Barr's Hill School
|Type||Comprehensive foundation school|
|Headteacher||Mr Selwyn Calvin|
|Local authority||Coventry City Council|
|DfE URN||103727 Tables|
|Former name||Barr's Hill Grammar School|
Barr's Hill is situated on a spacious green field site just north of Coventry city centre on the B4098 (former A51), south of the Coventry-Nuneaton Line. The site of the former Daimler factory is a few hundred metres to the north. The Bablake School is directly to the west, separated by Naul's Mill Park. The school is outside of but borders the parish of Radford. The school provides an extensive extended school's programme of classes and activities for the local community.
The area was heavily bombed in World War 2. It was an all-girls grammar school until 1975 when boys became pupils there for the first time. It was founded in 1908 with an intake of 180 girls, the original school building being the former house of John Kemp Starley, the inventor of the bicycle.
It became a comprehensive in 1975. In 2006 the school gained specialist Engineering status and acts as a hub for the teaching of engineering in Coventry. In 2010 Applied Learning was added as a combined specialism.
The progress made by students is among the best in Coventry. 44% of students gain 5 or more A*-C with English and Maths and 87% gained 5 or maore A*-C grades overall in 2013. A level results are amongst the best in the city.
Notable former pupils
Barr's Hill Grammar School
- Delia Derbyshire, composer and electronic musician most famous for producing the 1963 realisation of the theme music to science-fiction TV series Doctor Who, and associated with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.
- Susan Hill, author of fiction and non-fiction. Novels include The Woman in Black, The Mist in the Mirror and I'm the King of the Castle for which she received the Somerset Maugham Award in 1971.
- Prof Ann Moss, Professor of French at Durham University from 1996–2003
- Jennifer Page, former Chief Executive of the Millennium Dome project, sacked after a disastrous opening.
- Jean Reynolds, sportswoman
- Janice Tchalenko, potter
- Kay Langdale author
- Rachel Langdale QC barrister
- Julianne Regan singer / songwriter
Barr's Hill School
- Brian Long (b. 1967), author of more than 50 motoring books and other history titles.