St Bartholomew's School

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St. Bartholomew's School
St Barts logo.png
Motto Ad lucem
(Towards the light)
Established 1466
Type Academy
Headmistress Julia Mortimore
Founder Henry Wormestall
Location Andover Road
Newbury
Berkshire
RG14 6JP
 England Coordinates: 51°23′31″N 1°19′55″W / 51.392°N 1.332°W / 51.392; -1.332
DfE URN 137465 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1,634
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Houses      Curnock
     Davis
     Evers
     Patterson
Colours

Purple (school colour)

    
Former pupils Old Newburians Association
GCSE results 466.9 points/student[1]
Website www.stbarts.co.uk

St. Bartholomew's School (known colloquially as St Bart's) is a co-educational state funded academy school founded in 1466 in Newbury, Berkshire in the United Kingdom. It accepts students aged 11–18 and has approximately 1,600 students on roll, including a sixth form of around 400. St. Bartholomew's is thought to be the 42nd oldest school in the UK still in existence.

St. Bartholomew's is one of only a few state schools to participate in the Combined Cadet Force (a programme sponsored by the Ministry of Defence), with around 200 cadets between the ages of 14 and 18 taking part in weekly training sessions, activities, and residential trips. It is also one of the few state schools to play the sport of women's lacrosse. The school has produced many talented players, some of whom have gone on to represent England and Wales.

The school made history in July 2007 by becoming the first state school to triumph in the prestigious Schools and Universities Polo Association Cup.[2]

House system[edit]

The school operates a house system whereby the student body is divided into four houses, each named for a former pupil who died in the First World War:

Colour(s) House House Head Deputy House Head
Alexander Herbert Davis Mrs. Hodgkin Miss. Thorne
Robert Arthur Patterson Mr. Brennan Mrs. Pritchard
George Ashwin Curnock Mrs. Mounsey Mrs. Kempster
Bertram Saxelbye Evers Mr. Edens and Ms. Midgley Ms. Evans

Patterson House colours[edit]

Patterson house uses the colour gold, whilst purple is used occasionally in conjunction with the main colour. The fourth house in the boys' school formerly always used purple, but switched to the gold of the girls' school's fourth house when the schools merged in 1975.

Competitions[edit]

Students from each house enter into annual competitions in sport, music and drama versus the other houses, where pupils represent their house. Examples of these are the house netball, house football, house rugby, house lacrosse, house hockey, house tennis, house rounders, house dance, house choir, house instrumental, and many others. There are also house plays which are written by year 12 students (aged 16 and 17) and performed by year 10 students (aged 14 and 15). The winning house in each competition is awarded a certain number of points, which are accrued during the academic year. The house with the most points at the end of the year will win the House Championship. Junior/Senior House Colour Awards, in the form of ties for boys and sashes for girls, are awarded at the end of Years 10 and/or 12 to students who excel in a certain field, either academic or extracurricular. The ties are distinct from the normal school tie, consisting solely of the colour of the wearer's house. The sash is white, with the house colour striped through.

Other House Events[edit]

Each house holds an annual house evening, where students entertain parents and staff with music, dance, drama, and comic sketches. Each house also has a nominated house charity. Students try to raise as much money as possible for this charity through sponsored events and activities during the school year.

Facilities[edit]

  • Phase one of the Ad Lucem project was completed in October 2010, meaning that the school is now located on one site, with an entrance from Buckingham Road, adjacent to the old Luker site. St Bartholomew's was formerly based on two sites. The Luker site, at one end of Buckingham Road was formerly Newbury County Girls' Grammar School. The Wormestall site, at the opposite end of Buckingham Road, was formerly St Bartholomew's Boys' Grammar School. The two grammar schools merged in 1975 to form a large comprehensive.
  • Both sites formerly enjoyed large playing fields, tennis courts and sports changing rooms. Some of this space was lost as a result of the building of the new school. However, the school still retains a large playing field, and since the completion of phase two of the Ad Lucem project possesses a sizeable Multi-Use Games Area (or MUGA for short). In January 2014 the planned extension to the Patterson block was complete, allowing more space for the Sixth Form and a much expanded hall.
  • The new school building has interactive whiteboards available in each classroom and many computer rooms. Every student and teacher has a unique username/password combination to access a personalised area of the network. As of 2007, every permanent teacher has a laptop provided by the school, and all registration throughout the day is controlled through a student information system.
  • There is a large hall with a temporary stage, where assemblies and some lessons take place. Larger, whole school assemblies take place in the 'Hub', a central atrium at the heart of the building. The Patterson block extension to extend the hall was completed in January 2014.

History[edit]

The school was founded in 1466 from the legacy of Henry Wormestall who set aside £12 2s 4d annually for "teching gramar scole of the whiche that toune hath grete nede".[3]

Date Event
1466 Male-only St. Bartholomew's Boys' Grammar School founded in a building near the junction of Pound Street and Bartholomew Street. Moved to Wormestall around 1880.
1904 Female-only Newbury County Girls Grammar School founded at the Newbury Technical Institute site in Northbrook Street.
1910 Female-only Newbury County Girls Grammar School moved to the Luker site on the Andover Road.
1966 The school celebrates quincentenary. School Pageant attended by Agatha Christie.
26 May 1972 Visit by Queen Elizabeth II, who opens Luker Hall.
1975 Newbury County Girls' Grammar School and St. Bartholomew's Boys' Grammar School merge to form the present-day comprehensive school.
September 2002 School designated as a Business and Enterprise College – a specialist school status
22 November 2010 Opening of the new St. Bartholomew's School buildings for academic purposes.
30 March 2011 Official opening of the new St Bartholomew's School building[4]
1 September 2011 St Bartholomew's School gains academy status

Alumni[edit]

The alumni of St. Bartholomew's are referred to as Old Newburians.[5]

The Ad Lucem Project[edit]

On 23 November 2006, St. Bartholomew's was awarded a government grant to rebuild its premises. The school was chosen ahead of three other schools in Berkshire: Kennet School, Theale Green Community School, and John O'Gaunt Community Technology College. Whilst several proposals for St. Bartholomew's were considered, the final application involved completely rebuilding the school, with access provided through Fifth Road. This application was approved by a West Berkshire Council Planning Committee on 20 February 2008.[9] The rebuild was completed in October 2010,[10] and was officially opened on 30 March 2011 by The Countess of Wessex[11]

Ofsted Inspections[edit]

The school was last inspected by Ofsted in December 2009 and was rated 'good'.[12]

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