Lady Barn House School


Do both boys and girls go to Lady Barn?

Yes. We have been educating boys & girls together since 1873 when the school was founded. In those days it was very unusual to do so but our founder believed passionately that this was the best way to educate young children and we do too! There are almost exactly equal numbers of girls and boys on the school roll.

What is the age range of the children at Lady Barn?

From the age of 3 to 11 years.

At what age can children start in the nursery?

In the September following a child’s third birthday.

What are the normal entry points for Lady Barn?

We normally admit 44 children into our 3+ Nursery and then a further 22 into our 4+ Reception.  It is also common for children to start in Year 3 (aged 7-8) or Year 5 (aged 9-10), but children do also start in other years according to availability of places.  You can always contact Mrs Lachevre in Admissions ( to check the latest availability of places.

How many children are in each class?

Across the school the maximum class size is 22.  We believe this to be the perfect number – small enough to allow lots of personal attention for each pupil, but large enough to ensure a lively and mixed social group.

What specialist teaching you offer?

Specialist teaching is a key feature of the school.

  • From Nursery – Physical Education/Sports
  • From Reception – Music, Computing, Spanish
  • From Year 1 – Art & Design, Mandarin (in place of Spanish)
  • From Year 2 – Drama
  • From Year 3 – Science, Swimming
  • From Year 4 – French (in place of Mandarin)

Does Lady Barn participate in the nursery voucher scheme?

Yes. Please contact the school Bursary ( and they will be delighted to answer your questions.

Is there a Lady Barn uniform and an appointed supplier?

Yes. We have a very smart uniform which is available from Monkhouse uniform suppliers. We also have a PTA second-hand uniform sale throughout the year. Our PE and Games kit for children in Years 3 to 6 is available from

Which schools do the children go on to after Lady Barn?

There is a fantastic choice of senior schools in the area and we prepare our pupils for all and any of them. Our pupils move onto Cheadle Hulme School, Stockport Grammar School, Withington Girls, Manchester High School for Girls, Manchester Grammar, King’s Macclesfield, Alderley Edge School for Girls, and the local state grammar schools (e.g. Altrincham Boys Grammar, Altrincham Girls Grammar).  See details of our leavers’ destinations here.

Do you prepare the pupils to take the 11+ examinations?

Yes. We prepare pupils very thoroughly take the entrance exams to many schools, including local independent senior schools and local state grammar schools.  In fact we can prepare a child for entry to any school – just let us know where it is.

Lady Barn has an excellent reputation for academia but what else can it offer?

In addition to our academic successes and excellent care, the school offers extensive purpose built primary dedicated facilities, a wide range of educational trips and residential experiences. Our co-curricular activity programme embraces a variety of sports, dance, drama, speech, music, languages, chess, cookery, judo, fencing and much more besides. There is something for everyone.

Are there any arrangements for pre-school and after school?

Yes, the school open at 07:45 each morning and children are supervised by schoo, staff from this time.  A light breakfast is provided for those that want it (£1 donation requested) in the dining room and in the Early Years dining room.

The school day finishes at different time for different children.

  • 15:15    Nursery and Reception
  • 15:25    Years 1 & 2
  • 15:45    Years 3 to 6

All children are supervised in school free of charge until 16:15.  After this time, after school care runs through until 18:00 (charged as an extra).

What about holiday care?

Holiday care is available through an outside company that uses our school site (Funfest Holiday Club) – though in fact several Lady Barn staff are supervisors.  Most of the children who attend are pupils at Lady Barn.

Does the school have a Behaviour Policy?

Yes. The school has a duty to ensure all our pupils feel happy and secure. At Lady Barn we take this very seriously and have clear, written policies covering all aspects discipline and care. Children at Lady Barn are renowned for their good behaviour and consideration of one another.  We all work hard to keep it that way. Copies of policies are freely available to all parents from the school office and can be viewed here.

How can I obtain a list of the current Lady Barn fees?

They are listed on this website here. Please contact the school and our bursar will be delighted to answer your questions.

Can I arrange a visit to Lady Barn?

Contact the school and the Head will be delighted to show you our school during a normal working day. Alternatively attend one of our Open Mornings and a school tour can be arranged on the day.  Please contact Mrs Lachevre by telephone or by email (









We have now re-opened our doors to all year groups, whilst continuing to provide remote learning alongside our in-school provision. Thank you to our pupils, parents and staff for their support during this unprecedented time. We are still welcoming Admissions enquiries for September 2020 and beyond, via email to Mrs Lachevre: or telephone 0161 359 7241.