Barlborough Hall School
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There are few school runs more idyllic than the one to Barlborough Hall School. The drive alone, which takes visitors past the old gatehouse, through the parkland and playing fields, is enough to fill most with a feeling of awe.
There are few school runs more idyllic than the one to Barlborough Hall School. The drive alone, which takes visitors past the old gatehouse, through the parkland and playing fields, is enough to fill most with a feeling of awe. The arrival is none less special. Step through the doors into the former Elizabethan mansion and there’s a warm welcome for everyone.
Barlborough Hall School is an extraordinary place that is steeped in history and set in a beautiful estate of 320 acres on the outskirts of the village of Barlborough in Derbyshire. Impressively, the school dates back to 1842 when it was founded by the Society of Jesuits as the preparatory school to Mount St Mary’s College and was housed in the same building. In 1939 it moved into the 16th century Barlborough Hall but firmly remains part of the Mount St Mary’s family with pupils continuing to progress to the college at the age of 11.
It is perfectly placed for learning and its warm and friendly environment positively encourages the development of each child from the age of three. While there is a long history of educating children in the Catholic tradition, the schools welcome and cater for children of all denominations.
There is a long-held tradition at Barlborough Hall School placed on nurturing and motivating each child. With a focus on developing the whole child, pupils are encouraged to develop academically, spiritually, physically, socially and emotionally.
It’s this strong focus on the individual, coupled with small class sizes, which gives pupils the chance to develop their strengths and talents. There is an excellent culture of teaching and learning where school grades not only stand well above the national level but students make progress beyond expected benchmarking. Whether their forte is in music, art, drama or sports, they are encouraged to foster that interest in a bid to foster their potential.
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While the building retains much of the character of its 16th century origins, the school houses a wealth of excellent facilities. These include a theatre, indoor swimming pool, dance studio and modern science block. The former Jacobean stables and outbuildings, meanwhile, house the vibrant nursery and early years’ department.
Sharing close links with Mount St Mary’s College, just two miles away, together the schools provide a seamless education from three through to 18.