Boarders thoroughly enjoy their weekends with their friends, taking part in activities, making use of the school’s outstanding facilities, heading out from school on trips or just spending free time together.

Boarders have access to all the school facilities at weekends including the ICT rooms, sports hall, squash and tennis courts, all-weather pitch, music school, swimming pool (supervised) and our magnificent and extensive playing fields and grounds. With the emphasis on fun together, boarders get involved in many in-house events such as team building, quizzes and movie nights, which take place mainly at weekends. Boarders are allowed off site at appropriate times to walk into Barnard Castle town centre.

Twice a term boarders are taken on Saturday city trips to Leeds, York, the MetroCentre at Gateshead and Newcastle.

A wide range of Sunday trips are organised to theme parks, adventure attractions and activities like go-karting, ice-skating and the cinema, in addition to Duke of Edinburgh Award and CCF activities. Boarders often have the chance to attend major sporting events such as Durham County Cricket, Newcastle Falcons rugby matches or Premier League football matches. Sundays also provide time for performance rehearsals and opportunities for informal games. Prep is kept to just 45 minutes on Sundays.