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Valued volunteer

Winchester based charity Brendoncare has recognised the contribution of a student volunteer in making a difference to the lives of older people in its care centres and clubs. Kevin Traves received Brendoncare’s first ever Young Volunteer award in recognition of his ability to really connect with older people at The Old Parsonage care home in…

Winning poem inspired by painting

Every picture tells a story – and the opportunity to explore the meaning behind a painting by Victorian artist Edwin Long led to a national competition win for Barton Peveril student, Brigitte de Valk. Brigitte (17) wrote a poem in response to the scene portrayed in The Babylonian Marriage Market, an extraordinary painting depicting an…

Royal appointment

Finding yourself lost for words when introduced to royalty is one thing – but being unable to speak because you’re wearing a scientific mask is quite another! That was the situation rising golf star Emma Allen  found herself in when the Duchess of Cambridge toured an athlete workshop at the GSK Human Performance Lab in…

Barton buskers back internet sensation

They’re the buskers whose smooth sounds turned an 87-year-old dancer into an overnight online sensation. Barton Peveril music students Cally Jones and Jake Baker-Menage were busking in Winchester High Street when their Frank Sinatra cover got the spritely pensioner’s toes tapping. The feel-good moment was shared on social media and retired delivery driver Ronald Burgess is now…

Culture Secretary visits

Students found themselves performing to a high profile audience when Culture Secretary Sajid Javid paid a flying visit at the invitation of Mims Davies, the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Eastleigh. Mr Javid toured art, sport and performing arts facilities, dropping in on lessons, chatting to students and taking in a performance of songs from The Lion…

Championing change

This summer 4171 students across the UK sat A Level Computing exams. According to Joint Council for Qualifications data, just 314 of them were girls – but the number who achieved A or A* grades outstripped the boys by almost three per cent. Among the high fliers was Barton Peveril student, Phoebe Chapman  who will…

A Week in Our Shoes

A celebration of equality and diversity saw more than 30 workshops, live performances, lectures, exhibitions and other awareness events staged in just one week. Sociology teacher and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion co-ordinator, Dina de Sousa e Santos, chose different themes for each day and selected topics which complemented and developed them. She explained: “A Week…

Life-changing experience

A fortnight at the forefront of the civil service proved a life-changing experience for Eastleigh teenager Esme Lillywhite. The Barton Peveril student was one of just 80 people selected for the Social Mobility Foundation’s Whitehall Internship Programme which helps high-achieving students from low income backgrounds gain valuable insights into leading universities and professions. Eligibility for…

High flier

Where there’s a will, there’s a way. And what a way Sam Waddington  chose to prove the old English proverb during a life-changing trip to America. For two weeks this summer, the former Kings’ School, Winchester, pupil joined other disabled UK teenagers for his first taste of solo international travel and an exchange programme focusing…

Results day 2014

We’re celebrating another year of outstanding results and individual student successes after our class of 2014 achieved a 98.1% A*to E pass rate at A Level. A* to C grades were netted by 76% of students with 61% of those taking the Extended Project alongside A Levels attaining A*-B. Top A* grades in at least one subject were secured…