Scarborough College

North Yorkshire

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  • Category: Nursery / Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of England
  • Roll: 328 (Boys) 263 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 3-18 years
  • Founded: 1896

General Information

We have been providing boarding and day education in Scarborough for nearly 120 years and therefore have strong traditions of excellence and achievement, enhanced by modern facilities, first class teaching and ‘home-from-home’ boarding accommodation.  Our unwavering high standards and explicit College Core Values provide the whole community with the framework needed for ultimate success in school and in the world beyond.

Our students excel in the fields of academia, sport, music, drama, the creative arts and the many adventurous activities our pupils regularly enjoy through our enviable location on the Yorkshire coastline, aside the North York Moors.


Students at every level of ability are encouraged to join in music, drama and the arts. The Music Department occupies an attractive, purpose built, suite of rooms with excellent practice rooms and well equipped with both computers and a range of musical instruments. The Music Director leads a team of peripatetic musicians who teach more than 150 students individual music and singing lessons. Our pupils enjoy great success at examinations administered by the ABRSM and Trinity Guildhall exam boards. The College’s ensembles are many and eclectic, both choral and instrumental, catering for all levels of expertise in a range of musical genres. The College enjoys an excellent reputation for Drama. Facilities include a Drama studio and a very well equipped 400 seat theatre. The College runs a full LAMDA programme (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art).

At Scarborough College we take the Enrichment Programme very seriously. After all, having fun is a serious business! Activities include: Sport- Rugby, Hockey, Running Club, Swimming, Dance and Zumba; Languages:- French Conversation, Spanish Conversation; The Arts: -Art, Choir, School Production, Band, Costume & Props; Others- Duke of Edinburgh training, Touch Typing, Geography in the News, Debating Society, Maths Extension, Maths Booster, Reading Booster, Supervised Prep, FPS Computer Games, Calligraphy, ICT Prep Club, Science Club, Wargames, Sixth Form Tutor time, Chess, Film Club and Engineering Club. There are also residential trips such as cultural visits to Europe and in the UK as well as sports tours and expeditions in the UK and abroad.

The main sports for boys are rugby, hockey and cricket and for girls hockey, netball and tennis. We have achieved considerable success in a wide range of sports, and have an impressive list of pupils who have represented the county, region or National sides. Hockey, in particular, is very strong at Scarborough College and we are one of the top hockey schools in the North of England. We are privileged with outstanding sporting facilities, with an all-weather surface for hockey and tennis, numerous rugby pitches and cricket wickets used by Scarborough Cricket club. At our Bramcote Sports Complex we benefit from an excellent sports hall, further games fields and a swimming pool.

There are approximately sixty boarders at the College who live in three houses situated a short walk from the main College site. Living away from the main site helps to give the houses that sense of being a home rather than an extension of the College and the houses have all the latest facilities and very comfortable accommodation.

Entrance Requirements

Junior School: Visit to the school, interview with Head of Junior School. Taster days can be arranged.

Senior School: 11+, Entrance Assessment, Recommendation from the previous school, interview and satisfactory performance in a general assessment.

Sixth Form: Minimum of five GCSEs , Grades A* to C or equivalent , interview. Students may be required to take an entrance examination.

Overseas Students: to submit school reports for the previous two years, certificates if appropriate and a written reference from the Head of the previous school. A good standard of spoken English is required.


The Scarborough Scholar, Academic, Music, Sport, and All Rounder. For EU and Overseas students: Maths Scholarship, Hartford Scholarship and Alderson Scholarship. Some bursaries are available. For details please contact the College.

Open Days

2017. Whole School Open Day: Sat. 7th October, 10am - 1pm. Sixth Form Presentation Evening: Thurs. 9th November, 6pm - 8pm.

2018. Whole School Open Day: Sat. 10th March, 10am - 1pm. Pre-School and Reception Open Day: Sat. 19th May, 10a. - 1pm.


2017/2018. Day. Little Owls Pre-School: Full Day £41.50. Reception - Year 6: £2400 - £3856 per term. Years 7-11: £4225 per term. Sixth Form: £4710 per term.

Years 7 - 13. UK Full Boarding: £7064 - £7949 per term. EU Full Boarding: £7647 - £8464 per term. Overseas Full Boarding: £8239 - £9121 per term.


