Welcome to Barry
Barry is one of four Outhouses lining Marlow Hill. Barry and Butler are joined together so you can move between the two Houses very easily. The Victorian buildings have huge character with a central staircase in the entrance, communal living and workspace on the ground floor and all bedrooms and bathrooms are upstairs. Staff accommodation is located on each floor so you can easily call on someone during the day or night when you need. The Outhouses tend to act as sister Houses, supporting one another, but it can get competitive at inter-House competitions! They are each only a short walk from the Main School but far enough away to feel that you have some space from your classrooms.
I am Miss Meadows-Smith, Housemistress, and I teach Mathematics and PE. I joined Wycombe Abbey in September 2017 having been a Housemistress elsewhere and I live in Barry House with my small but very friendly dog, Sophie, who is sure to make you feel at home. Barry has around 50 pupils; from age 12 to 17. The youngest four year groups have year group studies and share dorms, and the oldest pupils have study bedrooms and their own sitting room.
The pastoral team consists of Miss Michael, Assistant Housemistress, who teaches languages as well as arranging weekend Socials with partnered boys schools; Miss Holland and Mrs Couzens are our Pastoral Assistants; Mrs Tarpey is our Housekeeper and we have a Resident Tutor who arranges activities both during the week and at weekends. From hot chocolate evenings, smoothie making, to popcorn and a film, there is always something happening in Barry to help you get to know pupils across the age groups so that you will soon feel part of the House family. At the end of term, we look forward to a House Outing which could be a River Thames disco boat, laser quest, meal out or theatre trip. These are always a great way to celebrate the term together as a House.
We like our sky blue House colour as it goes with most things for fancy dress and face paint, so make sure you bring a few items with you as you never know when you’ll need them! We always try to cheer the loudest at House events and never fail to support one another.
Some of you will move up from Junior House to join us in LIV, whilst others will come into UIV/LV/LVI from different schools. Whatever your situation though, it won’t be long before you settle into Barry life. You will soon know pupils across all the year groups who you can say hello to as you go about your days in School.
With best wishes
Miss Meadows-Smith and the Barry House team