The Barlow has an excellent extra-curricular programme that offers our students many opportunities to participate in additional activities. Our organised activities not only widen learning experiences but make school life more enjoyable.  To view the programme please click here


The school runs a number of clubs both at lunchtime and after school, allowing pupils to enhance the skills they have learned during their lessons and gain new skills in areas in which they are interested. Pupils can join clubs that focus on Art, Design and Technology, Science, Drama, ICT, English and Sport.


The Music Faculty offers instrumental tuition. Lessons are available for those wanting to learn to play the piano, drums or a brass, woodwind or string instrument. Pupils who receive free lessons are required to take part in one lunchtime or after school ensemble. These ensembles include the School Choir, Vocal Harmony Group, Brass Group, String Group, Rock School, Samba Band, MC/Rap Group and Keyboard Club. We also organise school concerts, Masses and Liturgies, fundraisers and music competitions. Our talented musicians perform at the Christmas concert.

Performing Arts – School Production

The Barlow aims to put together theatrical productions each academic year. The whole school gets involved, with many of our students not only performing on stage, but supporting backstage too. Previous productions have included Bugsy Malone and Grease.


The PE Faculty operates a wide range of clubs, from traditional team games such as football and netball to non-competitive activities such as trampolining. The school holds competitive fixtures against other schools and we enter our pupils into as many competitions as possible. We encourage all our pupils to take part in extra-curricular sports regardless of their ability. Pupils get a ‘sports credit’ for every club they attend and those with the most ‘credits’ at the end of term go on a reward trip.

Study Support

The Barlow runs a series of study support lessons for a range of subjects throughout each year, with targeted intervention strategies at key points in Years 10 and 11. This programme includes lunchtime drop-ins, coursework catch ups-and revision sessions and provides additional support and rewards for our pupils.

Trips and Visits

Our pupils have regular opportunities to visit museums, exhibitions and theatres, as well as longer residential trips within the UK and abroad. The English Faculty take pupils to London and the destination of choice for the Maths trip is Paris.