Arrange a Visit

We invite all families who are interested in Barnard Castle School to come and enjoy a personalised visit. We welcome requests to meet with either the Headmaster, Mr Tony Jackson, or Mrs Laura Turner, Headmistress of the Prep School, and to be taken on a tour of the school by pupils. For prospective day pupils, visits typically take 1.5 hours; for boarding pupils, it is nearer 2 hours as your visit will include a tour of the boarding house and a chance to meet the boarding Houseparent.

To arrange your visit, please contact Mrs Jo Barkes, Registrar on:
+44 (0)1833 696 030 or email:

Entrance Exams

The entrance exam dates for 2019 admissions are provisionally booked in for the below:
Saturday 2 February 2019 for Year 7-10 year group entry
Saturday 9 February 2019 for Sixth Form entry

We hold a number of open events and opportunities for families to visit informally, although we recommend that you book an appointment in advance.

Open Events 2019

Prep School Open Week
Monday 11 – 14 February

Open Morning, Senior and Sixth Form
Saturday 2 March 2019, 9.30 – 11.30am

Bridging the Gap
This is an opportunity for all Year 6 students joining Year 7 in the following September to meet their peers, this is being held on Saturday 9 March 2019. The students spend a couple of hours at school in an exciting science lesson and in their choice of art, music or sports classes. Parents are invited to stay and have a coffee and chat with staff and students and, if they wish, go on a tour of the school.

Taster Days
As well as welcoming parents and children on a personal tour of the school, we are happy to offer ‘taster days’ to give pupils a first-hand experience of what the school is like. As well as joining lessons, they can try some of the many activities available. Boarders, including children who may take up flexi boarding, are very welcome to spend an evening or weekend with us.

Sixth Form
Pupils currently taking their GCSEs who would like to see what Sixth Form life is like at the school are welcome to shadow one of our pupils already in the Lower Sixth. Wherever possible we will arrange for pupils to join lessons in their chosen A Level subjects. 

New pupils’ reception
This is held in June and is an opportunity for new pupils across all the year groups to meet their peers and their Housemaster/Mistress. They spend the afternoon in school joining fun activities based on team-building. Parents are invited to use the opportunity to ask any questions of school staff.

New parents’ reception
On the Sunday afternoon before the new academic year begins in September, new pupils’ and parents’ from all year groups in Prep School, from reception to Year 6, are invited to join the new pupils’ reception at the Prep School.

The new pupils’ and parents’ at Senior School meet the evening before term starts, to follow on from their induction at the end of the Trinity Term, and it is an opportunity to ask any final questions as well as mingle with other new parents’ and pupils’ before term begins.