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.
CHAPEL CHOIR NAMED IN BBC YOUNG CHOIR OF THE YEAR FINAL
For the first time in the School’s history, Sedbergh School Chapel Choir have been named as one of the five finalists of the prestigious BBC Young Choir of the Year competition.
5th February 2020 — For the first time in the School’s history, Sedbergh School Chapel Choir have been named as one of the five finalists of the prestigious BBC Young Choir of the Year competition.
The long-standing competition is open to all young choirs across the country, with Sedbergh making it to the final of the senior category for the ages of 13-18. This includes other youth and community choirs, as well as other School groups. The final will take place on Sunday 22nd March, at Warwick Arts Centre. The five finalists will all perform in front of a judging panel and live audience, with two finalists then being selected to compete head-to-head to be crowned the winner.
Head of Choral Music, Mr John Seymour, and Director of Music, Mr Chris Allinson, took the decision to enter this year’s competition following a very successful summer tour, when Sedbergh Chapel Choir visited the United States of America. On their ten-day tour, pupils performed in New York, Washington DC and Boston. Mr Seymour believes the tour provided the young choir with a great boost of confidence.
“The choir that we took out there were really quite a young choir, very inexperienced. Over the ten days we were in America, they developed a huge amount. It was really that which gave us the springboard for a strong start in September and the confidence to enter the competition.”
As part of the application process, each choir must submit a recording of their chosen piece of music being performed. The decision was taken by Mr Seymour and Mr Allinson to submit a piece of music that was written especially for the USA tour by Mr Seymour, entitled ‘I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes Unto The Hills’.
“It is a song that has a strong Sedbergh connection” explained Mr Seymour.
“The lyrics ‘I will lift up mine eyes to the hills’ describe us being surrounded by the hills here in Sedbergh. It was a reminder of home whilst we were amongst the skyscrapers on the East coast of America.”
Mr Allinson also paid tribute to the excellent facilities at Sedbergh School.
“We recorded our submission in the Thornley Studio, which has been an important part of our recent success” said Mr Allinson.
“That improvement in the facilities, I believe, has supported the choir’s progress.”
It is believed the competition will be broadcast across two episodes of BBC’s Songs of Praise, in early April.
On Tuesday 10 December, all pupils and staff from Sedbergh School undertook a full day’s work for various charities and local communities as part of their outreach initiative.
16th December 2019 — On Tuesday 10 December, all pupils and staff from Sedbergh School undertook a full day’s work for various charities and local communities as part of their outreach initiative.
The Headmaster, Mr Dan Harrison, introduced a bold and creative initiative in 2018 to help prevent pupils becoming stifled by the sense of privilege and entitlement. The usual end of term trips and excursions were cancelled and replaced by a day of charitable activity for the benefit of others. Each Boarding House chooses its own project to contribute to the School’s endeavour to give something back to the wider community.
Pupils provided support at nearby conservation sites in the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Park, contributed large donations to food banks and homeless shelters, helped build a wheelchair accessible assault course at Bendrigg Trust, visited Doncaster to help clean up after the recent floods and supplied St John’s Hospice with 500 mince pies for their ‘Light up a Life’ services.
Sedbergh School runs numerous community outreach projects throughout the academic year which include local conservation projects within the Yorkshire Dales National Park and every week, 50 pupils provide voluntary service across a wide range of local services. In October, Sedbergh was recognised for it’s community work by being awarded the Community Outreach award at the Independent Schools of the Year awards.
Mr Dan Harrison has said “I am very proud of the way that we gave back as a School. To have 9 different projects all around the North, helping out a variety of organisations is the right thing to do and makes our pupils think about the true meaning of Christmas.”
Sedbergh are delighted to announce after a two-day inspection in July that Sedbergh International Summer School is now fully accredited by the British Council following another successful programme in 2019.
16th December 2019 — Sedbergh are delighted to announce, after a two-day inspection in July, that Sedbergh International Summer School is now fully accredited by the British Council following another successful programme in 2019.
Sedbergh International Summer School is owned and operated by Sedbergh School and provides a complete British boarding school experience where students learn English from the finest teachers and, outside the classroom, enjoy an impressive range of sports, excursions and exciting activities.
Sedbergh were praised by the British Council on a number of elements; noting strengths in both strategic and quality management, the premises and facilities and the teaching of the classroom-based lessons. When discussing the strength of the English lessons, the British Council said;
“The course is based on sound principals and is very well structured in order to encourage the development of not only language, but also confidence, teamwork and social skills. The weekly themes are closely linked to excursions and activities”.
The British Council have also praised the premises and facilities at Sedbergh saying;
“Sedbergh is a well-kept, spacious campus with well-maintained buildings, which are spotlessly clean”.
Course Director of Sedbergh International Summer School (ISS), Ms Gemma Newton, has shared her thoughts on the latest news;
“Sedbergh ISS are extremely proud to have been awarded the British Council accreditation. The detailed feedback we have received from the inspectors and their report recognised the importance we place on providing a rich educational experience through outdoor pursuits, community engagement and team building opportunities. An area which the inspectors were very enthusiastic about was our dedication to the community-based projects we incorporate into our English course, as well as the links between our cultural excursions, activities and the English curriculum itself, which provide a well-rounded, engaging and effective course. We are now looking forward to another fantastic summer in 2020”.
