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||Karen Everett|
|Staff||167 teachers, 105 support|
|Age||16 to 18+|
|Colour(s)||Blue and Green|
Barton Peveril Sixth Form College was, in 2011, 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 Harry Newnham Reed Moore (1897--1991), 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, comprising six buildings and a library, is situated in the south of Hampshire. The Chestnut, Hampshire, Mountbatten, Nobel, Rose, and Science Centre buildings each host a collection of the college’s academic qualifications.
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.
The library underwent a £500,000 refurbishment in the summer of 2011, 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 a different scientific discipline: Chemistry, Biology, and Physics respectively. A £1.5 million extension to The Science Centre was opened in May 2019, which includes a new, dedicated Engineering lab.
The College has over 60 A Level and Vocational courses available, alongside a programme of enrichment activities called Q-XTRA. The 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 the Extended Project Qualification, a sport, performing art, volunteering, work experience, or a further experience or qualification.
In January 2020, Barton Peveril was shortlisted for the Tes FE Award for the Outstanding Use of Technology for Improving Teaching, Learning and Assessment Award.
In 2018, the college launched a new programme of enrichment activities called Q-XTRA, which offers students a comprehensive set of wider activities that allow for improvement in one of four areas: Health, Community, Skills, and Employability.
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.
In 2019 Barton Peveril became Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) Accredited. The TASS Dual Career Accreditation Scheme, run by Sport England, ensures elite athletes can compete at the highest level whilst studying.
As well as the clubs and societies led by staff, students are encouraged to set up and run their own groups within the Q-XTRA programme. 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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