Edgbarrow School

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Edgbarrow School
Established 14 September 1959
Type Comprehensive community school
Headteacher Bob Elsey
Location Grant Road
Crowthorne
Berkshire
RG45 7HZ
England Coordinates: 51°21′47″N 0°47′37″W / 51.362931°N 0.793739°W / 51.362931; -0.793739
Local authority Bracknell
DfE URN 110049 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1,236 total
Gender Co-educational
Ages 11–18
GCSE test score 412.5 points/student[1]
National ranking 302nd at GCSE
464th at A-level
Website www.edgbarrow.bracknell-forest.sch.uk

Edgbarrow School is a secondary comprehensive school in Crowthorne, Berkshire, England. The school is the main state secondary school in the area, and includes Edgbarrow Sixth Form College. It previously held the title of a Business and Enterprise College as a specialist school.

The school has approximately 1,230 pupils, most of whom come from Crowthorne schools, such as Wildmoor Heath School and Oaklands School. The school teaches 11-18 year olds, and has some of the best results in Bracknell Forest at GCSE of any non-selective state schools.[2]


School site[edit]

The school is on the boundary of Wildmoor Heath Nature Reserve and covers approximately 5,000 m² (200.5 acres). The school has two large grass playing fields and one astro-turf pitch, which is shared by Edgbarrow Sports Centre, run by the borough council. The sports centre is also used by the school for PE lessons taking advantage of their sports hall and several squash courts.

The School has five main buildings:

  • The Main block, teaching English, mathematics, art, modern foreign languages, drama, music and technology
  • The Humanities block, teaching geography, history, ICT, religious studies and housing the library
  • The Science block
  • The Administration block, consisting of the central office, conferencing facilities and reprographics (photocopier)
  • The Sixth form centre, of which features ground source heating, bat friendly lighting and solar power.

The administration block was built in 2003, whilst the main body of the school was constructed throughout the previous forty years. Prior to the construction of the new admin block, reception was located in a small room near the main hall, which is now a computer room known as IT 1.

Sixth Form Centre[edit]

The Old Edgbarrow Sixth Form Centre (Now HillBlock)

Over 200 students study at the school sixth form. The college has trialled a fingerprint recognition system, which teachers have proclaimed to be moderately successful.[3] As well as A-level subjects, students can also follow a GNVQ course, which is an "equivalent" to four GCSEs.[4] The college is within the top 10% of A-level providers in Great Britain and for this reason the school has constructed a new sixth form centre building to allow for the expected increase in student numbers. The new sixth form building was promised for students entering sixth form 2 years ago but construction was delayed due to planning permission and red tape.

The new six form centre opened in September 2010. The sixth form centre provides Sixth forms with state-of-the-art facilities to improve their learning.

Edgbarrow Swingband[edit]

The Swingband is a group of swingers, led by Tony Evans, containing brass, wood, concussion, keyboards, and guitars. They have played with each other at many local events and schools including the opening of Jennett's Park School, Bracknell in autumn 2011, and have close links with the neighbouring Wellington College Jazz Band with whom they have performed and recorded a CD. They have regular appearances at the school concerts, magic shows and other events as well as hosting their own concerts.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ League tables for GCSE
  2. ^ GCSE results
  3. ^ Fingerprint recognition scheme
  4. ^ Qualifications and Curriculum Organisation

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