Sedbergh International Summer School are now taking bookings for their summer 2020 programme, starting on 28th June 2020 – 15th August 2020 for pupils aged between 8 – 17.
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Sedbergh School to host Lancashire Cricket fixture
Sedbergh School are delighted to announce they will be hosting a Lancashire Cricket fixture for the second year in a row.
26th November 2019 — Sedbergh School are delighted to announce they will be hosting a Lancashire Cricket fixture for the second year in a row.
Following the School’s successful hosting of the County Championship fixture against Durham last season, Lancashire CC has announced it will return to Sedbergh for their Royal London Cup one-day game against Middlesex on Sunday 19 July.
Sedbergh School will also host the inaugural National Counties fixture between Cumberland and Lancashire on Friday 17 July, as a warm-up to Lancashire’s Cup campaign, which will see Middlesex travel to Sedbergh two days later.
Completing a Sedbergh School festival of cricket, which will see three games of cricket taking place within one week, is the Women’s Hundred fixture between Manchester Originals and the Oval Invincibles on Friday 24 July.
Mr Dan Harrison, Sedbergh School Headmaster, said: “We are delighted here at Sedbergh to be hosting more Lancashire CCC matches next year. We were thrilled with the successful outcome of the first-class match last year and are looking forward to welcoming cricket fans back in July. We are especially pleased to be hosting one of the Women’s Hundred match alongside the two other games, as part of our festival of cricket.”
Paul Allott, Lancashire’s Director of Cricket, said: “We’re delighted with the way the fixture list has worked out and our thanks must go to the ECB for their cooperation, as well as the three outgrounds which we will be using next summer.
“Sedbergh School’s hosting of the four-day fixture against Durham last year has encouraged the county to return for a 50 over game in 2020.”
Sedbergh School has once again been named as one of the 100 Schools listed in The Cricketer Schools Guide 2020.
25th November 2019 — Sedbergh School has once again been named as one of the 100 Schools listed in The Cricketer Schools Guide 2020.
Following a fantastic year of cricket at Sedbergh, we are pleased to have been recognised by The Cricketer on the inclusion of this list.Mr Dan Harrison, Headmaster, has said:
“I am delighted that we have made the list of the top schools in The Cricketer magazine. This comes on the back of us hosting our first ever first-class match here in July, coming runner up in the National 20/20 U18s and winning the National 20/20 U15s in September. We are also producing more first-class players than ever before, and more boys and girls are playing cricket here at Sedbergh.”
The Cricketer magazine editor Simon Hughes said:
“The Schools Guide is, as ever, a fantastic publication that celebrates schools cricket and gives deserved praise to all those teachers and coaches who put in the hard work to develop our future club, county and international cricketers. Having watched many schools matches this summer I am pleased to report that the standard of cricket programmes and the level of passion for the game is as high as ever.
“Schools cricket has certainly benefitted from this incredible year for the sport.
“Congratulations to all of the schools included and I look forward to hearing about all of your future successes.”
The guide will be on sale from Friday 22nd November alongside the December issue of the magazine. A digital version of the guide will also be available on thecricketer.com from Friday 13th December.
Sedbergh School has become the Independent School of the Year for Community Outreach. Meanwhile, and one of its pupils won the Rising Star award at the Independent School of the Year awards 2019.
9th October 2019 — Sedbergh School has become the Independent School of the Year for Community Outreach. Meanwhile, one of its pupils won the Rising Star award at the Independent School of the Year awards 2019.
“We are delighted and very proud on behalf of our pupils to receive the Community Outreach award.” Said Dan Harrison, Headmaster. “In the last year, we have tripled the number of pupil hours invested in the community and quadrupled the number of pupils working on these projects. Everyone benefits from this scheme - our pupils gain satisfaction from their work and learn the importance of contributing to society.” explained Mr Harrison.
Sedbergh School runs numerous community outreach projects throughout the academic year which include local conservation projects within the Yorkshire Dales National Park and every week, 50 pupils provide voluntary service across a wide range of local services.
In December 2018, the inaugural ‘Sedbergh Gives Back’ campaign began with pupils giving up a full day to work for a chosen charity. Most recently, pupils have started to work with a local charity to help rehabilitated criminals work towards gaining their English and Maths GCSE qualifications.
Recipient of the Rising Star award is Henry Ackroyd.
Henry joined Sedbergh School in September 2014 and in January 2015, whilst out on a school run, he suffered a major heart attack. He received CPR for over 45 minutes before being flown to Middlesbrough Hospital.
Henry suffered serious brain damage as a result of lack of oxygen and the prognosis for his long-term recovery was poor. After major corrective heart surgery, the department for Paediatric Neurology in Leeds thought he would never walk or talk again, let alone read or progress in full-time education.
After just one term away from School, Henry returned to Sedbergh as a full-time boarding pupil with ambitions of playing competitive sport again for Sedbergh. Eighteen months later, Henry stepped back onto the rugby field.
His recovery and physical rehabilitation led Henry to discover a love for athletics and sprinting. He is now an aspiring para-athlete and a member of the Para Development Academy with his eyes set on the 2024 Paralympics in Paris. Henry left Sedbergh in Summer 2019, with a full BTEC in Sport and Exercise Science and an EPQ qualification for his assignment on hypoxic brain injury recovery. He has gone on to study Sport Development at Leeds Beckett University.
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.