At Barnwell we never forget that the upper school years are a critically important and formative time for each student. Building on strong links with the Middle School at Key Stage 3, our main aim is to ensure that all students continue to achieve their academic potential and enjoy school life. This is supported by the rich extra-curricular provision, which helps students grow as individuals.
We are committed to providing diverse and exciting experiences for our students; and staff are generous with their time and expertise. An innovative and personalised curriculum meets the needs of all students.
The Upper School offers an academic curriculum of many different GCSE courses and A level courses, as well as a highly acclaimed vocational curriculum which is the envy of many schools. Our range of courses is much broader than would normally be possible in a traditional 11-18 school, and unlike many schools our students benefit from a high level of flexibility in terms of course combinations that they are able to study.
This means that our students can experience the widest possible range of learning and training opportunities. Highly effective and specialised supported personalised learning is available for students who need that little extra help with their studies. Many enrichment opportunities are offered in all subjects.
We encourage our students to have high expectations and aspirations in the pursuit of success. We strive for excellence in terms of exam results but also recognise that there is much more to life and to education than just results. New opportunities enhance many aspects of well-being. The school and its students have a responsibility to each other to try new things and broaden horizons. We have a wide range of extra-curricular activities in the areas of mathematics, English, science, technology, sport, performing arts, leadership and enterprise which help develop social interaction and life-long skills.
Every student is carefully steered towards academic success, personal development and individual achievement. We are committed to provide the best for all students, regardless of ability. We make learning stimulating, challenging and fun, creating a positive environment in which students want to achieve their best. We are very keen to work with parents and carers and recognise that your role is crucial to a child’s success and happiness.
Our brand new Sixth Form Centre provides a great opportunity for our students to extend their education through academic and vocational courses. This allows them to gain necessary skills and qualifications to further their education or seek employment. We encourage our students to fulfil their aspirations and make the most of the knowledge available to them. Our Sixth Form students also take advantage of exemplary support and guidance in order to excel. The Sixth Form Centre has a study block, social area, exclusive teaching rooms and an outstanding ICT suite.
Our Upper School students have a happy and positive school life, rich in variety, and with a wealth of opportunity for them to be challenged, supported and successful. We place great emphasis on teaching students how to learn and how to develop the skills they need to become life-long learners so that, wherever life takes them, they can meet the challenges they may face.
Head of Upper School