Sixth From Centre

Head of Sixth Form's Message

Barney Sixth Form is different. We offer our students the opportunity to develop their own set of transferable skills. This gives them the foundation to embrace challenges in their future, and within the modern workplace. The growing competition for places in higher education from the UK and abroad, an ever-changing global market and the inevitability of emerging industry demands this.

As educators, we look ten years ahead. With the rise of artificial intelligence, softer skills are vital. We equip our students with the ability to make judgements, show empathy and build a moral compass, whilst defining their own academic thread. Barney offers A Levels, Pre-U and the Extended Project Qualification and all subjects are delivered in small classes by expert classroom practitioners. There are also infinite opportunities for development outside of the classroom: drama, art and design, sport, music, school leadership, CCF, public speaking, and our tailored lecture series are just the beginning.

In the Sixth Form, not only does every student have a personal tutor providing academic and pastoral advice, they have an experienced UCAS advisor and dedicated careers co-ordinator on-site. Furthermore, our bespoke Sixth Form Centre is unrivalled in the space it gives our students to work independently, share conversation and experiences with peers and tutors alike, and of course to relax. Barney encourages a thriving social life and we are keen for students to build influential and lasting relationships.

Overall, Barney supports its Sixth Formers in starting their journey to become multi-dimensional, open-minded and resilient young adults. Whatever they want to be, or wherever they want to go, we will guide them with expert teaching and outstanding advice.

David Cresswell
Deputy Head (i/c Sixth Form)

David Cresswell

David Cresswell

As the son of a British Diplomat, I have moved all over the world. I was born in Berlin and have lived in Brussels, Prague, London and even Kingston, Jamaica. I completed my secondary education at Cranleigh School in Surrey, before moving up to Lincoln College, Oxford to read German and Linguistics. At university, I enjoyed performing in several Oxford University Dramatic Society productions, including in a tour to Japan, and I played Blues Hockey, which culminated in a season as captain in my final year.  In my teaching career, I have taught Modern Languages and Theatre Studies to A-Level, as well as coached 1st XI hockey and 1st VI tennis.

My favourite aspect of my job is helping our Sixth Formers be ambitious in achieving their next step in life: whether that is going on to university, an apprenticeship or getting their first job.

I currently live in Richmond with my wife Aynsley, a local GP.