Sedbergh School is a co-educational full boarding school.
About the school
Sedbergh School is a co-educational full boarding school. Founded in 1525 by the Provost of Eton, it is located in the Yorkshire Dales and has an impressive history, excellent facilities and a host of famous alumni. An HMC member school, rated highly by both the Good Schools Guide and Which? Guide to Independent Schools, Sedbergh pupils expect to move on to leading universities and the School’s Music, Sport and Drama is among the best in the country.
The school’s unique features – from its spectacular and dynamic location, to its outstanding level of pastoral care and commitment to nurturing individual talents and aspirations – help all pupils to become spirited, well-rounded young adults with the confidence to make the most of life. The school is thriving, with its biggest pupil roll of 520 in nearly a 500 year history. Casterton, Sedbergh Preparatory School, including The Mulberry Bush Nursery, is situated just 12 miles away and has 200 pupils aged 4 to 13.
At Sedbergh we agree that the purpose of education is the making of the adult, the formation of the individual. It is about learning to be yourself, and more than you thought you could be. High calibre teaching staff act as academic models and our nine boarding Houses nurture our community; the intensity of experience that binds us together transforms achievement from a gift bestowed by others into a habit for life. This is how Sedberghians alter the trajectory of their lives.
Sedbergh School has a number of different Awards that are available to talented individuals in a number of fields. Awards are offered for entry at Years 9, 10 and 12. If you would like further information about Scholarships please complete the form on the School website http://www.sedberghschool.org/senior/Admissions
There is a registration fee of £125 for all pupils and an acceptance deposit of £750 for UK residents, and £2000 for Overseas Residents.
Our local Member of Parliament, Tim Farron, recently visited the Prep School to lead an assembly about democracy, its importance and to give an overview of the system of liberal democracy with the United Kingdom.
17th September 2021 — Our local Member of Parliament, Tim Farron, recently visited the Prep School to lead an assembly about democracy, its importance and to give an overview of the system of liberal democracy with the United Kingdom.
Tim, who has been the Member of Parliament for Westmorland and Lonsdale for the last 16 years, spoke about the differences between the Houses of Parliament and the House of Lords, about the role of The Queen within the country’s democratic system, and also outlined his inspiration for getting involved in politics aged 16.
Tim then took questions from the pupils which included asking his views on global warming, the proposed cut to Universal Credit and also what is the favourite part of his job.
A big thank you to Tim for taking the time out of his busy schedule for visiting us and speaking to the children.
A huge congratulations to our 44 pupils, from Reception through to Year 8, who recently took their London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) exams earlier in the Summer Term.
17th September 2021 — A huge congratulations to our 44 pupils, from Reception through to Year 8, who recently took their London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) exams earlier in the Summer Term. The marks are back and everyone received a distinction, the highest pass grade possible! Well done to you all and your hard working teachers!
Alongside optional LAMDA lessons, we believe that dedicating weekly curriculum time to creative and performing arts unlocks skills in creativity and problem solving. It also helps to improve concentration, focus, reading comprehension and verbal and non-verbal communications.
Performing arts therefore form a vital part of every pupils’ timetable, from age 3 to 13, supporting the development of well-rounded individuals capable of fulfilling their personal, social and professional potential.
During the academic year, every child at the school is given the opportunity to be part of a production. Staging a show highlights the values of collaboration, perseverance, dedication, teamwork and responsibility. It exemplifies how effort and time are needed behind the spotlights in order to master a new skill.
It has recently been announced that Sedbergh School has been named as a finalist at this year’s Independent School of the Year (ISOTY) Awards in the International Student Experience category.
17th September 2021 — It has recently been announced that Sedbergh School has been named as a finalist at this year’s Independent School of the Year (ISOTY) Awards in the International Student Experience category.
Sedbergh School has enjoyed recent success at the ISOTY awards, winning the Sporting Achievement award in 2018 and a year later, coming away with two awards; Community Outreach and Rising Star (won by Henry Ackroyd OS).
Being named as a finalist, we have been recognised for our work on engaging our international pupils and helping them to integrate into school life. A lot of this work begins before pupils arrive at Sedbergh, ensuring their safe arrival to the airport and offering transfer support from all major UK airports to Sedbergh. Due to the UK Covid-19 travel and quarantine rules, we set up a designated boarding house to welcome in all of our international pupils who completed their mandatory quarantine period. This house was fully staffed and overseen by Mrs Duckham, head of MFL at Sedbergh School.
All international pupils receive a welcome pack which contains vocabulary lists, practice papers and subject notes to help them prepare. Families also receive regular updates from Houseparents so they feel part of the family. All new pupils go through an induction programme where they are fully immersed into the Sedbergh environment with team building exercises and excursions.
Year 12 pupil, Bo, has recently been named in England Hockey’s Under-18 Observation Squad. Her selection comes off the back of some impressive displays in the Future’s Cup, where she played for Pennine Pumas with her sister, Hattie.
17th September 2021 — Year 12 pupil, Bo, has recently been named in England Hockey’s Under-18 Observation Squad. Her selection comes off the back of some impressive displays in the Future’s Cup, where she played for Pennine Pumas with her sister, Hattie.
