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       Ofsted has identified the following strengths for the school in their April 2018 report.        "Determined senior leadership is making a positive difference to the quality of education that the school provides."       "The standard of pupils' behaviour has improved. The School is a calm and orderly place to be."        "Sixth-Form students make good progress on post-16 courses. Their attendance has improved markedly this year."        "Staff at all levels give high priority to pupils' safety and welfare. There is a strong culture of safeguarding across the school."


Headteacher’s Welcome


I am delighted to welcome you to The Barclay School’s website. It is my privilege to lead Barclay on its journey back to good. Ofsted have now clearly recognised the rapid progress the school is making in their recent full report of April 2018. The school achieved a good judgement in two out of five areas, including pupil behaviour and welfare. I am delighted that they refer to the steely determination of school leaders in driving improvement and the report evidences the very positive features that make this school a good place for all our students to be.

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. Ofsted recognised this in their report as a major strength of the school and I would like you to see and hear this for yourselves. The school is growing strongly once more, but we still endeavour to meet the needs of children here as individuals. We are ambitious and set ourselves challenging objectives. This is an exciting time for Barclay as we have rapidly improved 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.

We set high expectations and, as a result, our students are smart, well behaved and respectful. Students have many opportunities for enrichment, both in school and through a range of educational visits, to enhance their learning in the classroom. I hope that you find our website helpful. We look forward to welcoming you to the Barclay School to see us at first hand. If you are looking for the best school to meet the needs of your son or daughter I trust you will join the many families that have now entrusted us with the education of their children.

Mark Allchorn,
Headteacher


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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.

Barclay school Sixth Formers are celebrating their A level success today. These results are the best the school has seen recently and indicate a positive value added score of +0.15. Most Sixth Formers achieved their predicted grades and are therefore 95% were able to take up their first choice place at university this September.  All those who wanted to go on to university or further training have been successful in gaining a place on a course that is right for them. Students have gained university places for Science, the Music and the Arts and Humanities.

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.

Last few remaining places are available for A Level and BTEC courses – contact Mr Norwood norwoodk@barclay.herts.sch.uk to discuss further opportunities.


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.”

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