The School Day

The Senior School day commences at 8.45am with registration and finishes at 5.10pm for day pupils. Teaching finishes daily at 3.55pm, allowing opportunities for pupils to be involved in the school’s extensive activities programme. Saturday school runs from 8.45am-12.40pm.
There are nine lessons each day (six before lunch and three after lunch), Monday to Friday, lasting 35 minutes each in the morning and 40 minutes in the afternoon. Some subjects choose to have double lessons to allow practical work to be completed. There are four lessons on Saturdays, lasting 40 minutes each.

8.45am – Pupils register with their tutor, usually in their house area.
8.55am – Chapel or assembly, tutor time or house meeting
9.10am – Morning lessons begin
11.30am – Morning break
11.50am – Morning lessons resume
13.00pm – Lunch
1.50pm – Afternoon registration
3.55pm – End of teaching
4pm-5pm – Activities (Tutor time on Wednesdays)
5.10pm – End of school day

8.45am – Pupils register with their tutor, usually in their house area.
9.00am – Morning lessons begin
10.20am – Morning break
10.40am – Lessons resume
12.00pm – End of school day

In order to accommodate the complex nature of modern working and parenting, extended day provision is available before and after standard school hours. Pupils can join the boarders for breakfast from 7.40am, charged at £6 per day, and stay until 7pm, including tea, for £12 per day. Flexi or occasional boarding is also available to families who need their child to stay overnight at school.
Each pupil is given a copy of his/her timetable, a school planner and a prep timetable. The Deputy Head (Academic) produces a prep timetable for each year group at the start of each new academic year. Years 7 and 8 have two preps each evening lasting 25 minutes. Year 9 has three preps each evening, each of 30 minutes’ duration. The purpose of prep is to provide opportunities outside the classroom for private research or independent research, learning and reinforcing knowledge, reading, completing extension tasks and preparing for the next lesson.

“Barnard Castle School succeeds in combining academic achievement with an excellent range of activities and opportunities. We are delighted with our son’s progress and are very pleased with the support and pastoral care too. It is heartening to watch him grow, learn and develop into a happy, well-educated and sociable young man, while bring inspired, taught and supported by a talented and dedicated team of teaching staff.” Kevin & Olga Johnson, parents