Barr’s Hill School was established in 1908 as a Girls Grammar school and although it has changed considerably in the last 112 years, our high expectations and academic curriculum remains the same. Through providing a quality education alongside a range of exceptional experiences, our central aim is to enable all of our students to Build Brighter Futures.
Barr’s Hill School has and continues to improve rapidly. Our best ever GCSE results prove that our students achieve very well, placed nationally in the top 2% nationally for progress made by students. With the support of The Futures Trust, we aspire to build Barr’s Hill into a truly outstanding school.
Whilst the Coronavirus Pandemic is making life challenging for all of us, our staff are working hard to ensure that your child can continue to learn and develop whilst studying from home. Moving forwards, the Barr’s Hill Virtual School will provide you and your students with an ongoing supply of lessons and activities to enable learning to continue for as long as the shutdown lasts.
Through our website, we will continue to update you with government advice and guidance relating to the coronavirus and pass on all useful information. Through Frog, our online learning platform, students in Year 7 to 10 will be able to access work through Virtual Classrooms that have been set up for each subject. Year 12 are all in direct contact with their teachers and should be clear on what is expected of them. In addition to support with their academic study, we will continue to maintain regular contact from hub team, mental health and safeguarding advice from our Hub Team and financial support for those in receipt of free school meals.
As a smaller school, we place emphasis on getting to know our students and ensuring they feel happy and well supported throughout their time with us. Year 7 students join ‘The Bridge’, a custom designed area just for them, with both social and teaching spaces and a specialist team of teachers who are experts in Year 7 learning and progress. The Bridge offers personalised timetables, a carefully crafted curriculum and additional small group lessons so that every student can make rapid progress. In the current situation The Bridge continues to run as part of Barr’s Hill Virtual School, offering the same fantastic learning opportunities and support for students, just not in The Bridge building! Parents of Year 6 children should visit the new Bridge webpage which has lots of exciting activities and information for your child, to help them get prepared for September.
Our passionate, caring and driven staff work incredibly hard to ensure all our students are successful at each stage of their educational journey and have the opportunity to progress onto Post-16 Select, our popular sixth form joint venture with President Kennedy School. Last year, 80% of our Post 16 students progressed to University, with the remaining 20% embarking upon high class apprenticeships or entering the world of work. P16 Lessons are currently taking place via video conferences, so learning continues despite the school closure.
Whilst we recognise it is a difficult time for all students in Year 11 and 13, we are closely monitoring Department for Education guidance and will work hard to ensure that no student is unfairly impacted by the current situation and their hard work will not go to waste.
Our Values are clear and lived by all our staff:
Student’s First – all staff, governors and parents focused upon the education of all our students.
It’s about learning – students, all staff, governors and parents focused upon developing and improving the learning of students.
No Barriers – no excuses, only support, to ensure students, all staff, governors and parents maximise the academic achievement of students whilst enabling them to develop and flourish as well rounded individuals.
We hope this website provides you with some useful information about our school. As soon as we re open we will be more than happy to welcome visitors for a tour. Should you have any questions, please contact us in the mean time via firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, see our new Barr’s Hill Virtual School’s Page for all FAQs and important information.
I hope that you and your family keep safe and well, please do keep in contact with us and we will do our very best to help with anything we can.
Mr C. Jupp