Luke Barlow Wins National Award

Former Park House student, Luke Barlow, received national recognition for his outstanding work when he was announced winner of the British Education Award for the category ‘A Level South of England’.

Luke, now 19, from Newbury, was one of 76 finalists shortlisted from across the UK. Unfortunately, Luke who is currently reading Medicine at St Andrew’s University, was unable to make the Award ceremony in London last week due to the snow, but his parents were there to represent him.

Luke Barlow
Luke Barlow receiving The Headteacher's Living The Values Award in 2016

Luke Barlow's Dad
Luke Barlow's father receiving the BEA award on his behalf

Luke was nominated for the ‘A Level South of England Award’ by Headteacher, Derek Peaple, after achieving 4 A*s in A Level Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology last summer.

During his time at Park House school, Luke touched lives that extended beyond the school community. In his role as Head Boy, Luke coordinated the Student Council and established a Rotary Interact Club to promote charitable fundraising activities across the school.

Whilst at the school, Luke received our ‘Living the Values’ Headteacher Award in 2016, presented annually to the student who most demonstrates the Olympic and Paralympic values of Excellence, Inspiration, Determination, Courage, Respect, Friendship and Equality.

In addition to this, Luke volunteered as a carer for orphans in Tanzania, and whilst there, provided support to medical professionals at the local hospital.

Closer to home, Luke worked as a voluntary carer at West Berkshire Mencap for two years whilst studying for A Levels at Park House School Sixth Form.

Luke’s success in receiving this award couldn’t be more deserved and we are thrilled for him. During his time as Head Boy he wonderfully combined the range of personal and academic qualities reflected in the recognition by the BEA Awards. He is an exceptional young man who has already made a very special difference to many people’s lives and is now set to continue to do so for many years ahead.

All Finalists had demonstrated an extremely high level of discipline in order to achieve top grades, and this was further highlighted when taken in context with their extensive extracurricular responsibilities. The judging panel was  impressed by the extra measures students had taken to advance their learning, with many having undertaken additional study and work placements to achieve their goals. They had also shown significant dedication to mentoring and supporting fellow students through peer study groups, after school clubs and societies.

It’s the second time in the last three years that a Park House student has been shortlisted for this prestigious award and reflects the way in which we provide opportunities for students to flourish academically, as young leaders and in their contribution to the wider community.