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With ex-rugby player stature, Mr Jackson is warm, engaging, articulate and passionate about the school and teaching; sees headship ‘as a vocation not a job’ and looks for that commitment from his staff. A new breed for HMC headship, education as a second career after banking, can see why the governors snapped him up with just a year’s experience in the school as deputy. Very positive feedback on pupil/teacher relations from parents: ‘The staff work incredibly hard...'

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What the school says...

Barnard Castle School is a happy, thriving HMC day and boarding school. There are 476 pupils in the Senior School, of whom 118 are boarders and enjoy a full boarding programme, rated ‘Excellent' by ISI in 2016.

The School is situated in its own extensive grounds on the outskirts of an historic market town, recently noted as being the safest in England, in an area of outstanding beauty. The School is well resourced and enjoys an enviable reputation for its pupils achievements on a broad variety of fronts.

We believe that all our children have something to offer, and we are driven by a desire to find areas where each of them can excel. Every term we offer an extensive programme of over 100 extra-curricular activities to which all members of the Common Room contribute.

The Senior School opened its new Sixth Form Centre in Autumn 2015.
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Curricula

Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

Other features

Choir school - substantial scholarships and bursaries usually available for choristers.

Sports

Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.

Fencing

Shooting

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmaster

Since 2017 Tony Jackson BA (late 30s), the youngest HMC head nationally at the time of his appointment. Joined the school as second master in 2016, having previously taught history at Radley and been a housemaster for five years.

Ex-Bradford Grammar, he studied politics and history of the Middle East at Durham followed by two years banking in Sydney and a stint of professional rugby in Spain before returning to the UK to work with Barclays. Following in his career teacher father’s footsteps, he completed a PGCE at Oxford.

With ex-rugby player stature, Mr Jackson is warm, engaging, articulate and passionate about the school and teaching; sees headship ‘as a vocation not a job’ and looks for that commitment from his staff. A new breed for HMC headship,...

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