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Y6 trip to Dol Y Moch 18th - 21st October

April 2021

St Bart's Easter 'Walking the way of the cross' Art Trail 

All classes produced some amazing artwork depicting the Easter story. We all took part in our St Bart's art trail to appreciate the artwork and learn more about why we celebrate Easter. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. 

Stations of the cross.mp4

Still image for this video

March 2021

Red Nose Day

Children and Staff had an 'eggcellent' time taking part in egg and spoon races and dressing up to raise £162 for this great cause. Thank you to children, parents and staff for all your donations! 


We are really proud to announce that St Bart’s has been awarded an ICON School status.

What do ICON schools stand for?

• We believe children and young people can positively impact their school and local community, challenge prejudice, foster peaceful relationships and celebrate diversity.

• We believe schools are the exact right place to learn and practice how to be peacebuilders.

• We believe that both staff and students need to learn how to manage conflict in positive and creative ways.


ICONS (International Cross of Nails Schools) is an growing network of primary and secondary schools – of all shapes and backgrounds – around the world that have recognised the opportunity for introducing principles of peace, forgiveness, conflict transformation and reconciliation into their school communities.

In our network we have : 17 international, 18 Secondary, 24 Primary, 10 All-through schools We have ICONS in Germany, Northern Ireland, Austria, Netherlands, South Africa, Israel/Palestine, USA and Hong Kong, as well as our many partner schools in the UK.


In joining the ICONS network, schools also become partners with the CCN and are welcomed into an even wider family of organisations, places of worship, and schools all working towards peace and reconciliation in their respective communities.


ICONS embrace the 3 themes of its sister organisation the Community of the Cross of Nails:

Healing the Wounds of History

Living with Difference and Celebrating Diversity

Building a Culture of Peace


These 3 themes are worked out differently in each ICON School, depending on the school’s context. For St Bart’s, this includes use of restorative practices, lessons on peace-building and reconciliation, use of art and picture books to develop skills such as empathy and forgiveness, and pupil-driven projects to build bridges with the local community. We look forward to organising a presentation to receive our Cross of Nails and celebrate with all our whole school community!


It was so lovely to see so many children celebrating and enjoying reading or sharing books with each. Children and staff enjoyed dressing up as their favourite characters too!

February 2021


Thank you to all the parents who have added lovely comments for St Barts staff, we really feel humbled and appreciate them.

If you would like to leave a comment please click on:

A poem from one of our parents


In EYFS   the children have been listening and reading a range of stories. They have been completing books reviews.

Great work Lille!

In Year 1 the children have loved hearing the story Bears Clumpity Bump.


I really liked this book I liked it when the horse could not be bothered and squashed the grapes drank the water sat on the jam and ate the flowers.  

Great work Ross! 

In Year 2 the children have been retelling a range of stories and exploring what  a day might be like as their favourite character,

My favourite character is Sponge Bob Square Pants and he will cook for the entire day. Sponge Bob Square Pants wears brown trousers. For breakfast he would eat snail food. They would go jelly fishing in the field and go on an adventure to deliver pizza. They would feel happy when they’ve pranked Squidward.

Great work Thomas! 

January 2021


Our collective worship on Seesaw this half term is linked to our value of hope and aspiration and children have been sharing what they hope for this year. Here are some of their hopes:






December 2020


A big thank you to the whole school community for all your donations!

They will make a huge difference to help families in need in our local Binley and Willenhall area over the Christmas period.  


Children made Christmas Cards which were delivered to the Care Home to help cheer up residents and staff. They also wrote a prayer for them.


Virtual Christmas cards will be designed by children electronically to send to friends in their class via Seesaw this year. 

Last week of term children will also be having their class Christmas parties. 

Wednesday 16th December: 

Christmas dinner and Christmas Jumper day Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3

Christmas Service led by Reverend Jon for children and staff at school.

Thursday 17th December:

Christmas dinner and Christmas Jumper day Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6

Recorded Christmas performances for Early Years, KS1, KS2 - Year 3&4, Year 5&6 available to view via Email link sent to all parents and carers at the end of term.



November 2020


We celebrated Interfaith Day on Friday 27th November where all children learnt about different faiths in each class and ‘The Golden Rule’. We learned that almost all world religions preach some form of ‘The Golden Rule’ – the idea that we should treat others as we want to be treated ourselves. We ended our special day with all classes sharing virtually with each other what they had learned, as well as showcasing the different activities they had taken part in and what they had made. Both staff and children thoroughly enjoyed the day! Below are some of the activities children took part in.



We wore odd socks on Monday 16th November in support for our Anti- Bullying week. This week we have  been thinking about how we are all similar and also our differences by celebrating our diversity. Year 6 have shared what they learnt.



