The Barclay School is committed to ensuring that all students believe, achieve and exceed through a positive ethos of support and challenge. Early intervention helps to increase students’ confidence in their ability to learn; helps to sustain motivation, and encourages them to take a more active role in their learning.
The Barclay School is situated in the Old Town area of Stevenage. The school enjoys good relationships with the local community as well as exciting partnerships with local industry and commerce. In particular we are proactive with local technological companies like MBDA, our major sponsor-partner. Primary/Secondary links, too, are well established and valued.
We work closely with other local schools. The aim is to enhance knowledge across all schools and for that to benefit all the students joining from all primary schools across Stevenage and the surrounding villages.
The School Leadership Team consists of a Headteacher, one Deputy Headteacher, three Assistant Headteachers and a Director of Business and Resources. We also have three associate Assistant Headteachers.
Year Learning Co-ordinators, Pastoral Support Leaders and Form Tutors work with students to develop their awareness of the world and to formulate their future career plans. We also have specialist staff who, alongside Youth Connexions, ensure smooth transition and progression at key points from Year 6 to Year 13 and beyond.
All students have regular meetings with their form tutors in order to set challenging targets, develop strategies for meeting these targets and monitoring progress towards them. Tutors keep in touch with parents/carers and subject teachers. They seek appropriate interviews if they become aware of any barriers to learning.
There are five faculty delivery teams – English (Languages); Maths, ICT and Business; Science and Technology; Human Sciences and Expressive Arts. Each team comprises a Head of Faculty, Department Heads, Teachers and Learning Support Assistants with specialisms in EAL, dyslexia and autism. The exact roles of the Learning Support Assistants is determined by the Heads of Faculty but they provide support to teachers through preparation of teaching materials etc as well as support in the classroom with students who have Additional Educational Needs.