Barton Peveril Sixth Form College
|Barton Peveril Sixth Form College|
|Type||Sixth Form College|
|Local authority||Hampshire County Council|
|Department for Education URN||130701 Tables|
|Chair of the Corporation||David Blenkarn|
|Staff||167 teachers, 105 support|
|Age||16 to 18|
Barton Peveril Sixth Form College is the seventh largest sixth form college in the UK, located in Eastleigh, Hampshire, UK with approximately 4,000 students. It is part of the Wessex Group of Sixth Form Colleges.
Originally Barton Peveril School was a temporary school, founded in 1904 by the local County Education Authority, to meet the demands of the new railway town of Eastleigh. It had two long-serving head teachers, with Miss Annie Smith at the reins from the start until her retirement in 1936 and then Mr H. N. R. Moore, who again only left to retire in 1963. He was succeeded by Mr R. E. Bowyer.
As the school expanded, larger premises were required, with a house named Barton Peveril purchased by 1918, which later gave its name to the institution officially recognised as Eastleigh County Secondary School, Barton Peveril. In 1932 there was another move, this time to a building in Desborough Road that had previously been used for a school, with the move marked by the name Eastleigh County High School. In 1957, the school moved to its current site and returned its original name of Barton Peveril School.
The last intake to the state coeducational grammar school was in 1972. Since 1973, only sixth form students have been enrolled.
The campus is situated in the south of Eastleigh. Large playing fields are shared with the adjacent secondary school, Crestwood community school. Further education college Eastleigh College is a third establishment on Chestnut Road. The college site has a second entrance on Tennyson Road, which makes Eastleigh high street accessible.
In addition to regular public bus routes, over twenty bus routes are contracted and subsidised exclusively for college pupils. The site is equidistant from Eastleigh and Southampton Airport Parkway railway stations, both of which are within walking distance.
In 2002 there was an £11.5 million building transformation project.
The Rose Building was constructed in 2006, at a cost of £7 million, to provide facilities for subjects including Sport, Media and the Performing Arts. Within this building is the Rose Theatre, which hosts a number of college and external events and productions.
A plan for a complete overhaul of the site received planning permission in 2009. However shortly after this, in the aftermath of the Late-2000s financial crisis, the government removed funding for the £47 million project. One hundred and fifty colleges across the country were affected the government's decision.
The library underwent a £500,000 refurbishment in the summer of 2011, significantly increasing the study space available and doubling the amount of computers. The library was renamed the Glyn Library, after previous Principal Godfrey Glyn OBE, and opened by the then Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan.
In 2013 the Nobel Building was opened, offering facilities for Mathematics, Computer Science, Psychology, Criminology, Geography and Media; within this is a Media Studio and a Radio Studio.
The Science Centre was opened in 2015, costing £5 million. Each of the three floors is dedicated to Biology, Chemistry and Physics respectively.
The College has over 60 A Level and Vocational courses available, alongside a programme of enrichment activities. There College focuses on preparing students for life after college, including Higher Education, Apprenticeships or Employment.
As of 2018, most students select three A Levels (or the equivalent in Vocational courses) with an enrichment option; this may include an AS Level, the Extended Project Qualification, a sport, performing art or a further experience or qualification.
Starting from September 2009, Italian provision was ended, a decision that gathered much criticism, especially from those who were going to be unable to complete the two-year course they signed up for. The college partially backed down.
Multiple college productions take place throughout the year. Recent productions have included The Addams Family, Sister Act and a 1950s Immersive Theatre event where the College was transformed into an American High School from 1958.
Students can play Football, Hockey, Netball, Basketball, Tennis and Badminton.
As well as the clubs and societies led by staff, students are encouraged to set up and run their own groups. Examples of student run groups include the Gay Straight Alliance, the Christian Union and the Debating Society. A competition entry by the latter was praised by the BBC partially because "every part of the college's entry was entirely down to the students themselves".
The Barton Peveril Jazz Ensemble won their section of the National Festival of Music for Youth in 2009. Other ensembles (open to all college students) include a choir, soul band, string group, wind ensemble and flute choir. Other extra-curricular performing arts opportunities include shows, for example in 2012 the musical West Side Story, and the annual Rock Challenge dance competition.
- Chris Draper, olympic sailor
- Tom Deacon, comedian
- Wade Elliott, footballer
- James Foad, rower: Men's eight 2012 Olympics bronze medallist
- Colin Firth, Oscar-Winning actor
- Dani King, cyclist: Women's team pursuit 2012 Olympics gold medallist and world record holder
- Kevin Latouf, cricketer
- David Nicholls, writer
- Elio Pace, musician
- Melanie Purkiss, athlete
Barton Peveril Grammar School
- David Campbell, clarinetist, 1964–71
- Rev Paul Flowers, former chairman of the Co-op bank
- John Sweeney, BBC journalist
- Bill Woodrow, sculptor
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