Barlborough Hall School
|Barlborough Hall School|
|Type||Independent day school|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
1939 (current school)
|Age||3 to 11|
|Houses||Campion, Loyola & Xavier|
|Colour(s)||Red, Blue & Yellow|
|Senior School||Mount St Mary's College|
|Official name||Barlborough Hall|
|Designated||19 November 1951|
Barlborough Hall School became an independent Catholic day school, in the Jesuit tradition, around 1939. The school is now the Preparatory school for Mount St Mary's College at Spinkhill, 2.2 miles down the road. The present head teacher is Mrs Karen Keeton.
The school is based at Barlborough Hall, a Grade I listed 16th-century country house, located in Barlborough, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England. Originally built by Sir Francis Rodes (see Rodes Baronets) circa 1583–84, as the family seat, the hall’s Elizabethan design is attributed to Robert Smythson, one of a noted family of architects.
Core subjects in the curriculum are split into 'sets' taught by a different teacher in each group. This enables the children to work with others at the same ability, so it is easier to learn.
The PE sessions follow a curriculum that differs each term. The games periods for girls consist of hockey, netball and rounders, depending on the term. The boys' sports are rugby, football and cricket. In the summer PE lessons, the boys and girls work towards certain badges such as the 50m sprint.
Pupils at Barlborough are placed in one of three houses: Campion, Loyola and Xavier. These are Jesuit saints and the pupils compete each term for the 'House Treat' based on the number of golds (merits) and blanks (demerits) each child receives.
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