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.
Year 12 pupil, Fraser, finished Lent Term in style by breaking a 28 year old course record on his way to winning the Morgan Run.
25th March 2021 — Year 12 pupil, Fraser, finished Lent Term in style by breaking a 28 year old course record on his way to winning the Morgan Run.
The race is named after former Sedbergh School teacher Andrew Morgan, who taught here between 1948 – 1964. Morgan served during WWII on submarines and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC). As well as a History teacher, Morgan also supported pupils in their scholarship applications to University (predominately Oxford and Cambridge) and dedicated his time to his role as master in charge of “Athletic Sports”, which at the time was mostly running.
The Morgan Run is a typically Sedberghian running event, covering 7.2km of the surrounding Howgill Fells, 150m of total ascent and a fast finish back to our multi-purpose sports centre, the Hirst Centre. The race normally provides a wonderful opportunity for us to gather as a whole school community, as not only current pupils and staff run the race but we also invite parents, old Sedberghians and members of the local area to come and join us. Although we could not invite others to run this year, there was still a brilliant turn out as our school poured out onto the fells to complete the run, as we look ahead to the Easter break.
Fraser, who back in October 2020 joined the England Athletics Youth Talent Programme, led from the front to win the race and in doing so, broke the course record that was set back in 1993. An impressive run from Year 10 pupil, Dan, saw him finish 90 seconds behind Fraser in second place.
With such a disrupted Lent Term, we are looking ahead to Summer Term with lots of exciting events planned (all subject to UK Covid-19 roadmap restrictions). One event a lot will have an eye on is the rescheduled Wilson Run, which will take place on Tuesday 15 June 2021. One of the most popular days in the School calendar, the Wilson run dates back to 1881 and since its inception, has only been cancelled 4 times – 2020 being the most recent. To avoid having to cancel for a second year in a row, the decision has been taken to move the event to June, instead of its usual March slot.
SEDBERGH SCHOOL GROUNDSMEN TO THE RESCUE AT QUEEN’S MEMORIAL GARDEN
A Covid-secure “bubble” of Sedbergh School groundsmen saved the day by helping to plant Sedbergh Parish Council’s new arboretum just in the nick of time.
25th March 2021 — A Covid-secure “bubble” of Sedbergh School groundsmen saved the day by helping to plant Sedbergh Parish Council’s new arboretum just in the nick of time.
With 12 large trees ready for delivery, coronavirus restrictions still in place and the end of the planting season fast approaching, parish councillors were worried they might not be able to get the trees into the ground at Queen’s Garden in time, because of social distancing preventing local volunteers from working in pairs.
Fortunately, Sedbergh School came to the rescue with a generous offer for two of its grounds team working in a Covid-secure “bubble” to do the spadework at the 120-year-old garden, designed by Edwardian landscape genius Thomas Mawson in memory of Queen Victoria.
“It’s really brilliant we’ve been able to do this,” said Janey Hassam, Clerk of Sedbergh Parish Council.
“Under normal circumstances we would have just put a call out for volunteers and the trees would have been in the ground. But because we’ve still got restrictions we were mindful of the fact that certain people wouldn’t be able to work together, and if you’re lifting a large tree you can’t be socially distanced.”
Dan Harrison, Headmaster of Sedbergh School, said: “We are delighted that here at Sedbergh School we are able to offer the services of our grounds team to help with the tree planting at Queen’s Garden. We are really keen to continue to work with the local community on a number of projects and look forwards to strengthening these links in the future.”
Measuring six or seven feet high, the 12 trees comprise red maple, snakebark maple, Himalayan birch, Tibetan cherry, sweet gum and paper bark maple.
The varieties have been chosen to bring year-round interest to Queen’s Garden thanks to their autumn leaf cover, flowers, fruit and bark characteristics. Nicola Child, Trees and Woodlands Officer at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) brought her expert knowledge to the project and has also helped Sedbergh Parish Council draw up a full management plan for the royal memorial garden.
Meanwhile, 28 smaller hedgerow varieties – hawthorn, hazel, guelder rose and honeysuckle – were manageable enough for planting by the parish handyman and volunteers from the Friends of Queen’s Garden group, working individually.
Mrs Hassam described the project as a “brilliant” team effort. She said members were also grateful to South Lakeland District Council for covering the £968 project cost and to SLDC’s Arboriculture Specialist Graham Nicholson.
The planting scheme at Queen’s Garden comes after several noteworthy “Thuja” evergreens had to be felled due to disease.
Nicola Child of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority said: “Although we would normally encourage native trees, it was felt a small number of more unusual, beautiful, arboretum-type trees would be in keeping with the previous period planting design and bring arboricultural interest to the site.”
The leafy enclave at Station Road was designed and laid out by renowned Lake District landscape gardener Thomas Mawson after Queen Victoria’s death in 1901, on a plot of land given by Mrs Upton-Cottrell-Dormer of Ingmire Hall.
A tall Celtic stone cross towers over the centre of Mawson’s symmetrical layout, a watercolour of which is preserved at Kendal Archive Centre.
