School Data

Gender Mixed
Age 4-18
Type Boarding Day School Weekly Boarding
Size 722 pupils
Bursaries Available

We are committed to widening access to the benefits of our excellent, all-round education through Means Tested Bursaries and Scholarships, which have been a part of our school since its foundation in 1883.

Head Mr Tony Jackson

Open Days & Events

We regularly host Open Events for prospective pupils and their families, affording them the opportunity to see first-hand what makes a Barney education so special. Additionally, our Admissions Team are happy to offer personal, private visits for prospective pupils and their families throughout the year.

Barnard Castle School Open Events


If required, financial assistance in the form of a Means Tested Bursary (MTB) is available at any point in a Barnardian’s 11+ career, including on admission. This is discretionary and is granted only after the confidential assessment of parents’ financial circumstances.

Barnard Castle School Bursary Information

Contact Details

Barnard Castle School

Barnard Castle School, Newgate, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8UN

Barnard Castle School

Barnard Castle School, Newgate, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8UN

Barnard Castle School is a leading independent day and boarding school set amid stunning countryside in Northern England. ‘Barney’, as we are affectionately known, provides an exceptional all-round education, with a broad and balanced curriculum, first class facilities and excellent pastoral care within a happy, family environment for boys and girls aged between 4 and 18.

Head's Welcome

Welcome to Barnard Castle School. Our grounds, buildings, history and the beauty of Barney’s setting are more than comparable to anywhere in the United Kingdom. Even more important, though, is the ethos created by staff and pupils in our community. Great care is taken to provide an environment in which every person has the opportunity to flourish and be successful in every aspect of school life.


Through creating an inspirational, compassionate and unpretentious environment, the School develops young adults with character, where each child is nurtured and encouraged to develop their full potential.

‘Barnardians’ are happy, confident, resilient, intellectually curious, tolerant and driven, with an undercurrent of humility, who are ready and prepared to face, embrace and lead in an ever-changing world.

At Barney, we tell our pupils that academic success will only open a door; it is what they do when they walk through that door that counts.

As such, the School prides itself on a comprehensive co-curricular programme, offering more than 100 activities to pupils each week, as it is in these environments where most life lessons are learned, which help prepare young people for the ever-changing workplace.

Barnard Castle School’s ethos of openness means that it welcomes parents, former pupils and friends of Barney to join its community, and encourages families to visit and experience for themselves the welcoming and happy atmosphere.

Situated in an excellent rural environment, Barnard Castle School is well served by a range of transport links, with several airports and railway stations close by.

Furthermore, Barney has educated many notable former students (known as ‘Old Barnardians’), counting professional athletes, television personalities as well as entrepreneurs and business leaders among its alumni.

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