St Bart's is at the heart of the Newbury Community and has a long history, having preserved many of its traditions. The school has an established reputation for academic excellence and we are very proud of the results our students achieve year after year.
At St Bart’s we have high expectations of students, staff, parents and Governors alike and we promote individual excellence within a caring community. We pride ourselves on the fact that every child is individually cared for and recognised for their individual qualities and for the different contributions they make to our successful school.
The outstanding facilities across the curriculum and real attention to the needs of all students enable them to grow and flourish and reach their full potential to build for a promising future on solid educational foundations.
St Bart’s is a forward thinking comprehensive school. Time after time, our results and achievements place us as one of the top secondary schools in the country. A large vibrant Sixth Form offers a wide range of subjects and attracts students from around the area.
The school celebrated outstanding GCSE and A Level results for 2017.
The Award celebrates schools that do exceptional work in international education, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need for life and work in today’s world.
In March, A-Level Film and Media Studies students flew across the pond to Los Angeles. There, we spent 6 days travelling around the city, taking part in film-based activities, from a tour through the iconic Hollywood streets to a tutorial in cinematography at the New York Film Academy. We gained a lot from this trip, it was an experience that we thank the school for providing, especially to the teachers, who gave up their time to manage our trip.
We all saw this as an opportunity to learn about an industry many of us seek to be a part of and as an opportunity to exercise a passion we all share. We all like film, and so it was incredible to be able to feel like we were part of the big picture.
In March, Sociology and Law students from St Bart’s attended a criminology conference. Four guests came to the school and delivered a talk; Dave Wraight from West Berkshire Youth Offending Team, Noel Smith from Inside Times, Anita Dockley from The Howard League for Penal Reform and Esther Schutzer-Weissmann, a barrister specialising in major crime.
The day began with Dave Wraight explaining how Youth Offending Teams aim to identify potential criminals at a young age, and then prevent individuals from entering the adult criminal justice system. Some positive statistics from Dave’s talk showed how the number of youth arrests in the area had dramatically decreased since 2004.
Following our recent short Ofsted inspection, we are really pleased to report that throughout our inspection the team consistently saw strong practice and evidence that the school has continued to improve towards potentially now being outstanding. This is the best outcome that could possibly have been achieved from this inspection. It is very pleasing that the Ofsted team recognised what a great school St Bartholomew’s School is and how we strive for excellence and ensure that students make excellent progress. The inspectors’ praise for the students was of the highest level and they stated that students were proud of their school. As a school, we continually look to improve and ensure we move to being outstanding in every respect. Click here to read the report from OFSTED.