Barnard Castle remains one of the most beautiful and safest places to live in the United Kingdom. Our school is surrounded by open countryside and areas of natural beauty yet is close enough to major cities and regional transport links to offer the best of both worlds.
Barnard Castle is an historic market town full of local character, built around the 12th century castle from which it takes its name. Locally known as ‘Barney’, the town boasts impressive medieval, Georgian and Victorian stone buildings, a cobbled market place, riverside and woodland walks. The area known as The Bank is one of the best centres in the region for antique collectors and has historic associations with Charles Dickens, JMW Turner, Sir Walter Scott and Oliver Cromwell. As a thriving market town, with its centre just five minutes’ walk from school, it retains a friendly intimacy while providing a full range of independent and national retailers, quaint teashops and services. The Witham is a thriving arts venue and The Bowes Museum, located next to the school, is an exceptional building which hosts exhibitions of international renown. The town has a leisure centre with indoor swimming pool and sports hall, and thriving cricket, football and rugby clubs.
Teesdale is the most southerly of the Durham Dales and part of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is home to England’s biggest waterfall, High Force, Cow Green Reservoir and Low Force waterfalls. The 2,000-hectare Hamsterley Forest offers a host of walking and off-road cycle trails, and the area boasts rolling grouse moors and hay meadows, providing plenty of opportunity to enjoy the dale’s peaceful tranquillity.