Barker College was founded in 1890. It caters for boys in Kindergarten to Year 12 and girls in Years 10, 11 and 12.
Boarding at Barker College is a unique experience for senior students. With a maximum student population of 60, the college falls into the boutique category. Students commence boarding at Barker in Year 10, which coincides with the time that the Barker Senior School transforms to a co-educational structure. As Head of Boarding, Jacqui McLachlan, explains: “With 40 per cent of day students and 100 per cent of boarders being new to the school at the same time, the transition process into a new school is less daunting and friendships are easily made both within and outside of the boarding environment.”
The Barker experience attracts boarders from the suburbs of Sydney through to country regions of NSW and beyond. The co-educational and small boarder numbers support the development of peer relationships and social skills, while also allowing strong academic and personal mentoring opportunities.
Families can now 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. Jacqui and her husband Robert have introduced 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 individual strengths utilisation.
Facilities: The school has excellent facilities to provide a broad liberal education of academic work and activities. Set in beautiful grounds in the northern suburbs of Sydney, Barker has recently built a new English, Drama and Christian Studies building. In 2013 a newly developed Junior School opened, offering boys specialist learning spaces, an expansive Enrichment Centre and resource-rich learning areas. Other facilities at the school include a four-storey library, Music Centre, Design Centre, Indoor Aquatic Centre, two indoor basketball courts, outdoor performance stage and Information Technology Centre.
Electives Years 11 and 12: Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Agriculture, Earth and Environmental Science, Modern History, Ancient History, Economics, Business Studies, Geography, Music, Visual Arts, French, Latin, Japanese, Design and Technology, Legal Studies, Industrial Technology, Software Design and Technology, Drama and PD/Health/PE.
Sport: Athletics, cricket, tennis, netball, softball, squash, rugby union, soccer, swimming, surf lifesaving, canoeing, equestrian, fencing, skiing, volleyball, basketball, hockey, cross-country, taekwon do, water polo, weights training and modern dance.
Extracurricular activities: Cadets, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, drama and musicals, orchestra, bands, ensembles, choir, chess, debating and public speaking, photography, agriculture, canoeing, snowsports and mountain biking.
Welfare and personal development: There is an established and active pastoral care structure for all students. Students attend chapel once a week. Students are placed in houses (Middle School) and tutor groups (Senior School) and attend a house/tutor period once a week as well as a pastoral care period once a week. Well-established formal policies on discipline and dress are enforced. There are three school counsellors.
Special features: With the ability to offer such a broad curriculum, every student is enriched in his or her interest areas. The school endeavours to meet the needs of students with some learning support as well as gifted and talented programs. Approximately 94 per cent of Barker students undertake tertiary studies. Tours of the school are conducted regularly; please visit the website for further information.
From the school: Barker College is located on Sydney’s north shore. The school offers a broad-based education across its Prep, Junior, Middle and Senior Schools. Barker’s Prep and Junior Schools are where boys can be boys and where curiosity is encouraged. Barker’s curriculum in the Middle School lays secure foundations for success in senior years. Independent thought and learning are encouraged, as is a sense of justice, morality, respect and friendship. Barker’s Senior School is both co-educational and college-like, providing a bridge between school and university.
|Day/boarding||Day and Boarding|
|Years||Kindergarten - Year 12|
|Enrolment||1630 secondary day students, 350 primary day students, 45 secondary boarders|
12k - 16k Over 16k |