Barry Comprehensive School – A Celebration

Junior Ensemble “When I grow up Naughty” from Matilda

Junior Ensemble “When I grow up Naughty” from Matilda

Barry Comprehensive School’s Annual Presentation Evening 2018 was a resounding celebration of success with over 160 students being nominated for awards for academic, sporting, artistic and personal success across the entire curriculum.

This year’s awards were particularly significant as they are the last ever for Barry Comprehensive. The school is closing at the end of the term as part of the secondary school transformation in the Vale. Whilst September will bring Whitmore High School and an exciting new chapter in education, it is fitting to mark the closing of this local institution.

Barry Grammar Technical School for Boys Opened at Port Road in 1960 and through the many changes in the intervening years has stayed true to the original intent of providing an inspiring secondary education to the boys of Barry to help prepare them to play a positive and successful role in the world. In more recent years, the curriculum provision has become more academic to cater for the rapidly changing world of technology. Barry Comprehensive School was delighted to be announced as one of the top performing schools in Wales for boys.

Mr Lyn Howell, former staff member, local resident and current Governor, returned to compere the evening whilst Mr Gerard McNamara (Headteacher), Ms Antonia Forte (Chair of Governors), Dr. Matthew Griffiths (Chair of Governors 1989 – 2014) and special guests presented the awards and looked back at the school’s long history.

We are proud of our history and what we have achieved working in partnership with the wider community, with support from parents, the tireless efforts of staff and the hard work of students. Former pupils have matured to become informed citizens able to make a positive impact within their local communities and across the globe.

As Barry Comprehensive School’s story reaches its conclusion this summer we look forward to celebrating another set of outstanding examination results and wish all students and staff, past and present, every success in the future.








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