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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 to:

  1. offer the best of independent education to children from the North East and from further afield
  2. promote achievement and high expectations within a happy, caring and purposeful community
  3. encourage the development of the spiritual and moral dimension in children's lives
  4. promote the virtues of self-discipline, diligence, mutual respect, decency, service and good citizenship
  5. support children in the transition from childhood towards adulthood, encouraging them to develop a sense of responsibility, self-respect and a lifelong love of learning.