The Barlow's Awards

OI Award

Fastest improving GCSE results

For the last two years, The Barlow has received national recognition for achieving some of the fastest improving GCSE results in the country. In 2012 and 2013, we qualified as one of the top 20% of schools in England by improving our GCSE results year-on-year. over four years. Every school in the country is ranked according to how much progress they have made in improving their GCSE results. The award is only given to schools which show continuous improvement.

The rankings were released by SSAT, the representative body for schools. Chief Executive of SSAT, Sue Williamson said,"The Barlow RC High should be congratulated for their stunning achievement in improving their GCSE results. The school has proved itself to be one of the best schools in the country at improving GCSE outcomes for their students. There is plenty that other schools could learn from The Barlow's success. These results are testament to the commitment and hard work of the students, teachers and leadership team at The Barlow and a vindication of their belief in high expectations, good teaching and ambition for every young person."

 Af PE Quality Mark Logo   PE Faculty awarded Quality Mark for their excellent approach to sport

The Barlow's PE Department has been awarded The Association for Physical Education's Quality Mark in recognition of their excellent practice and approach to physical education. The Quality Mark is awarded to schools following an inspection by the afPE, similar to those conducted by Ofsted. A copy of the report is sent to the Department of Education.

The afPE Quality Mark is the bench mark and industry standard for high quality within PE and is a great endorsement that celebrates excellence in the school's management and delivery of PE and sport. The Quality Mark commenced in December 2012 and is valid for three years.

Head of PE, Mrs Scott said,"All the staff in the PE department are delighted with the Quality Mark award. It recognises the strength and quality of physical education and sport in our school. All young people are entitled to benefit from a high quality physical education. Not only do PE lessons contribute to healthy and active lifestyles, there is significant evidence to show that they can help improve behaviour, develop key skills such as leadership and confidence and make a difference to the learning and experiences of children more widely across the curriculum."


Elizabeth ParkePupil receives prestigious award from Prime Minister

Fifteen year old Elizabeth Parke has received a national award after she was nominated for her community work by one of our RE teachers. Elizabeth has been named a 'Diana Champion Volunteer', with the award acknowledging her commitment to helping others and recognising the time she gives up and the things she does to improve the lives of others. Every Friday, Elizabeth gives up her lunch break to call in on residents at a local nursing home. The visits not only build on Elizabeth's ability to interact with different people but give her the opportunity to make a difference to an older person's life.

Elizabeth this week received the award created by the government as a lasting legacy to Princess Diana's belief in the power of young people to change the world. Elizabeth is President of The Barlow's St Vincent de Paul Group, our school's own branch of the international Christian voluntary organisation whose volunteers who offer support to people in the community.

Elizabeth always makes times for others and the long list of activities she has volunteered for includes serving tea and coffee at school events, selling cakes to raise money for charity at the annual Didsbury Festival, meeting and greeting the revellers at our Over 60's Christmas party and dishing up Hot Pot at charity lunches. Elizabeth has also given up her time to visit primary school pupils to help them set up a sister voluntary group. She frequently shares ideas on how to raise money and encourages others to get involved in charitable activities.


 Niamh and Georgia
Top education awards for outstanding pupils

Two pupils from The Barlow have scooped top educational awards in recognition of their remarkable achievements in school and in their local communities. Georgia Harrison and Niamh Sharkey-Milum were invited to Manchester Town Hall in July 2012 to receive their awards at the Council's twelfth annual Educational Achievement Awards ceremony from the Deputy Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Naeem ul Hassan. The awards recognised the girls, nominated by their teachers, as having demonstrated excellence in an aspect of their school or personal life during the last academic year.

Thirteen year old fundraiser Georgia was nominated for taking fundraising to a whole new level with her chocolate mice that she makes and sells in and out of school for 50p each to raise money for charity. English Teacher Mrs Burke thinks fourteen year old Niamh Sharkey-Milum is the girl most likely to run the world. Niamh is consistently top of the class, achieving grade A in her maths GCSE when she was in Year 8, and grade A in English in Year 9, whilst also enjoying taking part in after school activities including school drama performances.