Welcome & Team

In May 1939 a 16th century mansion house opened its doors as a boys’ boarding school. Today Barlborough Hall is a flourishing independent day school for girls and boys.

Ours is a deliberately small prep school with classes of typically up to 20 children. We are committed to retaining small class sizes and will cap year groups in order to do so. Small classes mean teachers get to know their pupils well, they understand where a child needs challenge and support and, critically, have the time to give it.


Located in the magnificent private grounds of Barlborough Park, the site is tucked away in the quiet village of Barlborough, near Chesterfield in Derbyshire. It is the preparatory school to Mount St Mary’s College, in the neighbouring village of Spinkhill, and is true to the Jesuit principles of a Catholic education.

The setting is breath-taking and the grounds are vast, fresh air and fields are all but on the curriculum. We make full use of the space at our disposal with welly walks, cross country, open air lessons, PE and games, sports day, music recitals and more all taking place outdoors on the estate.

The interior of our Grade I listed school house is equally delightful. Retaining many of the original period features, it harks back to a bygone era in a way that is charming and characterful. The school community shares a sense of pride and privilege at being a part of the history of Barlborough Hall. For our pupils it is a magical, unique place, unlike any other school they may know and an enchanting space for them to grow and learn.

In November 2018, Barlborough Hall School was named 'Best Independent Prep School in Derbyshire' by the Sunday Times.


The Team

Head Teacher Mrs Karen Keeton
Key Stage 2 Coordinator Mrs Fran Wilson
Key Stage 1 Coordinator Mrs Cath Chadbourne
Early Years Coordinator Mrs Sonja Dayson

Academic Excellence

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