For 125 years Barker College has been a dynamic and forward-thinking, inclusive Anglican day and boarding school. It is located at Hornsby, 25 kms to the north of Sydney at the junction of the North Shore and Central Coast railway lines, and near the start of the Sydney-Newcastle M1 Freeway.
Barker College provides broadly-based education for boys from Kindergarten to Year 9, and our coeducational Senior School (Years 10 – 12, including boarding) provides a bridge between school and university learning. In 2016 the Council of Barker College announced that the School would transition to be fully coeducational by 2022.
Barker College is an Anglican School but we enrol students from many faiths with an understanding that Barker's Christian values guide all aspects of the School's endeavours.
- Mission: An Anglican community inspiring every learner, every experience, every day.
- Vision: To be a leader in Christian education that is characterised by a global vision that inspires hope.
- Values: Commitment, Compassion, Courage, Respect and Integrity.
The teaching staff at Barker College are committed to a whole-school approach to curriculum development and delivery; the material of the curriculum being flexible enough to cater to the needs of every student. Barker has prioritised a curriculum that values thinking and understanding. Classroom programs offer research-based best practice in teaching and learning. Harvard University's 'Teaching for Understanding' frames and underpins all teaching practice. While strong academic teaching is our focus, Barker prides itself on producing young men and women who are active learners and intelligent, clear thinkers, with interests in Sport, Music and other co-curricular pursuits, while being aware of the needs of and respecting others.
In Barker's Prep School ( Students in PreKindergarten to Year 2), classroom programs are based on current educational research and on demonstrated best practice for students of this age, drawing on inspiration from the early childhood education pioneered by Reggio Emilia, providing a solid foundation both for future years of school and a life-time of learning. The whole PreKindergarten to Year 6 Program encourages independent and creative thinking, using a variety of teaching strategies to develop and expand student's focus and concentration, and each day's learning includes activities that engage the energy and curiosity of young people. Specialist Teachers provide extension and enrichment activities for all students from Kindergarten to Year 6, as well programs in Art and Craft, Music, Physical and Health Education, and Christian Studies. In 2015, the Barker College Junior School started to pursue the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program as a "candidate" school.
In Years 7 - 9, Barker lays secure foundations for success in the Senior Years. The strong traditional commitment to English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, PDHPE and Christian Studies is continued. Barker also provides an increased opportunity for students to explore their interests and abilities in technological based learning, and creative and performing arts. There is a strong emphasis on experiential education, which involves using "The Grange" located in the beautiful Blue Mountains of NSW.
Currently boys enter Barker in PreKindergarten, Kindergarten and in Years 3, 5 and 7. As a non-selective comprehensive school, Barker encourages each child to work to the best of their ability. Students are encouraged in their learning journey and supported as appropriate by their teachers.
In the Coeducational Senior School, self-development, self-motivation and self-discipline are encouraged. Our approach to teaching and learning has been deliberately and consciously developed to recognise and meet the educational needs of older adolescents. This prepares them for university study by nurturing a strong sense of personal responsibility for their own academic progress. Typically, a third of our HSC students achieve an ATAR score higher than 90, with a large number of students gaining university scholarships and corporate cadetships upon completion of Year 12. Three former students were awarded Rhodes Scholarships in 1979, 2009 and 2011, a fourth student was awarded a NSW Rhodes Scholarship in 2016.
Barker College has been a leading school in the development of the Australian Curriculum. The learning and teaching programs, resources and work samples that were developed at Barker during the new curriculum implementation phase set the standard for teachers around the nation. Barker's teaching staff and learning support team are also involved in the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership's Professional Learning Flagship Program: Leading Curriculum Change.
Further information about Barker, including curriculum details and Annual Report, can be found on Barker's website. Visit the school website.