Barnard Castle School: Barnard Castle, County Durham, UK

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Barnard Castle School is a co-educational independent day and boarding school in the market town of Barnard Castle, County Durham, in the North East of England. It is a member of The Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC). It was founded in 1883 . One of the North East’s most famous schools, Barnard Castle is set in its own 50-acre grounds on the edge of town.  The school caters for pupils aged 4 to 18, with pupils younger than 11 being taught in a separate on-site preparatory school (Prep School). The original building is now used mainly for accommodation and administration. It also contains the dining hall and „Big School”, public school slang for the school hall. All teaching is undertaken in purpose-built classrooms. The school site contains tennis/netball courts, squash courts, a large sports hall and an AstroTurf pitch. A total of £3 million has been invested in the school’s infrastructure since 2008, including a £1.5 million Physics and ICT block, a new hall for the Prep School and a new sports pavilion containing a gym and a dance studio. The school has been used as a filming location for the television sketch show The Fast Show. The state of the art Sixth Form Centre opened in 2015 and provides a unique learning environment for our most senior students. The Prep School has access to all of the facilities of the senior school. It is situated in a separate area of the school grounds with its own organisation, staff and buildings. The school is sited around a main building called Westwick Lodge, „a sprawling Victorian villa with the modern dormitories and classroom block hidden at the rear. Youngest boarders in Year 3.

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7 days boarding: 

£8,100 – £9,650

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Rugby for boys and hockey for girls are the major sports during the Autumn term. In the Spring Term the boys play football, hockey and squash whilst the girls play netball and lacrosse. Both boys and girls take part in cross country running and swimming. During the Summer term, cricket is the most important sport for boys. Teams have toured Majorca and the Caribbean in recent years. Members of the 1st XI often gain representative honours for their counties and the North of England. Girls focus on rounders in the summer whilst both girls and boys partake in tennis and athletics. Sports Day is a major fixture in the school calendar.

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Barnard Castle School Barnard Castle, County Durham DL12 8UN

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