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 2018.
Deputy Headteacher, Mrs Sims, retired at Christmas after 19 years at St Bart’s. Mrs Sims has contributed much to the leadership of the school and the House system, which we celebrated 100 years of last year. She says this will be one of her fondest memories of a school which, like most educational establishments, has seen much change. Mrs Sims was teaching at St Bart’s when we moved to our current building in 2010.
Mrs Sims was also instrumental in the success of the school’s 2007 polo team being the first state school to win the Schools and Universities Polo Association Cup. The story of the team captured the imagination of the nation’s press with much national coverage following thereafter and even a screenplay penned by Julian Fellows.
Over 200 former Sixth Form students and their parents/carers returned to be awarded with A Level certificates and prizes at the annual KS5 Awards Evening. Students were joined by parents, teachers and governors, as well as the Mayor of Newbury, Councillor Margo Payne, Chairman of West Berkshire Council, Councillor Carol Jackson-Doerge and Councillor Howard Bairstow, to celebrate their outstanding achievements.
As newly appointed Sports Ambassadors for St Bart’s, we went to the Berkshire Schools Inspire Academy Day at Theale Green School. We learnt about how to run sports sessions, make them fun and engaging, to motivate students and make sessions fully inclusive.
The day started with a talk from former British Olympic and Commonwealth swimmer, Tom Haffield. Tom spoke to us about the achievements throughout his career and how he had got there through hard work, dedication and sacrifices, by him and his family, starting at the very young age of 2.