Pitsford School is a small, independent, co-educational school for pupils aged 3-18. As a small school each pupil receives individual attention in order for them to reach their maximum potential. The School's aim is to prepare each pupil for their next step in life, whether that is University, a Gap Year or entering into the world of work. Pitsford School pupils achieve excellent results every year - academically, socially and morally.
It has been a tough 2 years to be studying for GCSEs, however, Year 11 at Pitsford School have taken it in their stride and delivered the best set of results that the school has ever seen.
12th August 2021 — Pitsford School's GCSE students have secured the best ever results in the school's history in what has been the most challenging two years any students have faced in living memory. A global pandemic, online classes and self isolation have marked the 2 years of GCSE study for this group. Seemingly undaunted by the challenges they have all faced, the cohort saw 97% secure grades 9-4. However, it is the fact that over one in five grades secured by the Class of 2021 were the best possible '9' (21% of grades) and an extraordinary 57% of grades being 7-9 (which in old money is grade A*-A) which marks this year group's place in the school history books for all the right reasons.
That the students have done so well reflects very well on them: the school had each student undertake a number of assessments which determined the teacher assessed grade, which were rigorously marked according to exam board criteria and were then scrutinised for Quality Assurance by Ofqual. These superb results have been earned and are well-deserved and reflect the seriousness of the students, their talent and the commitment of their teachers to supporting their success.
Despite being able to access their grades online, many students still chose to come into school to open their envelopes with their friends. The Hall was filled with the excited chatter of the students as they caught up with each other, discussed grades and their next steps.
It is difficult to single anyone out when all merit praise, but special mention must be made of Athul W who secured ten grade 9s, as well as Adele C, Erin J, Jonathan S, Dillon B and James R who almost equalled that incredible trawl. Well done to all Year 11 Pitsfordians - keep shining, the future is at its brightest today.
A* all the way for top achievers at Pitsford School
After a tough 2 years the Class of 2021 at Pitsford School have shown their resilience, dug deep and achieved the most spectacular set of A level results. 68% achieved A*-A, whilst 99% recorded A*-E.
10th August 2021 — Once again the Pitsford students have triumphed at the end of what has been the most trying 2 years. This year’s cohort have performed incredibly well throughout, embracing the virtual learning, working hard and achieving the most fantastic set of A level results as a consequence.
68% achieved A*-A, 78% achieved A*-B and 99% of the students achieved A*-E. These staggering results are the best the school has seen and are down to the hard work and dedication of both the students and the staff of Pitsford school. These results are the best the school has seen and Head Dr. Craig Walker was full of praise for both the teachers and students.
Especial praise is due to Robert C, Peter S and Christopher L who all got four A* grades. David S got three A*s and one A, Beth P got three A* grades. Peter will be reading Natural Sciences at Durham whilst Christopher will be reading General Engineering with a year in industry at Sheffield. Both Robert and David are headed for Warwick to study PPE ( Politics, Philosophy & Economics) and Computer Science respectively whilst Beth will be studying Geography at Birmingham. All the Pitsford students have performed exceptionally well across the board and nearly all are going to their first choice university.
There was also some spectacular improvement in GCSE to A level performance, especially from Siobhan (A*AB) and Archie (AAB) who really upped their game and came in with some amazing results, opening up fantastic opportunities for them and their futures.
Whilst some students are choosing to take a year to travel or work, nearly all have their University places confirmed. Popular course choices include engineering, economics and computing and top destinations are Warwick and Birmingham University with 75% of destinations Russell Group or Equivalent.
To succeed at a time of such uncertainty shows great resilience and you can be sure that Pitsford's class of 2021 be going to achieve so much more.
FCV International Football Academy Partners with Top Independent School
Pitsford School partners with FCV International Football Academy to deliver BTEC Sports Studies to its international students. Such a strong foundation in learning will offer the young footballers the best start in their sporting careers.
