Barnish Primary
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About us

Barnish Primary School is a Catholic Maintained school for both boys and girls. It was built in 1935 to cater for children mainly from Carey, Parish of Culfeightrin. It was originally a small, two-classroom school but in 1973 was extended to include two new classrooms, a staffroom, a hall and a canteen. We welcome pupils from outside the parish. Indeed, attracted by the friendly, family atmosphere of the school as well as its deserved good reputation in the local community, many of our pupils now come from Ballycastle and the surrounding areas. We also welcome pupils of other faiths.

Pupils are taught in composite classes i.e. more than one year group in a class. The composition of the classes depends on the number of pupils in each year group. School schemes of work are designed specifically to ensure progression. Careful planning includes differentiation for each year group and ability groups within a class.

As a small school our pupils have the advantage of being taught in small classes usually well below the average pupil/teacher ratio and so get much more individual attention from their teacher. This advantages the child both in their academic progress and in the pastoral care we provide where each child is seen as an individual, known to all the staff and to each other and where their individual interests and needs are considered in all that we do, put simply, what is important to our children is important to us.

The children, parents, governors and staff of Barnish Primary are all proud of our school. There is a great sense of belonging and community within the school which benefits the children in their academic, cultural, emotional, moral, physical, social, and spiritual wellbeing. The home / school partnership for each child helps and encourages their education in the broadest sense. The energy and loyalty of the Friends of Barnish group and the strong commitment of our governors provide support for pupils and staff.

Aims of the school

As a Catholic school we aim to provide an experience of a living, Christian
community, within which, all members of the school, pupils, staff, governors and
parents can be mature in faith. We aim;

• To provide a broad and balanced curriculum, related to each individual's
   needs.
• To develop the whole child culturally, emotionally, intellectually, morally,
   physically, socially, and spiritually through a variety of experiences.

• To regularly review and develop our provision to meet the needs of an
   increasingly technological world.

• To provide a happy, caring atmosphere, in which children can grow, mature
   and realise their full potential.

• To help children to learn respect for themselves and others.

• To develop self-confidence, independence and self-discipline.

• To give children a sense of their rights and responsibilities for themselves and
   their environment.

• To recognise the dignity of each child as an individual and to provide
   opportunities for pupils to achieve success in a variety of contexts.

• To promote close links between home, school and community.

• To prepare pupils for opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult
   life.