school, before they start in Year 7. Lots of the children had real anxiety about starting a new school without the chance to visit first. Thanks to our partnership, the children will be able to enjoy their summer and can look forward to starting their new adventure in Year 7!”

Barlby High School Hope Sentamu Learning Trust is part of the Hope Sentamu Learning Trust, alongside nine other primary and secondary schools across York and North Yorkshire.

7 July 2020

Pictured: Year 6 pupils and their teacher Mr Flatman, from Riccall Primary School at Barlby High School.