Barry Island Primary School pupils aim to boost tourism with QR Code trail

21 June 2017

Pupils from Barry Island Primary School have designed a Quick Response Code story trail around Barry Island in a bid to boost local tourism.


 Barry Island Primary with John Thomas and Mayor. QR code


The children came up with the idea after being asked to develop an ICT project that would promote their work and the local area.

It involves QR codes being placed around the island that when scanned by a mobile phone link to a page on the school’s website with information about that particular feature.

There are eight codes in all, located at St Barac’s Church, the Lighthouse, Jackson’s Bay, Nell’s Point, the Fairground, Whitmore Bay, Friars Point and Old Harbour/Watch Tower Bay.

QR logoThe project makes use of wifi available at Barry Island, the first beach front in the UK where this is available.

Headteacher Matthew Gilbert said: “The aim is to celebrate local history, key locations and embrace children’s imaginations.


The children wanted to help bring tourists to the area and utilise the fantastic new wifi put in place by Dave Vining, our Chair of Governors, and the ICT team at the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

“It was decided to tie the project in with healthy schools initiatives for increasing physical activity and enhancing outdoor learning. We feel it is an exciting opportunity to share children’s writing and create a buzz around Barry Island for all ages. A project of this magnitude will give the new generation of tourists an exciting and innovative method of visiting the Island.”

John Thomas, Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council said: “The children of Barry Island Primary School have come up with a truly innovative idea that helps make the most of the modern facilities available at Barry Island.

“The island has undergone major regeneration work in recent years and became the first beach front in the UK where wifi is available. Such work has helped boost the island’s appeal with residents and tourists alike, and this informative and interesting story trail is yet another feature for visitors to enjoy.”

Further information about the QR story trail can be found at   


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