The Barlow has an excellent
extra-curricular programme that offers our students many
opportunities to participate in additional activities. Our
organised activities not only widen learning experiences
but make school life more enjoyable. To view the
programme please click
The school runs a number of clubs
both at lunchtime and after school, allowing pupils to enhance the
skills they have learned during their lessons and gain new skills
in areas in which they are interested. Pupils can join clubs that
focus on Art, Design and Technology, Science, Drama, Film, ICT,
Journalism and Sport.
the Tuesday Lunchtime Science Club build volcanoes and
The Music Faculty offers
instrumental tuition. Lessons are available for those wanting to
learn to play the piano, drums or a brass, woodwind or string
instrument. Pupils who receive free lessons are required to take
part in one lunchtime or after school ensemble. These ensembles
include the School Choir, Vocal Harmony Group, Brass Group, String
Group, Rock School, Samba Band, MC/Rap Group and Keyboard Club. We
also organise school concerts, Masses and Liturgies, fundraisers
and music competitions.
Our talented musicians
perform at the Christmas concert
Performing Arts - School Production
Every year, The Barlow puts
together a full-scale theatrical production. The whole school gets
involved, with many of our students not only performing on stage,
but supporting backstage too. Recent productions have included
Bugsy Malone and Grease.
The PE Faculty operates a wide
range of clubs, from traditional team games such as football and
netball to non-competitive activities such as trampolining. The
school holds competitive fixtures against other schools and we
enter our pupils into as many competitions as possible. We
encourage all our pupils to take part in extra-curricular sports
regardless of their ability. Pupils get a 'sports credit' for every
club they attend and those with the most 'credits' at the end of
term go on a reward trip.
The Barlow runs a series of study
support lessons for a range of subjects throughout each year, with
targeted intervention strategies at key points in Years 10 and 11.
This programme includes lunchtime drop-ins, coursework catch
ups-and revision sessions and provides additional support and
rewards for our pupils.
Trips and Visits
Our pupils have regular
opportunities to visit museums, exhibitions and theatres, as well
as longer residential trips within the UK and abroad. The English
Faculty take pupils to London and the destination of choice for the
Maths trip is Paris.