Barton Peveril Sixth Form College
|Type||Sixth Form College|
|Chair of the Corporation||Roger Brown|
|Local authority||Hampshire County Council|
|DfE URN||130701 Tables|
|Staff||167 teachers, 105 support|
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, Quilley 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. A number of students arrive by bicycle, moped or motorbike. Due to space limitations, students are not able to park on-site, although the college has arranged use of car park that is a few minutes walk away.
In 2002 there was an £11.5 million building transformation project.
A £7 million new "Rose Building" providing purpose built facilities for English, Media, Sport and Performing Arts was completed in February 2006, and officially opened July 2006.
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.
Despite the lack of government funding, the college decided to use its reserves to fund building improvements. A £500,000 refurbishment of the library was carried out during Summer 2011. This significantly increased the study space available, as well as doubling the number of computers available. The Glyn Library was newly named after previous principal, Godfrey Glyn OBE, and was opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan.
The college teaches mainly A levels and other level 3 courses. Its focus is academic, preparation for a higher education, as opposed to a vocational focus for employment in the workforce. In comparison to smaller establishments (school sixth forms and some smaller sixth form colleges), a large range of courses are offered. In addition to the standard subjects, courses that are not offered at most alternative institutions include Level 3 OCR National in Media and A levels in Archaeology. Electronics, Environmental Studies, Moving Image and Textiles.
Most students will take four AS levels in their first year and are required to complete four courses in the second year (three A levels is not sufficient). For many students one of these will be an Extended Project, which develops independent learning skills through university style research about a topic of interest to them. General Studies is not compulsory (or even offered).
In addition to daytime students, the college also offers part-time "Adult Learning" courses, taught during evenings and/or weekends. These range from "Beginner" courses to level 4 courses.
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.
The college runs several trips each year on their annual "trips week" – for example New York, Costa Rica, Barcelona, Belgium & Venice. A "Kenyan Adventure" expedition has recently become an annual event, an opportunity for volunteering, but first significant fundraising! The The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a popular scheme.
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.
Barton Birthdays, the student run birthday messaging service, sends out pleasant birthday emails to students on their birthdays.
- Alan Drayton, 1978 Commonwealth games bronze medalist, decathlon
- Joe Brooks, singer/songwriter
- Chris Cobb-Smith, journalist
- 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
- Freya Jones, javelin thrower
- Spencer Kelly, TV presenter (Click)
- Dani King, cyclist: Women's team pursuit 2012 Olympics gold medallist and world record holder
- Kevin Latouf, cricketer
- Katie Lyons, actress
- Elio Pace, musician
- Melanie Purkiss, athlete
- David Nicholls, writer
- Kai Widdrington, ballroom dancer (World U19 Ballroom Champion) and Britain's Got Talent finalist
- Malcolm O'Connell,Olympic swimmer – Munich, 1972
Barton Peveril Grammar School
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- David Campbell, clarinetist, 1964–71
- Prof Malcolm Reginald Godden, Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon since 1991 at the University of Oxford
- Norman Goodland, BBC radio broadcaster
- Sir John Hoddinott, Chief Constable of Hampshire Constabulary from 1988–99
- Jane Parker-Smith, concert organist
- John Sweeney, BBC journalist
- Bill Woodrow, sculptor
- Vic Lambrusco, poet, broadcaster
- Rev Paul Flowers, former chairman of the Co-op bank
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