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Aims and Ethos

Our Ethos

Barnard Castle School is committed to providing an excellent educational experience for boys and girls from throughout the UK and the world. Grounded in Christian values, each child is nurtured and encouraged to develop to their fullest 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 manner, as befits our School’s foundation and values.

We believe that every child at Barnard Castle School will find his or her niche here and will also 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 the pressure to grow up too quickly. They also learn a sense of duty, selflessness and the importance of community. As they progress though the school, they develop and exercise leadership in a caring, collaborative and dynamic relationship with their peers and houseparents.

We believe in a broad and balanced curriculum for all, revelling in academic rigour and promoting 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 team-work which are learned in a range of sports and a wealth of cultural and co-curricular activities.

Our Values

At the heart of all that we do lie the values of Barnard Castle School which, since 1883, have been:

  • Endeavour
  • Community
  • Integrity
  • Enjoyment
  • Compassion
  • Duty

Our Aims

Barnard Castle School aims:

  1. To offer a broad curriculum in order to achieve knowledge, enjoyment of learning, and the acquisition of skills necessary to be responsible members of society
  2. To encourage academic enrichment and the development of curiosity, teaching how, rather than what to think
  3. To ensure that each child fulfils their academic potential at each stage of their education
  4. To promote the value of application, perseverance, initiative, independent thought and co-operation
  5. To promote a community which values honesty, mutual respect, enjoyment, service and good citizenship, placing an emphasis on leadership
  6. To prepare children for the next stage in their lives, whatever that may be