Friday 13th November

We raised £157 for this worthy cause by asking everyone to come into school in their PE kits, Pudsey/self-decorated spotty clothing and head wear and donated £1. We joined in with some Joe Wick's sport activities too!



On Wednesday 11th November we were thinking about those who bravely fought and are still fighting in wars. We remembered those who have lost someone in their family and their homes due to wars around the world. We are really proud of Year 6 who led our Remembrance Service. During our service, Year 6 had put together videos to share the importance of Remembrance day and also why we wear poppies. Well done to all of Year 6 and to all the Year 6 staff team who helped to organise it all.


We also remembered the events 80 years ago in our own city of Coventry, when the Coventry Blitz took place and so many families and homes were affected. The message of peace, reconciliation and forgiveness was shared as we watched a video about what happened to Coventry Cathedral.


A big thank you to parents/carers, children and staff for donating towards our poppy appeal—we have raised £215!!  Money kindly donated during the Poppy Appeal supports veterans, Forces personnel and their families who have served and sacrificed throughout the generations, providing aid in many forms – from bereavement support to homelessness and everything in between.




We have been really fortunate to receive FREE AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS with EPIC Academy. They are being organised for Year 3-6 this half term. This is a fantastic opportunity for your child to take part!

October 2020


Godiva have made their own version of the Lord's Prayer - we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!


Our Worship Council led our Harvest Collective Worship to the whole school and they were amazing!

The Foodbank came to pick up the food that the whole school community collected for Harvest. Thank you all for your very much needed support for this great cause!


Hugh McNeil from Coventry Foodbank shared this message:  

Thank all to all the students, parents, carers and staff of St Bart's for your ongoing support. Coventry foodbank has seen large numbers of people attending foodbanks since the start of the Covid outbreak.


Many people coming to foodbank, have been made redundant or had reduced working hours. People have had to wait up to 5 weeks for their benefits to be paid, and others have been ill with the COVID virus. The response to this across the City has been nothing short of amazing. Since the start of March, we have been donated over 220 tons of food and generously supported with financial donations. Every can we receive is vital for our ongoing work to support the most vulnerable in our City,  and we are incredibly grateful for each and every donation.


We are delighted to offer After School Clubs with our fantastic sports teacher, Mr Terry for individual year groups to ensure the safety of all.


Start Date

Last Session

Day/Year Group


5th October

7th December


Year 4


6th October

8th December


Year 5


8th October

10th December


Year 6

All Clubs will start at 3:15 and finish at 4:15 and children will be collected from the front pedestrian gate.

September 2020


We are delighted to still have Rev Jon lead collective worship but virtually! 


We are really pleased to inform you that we have been able to join a national initiative to ensure all children have breakfast in school. During this term, we will be providing all children with the opportunity to have some nutritious, tasty free warm bagels spread with margarine when they arrive in their classrooms in the morning. These will be distributed to year groups in warm boxes and staff will use tongs to distribute them to their year group. We start next Monday 7th September!

Sky Blues in the Community (CCFC) - Premier League Primary Stars Summer 2017

An awesome day for the whole school as coaches from Sky Blues in the Community ran great activities for everyone to enjoy. The coaches were very impressed with our children's work ethics and '/great attitudes'. What a brilliant day!

Silver Success -  Eco Award achieved!

The Eco Team have been working really hard, supported by Mrs Lewis, to achieve their Silver Eco Award. They achieved the Bronze Award last year,and have kept going with their 'green' efforts to successfully gain the Silver Eco Award recently. We are very proud of their achievements, working tigether to make our school a more sustainable and eco-friendly environment. The article below appeared in the Coventry Evening Telegraph last week:

Email received from colleagues at Tesco following classes visiting stores as part of the Farm to Fork programme (13th June 2017)

"I feel I need to send this email to you and your staff, my colleague and I would like to say that every year group we have had visit us here at Tesco from St Bartholomew's have been wonderful. We have a lot of schools visit us all the time and have done for the last three years since we launched the visits, your staff and children have really stood out to us and we wanted you to know!


We have never witnessed such good manners and behaviour on our visits, the staff have been amazing with the children and the children  clearly know what is expected of them.


We have been really touched by every single one of the children that have come and would like to say thank you for letting us be part of their learning.


We look forward to the remianing visits and hope we can work together in the coming years.

Thank you!"


What a compliment to the classes that have visited so far. I was delighted to receive this email, yet another occasion when I feel very proud to be Head of such a wonderful school.


                                                                                                     Mrs Rayson



PC Joe O’Brien Cross Country Race

In May it was time for the annual Joe O’Brien Cross Country race. This is an event created for schools within our local community to honour PC Joe O’Brien, who was a policeman in the Binley area and was a keen amateur runner.


