Welcome to Barker College
Located on Sydney’s North Shore, Barker College is an Anglican day and boarding school. In 2016, the School announced plans to become fully coeducational by 2022. Girls will now be accepted into Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten from 2018, from Year 3 in 2019 and in Year 7 in 2020.
Barker is focused on the future. We want all our students to come together to make the world a fairer place and this commitment to justice and equity begins at school. Our students are at the heart of our work.
Barker has been located on its current 50 acre site since 1895 and successive generations of leaders and families have contributed to the beautiful campus we see today. Construction began on our new Prep School in the middle of 2017. This exciting development will bring the youngest members of the Barker community within the fold of the Junior School.
Flexible and engaging spaces will provide the Prep students with every opportunity to begin their Barker journey in the best possible learning environment. A state of the art, purpose designed and built Sports Complex will provide five court spaces, gym and exercise spaces, rooms for dance, general purpose teaching areas, a café, viewing platform and parking for over 150 cars, when completed by 2020.
At Barker we aim to provide a framework for young people to experience the best that the future offers – more than that, to become people who shape this future rather than merely people who consume it.
To learn more about how we inspire every student, in every experience, every day, visit www.barker.nsw.edu.au and book on one of our regular school tours.
While the School regards academic work as being of primary importance, an extensive range of co-curricular activities is offered to cultivate students’ interests and to extend their abilities. Barker’s students learn to live and work by the School’s Motto, Honor Non Honores – to seek honour above rewards. It is the core of Barker’s approach in the process of nurturing leadership qualities in every one of its students.
Boarding at Barker College is a unique experience for senior students only with a maximum student population of 60. Students commence boarding at Barker in Year 10 which coincides with the time that the Barker Senior School transforms to a coeducational structure. 40% of day students and 100% of boarders are new to the school at the same time, therefore making the transition process into a new school less daunting and friendships are easily made both within and outside of the boarding environment.
Barker’s approach to Student Care stems from a fundamental belief that relationships are the key – the key to success in teaching and learning; the key to effective and appropriate development as an individual; the key to bringing staff and students together. Sharing in a quality relationship with members of staff through Student Care is vital to the development of each individual student and is a primary concern of every member of staff at the school.
Our wellbeing program sees the welfare of students as the responsibility of all staff, with key staff in House and Year leadership roles having overarching responsibility for students’ care. Our focus is on the well-being of the whole student; the academic, personal and social.
At the core of a student’s school experience is the sense of belonging they gain from being a part of a community. The sense of unity that students from Pre-K – Year 12 gain from being a member of a House is genuine and helps students connect with each other, often bridging year groups. In Pre-K to Year 6, the class teacher is the primary pastoral carer, supported by our specialist teachers and support staff.
Our Wellbeing progam assists with the improvement of social cohesion which in turn can enhance a student’s overall sense of well-being and connectedness. Research suggests that a strong relationship with pastoral care leaders is paramount to creating a sense of belonging and academic morale. With the size of a pastoral unit at approximately 22 students, every student at Barker is known and cared for.
Barker offers several Academic and Music Scholarships to students entering Year 7 and Year 10. Boarding Scholarships are also available for students commencing Boarding from Year 10. In addition to the Scholarship Examination, the School uses school reports, NAPLAN results, questionnaires and other criteria in its decision regarding the awarding of scholarships. Apply for Scholarships online at www.barker.nsw.edu.au
Barker College is located at the junction of the North Shore and Central Coast railway lines, and just at the start of the Sydney-Newcastle Freeway. The School operates several private bus services from the Northern Beaches, Terrey Hills, St Ives, Lower North Shore, Arcadia, Northbridge, Balgowlah and Narrabeen.
A Barker education is shaped by our focus on preparing for a life beyond the school gates. We seek to expose our students to diverse opportunities and experiences, so that they are able to develop resilience and adaptability within a supportive environment.
The Christian heritage of Barker is the inspiration for our values and purpose. We draw on the rich narrative of the life of Jesus yet welcome all traditions into our diverse community.
This is an exciting time to be considering a Barker education for your child. The School’s culture is inclusive, innovative and full of hope for the future. We are very excited about the years that lie ahead.
BA (Hons), MA (Hons), DipEd, FACE, FACEL
Tour our School
We invite you to join us on a tour of the School. Regular tours of Barker are run throughout each School term. Barker does not have an Open Day, as we prefer to show you around the School on a normal working day. To book a tour call (02) 9847 8001 or visit https://www.barker.nsw.edu.au/Enrolments/book-tour