Head of Sixth Form's Welcome

Barney Sixth Form is unparalleled: a place where the individual is celebrated and yet the community is at the heart of everything we do. The plethora of opportunities, both academic and extra-curricular, allow students to explore interests and career paths, carving out future possibilities with their own set of transferable skills to stand out from the crowd.

The contemporary workplace demands flexibility and resilience, balanced with the softer skills of empathy and moral poise. All of these strengths are encouraged as a Barney Sixth Former, as every Sixth Former is a leader in our school; it could be through the Charity Committee or as an academic mentor for younger students, through public speaking in our Lectern Club or opportunities on the sports pitch, as a music scholar or member of the Sixth Form Common Room – Sixth Formers collaborate with staff to become the leaders of the future.

Barney offers A Levels, Pre-U and the Extended Project Qualification and all subjects are delivered in small classes by expert classroom practitioners. These forums allow tutorial style environments where debate and individual voice preside; this is further supported by each student having a personal tutor providing academic and pastoral advice, as well as an experienced UCAS advisor and dedicated careers coordinator on-site.

Additionally, our comprehensive Lecture Series provides an advantageous insight and understanding of national and international career opportunities. Delivered within our bespoke Sixth Form Centre, the space itself is unrivalled, not only as a lecture hall, but also as a centre for independent study, collaboration work, and of course, relaxing. Barney encourages a thriving social life and we are keen for students to build influential and lasting relationships.

As the vital link between the important foundation years in school and students’ exciting future careers, Barney facilitates its Sixth Formers in commencing their journey to become multidimensional, open-minded and successful young adults. Whatever their ambitions and wherever their short and long-term destinations, Barney Sixth Form is a place where students flourish: they will forever light up a room.

Fe Beadnell
Deputy Head (i/c Sixth Form)

Fiona Beadnell

Fiona Beadnell

Ms Beadnell joined the school in 2018, having previously served as Head of Sixth Form at her former school.

After studying at the University of Leeds, Fiona gained her Diploma in Management from the University of Gloucestershire before attaining her PGCE and Masters in Education from Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Manchester, respectively.

In addition to her Head of Sixth Form and teaching duties, Fiona is heavily involved in our Combined Cadet Force (CCF) as a Section Commander within its RAF section.