Welcome from the Headteacher


Welcome to Barton Hill Academy. We are a wonderfully diverse and inclusive East Central Bristol school with a 120-place nursery. Our amazing grounds give our children the opportunity to experience nature and allow their imaginations to flourish. Our enriching curriculum allows our children to travel beyond their imaginations and experience all that learning has to offer – inspiring them to challenge themselves everyday to develop pride in achievement.

I am proud to lead such a passionate team, who are committed to achieving high standards and giving our children the best opportunities, we can. We believe that all our children are unique and have individual talents that make them special. We believe that everyone can reach their full potential through the safe, caring and learning-focused environment that we provide.

We ensure that our children understand their rights through the ‘Rights Respecting’ award from UNICEF. We are committed to inspiring our community though the power of this programme, so they are able to grow into caring members of our local, national and global society.

We sit at the heart of the Barton Hill, and we value all contributions from members of our community – working closely with groups and agencies in the local area. We are incredibly proud of our children and families and the amazing contributions they make to ensuring Barton Hill Academy continues to be a place of hope and optimism. Together we are nurturing and inspiring the community through the power of education.

Matthew Poulson





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  • Here is Term 4 Newsletter - part 1.There is lots of exciting things going on here at BHA. Click the link a read all the key messages from school.Read more February 23rd
  • Here is our Term 3 Newsletter - click on the link and share in all the wonderful things we have experienced this term, as well as some important messages from school #Read more February 9th
  • The BS5 school derby took place on Friday vs - with both netball and football featuring. It was an amazing event, played in the best of spirits. Well done BRCA on the victory and can't wait to do it again. pic.twitter.com/2YwWpDRUOB January 21st
  • The deadline to apply for reception places for this September is 15th January. Please click here to complete your application - Read more are more than happy to arrange a tour for anyone if needed before the deadline.#bartonhillway pic.twitter.com/pEavfzMAHz January 9th
  • The deadline to apply for reception places for this September is 15th January. We are more than happy to arrange a tour for anyone if needed before the deadline.Don't miss the opportunity to be part of our incredible school#bartonhillway pic.twitter.com/J3R9x9XLdX January 9th
  • Please see details of our Winter Fair. We hope to see lots of you there pic.twitter.com/v6QHB8qlXY November 29th
  • Happy Children in Need Day 2023 pic.twitter.com/IhCoR6VVIg November 17th
  • This Friday we have a dress down day and bad hair day for Children in Need. Don't forget your £1 donation pic.twitter.com/hMoJ3XywiD November 15th
  • For any of our families effected by what is happening at Barton House pic.twitter.com/D4zBzFszgu November 15th
  • To all those families effected by the Barton House evacuation, we are here. To all those who responded to the cause for our community, thank you! Together, our response last night was incredible & showed the strength & unity of our community pic.twitter.com/G71cVEZr0G November 15th
  • Happy Diwali everyone! I hope everyone celebrating has a wonderful day pic.twitter.com/woXWS11yKB November 12th
  • As beautifully noted by our children in our remembrance assembly, 'we are the poppies, we are the hope that grows from your sacrifice' pic.twitter.com/lKCBFaeOcM November 12th