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Ofsted Monitoring Visit Letter
Welcome to the Barclay School’s website
It’s my privilege to lead the Barclay School on its journey back to good.
The school’s main aim is to develop our students’ potential to the full and to help them grow into successful, caring and respectful young people. In order to achieve this, Barclay provides a safe, supportive environment within which student’s academic, cultural and emotional needs are met. The school motto – “believe, achieve, exceed” – underlines the opportunities for all members of the Barclay community. There is outstanding pastoral support so that our students are able to engage with the curriculum, make progress and enjoy what the school has to offer.
We are ambitious and set ourselves challenging objectives. This is an exciting time for Barclay as we are improving the quality of teaching and learning. Our dedicated and hardworking staff team have a real commitment to ensuring that students have the opportunity to make progress and enjoy success.
This September’s Ofsted monitoring visit found that our plans for school improvement are ‘crystal clear’ and that the new team has ‘won hearts and minds’ of staff and pupils on the journey back to good. After this forensic scrutiny, the inspectors were impressed with what the school has done so far to improve learning and progress, enhance behaviour and put in place the structures to rapidly improve the school.
We set high expectations and, as a result, our students are smart, well behaved and respectful. They have many opportunities for enrichment, both in school and through a range of educational visits, to enhance the learning in the classroom.
I hope that you find this website helpful and invite you to visit the school so you can see us in action. We look forward to meeting you.
Mark Allchorn, Headteacher
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GCSE Results Update
The Barclay School is celebrating its best GCSE results for 4 years. Students performed strongly at a time of significant change in the exam system and downward pressure on results. Overall, 53% of students achieved grades A* to C (9 to 4) including English and Maths. 65 % achieved grades 9 to 4 (the old A* to C) in English Language or Literature and 64% grades 9 to 4 in Mathematics. These good results were reflected across the subject range, with particular highlights in Biology 98% A*-C
Chemistry and Physics 91% A*-C, Religious Education 87% A*-C 43% A*/A, Physical Education 86% A*-C and Geography 31% A*/A.
Overall, students achieved 199 A/A* (or equivalent) grades. Individual students achieved exceptionally well, and in addition to full sets of As, William Clarke achieved 5 A*s and a 9, Joe Newton and Gage Deitsch 3 A*s, Sarangy Sathyan and Alex Haskins 2 A*s. Fourteen students achieved at least 3 grade As. Four students achieved the top grade 9 in English and two in Maths.
Headteacher Mark Allchorn said:
“These exciting results reflect the hard work and determination of our students and teachers. We knew this year of new exam courses and grading systems would be challenging, but I am delighted that Barclay students have bucked the trend and produced such fine results. The School looks forward to welcoming many back to our Sixth Form.”
A Level Results Update
Students Have Achieved 100% A* and A In A-Level Further Maths.
The Barclay School is celebrating the best A level results for three years, showing significant improvement across all key performance indicators.
The overall pass rate for A level was 95%, with 70% achieving grades A* to C and 45% A* to B. Almost all students were thus able to access their choices for university.
This is particularly good news in the light of the national context of new A level courses and the focus on final exam performance.
There were a number of individual notable successes with Jordan Barber achieving A*AA to read Astrophysics. Jade Burroughes A*A* A* to read History, Lucy Brinkley ABB to read Politics, Tom Davies A*AB to read Maths. Ethan Murrill A*AA to read Engineering, Bethany Nobbs A*A* B to read Psychology, Charlie Powell A*A*B to read Aerospace Engineering, Caitlin Sharp A*BB to read English.
Notably, the Maths department are celebrating 100% A* and A results for Further Maths.
Headteacher Mark Allchorn said:
“I’m delighted with the well earned success of all students at Barclay School. The individual results mean that students can move confidently to the next stage of their career. I’m particularly proud that students have worked hard with the staff at Barclay to make the very most of all their opportunities in what has been a very challenging year.”
These results are the first national benchmark of Barclay’s journey back to good. We look forward to further developing the academic success of our sixth form students in a new Sixth Form Centre to be opened in 2018.
Believe! Achieve! Exceed!
We believe in our potential to exceed all expectations and to have a unique impact on the world
We are proud to be members of The Barclay School and believe that education empowers us to shape our futures
We value learning and welcome new opportunities and experiences
We work our hardest and take pride in what we achieve and celebrate the achievement of others.
We strive to make the relationships between all members of our school community warm, positive and encouraging.