The Governing Body comprises Foundation Governors and Nominated Governors. The appointment of a Foundation Governor is made by the Governors at a special meeting and is usually for a five-year term. Nominated Governors must be appointed as follows: one by the County Council of Durham, one by the Old Barnardians’ Club, one by the Senate of Newcastle University and one by the Senate of Durham University.

The full Governing Body meets at least once each term. The Sub-Committees of Education & Welfare, House & Finance and Estates & Development all meet at least termly.


Mr P Mothersill

Vice Chairs:

Mrs C J Sunley and Dr J Elphick

Chair of House & Finance sub-committee:

Mrs C Sunley

Chair of Education & Welfare sub-committee:

Mrs R Dent

Chair of Estates & Development sub-committee:

Mr D C Osborne
Mr C Dennis
Mrs R Dent
Mr A Fielder
Mr P Hodges
Mr J Hunter
Mr I Moffatt
Ms C Newnam
Mrs K Pratt
Councillor Richardson
Mr D F Starr
Dr N Thorpe
Mrs D Vinsome
Clerk to Governors: Mrs S Metcalf, Barnard Castle School, Newgate, Barnard Castle, Co Durham DL12 8UN.
The Chairman of Governors may be contacted via the School. Any written correspondence should be marked ‘Private and Confidential’ and will be forwarded to him at the earliest convenience.


The governing body includes a suitable range of skills and experience which enables support for the pupils’ excellent personal development and their good achievement.” Independent Schools Inspectorate, 2016

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