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 2019.
Last month the combined Year 11 and 10 cadets, with seven Sixth Form NCOs, of the Royal Navy section had a gruelling, challenging and muddy experience at HMS Collingwood, the Royal Navy Leadership Academy.
Over 50 cadets completed the obstacle course, particularly enjoying the fact that the heavy rain of the last weeks had filled the water hazards to the brim and turned every ditch into a quagmire of thick, brown, slimy mud! There was also great fun completing Practical Leadership Tasks under the command of Sixth Form NCOs, as the cadets worked in teams to cross pits of lava, safely dispose of radioactive waste and rescue battlefield casualties against the clock.
Just before half term we were very privileged to be visited by Eva Schloss. Eva is 90 years old, a survivor of the Auschwitz death camp and the step-daughter of Anne Frank’s father. We were able to fill the school hall with the whole of Year 10, over 100 sixth formers and a number of invited guests.
Eva spoke for 45 minutes and you could have heard a pin drop in the Hall throughout her account of her life, from her early childhood in Vienna to her hiding from Nazi occupation in Amsterdam through to her capture and arrival in Auschwitz.
Modern Foreign Languages are going from strength to strength at St Bart’s. Earlier this year BartholoNews celebrated four students who have been studying Mandarin after school and have now achieved amazing top grades.
Last month eleven Year 10 students learned that they had won prizes in a German essay-writing competition run by Reading University German Department and were invited to attend an awards ceremony at the University.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award remains the most popular young person’s accreditation pathway. It is recognised and respected by employers, further education establishments and Universities. The DofE is a programme of activities and camping weekends that is put together by the students and is available at St Bartholomew’s School for all students in Year 9 and above. There are 3 levels; Bronze, Silver and Gold.