19th May 2021 — Pitsford School has become the new academic partner to deliver the BTEC Sports Studies for the Academy's International students
Pitsford School is one of Northamptonshire’s leading independent schools. Set in 30 beautiful acres in the lovely Northamptonshire village of Pitsford, and boasting state-of-the-art buildings surrounded by green open space, the school is the perfect environment for ambitious students.
The school draws on the best Grammar school traditions, building upon them with the most valuable new developments in education. Pitsford has a wide curriculum, offering GCSE, A level as well as BTEC, ensuring that its students are stretched and their ambitions are nurtured and realised.
The partnership comes at an exciting time for FCV Academy following the announcement of other recent partnerships with Loughborough College (for Higher Education students), Capelli Sport, Asya, UK Football Trials and the League Managers Association.
Graham Starmer, FCV Academy Managing Director, said: “The nature of private schools means the FCV students will receive a higher standard of teaching and a true ‘English public school experience’ whilst keeping our fees the same. We also believe the student experience will be enhanced with travel time reduced and with the school providing a dedicated ‘international admissions’ office just for FCV students ensuring the process of Visa applications is even smoother.”
Dr Craig Walker, Pitsford School Headmaster, said “I am delighted to welcome the FCV International Football Academy students to our school. This is a very exciting relationship as it will combine the best of both of our worlds: FCV’s first-class coaching and sports training and Pitsford School’s outstanding academic and pastoral education. These are very exciting times, and I look forward to welcoming FCV’s students into my school.”
The academic partnership with Pitsford School commences in September 2021 to deliver the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development. Loughborough College will continue to deliver degree courses for all the Academy’s students.
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About Pitsford School
● Pitsford School is a 3-18 co-educational independent school located in in the village of Pitsford in Northamptonshire (five miles from Northampton, twelve from Market Harborough, twelve from Kettering).
● Set in thirty acres of parkland, around the historic Pitsford Hall, the school has a mixture of beautiful older buildings as well as state-of-the-art facilities, including a magnificent Sports Centre.
● Pitsford School boasts an impressive academic track record placing students into the most elite universities and on to the most elite courses, including Medicine.
● Pitsford School is a British Council accredited school, as well as possessing the very rare Green Flag award for ecology. Pitsford School belongs to the Society of Heads as well as the Independent Schools Association.
● For more information, please visit www.pitsfordschool.com
About FCV International Football Academy
● Former students of FCV Academy have gone straight into professional football clubs within the UK, Europe or at a significantly higher level in their home country.
● Some have earned scholarships to play and study in USA and some have played semi-pro football while studying at a UK university.
● FCV Academy offers a variety of courses and programmes, including opportunities for schools and clubs, ranging from one week to three years, all of which combine football and full-time education.
● FCV International Football Academy is based in the historic market town of Stamford, at the Borderville Sports Complex, with students living at The Garden House.
● In 2007 FCV International Football Academy was the first of It's kind to open In the UK
● For more information, please visit www.internationalfootball.academy.
Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal lands at Pitsford School
Nothing quite gets the children (and adults) as excited as the prospect of a helicopter landing in the school grounds..... nothing that is except a Royal helicopter carrying a Princess!
27th April 2021 — Royal return to Pitsford School
Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal took everyone by surprise today when she landed the Royal Helicopter in the grounds of Pitsford School this lunchtime. It may not be the first time that Pitsford School has had royal visitors, it is the first time that they have landed their Helicopter on the rugby pitches!
HRH The Princess Royal was in Northamptonshire for the day carrying out a number of engagements and had asked to use the school’s beautiful grounds to safely land before heading off by car for her appointments.
Obviously the visiting Royal and their Helicopter weren’t a total surprise! In order to maintain tight security only a handful of staff knew about the visit in advance and not telling the children has been a difficult secret to keep! However, it is safe to say that all pupils from age 3 through to 18yrs were impressed by the visit and although HRH The Princess Royal wasn’t able to stay and talk, the children were excited to come out and wave as they passed through. Nothing quite gets the children (and adults) as excited as the prospect of a helicopter landing in the school grounds..... nothing that is except a Royal helicopter carrying a Princess!
