Barry Comprehensive School opened its doors to new students in Year 7 and Year 12 last week.
The Year 7 students looked very smart as they took this significant step on their learning journey. Headteacher Gerard McNamara welcomed the boys and outlined the challenges and opportunities ahead of them as they work towards their GCSE examinations in 2019.
All students joining the Barry Sixth Form met for a special induction day. The new students were addressed by Mr McNamara, new Deputy Headteacher Andrew Thompson and Head of Sixth Form Rob Bourton. Students then followed a series of activities designed to help them think about 6th Form and beyond. Mark from ‘Positively Mad’ presented ‘Bridging the Gap’, looking at how A Level study differs from GCSE study. James Brennan from Cardiff Metropolitan University led a session looking ahead to options for further study and employment. The Drama Studio was used for team building exercises and offered students a chance to get to know each other. Finally, students were encouraged to consider their own aims and aspirations in a written exercise.
Head of Sixth Form Rob Bourton said, “It was excellent to see so many students choosing to return to the sixth form following their success at GCSE.”