About our vicar

Fr Barrie was born and raised in Bradford, West Yorkshire.  After a very happy education at Bradford Grammar School, he moved to Birmingham, to read French and Music at The University of Birmingham.  Following this he trained as a teacher at Goldsmiths’ College, London and began his teaching career in Halesowen and then Milton Keynes. 

From the age of 14, Fr Barrie was a chorister, organist, choirmaster and Sunday School teacher at a range of churches in Bradford, West Bromwich (Holy Trinity and then All Saints) and Fenny Stratford (Milton Keynes), and it was from St Martin’s Fenny Stratford that he went forward to train for the priesthood at St Stephen’s House, Oxford.  He served 3 years as a curate in the parish of St Michael Tilehurst, Reading, after which he returned to the Midlands and to teaching in 1998, as Head of Languages at Stockland Green School, then as Deputy Headteacher at Kingsbury School, North Warwickshire.  He spent 6 months as a 'Trainee Principal' with the Department for Education, based at Hillcrest School, Netherton, Dudley and subsequently became Headteacher first at Granville School, Swadlincote and finally at Cannock Chase High School.  From 1998 Barrie was also honorary Assistant Priest at St Michael’s, Handsworth, where he has supported four incumbents and oversaw three interregna, as well as keeping up with his organ playing too!

In his spare time, Barrie enjoys music (especially opera and piano duets), theatre, gardening, cooking, travel and going to the gym.  He is an elected member of the Birmingham Diocesan Synod, the Birmingham Diocesan Board of Education, and a supporter of the Birmingham Changing Attitude Group.  He also does some volunteer work for the equalities organisation Stonewall, going into schools and other organisations.

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