Barr's Hill School
|Barr's Hill School and Community College|
|Local authority||Coventry City Council|
|Department for Education URN||142339 Tables|
|Age||11 to 18|
|Colour(s)||Navy and light blue|
|Former name||Barr's Hill Grammar School|
|Trust||The Futures Trust|
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. Barr's Hill also gained foundation school status. In 2010 Applied Learning was added as a combined specialism.
Previously administered by Coventry City Council, in October 2015 Barr's Hill School was converted to academy status. The school is now part of the Futures Trust, however Barr's Hill continues to coordinate with Coventry City Council for admissions.
The progress made by students is among the best in Coventry. 44% of students gained 5 or more GCSEs at grades A*-C with English and Maths and 87% gained 5 or more 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.
- Alison Rose, British Ambassador to Belgium.
- Jennifer Page, former Chief Executive of the Millennium Dome project, sacked after a disastrous opening.
- Jane A. Langdale, Professor of Plant Sciences at the University of Oxford
- Ann Moss, Professor of French, Durham University
- Julianne Regan singer / songwriter and lecturer
Barr's Hill School
- Trish Adudu, a British freelance journalist, television presenter and DJ.
- AA Street by Street. Coventry Rugby (2nd edition (May 2003) ed.). AA Publishing. p. 30. ISBN 0-7495-3973-9.
- "Milestone for city's first girls' School". Coventry Citivision. Coventry City Council. p. 5. June 2008
- LANGDALE, Prof. Jane Alison. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who. 2016 (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (subscription required)