Queen’s Garden was formally opened in October 1902 and was handed over to Sedbergh Parish Council and the people of the town in 1906. The site merits a Grade II listing in Historic England’s Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.
SEDBERGH SCHOOL PUPILS TO RECEIVE WORLD-CLASS LEADERSHIP TRAINING
Sedbergh School has introduced a pioneering leadership programme to bring life-changing personal and professional development, normally reserved for FTSE 100 senior executives, to their Sixth Form pupils.
11th March 2021 — Sedbergh School has introduced a pioneering leadership programme to bring life-changing personal and professional development, normally reserved for FTSE 100 senior executives, to their Sixth Form pupils.
Located in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Sedbergh School is running this innovative programme with all 104 of its Year 13 pupils. The Ivy House Award, which focuses on self-knowledge, self-leadership and self-empowerment, gives pupils the skills, knowledge and confidence to take ownership for their lives and develop a plan to build the kind of future they want.
‘The Award’, designed by Ivy House London, is running in 36 schools across the UK, including 17 state secondary, and 19 independent schools. They have also expanded their offering internationally, supporting some of the most promising young talent across 24 countries, through The Rise Programme.
Sedbergh School, which is a co-educational, full boarding school for 13-18 year olds, is delighted to be the first Cumbrian school to be partnering with Ivy House to bring this unique opportunity to their oldest pupils, as they prepare themselves for life after Sedbergh.
Mr Dan Harrison, Headmaster of Sedbergh School, said: “We are very excited about the prospect of our Year 13 pupils undergoing the prestigious Ivy House Award programme. The last year has been a very difficult time for all pupils and we want to help equip our leavers with the best possible life skills going forwards. The Ivy House Award will help considerably in this area.”
Kate Lander, CEO, Ivy House London, said: “We’re delighted to partner with Sedbergh School, supporting their Year 13s through The Ivy House Award. Sedbergh have always been trailblazers, leading the way with an extraordinary extra-curricular programme and an incredible focus on whole-person development.”
“The Ivy House Award is about equipping young people with the knowledge and skills to understand themselves, make conscious, informed decisions about their future and become the leaders of their lives. We’re proud to work with a school so passionate about helping pupils thrive as individuals and enabling them to support their peers to become the best version of themselves.”
Elke Edwards, founder of Ivy House London, ran one of Europe’s leading executive development businesses for 20 years, worked with senior leaders at over 40% of the FTSE 100 and won more than 40 awards. But for all the success, she was frustrated by one thing.
She said: “Why are we only bringing this learning to people who have already reached the pinnacle of their careers? Why aren’t we bringing this kind of profound development to young people at a time when it could change the whole course of their lives? My ambition is for this learning to be accessible to any student who wants to take ownership for living an extraordinary life.”
Musicians at Sedbergh School have enjoyed success recently, with a number of pupils passing their ABRSM graded exams.
18th February 2021 — Musicians at Sedbergh School have enjoyed success recently, with a number of pupils passing their ABRSM graded exams.
The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) graded exams are a source of structure and motivation for many musicians. Grade 8 is the highest grade, and as such is a qualification which is years in the making. In addition to playing pieces, for these particular candidates were required to demonstrate technical ability and sightreading skills as well as aural awareness.
Pupils have been working tirelessly, in school and also at home during lockdown, to be prepared for their exam. We were fortunate enough to squeeze a few exams in before lockdown in January 2021.
Although these examinations are usually carried out and invigilated at school, ABRSM have recently introduced a video examination to ensure musicians can continue to sit exams remotely. Musicians must submit a continuous video of their performance, as well as their online exam. For performances grades, candidates perform four pieces – three from the syllabus and one piece chosen by themselves.
At Sedbergh School, we are incredibly fortunate to have four ABRSM examiners on our staff, including Director of Music, Mr Chris Allinson, and Head of Choral Music, Mr John Seymour. These members of staff help prepare each pupil, giving them the best chance of successfully passing their upcoming exam.
Congratulations go to the following pupils on their recent success:
Year 13 pupil, Daisy Armstrong, has become the first pupil to be awarded the prestigious Sedbergh School brown blazer this year. Daisy has been recognised for her continued success in the sport of target shooting throughout her time at Sedbergh School.
16th February 2021 — Year 13 pupil, Daisy Armstrong, has become the first pupil to be awarded the prestigious Sedbergh School brown blazer this year. Daisy has been recognised for her continued success in the sport of target shooting throughout her time at Sedbergh School.
Brown blazers are awarded at the discretion of the Headmaster to those pupils who have displayed true Sedberghian values – resilience, dedication and teamwork – along with outstanding achievement in their chosen field. As well as sporting success, blazers are also rewarded for other areas of School life, such as performing arts, music, art, academia and overall contribution to life at Sedbergh.
“I was so shocked! I was not expecting to be awarded a brown blazer. It makes me feel so honoured to be awarded my brown blazer, especially during such difficult times and I can’t wait to celebrate when we all get back to school together.” Said Daisy.