England Hockey Junior Talent Development Manager, Dieter Hill, has said ““After a torrid 18 months for junior hockey players, we feel very fortunate to have been able to deliver Futures Cup and participate in School Games. A massive thank you to our partners at Youth Sport Trust and the many volunteers who helped to create fabulous experiences for those involved.”
“Through these two tournaments we have been able to observe and identify a number of players to be taken forward for further observation and assessment in the England Age Group environments this Autumn.”
The listed players will be invited to further England Age Group observation and assessment activity, working toward a place in the final training squad to be announced later in the year.
Bo is no stranger to England Hockey, having represented the Under-16s last February in a 1-0 victory over Ireland. She was also part of our Under-16 side that finished runner up at last year’s National Hockey Championships at the London Olympic Park.
Sedbergh Prep Pupils Trained by Olympic Dressage Rider
Ex-Olympian Emma Hindle, an experienced dressage rider who competed for Great Britain at both the Athens and Beijing Games, recently took time out of her busy schedule to visit Casterton, Sedbergh Prep School.
20th May 2021 —
Ex-Olympian Emma Hindle, an experienced dressage rider who competed for Great Britain at both the Athens and Beijing Games, recently took time out of her busy schedule to visit Casterton, Sedbergh Prep School. Despite currently competing for selection at the Tokyo Olympic Games, Emma had kindly offered to coach a number of Prep School pupils, who are part of the Sedbergh equestrian team that competes in the Northern Schools Equestrian Association (NSEA) events.
Emma’s session focused on the young riders’ flat work and dressage skills, helping both the riders and their horses to concentrate on developing their balance and control. She encouraged the riders to work with the horses to promote softness and suppleness within the riding position, all of which are important in flat work as well as jumping. Emma’s extensive experience also meant she was able to talk to the pupils about what the judges would be looking for during a competition and she mounted a couple of the horses to demonstrate this first hand.
The one day team subsequently competed in a ‘Jumping With Style’ event, where the 70cm Arena Eventing Team qualified for the Nationals and one of the riders from the Prep School gained an individual qualification against many talented riders. Their next one day event will take place soon in Northallerton.
This truly was a once in a lifetime opportunity for the riders to be trained by an Olympian, giving them a unique insight into the sport, and the Prep School looks forward to welcoming Emma back once she has finished her selection competitions.
Three Sixth Form pupils at Sedbergh School have recently enjoyed academy selection in netball and cricket, as we start to see a return to competitive sport.
19th May 2021 — Three Sixth Form pupils at Sedbergh School have recently enjoyed academy selection in netball and cricket, as we start to see a return to competitive sport.
Emily (Year 13), who is part of the Manchester Thunder Under 19 Pathway squad in netball, with Old Sedberghian Chess Cooke, has recently been called up to the Under 21 Pathway squad. Understandably, there has not been a lot of matches in the last 12 months but back in February of this year, Emily joined the U21s for her first session.
“The sessions are intense, and the rest of the girls are a few years older than me, so have that bit more experience,” explained Emily, who has been encouraged by the coaching staff at Sedbergh. “Miss Leach & Miss Magee have both been really helpful and supportive over the last year. Miss Magee plays the same position [Goal Attack] as me, so the one-on-one sessions with her are relatable. She is a very good coach,” said Emily.
Brianna (Year 13) has been working tirelessly with Mr Speight, Head of Cricket, throughout her time here at Sedbergh. Some footage of Brianna, captured and used by Mr Speight as part of his analysis work, was sent over to Lancashire Thunder Academy and they invited her to take part in training. Over Easter, Brianna impressed the coaches and was then selected to be a part of the Academy.
Having spent most of last year at home in Bermuda, Brianna managed to keep up her training with the help of Mr Speight and another Bermudian pupil, Logan (Year 13). “It has been really hard missing a whole term of cricket, which is normally the term where I develop the most,” said Brianna. “Mr Speight has been really good in helping me get back on track, following almost over a year off cricket.”
Harriet (Year 12) only joined Sedbergh in September 2020 but has already made a big impression both on and off the cricket field. Harriet has been named in the Northern Diamonds’ Academy squad for the upcoming season. Players between the ages of 15 to 19, predominantly from the Yorkshire, Durham and Northumberland regions, make up the 15-player squad, which was formed following observation sessions and match practice scenarios last year. Initially starting with 37 players, the squad was reduced to 23 and then, following some outdoor observations, the final 15 were selected.
Alongside Brianna, Mr Speight has been supporting Harriet throughout the year and sharing his ideas and thoughts from his own experiences. “Because he [Mr Speight] has been through the professional system, he understands how to manage your way through academy cricket,” Harriet explained.
So far this term, both Brianna and Harriet have featured in the School’s 2nd XI Cricket team, as well as playing in the Girls’ Cricket team. “He [Mr Speight] just wants us to get as much experience and play as many matches as possible,” said Brianna. “He doesn’t matter that we are girls,” Harriet added. “He will put us in the team and we train with the boys as well.”
Because we are a genuine boarding school we do not currently have Open days in the Senior School. Instead, parents and their children are welcome to visit us at any time. We also encourage boys and girls to take advantage of a Taster, where they can experience the School first hand, staying overnight, going to lessons and joining in games. Tasters can be arranged at any time to suit you.