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.
“I wanted to let you know the size of your amazing pre-Christmas donations to the Foodbank. This has now been done and I’m delighted to tell you that the St Bart’s collection came in at an impressive 561.8kgs which equates to 1180 meals
The beginning of term started with a rapid induction into the setting up and operating of a lateral flow testing facility, which we managed to have fully operational for all our key worker and vulnerable students on Tuesday. We have since tested staff and all students in school, including those sitting BTEC exams, with over 200 tested in the first week.
The Five Ways to Wellbeing research, conducted by the New Economics Foundation, is used by the NHS and a range of leading Mental Health charities including Mind. We as a school also promoted this in our 25 March 2020 edition of BartholoNews.
The research identified five key things it is valuable to incorporate as part of our daily lives in order to help build resilience, boost our wellbeing and maintain positive mental health. These Five Ways to Wellbeing are: to connect; to keep learning; to be active; to give and to take notice.
On a cold Friday morning, some tired Year 12 students volunteered their time to help the Newbury Weekly News assemble and deliver Christmas care packages for the elderly. Masks on, we helped the staff to unload a lorry, with bags filled to the brim with treats like shortbread, tea and of course the most recent newspaper. We had a very efficient system, and in no time the stock room was piled high with packages.
The last 9 months have been very demanding within school and we know that our friends in the wider St Bart’s community and alumni will also have faced significant challenges during this time. We have put together an Alumni Newsletter, looking back at 2020 that we hope will bring us all some cheer and respite at the year’s end. When current restrictions are lifted, we are resolved to find more ways of involving our Alumni in the wider life of the school. For now they can keep in touch by joining our Alumni at our Future First portal.
Read our Alumni Newsletter 2020