The Barclay School

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The Barclay School
Henry Moore, Family Group (1950).jpg
Motto Believe! Achieve! Exceed!
Established 1949
Type Community school
Headteacher Debbie Upton
Chair of Governors Andrew Boakes
Location Walkern Road
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Local authority Hertfordshire
DfE URN 117515 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1100
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Houses DeHavilland, Moore, Franklin & Brunel
Colours Blue Yellow & Black
Publication Barclay Broadsheet

The Barclay School is a secondary school and sixth form located in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England. The current head teacher is Debbie Upton, appointed 5 September 2011.[1]

Opening in 1949, it was one of the first purpose-built secondary schools constructed in the UK after the Second World War, and was awarded a Festival of Britain architectural award in 1951.[2] In May 2009, the school celebrated its 60th anniversary.

The school contains a large bronze statue by Henry Moore, 'The Family Group',[3] which was placed at the school's main entrance and is now inside and can be seen in the front of the school.

The Barclay School Karting team has been around since 1971.[4]

The school Ofsted review in May 2012 categorised Barclay as 'satisfactory' with good capacity to improve.

The school is well known for its open riser stairs, being some of the first in the country.


  1. Headteacher statement
  2. "Barclay School". Our Stevenage. Retrieved 12 March 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  4. Barclay School Karting Team