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The Barker Way

Our Values - The Barker Way


We passionately pursue ways to improve outcomes. We like to challenge industry norms and think strategically. We embrace technology and we don’t fear change. We will exceed your expectations.

Committed to Excellence

We are accountable and committed to delivering an excellent client service. Sometimes this means working harder, sometimes it means looking at a problem from a different perspective. We are constantly focused on practical solutions, and driven by results.


Our team applies outstanding knowledge, rigour and pride to their work, day in day out. We work hard to recruit the best people. We look for those with the right skills and expertise, but also the right attitude and values.

Stronger Together

We believe in an honest and open approach, even if that means the occasional difficult conversation. We understand how important your project is and we will be there with you every step of the way.

Your trusted partner

Barker are trusted partners to leading sector bodies such the Confederation of School Trusts (CST), Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL) and The Trust Network (TTN). We are proud to work with many of the leading schools, colleges, universities, and trusts in the UK.

Clear, professional advice

Whatever your needs, we will help you through the whole process from strategy to delivery and beyond. We provide an end-to-end service and clear, transparent proposals with no hidden surprises.

With you for the long term

We build long term partnerships with our clients. Our aftercare services help you manage and monitor your projects to ensure effective operation and protect your investment.

We are education specialists

We are not generalist property consultants. We are education estates experts. As such, we know how education organisations are governed, operated and financed so we can provide solutions that comply with your financial regulations.

We are impartial

We are not salespeople. We do not favour particular products, technologies, finance models or procurement routes. Our impartial advice will help you make the best decision for your organisation and obtain best value.

We are highly experienced

We have a proven track record of project delivery with organisations throughout the UK. We know how to deliver projects on live education sites prioritizing safety and ensuring business as usual.

We are an Employee Owned Business

Barker is an Employee-owned business. For us, ‘Building Futures Together’ means more than delivering an excellent service to our clients. It means building a vibrant, sustainable business with a strong sense of purpose where our people can thrive and share in our success.


Employee ownership is the perfect way to grow our business whilst preserving our culture, which we call ‘The Barker Way’. Our employee-owners are committed, innovative, proud and work in partnership with each other and our clients.


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Client Testimonials

“Barker have been able to secure 3 large capital bids for us which they have project managed very professionally to conclusion. We are also using them as architects/planners/project managers on a Local Authority led expansion build over the next two years. I find them professional, approachable and very thorough. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to others.”


“Barker have advised and supported the Trust through a diverse range of services from condition surveys and strategic estate management advice through to design and project delivery. Their specialist knowledge of the education sector and close personal service has enabled the successful completion of complex projects within often tight timescales and budgets. We would thoroughly recommend their service.”


“We have been very glad to recommend Barker this year and hope that we are able to provide plenty more leads in the future. I certainly feel your professional approach has been well-received by our clients.”


“Barker’s architects gave us very good guidance from developing the initial concept, working within our budget to selecting and dealing with the building contractors. The team was always available, extremely helpful and we never felt alone as they guided us through the process. We were very pleased with Barker and found them extremely professional at every level.”

MERCER & HUGHES Ltd, Seamus Mone, Director
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Our Partners

We work with carefully selected sector bodies who we believe, offer honest, reliable advice, innovative solutions and best value to clients not just in the short term but for years to come.

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The Confederation of School Trusts (CST) is the national organisation and sector body for school trusts in England advocating for, connecting and supporting executive and governance leaders.

CST is a membership organisation of organisations. This means that the organisation – the Trust – is the member. Details about CST member benefits can be viewed here.

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Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) is the leading professional association and trade union for all school and college leaders. ASCL supports and represents more than 20,500 school and college leaders of primary, secondary and post-16 education from across the UK. ASCL works to shape national education policy, provides advice and support to their members and delivers first-class professional development.

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The Institute of School Business Leadership’s (ISBL) aim is to provide all education stakeholders with confidence in the capability of school business professionals. ISBL influences policy and supports school business professionals to enable them to have the greatest possible positive impact on our education system.

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The Trust Network  (TTN) promotes good estates management for schools. TTN is a network for all independently run, state-funded schools to provide those responsible for managing school estates with opportunities to share best practice, exchange knowledge, and where needed, form a single voice to discuss issues or concerns with the Department for Education and other national agencies.


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Barker offers exciting careers opportunities, excellent training and a rewarding working environment. If you are interested in joining our team, take a look at our vacancies.

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