The event is held at Ernesford Grange Secondary School and over 20 of our runners from across KS2 woke up early on a Saturday morning to go and take part in the race. There were over 200 runners from 5 different schools in the race. Our St Bart’s runners did very well and used all of their cross country skills to finish 3rd overall and the boys team also finished an impressive 3rd. A special mention must go to Caiden in Year 6 who finished in fourth position! It was a fantastic run from Caiden who was awarded with his own trophy in recognition of his hard work.


Well done to everyone who took part!

Dol-Y-Moch Mile

In March 2017, a number of our Cross Country runners got up extra early on a cold Sunday morning and made their way to the Dol-y-Moch Mile, as part of the Coventry Half Marathon! The children from right across the School had been training for the last few months in order to complete their mile challenge as fast as they could! Over 1000 children took part in the challenge and it was brilliant to see so many children from right across the city taking part. Our St Bart’s runners gave a great account of themselves, as they tried their best, persevered and ran as hard as they could. The runners were assisted by a number of staff who had given up their time to run with the children.


Huge congratulations to all of the children that took part and a big thank you to the staff for making challenge such a superb event!

Boccia & Archery Festival

In March 2017, a number of our KS2 children went over to the Alan Higgs Centre to take part in an inclusive sports afternoon. The two sports involved were Boccia and Archery. The children were split into two teams and had a go at both sports and competed against other schools. For all of our team, this was the first time that they had attempted Archery and Boccia before, so it was fantastic to see all of the children trying a new sport. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and it turned out that our St Bart’s athletes were rather good! Alan Bush (Year 5) made such a good impression with his Boccia skills, he was asked to Represent Coventry East in the next round of the competition! A massive well done to everyone that took part!

KS1 Multi Skills Event

Year 2 recently took the short journey over to the Alan Higgs Centre to take part in a Multi Skills Competition. The event involved the children participating in a number of activities, based around running, throwing and jumping. For each event, the children were scored and won points for their team depending on where they finished. 


Year 2 did fantastically well and it was clear to see that the children were able to put their skills into practice which they had learnt in PE. St Bart’s actually finished second in the competition, which was a huge achievement! Mrs Sembi went with the children to the competition and she was very proud of the children’s effort and attitude across the event.

School Games Netball Tournament

In March 2017, Miss Crutchlow selected her Netball squad to take part in the School Games Netball Tournament at the Xcel Centre. 


St Bart’s were on fire, winning four games without conceding one goal. This fantastic form meant that the team made their way into the Semi-Finals against Corpus Christie. They were a very good team, which proved to be one match too far for our team as St Bart’s lost 2-1. However, the players left with the heads held high, as they gave a number of superb performances and worked very well as a team. They will learn from the experience which will no doubt make them better players. Well played!

St Bart’s take part in Safer Internet Day 2017

Safer Internet Day is celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide, covering issues from cyberbullying to social networking. Each year Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues.


As safeguarding is St. Bartholomew’s Academy’s highest priority, we take part in Safer Internet Day annually along with teaching e-safety throughout the year to remind children how to stay safe online. This year, children took part in a variety of activities from creating comic strips to composing poems, all to promote the message of internet safety.

St Bart's Credit Union School Bank

Every Thursday 8.30am - 9.30am St Bart's run a savings bank for pupils and adults. As part of the Coventry East Credit Union you can save from as little as 10p upwards. The school bank is situated every Thursday in the corridor near 3W. Joining the school bank is a great way to teach money management to children and the idea of saving for a purpose. Save for holidays, school trips, Christmas or just save! If you would like an application form please collect one from the main school office, or from the bank on Thursday mornings.


St Bart's Sports Event and Reports

As always there have been plenty of activities events here at St Bart's and thanks to the brilliant Mr Terry you can catch up on the reports here!

Year 5 Science Experiment!

Year 5 investigated to find out "If a solution could react to create enough gas to inflate a glove". As a result the children found the vinegar and bicarbonate of soda solution produced the most gas and it did inflate the glove slightly. The solution with water produced very little gas at all.  the discussion then lead on to the difference in the liquids they used and that vinegar was an acid and this is why the reaction was greater.

Rowing Competition

What a fantastic performance  from our Year 6 Rowers, Zina, Nawaar, Sonia and Kaja, who finished second out of 40 schools in their Rowing Final.All of the girls improved their scores from the Semi-Final, showing superb perseverance and hard work to help their team mates. What a team!

Congratulations to Zina, who rowed a mammoth 351m in 90 seconds, which was the second highest score in the competition! 

Well Done Girls!


Christmas Elf Project 2016

Thank you for your support for the Elf Project this year.  The Christmas Elf came into school on Thursday 24th November to collect all contributions and was very impressed with the amount of kind donations received!!!