The Barclay School

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The Barclay School
Henry Moore, Family Group (1950).jpg
Walkern Road

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Coordinates51°54′52″N 0°12′09″W / 51.914537°N 0.202582°W / 51.914537; -0.202582Coordinates: 51°54′52″N 0°12′09″W / 51.914537°N 0.202582°W / 51.914537; -0.202582
TypeCommunity school
MottoBelieve, Achieve, Exceed!
Local authorityHertfordshire
Department for Education URN117515 Tables
Chair of GovernorsN/A
Head teacherMark Allchorn
Age11 to 18
HousesDe Havilland, Moore, Franklin, & Brunel
Colour(s)Royal Blue
PublicationBarclay Broadsheet

The Barclay School is a secondary school and sixth form located in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England. The current head teacher is Mark Allchorn.

Opening in 1949, it was the first purpose-built secondary school constructed in the UK after the Second World War, and was awarded a Festival of Britain architectural award in 1951.[1] In May 2009, the school celebrated its 60th anniversary.

The school contains a large bronze statue by Henry Moore, Family Group,[2] which was placed at the school's main entrance and is now inside and can be seen in the front of the school. On the 22nd of January, 2018, the BBC visited the school to clear up why the statue had been moved, as there had been an attempted robbery on it in 2009.

The Barclay School Karting team has been around since 1971.[3]

The school's Ofsted report in May 2012 categorised Barclay as 'satisfactory' with good capacity to improve. In 2016, the school was rated as 'inadequate' by Ofsted and they put an academy order on it. A multi-academy trust is set to take over the school in January 2019, however, a petition to remove the order was delivered to the Department for Education in December 2018, after a new headteacher and senior leadership team allowed the school to improve to a rating of 'requires improvement' with elements of 'good'.[4]

The school is well known for its open riser stairs, being some of the first in the country, and its astro-turf, which was funded by a successful campaign from the National Lottery.


  1. ^ "Barclay School". Our Stevenage. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Family Group 1949". Tate. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  3. ^ Barclay School Karting Team
  4. ^ McEvoy, Louise (11 December 2018). "Petition taken to Westminster in bid to stop forced takeover of Stevenage school". The Comet. Retrieved 12 December 2018.