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.
We are really looking forward to welcoming students and staff back to St Bart’s from the 8 March for face to face teaching. We are busy preparing the school for the students’ return including expanding our testing provision which has been running successfully since January.
As outlined in our recent letters to all parents and carers, in line with the Government’s guidance, we will be asking all students to take a lateral flow device (LFD) test prior to returning to school and then two further tests during the first two weeks of school. This is important, so that we can ensure the school community remains as safe as possible. You should have received a letter with further details about testing times.
EDCLUB is a charity, founded by three teenagers to give disadvantaged children a way to learn English and communicate with the world outside the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. An award winning “TED talk” by Prof. Sugata Mitra inspired the EDCLUB initiative. His project empowered kids in low-income areas in India to self-educate, by providing them with computers and Internet access. This opportunity encouraged the kids to explore and learn. This idea has then been adapted for the children in Kenya.
On Wednesday 10 February, students were encouraged to get away from their desks and take a photograph of ‘the first signs of spring’. The response to this was terrific and we have put together a large online gallery of these images. It is such a cheering sight that we thought parents would be glad to have access to them.
Georgina (8C2) and Molly (7P3) decided to raise money for the Izzy Wilson Smile Fund by running a marathon over a week, finishing on Valentine’s Day in the rain! They completed miles at lunch breaks and after home school. They have raised £3,000 so far for the charity which was inspired by terminally ill, 11 year old Izzy who wished to raise money to make children’s stay in hospital as happy an experience as possible. Georgina and Molly’s Just Giving page is here. Well done girls!
We shared some useful NSPCC guidance around keeping safe online with you in the 13 January 2021 issue of Batholonews. To mark ‘Safer Internet Day’, Thames Valley Police circulated some useful guidance for young people and their parents/carers on ‘Cyberbullying and Online Harassment’
If your child, or anyone they know, is facing cyberbullying or online harassment, please encourage them to seek advice from this guidance or to contact their Tutor or House Office.