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Subject teaching takes place in the converted stables which surround the courtyard, and the purpose built pre-prep department. A series of Portakabins are still in use, though no one appears bothered; in fact, the pupils see the strengths; as one pointed out in the ‘temporary’ science lab, ‘We never have to worry about dropping liquids on the benches - they are so old!’ The decorative theme throughout is inspired by the Colonel’s travels including elephants and giraffes, displays from Tutankhamen’s tomb, wooden carvings, ornamental ponds...


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What the school says...

Barnardiston Hall is set in 36 acres on the borders of Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire. The philosophy of the school is a simple but effective one happy children achieving goals and fulfilling their potential. Excellent exam results with academic, music and sporting scholarships. Very effective special needs centre The Bridge which is an integral part of the school. Extensive sports fixtures, with all older children playing sport 3 times a week. Three choirs, many ensembles and an orchestra with major productions performed twice a year. Wide-ranging adventurous pursuits including Snowdon and Ben Nevis. Junior boarding at the School is a particular strength, allowing young children to be cared for in a warm and home-like environment. Barnardiston Hall aims to bring out the best in your child in a happy, homely atmosphere. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2017, Colonel Keith Boulter, Cambridge theology graduate and hockey blue (60s) and the owner of the school. Barnardiston is one of several schools and institutions run as a family business.

He was, in fact, headmaster from 1990-2012, before stepping into the role of principal and passing the reins of day-to-day management over to the previous headmaster (Tim Dodgson who, while no longer head, remains at the school as a history teacher).

The Colonel has always been a force within the school, teaching mathematics, helping with games and choir work and followed everywhere by children, like the Pied Piper. He retains a certain bluff, military manner with great geniality and is greeted with wild enthusiasm and respect wherever he goes in the school. ‘Who has camped in...

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Special Education Needs

Barnardiston Hall provides a first-class education to children with special needs ranging from dyslexia and dyspraxia to autism and Asperger’s syndrome with in-class support, small group work or one-to-one tuition in 'The Bridge'. The School is CReSTeD registered. Children with mild EBD are given strategies to help them cope with school life and we have received excellent reports from visiting outside agencies. Broadlands Hall is a 10-bedded residential children's home which is located some 2 miles from Barnardiston Hall. Broadlands offers education to children with a full range of learning difficulties and/or EBD. Most children are residential and are referred via local authorities. However, day children can be accepted and private placements can be made. Broadlands Hall offers a supportive, safe and caring environment in which children are encouraged to reach their full potential.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory Y
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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