Friends of Barkerend

Parental Involvement

Our Pastoral Team are hardworking individuals who dedicate their time and effort to make Barkerend Academy a happy place for all our pupils and parents. They run a variety of clubs and activities both before and after school and during the day. We work throughout school providing help and assistance in any way required.

They have a fantastic rapport with parents and run a variety of clubs and activities for them too. They enjoy welcoming all parents into school and warmly encourage them to become actively involved in their child’s learning.

You will see them out in the playground before and after school please do come and introduce yourself and feel free to have a chat. We are here to help!

Parent & Community Classes

At Barkerend Academy we embrace our relationships with parents and the local community.

We offer a range of classes and drop in sessions to give parents to come into school.


The school runs English language lessons for speakers with a different language.

The course tutor is Catriona Worrall from the Workers’ Educational Association.

There are four classes each week. Monday 10am – 12pm and 12.30pm – 2.30pm and a Wednesday 10am – 12pm and 12.30pm – 2.30pm.

Please contact the school for further details on how to apply.


The school runs sewing classes for parents and adults in the community.

The course tutor is Safina Khan from the Workers’ Educational Association.

The beginners/improvers sewing class takes place every Thursday morning from 9am – 11.30am. The morning session is run by WEA and is free of charge within a certain criteria.

The advanced sewing class takes place on a Thursday afternoon between 12.30pm – 3pm and costs £30.

The minimum number of learners required is 12.

Ladies Exercise Class

The school runs exercise classes on a Thursday from 9.45am – 11.15am. There may be a small charge for this class. Please contact the school for further details.

Parent & Toddler Group

The school runs a Parent & Toddler group on a Monday & Wednesday from 1pm – 3pm in our Nurture Room. There is no charge for these sessions and all are welcome.

Dads and Lads Library

The school invites all parents to come to the school library on a Friday between 9am – 10am. Dads are especially welcome to participate in our Dads and Lads initiative.