ISI Inspection 2012

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr Charles Ellison

Contact for enquiries: Sue Abram, Headmaster’s PA and Registrar

Scarborough College
Filey Road
North Yorkshire
YO11 3BA

[t]: 01723 360620

Location Description

Scarborough College is set in an enviable location on the Yorkshire coastline, aside the North York Moors. Road: Scarborough is easily accessible from the A64 with York being an hour away by car. Air: Humberside airport and Leeds Bradford airport are both 1 hour 40 minutes away by car and Manchester airport is 2 hours 20 minutes, making them all within easy reach. Sea: The ferry terminal in Hull is approximately one and a half hours drive away. (sailings from Rotterdam and Zeebrugge) Rail: Regular trains run from London and Edinburgh, change at York for Scarborough. London is 3 hours by train. Coast to coast lines run daily, calling at all major cities; Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, York and Scarborough. Scarborough College is approximately 5 minutes by taxi from the station.

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School News

Scarborough College independent day and boarding school North Yorkshire

Scarborough College pupils have recently become well known for their lessons in and their natural, steely Yorkshire Grit characteristics, but now the teachers are joining

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in and leading by example.

This weekend, four members of staff took on the Great North Run, all for their own personal reasons.  Mr Ellison, headmaster, Mr Horton, Mrs Corich-Hewison and Mrs D’Eath all headed up to Newcastle to at the weekend to join 54,000 runners and their supporters on what was a truely amazing experience.  Mr Horton is the most experienced runner of the four and has completed the GNR a number of times as both a serious runner and a fundraiser.  It was a first for Mrs Corich-Hewison, Mrs D’Eath and Mr Ellison who were all fundraising and pushing themselves towards achieving their own personal goals.

With PBs set over the 13.1 mile course and over £1500 raised for The British Red Cross, the Make a Wish Foundation and Guide Dogs, our staff  have certainly deserved their medals and the support of our pupils and staff and their family and friends.  Congratulations to all of them and we look forward to the next staff/student challenge of the year.

Bramcote, Scarborough College independet school North Yorkshire

With not long to go until the Rio Olympics, pupils at Bramcote Junior School have been preparing them selves for both in recent weeks, looking at all

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things Olympic.

From Reception to Year 6, the children have designed Olympic mascots, learnt an Olympic anthem and seen how the Olympics have changed from ancient Greece to the modern day.

Each class has also selected a country to support during the Rio 2016 Olympics and have been involved in presenting an assembly to the whole school, about their country. The choice has ranged from Australia to Equatorial New Guinea.

The final event was a ‘special’ Bramcote Olympic Games with events ranging from javelin throwing (a leek) and shot putting (a turnip) to the more traditional 100m sprint and the long jump.

Bramcote pupils are now ready for the Olympics !  Are you?


Scarborough College independent school North Yorkshire

For over 120 years, Scarborough College has provided an education for girls and boys from local North and East Yorkshire families which, beyond their

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excellent exam results, has provided them with the character, tenacity and resilience to make a success of themselves in the world beyond school.  Recognising the importance of life beyond the classroom, for the forthcoming academic year they have added a course entitled Yorkshire Grit to the timetable!

All pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 will benefit from an afternoon every week which is designed to challenge them in a whole host of ways, whilst building their self confidence, discovering new talents and passions, and improving their mental and physical well-being.  Pupils will be stretched through an engagement in such activities as surfing, sailing at Wykeham Lakes, boot camps, rock climbing, learning judo and expedition training, as well as benefiting from courses in public speaking, mindfulness and dealing with stress.

The headmaster, Charles Ellison, commented, “Throughout the decades of its history, pupils from Scarborough College have been recognised to have strong character traits which, alongside their excellent academic credentials, have ensured that they have made a real difference in the world they entered when finally leaving us.  There are a number of reasons for this: exposure to a wealth of challenges daily, a can-do attitude in everything we take on, our beautiful and inspiring geographical location and the seemingly natural resilience inherent in Yorkshire folk.  Our establishment of a course in Yorkshire Grit synthesises these elements into the timetable to make certain all of our local pupils fully nurture their Yorkshire genetics and that our international boarders assume important Yorkshire traits which will undoubtedly help them to grow as people and to flourish in a world that presents greater and greater challenges to our young people.”


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