Barker College is a co-ed Anglican day and boarding school in Hornsby, in northern Sydney, New South Wales.
Barker was founded in 1890 by Henry Plume at Kurrajong Heights. In 2016, Barker transitioned into a fully co-educational school which currently has approximately 2300 students, including 60 boarders from Year 10 to 12.
Barker's mission is to inspire every learner in every experience, every day with a vision to be a leader in Christian education that is characterised by a global vision that inspires hope. The values of Barker are Commitment, Compassion, Courage , Integrity and Respect.
Barker has an academic program in which the curriculum is flexible and varied to care for every student's needs. Teaching staff are committed to a whole school approach to curriculum development and implementation which supports each student to thrive. Established in 2014, the Barker Institute combines existing teaching , learning and research initiatives of the school with emerging trends in education.
From Pre-K to the Senior Year, students are exposed to a wide range of opportunities and experiences so they may develop resilience in a supporting environment. Co-curricular activities enrich the school experience for students, from the arts to sports, students are encouraged to challenge themselves and foster their talents. Secondary students take part in outdoor education camps which build leadership and teamwork skills and connect with the outdoors.
Barker is an inclusive school that comes together in order to give back. This can be seen in the week of the Old Barker association, the Barker Foundation, Barker College Parents Association and many other groups.
Barker sets students up for a life of learning. Students are constantly challenged by themselves and being challenged as they grow and begin to think big, practically and independently. Barker’s students are encouraged to use education as a path to inspiring real change.