Barlow Hall is set in extensive grounds, overlooking Chorlton Golf Club, we are set well back from the road. We have a front field mainly used for sport and three separate playgrounds for Early Years, Key stage 1 and KS2. We have a forest area on the school site where our children access quality outdoor learning activities. Our school is set around a large garden, our quad. Children and the community access outdoor learning in the quad where we run a gardening club.
The school was built in 1931 and is single storey. We have two halls which enables our older and younger children to eat separately. We have a new kitchen that has enabled us to serve food cooked on the premises for the first time.
Our classrooms have all been recently refurbished and we are very excited to have added a Reading Bus to our extensive grounds which provides additional fun and cosy reading space to our classroom reading areas and our corridoor reading nooks.
At Barlow Hall we have a Reading Centre. This supports the teaching of reading, as well as developing professional development programmes for Barlow Hall teachers and staff from other schools.
We also have a Communication Centre, a resourced provision for children with autistic spectrum difficulties or for children with specific language impairments. Although the local authority regulates admission to our Communication Centre, the specialist staff and resources are used by the whole school community.
We have a Therapeutic Inclusion room, our Mizu Garden, which is accessed by all our children and helps support children’s emotional well-being. Children access the Mizu garden as whole classes, small groups and as individuals.
We have a separate and exclusive space for Breakfast and After School Club which is run by the school and staffed by teaching assistants at school. This is a fantastic facility used by families who need child care between the hours of 8 to 5pm.
We also have an Art Studio, purpose built and led by an artist in residence.
We have an IT suite which is well resourced with current technology.
Our classrooms are currently undergoing a programme of refurbishment; three classroom refurbishments have been completed so far.
We have the Darley Avenue Sure Start Centre on site which local families with children aged 0-5 can access. Please see our Sure Start page for more information.