Welcome from Head of College
“I am immensely proud to be Head of Barrow Hall College. From this privileged position, I witness on a daily basis how truly remarkable, resilient, determined and generous in spirit our students can be. Not only am I proud of the academic successes of our students and the positive impact they have on our community, but also of their personal achievements, and the barriers and adversities that they overcome to become the confident, well-rounded individuals who leave us equipped for the next stage of their lives. It is the small, cohesive nature of our college team that ensures individual success. We all share the same aim – to give you, the student, the academic and pastoral care needed to reach your full personal and academic potential. Our robust tracking and monitoring systems are rigorous whilst being supportive in nature, individualising intervention and involving students and parents in target setting.
In year 12 our students join the academic pathway (3 A levels), vocational pathway (3 vocational courses) or the mixed pathway (a combination of academic and vocational courses). Students receive 10 hours of teacher contact over a two-week timetable on each course. In addition to this they undertake a curriculum enrichment programme on a Wednesday afternoon. The vast majority of our high achieving students will also undertake the Extended Project Qualification in Year 12. A package of PSHE and CEIAG is delivered during personal development sessions delivered by the tutor team. In the summer term Year 12 undertake a weeklong executive shadowing placement.
In Year 13 our students continue their chosen academic, vocational, or mixed pathway whilst receiving individualised advice and guidance in relation to their post-18 intentions including their UCAS applications, interview, and admission testing preparation in tutor led sessions. The PSHE programme continues to run throughout Year 13.
Choosing the right college and programme of post-16 study is undoubtedly important, and a potentially daunting prospect. We aim to make this an easier decision making process by supporting your transition throughout year 11. This prospectus is only the start of a more detailed programme of transition, including an open evening, taster day, guidance interviews, study skills sessions, subject masterclasses and summer transition day. Our dedicated and experienced Heads of Year and Tutors are well placed to guide you through this process and to offer the information, advice and guidance needed to make informed decisions.
Our aim is to get to know you, your strengths, your existing goals and future ambitions. We can then tailor and shape your college study programme and additional experiences to help you achieve your aspirations. Our knowledge of our students and how they learn best is key to their success and it is the strong relationships which exist between staff and students that create a college community where each person is valued and can flourish. At Barrow Hall College, you are not a number, you are a valued individual.
The vibrant, positive and friendly atmosphere of the college reflects this. We are an ambitious college, with high aspirations for students and ourselves. We do not sit still, but strive to engage with parent and student feedback to continuously improve our provision and student outcomes.
I do hope that you find the course and facilities information contained in this prospectus useful, and that you decide to join us in September 2021. I look forward to welcoming you to our college at our up and coming transition events.”
Rhianne Bond – Head of College
Welcome from College President
“Welcome to Barrow Hall College. As a college, we value support, opportunity and success. Studying in a friendly, supportive environment with unlimited student guidance, we believe you will have a memorable and successful sixth-form college experience.
My role as College President is to represent the student body and guide the student leadership team in their roles. The team works closely and cooperatively with students to ensure that their voices are heard. The staff have a ‘you said, we did’ approach, and many of the improvements made in college stem from student voice activities. There are multiple leadership roles that you can apply for in September including Vice President and Lead Ambassador for fundraising, events or outreach. Not only does being on the leadership team open doors to new experiences and friendship groups within college it helps to develop important skills valued by universities and employers. Our hard work is always recognised by the staff and the leadership team are taken on rewards trips such as to Alton Towers, the Manchester Christmas Markets and bowling.
The tutors in our college are friendly and open minded, helping you to develop a strong link with them. A close student-teacher relationship is vital as we are always encouraged to ask for help when we need it. We are provided with monthly mentoring sessions with our personal tutors. In these sessions we discuss our progress, and any concerns both academically or in our lives generally. I have found these sessions extremely useful, especially when starting the university application process. I received a remarkable standard of advice and guidance, including one to one guidance on my personal statement which made me feel much more confident in what I had done. I believe this expert guidance puts us at BHC ahead of others applying to university or for apprenticeships, giving us a competitive edge.
At BHC, we are given countless opportunities to develop ourselves but also to give back to the community. We pride ourselves on our community work, whether that is tutoring year 6 students at the primary schools in the Omega Multi-Academy Trust, preparing them for their SATs or fundraising for our chosen charities including Alder Hey Hospital.
Despite A-Level and Level 3 BTEC study being a big jump from GCSE, you will be fully supported by teachers who are experts, not only in their subject at KS5 but in the difficulties students usually face transitioning from school to college. The quality of teaching at the college is fantastic, meaning that not only do we enjoy our lessons, but we leave feeling satisfied that we have made progress and can confidently get on with independent study.
I can’t wait to meet you and welcome you all at our open events this year and hope that you will consider joining the leadership team.”
Luke Murray - College President