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Uniform

We encourage children in Prep School to take pride in their appearance and to value the sense of identity that their school uniform provides.

Prep School uniform and Pre-Prep sportswear is provided by our official supplier:
Brookes Outfitters and Tailors
3 Market Place
Barnard Castle
County Durham
DL12 8NF

Mrs Brookes seeks to offer excellent service so appointments can be booked with her by telephoning 01833 638103. Orders can also be placed via Brookes online.

Sportswear for children in Years 3-6 should be ordered from PlayerLayer.com (type in Barnard Castle School to the ‘Teams, Unis, Schools’ section). Please also note that in addition to the compulsory PlayerLayer kit, optional sports items may also be purchased from the PlayerLayer website.

Standard items (marked ‘other’ in the uniform list) can be purchased from any retailer.

Second-hand Uniform/Equipment
While pupils who are new to the school are encouraged to visit Brookes Outfitters for a fresh uniform, Barney Friends volunteers run a very useful as-new shop for replacements and spares. Parents are welcome to buy and sell via the Second-hand Uniform Shop. Anybody wishing to sell good quality second hand uniform may leave bags at the shop or in the Senior School General Office at any time, clearly marked with the child’s name and, if possible, their school number. Parents have the option to donate their items, with all the money made kept by the shop and given to charity at the end of the year. Parents can alternatively opt to receive 70% of the selling price, which is refunded onto the termly school bill. In this instance, the remainder is kept by the shop for charity.
The shop also offers a rugby boot exchange – it costs £2 to exchange for a clean, old pair or £5 if you have none to give in.
The shop is located in room MS6 (in the main corridor of the Senior School). It is open every Friday from 3pm-5pm. Payment can be made by card, cash or cheque and parents of boarders may add the cost to their school bill. Unfortunately, the shop is unable to offer any refunds.

Additional information
All uniform items and equipment must be clearly marked with the pupil’s name and initials (plus school number for boarders).
Precise games kit requirements will vary according to the season and to the sports which any individual pupil may be playing. If parents are in doubt, they are urged to seek advice from games staff.
All rugby and hockey players are strongly advised to wear shin pads and a mouth guard – advice should be sought from your dentist. The school provides an opportunity to purchase mouth guards at the beginning of the Michaelmas term. Football players must wear shin pads.

Preparatory School Uniform List 

Pre-Prep – Reception to Year 2

Girls
Brookes Outfitters Other

School crested pinafore dress
School crested polo shirt
Summer dress
Pre-Prep School tracksuit
White cotton PE shorts
School crested coat
Navy woollen hat
Prep School scarf (optional)
Book bag

Knee length grey socks or navy tights (worn with pinafore dress)
Short white socks (worn with summer dress)
Trainers – outdoor
Trainers/gym shoes (non-marking soles for indoor use)
Plain white T-shirt
Short white socks
PE shoe bag (draw string bag)
Navy swimming costume
White swimming cap
Plain black polished shoes
Navy gloves (optional)
Wellies and navy waterproof trousers
Boys 
Brookes Outfitters Other
School crested polo shirt
School crested sweatshirt
Pre-Prep School tracksuit
White cotton PE shorts
School crested coat
Navy woollen hat
Prep School scarf (optional)
Book bag
Long or short mid-grey trousers (not cargo style)
Plain short or knee length grey socks
Trainers – outdoor
Trainers/gym shoes (non-marking soles for indoor use)
Plain white T-shirt
Short white socks
PE shoe bag (draw string bag)
Navy swimming trunks
Plain black polished shoes
Navy gloves (optional)
Wellies and navy waterproof trousers

Prep – Years 3-6 

Girls 
Brookes Outfitters Other
Pleated grey skirt
Summer dress
School crested sweatshirt (for sport)
Barnard Castle School blazer
School crested pullover
Prep School tie
School crested coat
Navy woollen hat
Prep School scarf (optional)
Book bag (Y3&4)
School crested backpack
Knee length grey socks, navy or grey tights (worn with pleated grey skirt)
Short white socks (worn with summer dress)
Plain white shirt – long or short sleeves
Plain black polished shoes
Navy gloves (optional)
PlayerLayer Other
WeatherLayer tracksuit top
TrainaLayer tracksuit bottoms
Girls’ ReversaLayer hockey top
Junior House top
Girls’ Skort
Pro Socks
White swimming cap
Navy swimming costume
Shin pads (for hockey)
Mouth guard (for hockey)
Boys 
Brookes Outfitters Other
Barnard Castle School blazer
School crested pullover
Prep School tie
School crested coat
Navy woollen hat
Prep School scarf (optional)
Book bag (Y3&4)
School crested backpack
Long mid-grey trousers or
short mid-grey trousers (not cargo style)
Grey socks
Plain white shirt – long or short sleeves
Plain black polished shoes
Navy gloves (optional)
PlayerLayer Other
WeatherLayer tracksuit top
TrainaLayer tracksuit bottoms
Boys’ ReversaLayer rugby top
Junior House top
Boys’ rugby shorts
Boys’ field shorts
Pro Socks
Plain navy swimming trunks
Football/rugby boots (with rugby safety studs)
White cricket trousers and shirts (for boys in the cricket teams)
Shin pads (for football)
Mouth guard (for rugby)

Classroom equipment for pupils in Years 3-6
Large pencil case
Blue pen (not biro) for Year 4 and above
30cm and 15cm rulers
Rubber and pencil sharpener
Set of coloured pencils
HB pencils
Glue stick
Basic calculator (Year 5 upwards)

  • Additional Items for Boarders (see Boarding Handbook)
    Named shoe polishing kit (preferably liquid polish)
    Wellies
    Casual footwear to include trainers in addition to indoor/outdoor trainers for school
    Dressing gown and slippers
    Casual socks, underwear and nightwear x 2 sets
    Named wash bag containing :
  • Soap or facial wash
  • Shampoo
  • Shower gel
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Flannel x 2
  • Hairbrush (bobbles for girls—white, brown, black or navy for school)
  • Comb
  • Nail scissors or clippers
  • Sun cream and sun hat
    3 towels
    3 sets of casual clothes to include at least one warm jumper and a set of smart/casual clothes (not jeans) for Chapel
    Warm coat, hat, gloves and scarf
    Duvet, pillow, 2 duvet covers (preferably button fastening) and 2 pillow cases
    Spare name tapes (with school number).