The students were also able to have a closer look at the Helicopter and ask the pilots and flight team questions about all things flying and working for the royal household. The Helicopter was in the school grounds for a couple of hours before taking to the skies again and heading of to the next appointment in the county, so there was plenty of time for questions and photos!
After the melancholy of a winter in lockdown, this little piece of excitement was the perfect start to the summer term and whilst the noise of the Helicopter has now faded, the buzz from the visit is still very much in evidence around the school.
 Before it became a school Pitsford Hall would regularly host the Duke of York before he became George V and in more recent times the Queen Mother visited the school to open the Library and visit the children.
When the youngest members of Pitsford School started their Eco - Club they were determined to make a difference, making Eco pledges and setting up recycling stations, they led the way to the much longed for Green Flag from Eco Schools England.
25th September 2020 — Earlier this year ( before the pandemic changed our ways of living and working) the Junior school Eco club received some very good news. After a lot of hard work by teachers and pupils alike, the Juniors were awarded the prestigious Green Flag from Eco Schools England.
Their journey started just over 12 months prior to that, when, inspired by Eco Activities happening in the Senior School, the Juniors decided that they too could make a difference. It was an exciting project that started with the setting up of the Eco Club. The enthusiastic team had to carry out an Environmental Review and choose 3 topics to work on. Waste, energy and bio-diversity were the chosen three.
As a committee they organised and helped with many events, including a wonderful Green Day launch where Eco-pledges were made, tomato plants were planted and pebbles were painted. There was even a visit from the recycling bus which helped explain lots of interesting facts about recycling. In addition to this day a Nature Club was launched and they set up a recycling centre for paper, batteries and pens, made bird feeders, took part in Waste Week and switch off fortnight. Even in lockdown the children continued to deliver on their Eco pledges with bug hotels being made, wild flowers being sewn and a lot of veggie patches being planted!
For the school achieving such a wonderful award isn't about just working hard for a short period of time. It's a change in the way that we think, and it was driven by the children wanting to take a positive step towards creating a sustainable future for us all. The work will be ongoing and more Eco club members will run more events, discover new topics and create new eco pledges, but all of it will harness that enthusiasm and hunger that the pupils have to make a positive impact on our world, both now and in the future.
In a world where travel has become less frequent, Pitsford School has worked hard to embed an international dimension in their pupil's education, creating truly global citizens.
21st September 2020 — Pitsford School has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.
The International School Award celebrates the achievements of schools that do exceptional work in international education. Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need for life work in today’s world.
Over the last year Pitsford School’s international work has included: a whole school celebration of the European Day of Languages, trips abroad to France and Germany, a visit to the prestigious Language Show in London, three Etwinning projects with 6 partner schools in Spain and France, the participation in the Juvenes Translatores translation contest and the creation of a multilingual and multicultural magazine published during lockdown. New and exciting projects have also been planned for this academic year.
On hearing the news that Pitsford School had received the award, Dr Craig Walker, Headmaster said: "I am so proud of my students and school in securing this magnificent award as it epitomises the culture and outlook of Pitsford School: outward looking, engaged, international and interested in others. That, under the leadership of Dr Cabrera Álvarez, they built links with so many schools in France and Spain demonstrates that the boys and girls of Pitsford School are genuine citizens of the world and the future will be safe in their hands. I look forward with great anticipation as they continue to build on what has been achieved thus far. Bravo!"
Sir Ciarán Devane, CEO of the British Council, said: "The school’s fantastic international work has rightfully earned it this prestigious award. The International School Award is a great chance for schools to demonstrate the important work they’re doing to bring the world into their classrooms. Embedding an international dimension in children’s education ensures that they are truly global citizens and helps prepare them for successful lives and careers in an increasingly global economy.’"
Around 5,500 International School Awards have been presented to successful schools in the UK since the scheme began in 1999.