Whole School Approach to Learning
Barker's academic program is a whole-school approach to learning. We have a curriculum that is rigorous and which values inquiry, thinking and understanding. The teaching staff at Barker are committed to curriculum development and delivery, unified by a shared sense of purpose as expressed in our Mission and Vision.
Research suggests that a strong relationship with pastoral care leaders is paramount to creating a sense of belonging and academic morale. With the size of a pastoral care unit at Barker at approximately 22 students, every student is known and cared for.
Our Pastoral Care system sees the welfare of the students as the responsibility of all staff with key staff in House and Year leadership roles have overarching responsibility for students' care.
Adaptive and Flexible
Barker's curriculum is adaptive and flexible, allowing for student choice and catering for interest and ability. Within a Teaching for Understanding framework, Barker students are taught to think critically, apply knowledge in new situations and develop the skills needed to become lifelong learners. We use data to track student progress during each year and from year to year, giving us a deep understanding of student strengths, areas for improvement and development over time.
We continue our strong traditional commitment to the core subjects of English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, PDHPE, Languages and Christian Studies, and we also provide an increased opportunity for students to explore their interests and abilities in the Key Learning Areas of Agriculture, Commercial Studies, Computer Science, Visual Arts, Design and Technology, Music and Drama.