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Welcome to Barker College
A Barker education is shaped by our focus on preparing for a life beyond the School gates. For us, that’s a world where all people live, work and learn together. Coeducational schools affords students the opportunity to work and learn together, to be inclusive and respect diversity. In 2022 every year in the School will be coeducational. 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.
Barker is an Anglican day and boarding school, 25 km north of Sydney. In 2022 every year in the School will be coeducational.
No two days at Barker are ever the same. Students are constantly challenging themselves – and being challenged – as they grow, expand their minds and learn to think big, practically and independently.
From Pre-Kindergarten through to the Senior years, students are exposed to a range of diverse opportunities and experiences. Through this, they’re able to develop resilience and adaptability within a supportive environment. By celebrating the differences in every student, Barker is a place where every student belongs, is valued and loves to be.
Set on 50 acres, Barker offers outstanding facilities including Drama and lecture theatres; Music and Design Centres; dedicated Science building; Aquatic Centre, and several playing fields. In 2020 the Rosewood Centre, the School's purpose designed Sports and Learning Precinct opened. Featuring five court spaces, gym and exercise spaces, rooms for dance and general purpose teaching areas.
The experience inside the classroom is only one part of a Barker education. Co-curricular activities deepen the school experience for all our students, and from the arts to the sporting field, students are encouraged to challenge themselves and uncover their talents.
For Pre-K to Year 6 students we offer a broad range of sporting, cultural and recreational co-curricular activities. Throughout Years 7 to 12, our students have even greater opportunities to pursue their passions. As well as Drama, Music, Cadets and over 20 different sports, Barker students can challenge themselves in the areas of robotics, debating and public speaking.
Our Secondary School students also take part in compulsory Outdoor Education Camps. In this unfamiliar environment, students connect with the natural world while building leadership and teamwork skills.
Coeducational boarding is a unique experience offered to our senior students, starting in Year 10. By learning, growing and living together, students form bonds that will often last a lifetime.
Families can consider keeping their children closer to home until the end of Year 9 and then elect to enter boarding from the start of Year 10. Barker offers a number of programs that aim to support the boarders to find their role as citizens of the world. The programs have a focus on the development of life skills, personal resilience, mental fitness and encouraging students to develop their individual strengths.
There is an established and active pastoral care House structure for all students from Pre-K to Year 12. Students attend chapel once a week and Connect Groups twice a week. Good cross-school mentoring and supportive relationships are important for the wellbeing and sense of belonging of young people at Barker.
Opened in June 2020, Barker College’s new centre of movement and learning has been developed with an understanding of the powerful role the physical school environment plays as an educator – communicating Indigenous recognition, civic mindedness, sustainability, landscape awareness, and engagement with sport.
The Rosewood Centre provides five court spaces, gym and exercise spaces, rooms for dance, general purpose teaching areas, a café, viewing platform and parking for over 170 cars.
The Centre allows the School to showcase sporting events, hold full school assemblies and gatherings, as well as providing a space for the wider community to access. Careful thought has been placed on the design of this space so that it blends into the existing landscape and respects the way in which the environment shapes down the hill, and the way in which light operates across the surface of the School’s grounds.
The building is environmentally sustainable, and features over 500 solar panels. The Rosewood Centre maximises the use of natural light and water efficient appliances have been used throughout. More than 185,000 person hours were invested in its construction.
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.college
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.
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) 8438 7207 or visit https://www.barker.college/enrolments/book-a-tour
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.
Phillip Heath AM
BA (Hons), MA (Hons), DipEd, FACE, FACEL
(as voted by site visitors)
Barker College - Hornsby NSW