Barnard Castle School is committed to providing an outstanding educational experience for boys and girls from the local area, throughout the United Kingdom and the world. Grounded in Christian values, we provide an environment where each child is nurtured and encouraged to develop to their full potential. We celebrate success within and beyond the classroom in a close community, bound by a spirit of endeavour, compassion and enjoyment in everything we do. We believe that boys and girls learn to live and work together best in an unpretentious, open and respectful atmosphere, as befits our school’s foundation and values.
We provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all, promoting academic rigour and the rewards of endeavour, the wonder of discovery and the richness that comes from an aptitude for life-long learning. Equally essential to the success of our boys and girls is the development of confidence, integrity, resilience and teamwork, which are learned in a range of sports and a wealth of cultural and co-curricular activities. Pupils also learn a sense of duty, selflessness and the importance of community.
Our nurturing environment ensures that every child will find his or her niche here and have the opportunity to embrace new challenges in an atmosphere of supportive encouragement. We believe in giving our children space to enjoy their childhood without pressure to grow up too quickly. As they progress though the school, pupils develop and exercise leadership in a caring, collaborative and dynamic relationship with their peers, teachers and house parents.
At the heart of all that we do lie the values of Barnard Castle School which, since 1883, have been:
Barnard Castle School aims to:
The Kenneth King Centre
Our state-of-the-art study and learning centre opened in 2016 and is Teesdale’s only conference facility. Providing an outstanding study and social space for our Sixth Form during term time, its versatility in layout and function can be adapted to meet a range of needs, from small private meetings or round-table board meetings to seminars, presentations with break-out areas, arts events requiring exhibition space and social gatherings.
Blending traditional character with high-tech features, the centre is flooded with natural light, is spacious and airy, boasts excellent acoustics.Its features include:
Room configurations and features:
Meeting Room 1 & 2 combined
Lecture style – 50 with interactive white board
Boardroom including centre seats – 30
Formal boardroom – 22
Classroom style – 24
Meeting room 1
Lecture style – 20 with interactive white board
Formal boardroom – 16
Classroom – 8
Meeting room 2
Lecture style – 20-25
Formal boardroom – 16
Classroom – 8
Meeting room 3
Classroom – 18
Solid boardroom – 18
Lecture style with interactive white board – 40
100-120 lecture space
50 soft seating
75 for table study (approx. 16 per table)
Large, drop-down projection or TV screen
Public access IT workstations
Access to kitchen and servery
Cold water fountain
Fridge/freezer/commercial dishwasher with 3-minute cycle
3 kitchen stations – one with combi-oven, microwave and separate hob; two with oven, hob and microwave
Glass-front fridge for bar service
Servery to central area.
Victorian panelled dining room – capacity 200
Located within the oldest part of the school building dating back to 1883, our magnificent dining room offers a unique and atmospheric setting for functions such as a drinks reception, buffet lunch or sit-down dinner. The room can be laid out to suit specific requirements and our experienced serving staff can be available to support your event.
The Estate and Grounds
Our 50 acres of gardens, fields, pitches and both indoor and outdoor sports facilities offer the ideal venue for office or industry ‘away days’ for team building, coaching or simply to meet in a peaceful and inspiring environment.
Our sports and leisure facilities include:
We are lucky to be based in one of the most beautiful areas of Britain with the River Tees and the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on our doorstep. Our events team can provide information and recommendations on all that our area has to offer should you wish to extend your stay or make use of the natural landscape and leisure pursuits around us.
Overnight Accommodation – capacity 190
With a range of single, double, triple and dormitory-style bedrooms – some with en suite bathrooms – we are uniquely placed in the area to be able to offer overnight accommodation to large numbers of delegates or guests. The school works especially well for those wishing to consider a residential course; many educational visits have enjoyed Barnard Castle School’s facilities over the years.
Barnard Castle School was founded as a boarding school more than 130 years ago and since then we have gained decades of experience in providing the outstanding care, comfort and camaraderie required to ensure our boarders excel. From our youngest boarding boys and girls in Year 3 to Sixth Formers and international students, our 200-strong boarding community is rich in diversity and makes a significant contribution to the life of the school.
Families choose boarding for a number of reasons unique to their circumstances – parents’ work commitments that take them away from home; a chance to avoid lengthy daily travel to and from school and create valuable time for activities or prep; a first taste of independent living as preparation for university; and the experience of life in a different country are just some of the reasons. As well as providing full time boarding, flexi and occasional boarding is available as we seek to meet the demands and different needs of individual families.
Common across our boarding houses is the chance for students to make lifelong friendships and enjoy experiences together as part of a close-knit community within a socially-stimulating and stable environment. The structure of organised nightly prep is appreciated by many and can enhance academic performance, but as well as creating time to study, boarding is tremendous fun with plenty of varied activities and optional trips every Sunday after a traditional roast lunch.
Our boarding house masters and mistresses are extremely dedicated; for them caring for and supporting their boarders is paramount and they ably and enthusiastically fulfil the role of in loco parentis. Boarding does not necessarily mean long separation from family and friends outside school. Exeat weekends punctuate each half-term and parents are welcome to attend Chapel services, to watch our regular musical and dramatic productions and to join pupils pitch-side at sporting fixtures throughout the year.
There are four boarding houses:
Each Senior house has its own identity and the boarders are proud to represent their house in a broad range of house competitions throughout the school year.
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