Education has been at the core of The Bar Convent since its earliest beginnings.

It was founded in 1686 by Frances Bedingfield thanks to a donation from Sir Thomas Gascoigne, a York merchant, who said, "We must have a school for our daughters."

The foundress of the Congregation of Jesus, to which our sisters belong, was a radical Yorkshire nun named Mary Ward. An educational firebrand, Mary Ward held that the education of girls was vital spiritual work. She famously believed that "women in time to come will do much".

After three centuries, The Bar Convent is no longer a school. However, education remains at the heart of everything we do.

We welcome School Visits throughout the year, as well as those pursuing Higher Education. Members of local history and interest groups will find a wealth of fascinating material in our state-of-the-art Exhibition, and our Library & Archives are open to researchers and scholars.

You can also read our School Visits FAQ, have a look at our Learning Resources or e-mail us for more information.

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