What we do

We work closely with schools and colleges to provide independent advice and guidance to prospective students. We organise and deliver FE, HE, apprenticeship and career related activities in primary and secondary schools as well as taster sessions in college and the Higher Education campus. We have key links with all schools in the Barnsley borough and many of the borderline extra district schools. We are able to report trends to help inform marketing and curriculum departments. We take key messages directly into schools where we regularly deliver presentations and IAG sessions. We represent the College, Sixth Form, Apprenticeships and Higher Education at local education and careers events and national UCAS events. We offer information, advice and guidance to individuals, careers advisers and parents/carers to assist applicants in making their pathway choices. We are happy to support college departments to promote their area with additional activities, including taster sessions, workshops, visits etc

Meet the team

Sharon Hellewell (Information Team Leader)

ext. 829

Email: s.hellewell@barnsley.ac.uk

Olivia Johnson

ext. 376

Email: o.johnson@barnsley.ac.uk

Darton Community College

Greenacre School

Penistone Grammar School


Ashley Gillow

ext. 284

Email: a.gillow@barnsley.ac.uk

Outwood Academy, Shafton

Sixth Forms and Colleges

Holy Trinity

Shelley College

Garry Lyon

ext. 609

Email: g.lyon@barnsley.ac.uk

Dearne ALC

Kirk Balk Academy

Netherwood Academy

St Pius X Catholic High School (Rotherham)

Wath Comprehensive (Rotherham)

Winterhill (Rotherham)

Wingfield (Rotherham)

Jo Thornton
ext. 292
Email: j.thornton@barnsley.ac.uk
Cathedral Academy


Outwood Academy Carlton


Michael McHugh
ext. 255
Email: m.mchugh@barnsley.ac.uk
Barnsley Academy

Crofton Academy (Wakefield)

Horizon Community College

Minsthorpe Community College (Wakefield)

Outwood Academy (Wakefield)

Although the college sites are closed at the moment, please don’t hesitate to contact us via email if you require any advice and guidance on your next steps.