Daisy, who joined Sedbergh School from Mowden Hall, Northumberland, in Year 9, has always enjoyed clay pigeon shooting with her Dad but it wasn’t until she joined Sedbergh where her interest in target shooting developed. There are two indoor rifle ranges at the school, 10m and 25m, which provide all Sedbergh pupils an opportunity to try the sport.
Mrs Hayley Christy, Housemistress of Robertson House, which is Daisy’s usual term time home, has expressed her joy at the latest news.
“I could not be prouder of everything Daisy has achieved this far and being awarded the first brown blazer in this most difficult of years, is testament to her commitment and dedication as well as her kind and humble nature.”
“Daisy is a true role model and as Deputy Head of House she is a shining example to younger pupils not just with her shooting but in her approach to her academic studies and school life.”
Throughout her time at Sedbergh School, Daisy has been in the School’s shooting first team every year and in 2018, she was part of the 8-person team that won the National Schools Title at Bisley – the fifth time Sedbergh has won. Daisy’s success continued as she was selected for Great Britain Cadet Rifle Team as an Under-18, and most recently as an Under-19, however the competition was sadly postponed due to Covid-19.
On announcing Daisy as the latest recipient of a brown blazer, Sedbergh School Headmaster, Mr Dan Harrison, said “We are delighted to award Daisy a brown blazer for her fantastic achievement in shooting during her time here at Sedbergh. She is our first “Brown” of the year and thoroughly deserves this award.”
Daisy also has some words of advice for anyone wanting to try target shooting; “Just go for it as you will receive the best coaching you can ever imagine, and everyone is there to support you and help you learn.”
REDPATH “BUZZING” AFTER AMAZING INTERNATIONAL RUGBY DEBUT FOR SCOTLAND
The vast majority of the population south of the border will have been cheering for England when they took on Scotland on Saturday in the big Calcutta Cup rugby match behind closed doors at Twickenham.
8th February 2021 — The vast majority of the population south of the border will have been cheering for England when they took on Scotland on Saturday in the big Calcutta Cup rugby match behind closed doors at Twickenham.
However, many from the Sedbergh School population will have been willing former pupil Cameron Redpath (Class of 2018) to have a good game for Scotland on his debut.
And the 21-year-old Bath centre certainly delivered, looking cool as a cucumber from the outset of the Six Nations 2021 round one clash as the Scots won 11-6, their first triumph at England’s home ground since 1983.
Redpath, the son of former Scotland skipper and well-respected professional rugby coach Bryan, headed to Sedbergh in his Lower Sixth after time at King’s School in Macclesfield.
It can be hard for anyone going into a new environment, but “Finn, captain Stuart Hogg, Chris Harris and Jamie Ritchie” were among those who helped Redpath settle straight away in Gregor Townsend’s squad when he first joined up with them in late January at their base on the outskirts of Edinburgh.
Before that he had decided to play for Scotland over England who he was also eligible for and was, of course, called up to Eddie Jones’ full squad when still at Sedbergh in 2018.
Injury meant that he never did tour with England though and the rest as they say is history, but he did take his time before finally deciding to commit to the Scots.
“I didn’t want to rush into any decisions,” he explains.
“I felt like this was the right time to come into international rugby and Stuart Hogg was in touch quite a bit saying he felt that I could play a massive part for Scotland.
“For me it was the right time personally, but he also had a massive part to play in my decision and it was good that he presented me my cap on Saturday after the match.
“The way we play as a squad is enjoyable for fans and enjoyable for us as players and that was a massive appeal for me. This all came at the right time.”
After the match, Scottish Rugby’s backroom staff set-up a Zoom call so that Redpath and fellow debutant Dave Cherry’s families could watch on as they were presented their caps in the changing room.
Moments earlier the duo had been chosen by Hogg to lift the Calcutta Cup on the pitch, a lovely gesture.
Sedbergh Director of Sport Stuart Oliver said in a recent interview that “as soon as Cameron joined you could see he was a brilliant athlete”.
Whether playing for the school first XV, Scotland and England age-grade teams, Sale Sharks, Bath or now the full Scottish side over the last few years, Redpath has always looked composed for one so young.
On Saturday he delivered a midfield masterclass in defence and attack and immediately after the match he said: “It was very exciting, all the lads are buzzing, I am buzzing, and it’s unreal to be a part of it.
“It couldn’t have been a better first cap.
“Stand-off Finn Russell said to me during the week ‘let’s get you on the ball early and make sure you get that first carry in’, and after I did carry once the ball just seemed to come to my hands a lot which was good.
“I wanted to get involved in the game as much as I could, I wasn’t nervous at all which is the best feeling for your first cap.”
Redpath does not have too long to soak up this famous win now though, next Saturday Scotland host Wales in round two of the tournament behind closed doors at BT Murrayfield.
“We’ve got to enjoy the win, then park it, push hard this week in training and have a good game against Wales on Saturday,” he said. “As a squad we are determined this is not a high point, but just the start of something special.”
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.