Retirement After 19 Years at St Bart’s

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.


Key Stage 5 Awards Evening 2018

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.


Sport Ambassadors Training Day

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. 


Champions of Enterprise Final

On 6 December we travelled to Shaw House to take part in the final round of Champions of Enterprise.  After competing with the other teams in our year, we were selected to represent St Bartholomew’s against other schools in the local area; Park House, Little Heath and Trinity.


Positivitree Providing a Haven

Towards the end of last term we laid a paved area around the Positivitree in the Heritage Garden. The tree was planted in the school Nature Reserve in May 2017 to provide a haven for anyone who needs some quiet space. The school officers have ordered some benches for seating in the area, but before these can be installed we needed to lay some slabs.


A Christmas Carol

On Friday 7 December we were lucky enough to get tickets to see “A Christmas Carol” at the Old Vic in London.  When we arrived at the Old Vic some of us were in the dress circle and some in the Lilian Baylis circle, which is the top tier of the theatre. 


Winter Ball

On Friday 23 November, the hall was turned into a winter wonderland for the annual Sixth Form Winter Ball. It was a huge success and a great opportunity for students to relax and relieve pressures from exams and school work.

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