Our Master Plan

Our Master Plan

Schools hold their sites in sacred trust across the generations.  This School has had the same magnificent site since 1895.

Barker has been located on its current site since 1895 and successive generations of leaders and families have contributed to the beautiful campus we see today. Naturally the educational landscape has changed immeasurably within that time and as such development work and refurbishment of key spaces are a key part of Barker’s Master Plan in order to provide the best facilities for our students. Our School dreams of contributing to a sense of hope, of confidence and capacity for young learners. We are thinking of the students of Barker today, whilst building with the future in mind.

An aerial view of the proposed site plan. The final number of car parks following the delivery of the aquatic and tennis centre and co-curricular performing arts and exam centre are also shown.

An aerial view of the proposed site plan. The final number of car parks following the delivery of the aquatic and tennis centre and co-curricular performing arts and exam centre are also shown.

Planning for the Future

Across Greater Sydney, there is an ever-increasing demand for high-quality coeducation. Barker is taking steps now to accommodate student demand beyond 2022 and be a good neighbour.

Barker’s transition to coeducation, which commenced in 1975, has seen demand grow , becoming one of the top coeducational private schools in Australia.

In response to this need, Barker intends to lodge a master plan in early 2022 with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) as part of a State Significant Development Application (SSDA).

The SSDA is being prepared to manage increased student demand by:

  • Improving the management of student drop off and pick up
  • Ensuring no net loss of parking on campus at any time, including during the construction of new facilities
  • Minimising traffic queuing caused by drivers waiting to collect students
  • Improving pedestrian safety to and from public transport to encourage its use
  • Incorporating a significant portion of new landscaping to provide a buffer between the school and its neighbours

The Project - Fast Facts

Barker is seeking approval through a State Significant Development Application (SSDA) for improved traffic management in and around the School, an aquatics and tennis centre to replace ageing facilities, improved pedestrian infrastructure and a new co-curricular performing arts and exam centre.

The main features include:

Improved traffic management and no net loss of parking on campus at any time:

  • Improvements to student drop off and pick up by increasing internal student set down areas which will reduce congestion at the entrance from and exit on to College Crescent.
  • Improved traffic management by increasing internal student drop off and pick up areas, which will minimise traffic queueing caused by drivers waiting to collect students.
  • Car parking underneath each new facility to ensure no net loss of parking on the campus at any time, including during construction of new facilities.
  • Development of a Green Travel Plan to reduce the use of private cars by driving-age students, by staff and by parents dropping off and picking up students.
  • Upgraded pedestrian links, including a new pathway to connect the Rosewood Centre to the Junior School Campus to improve pedestrian access and safety. This will also improve the flow of traffic on the School campus and surrounding public roads. New pathways will also improve wheelchair accessibility in and around the School.
Green Space
  • Additional greenery around the edges of the campus providing a screening for surrounding residents towards the views of the School.
  • Purpose-built landscaped pedestrian linkages through ‘The Avenue’, which was recently purchased from Hornsby Shire Council, to improve pedestrian access to and from the School via Unwin Road to the Pacific Highway.
Education Facilities
  • A new co-curricular performing arts and exam centre on the south-western corner of the Unwin Road and Clarke Road intersection.
  • An aquatic and tennis centre on the north-western corner of the Unwin Road and Clarke Road intersection, including an indoor pool and roof-top tennis courts.
  • Preservation of the main northern end of the campus to restore and protect the School’s heritage.
Harnessing the School’s passion for equal opportunity

Barker College was founded in 1890 in Kurrajong Heights and relocated to its current Hornsby campus in 1895. To continue this legacy, Barker has made a significant investment in upgrading the quality of facilities for students and staff. Under the banner of “Inspiring Tomorrow”, Barker continues to plan for its future to support the needs of students, staff and the surrounding local community.

Barker is one of the few non-government coeducational schools in the North Shore of Sydney. Each year the School is currently unable to accommodate around 200 students wishing to start their secondary schooling at Barker.

The SSDA seeks approval to increase the number of students and staff that may be enrolled and employed by the School, which was set by a previous Development Application (DA) submitted to Hornsby Shire Council in 2017. The School is now proposing a new limit of 2,850 students and 480 full time equivalent staff that may use the campus at any one time. This represents an total increase to the limit of 430 students (approximately 18%) and 141 FTE staff (approximately 40%).

This will enable Barker to continue to provide a well-rounded education that increases the opportunities for both boys and girls to access high-quality education.

Keeping the Community Informed

Barker is committed to keeping the School community, the local community and surrounding residents informed about the master plan and offer easy and available ways to provide feedback.

Activities for community consultation include a neighbour letterbox drop, project 1800 number and email address, information available on the School’s website and an invitation to attend a community information session. Barker intends to share updates with the community as the master plan is progressed.

Barker has engaged Urbis to provide information and collect feedback on the proposal. For general enquiries please contact:
Phone: (02) 7202 1239
Email: engagement@urbis.com.au

All feedback received today will be collated in a Communications and Engagement Outcomes Report that will be provided to Barker College and the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

Online Community Information Session

Join us at our upcoming online community information session to learn more about the project, ask questions and provide feedback.

Date: Thursday 18 November 2021
Time: 6pm to 7.30pm

To register your interest, please email engagement@urbis.com.au.