Headmistress' Welcome

Barnard Castle Preparatory School is a happy and thriving day and boarding school for boys and girls from 4 to 11. From their earliest years children are encouraged to enjoy the learning experience and develop their interests and talents in a caring and stimulating environment. The Preparatory School, situated adjacent to the Senior School site, retains its own distinct character whilst drawing on the excellent facilities of the wider school community.

The Prep School offers a broad education, focusing on the whole person and based on huge variety and all-round excellence. As a member of the Independent Association of Prep Schools, we are committed to an education both in and out of the classroom which enables the academic, artistic, musical and physical potential of each child so they can thrive and reach their potential. Our focus is on the academic and we offer an extensive extra-curricular activities programme to suit all children that complements work in the classroom.

The school is a warm, caring and happy one, where self-esteem and confidence are developed and grown. Our high quality teachers are passionate about their subjects, deeply committed to the school and keen to draw the best from every child. The Prep School is a success because we value uniqueness. Every member of staff knows, and has an excellent understanding of, each child – what makes them happy, what makes them sad, how to make them smile and feel confident; they know their strengths, their weaknesses and their talents. We help each child to flourish, but most importantly we support them along the way when things get tough. As the children move through the Prep School we help to prepare them for life at Senior School and beyond.

Boarding at the Prep School is highly rewarding and the children who are part of our boarding community have a wide ranging experience that allows them to develop their characters and sense of independence. Boarding at the Prep School is accessible to all and is becoming increasingly popular as more children experience it on a flexible and occasional basis.

We and the children very much welcome the opportunity to show new families all the qualities and opportunities Barnard Castle Preparatory School has to offer and encourage you to visit us to find out more.

With best wishes,

Laura Turner

"Staff are extremely knowledgeable about the curriculum and how children learn best. Work is tailored to individual children’s needs and uses good quality resources. Staff know the children well and have high expectations of them. Assessment of each child’s progress is thorough.” Independent Schools Inspectorate, 2016