Sedbergh School


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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of England
  • Roll: 331 (Boys) 219 (Girls)
  • Boarders: 550; 450 UK, 100 Overseas
  • Founded: 1525

General Information

One of the oldest and most famous of England’s Schools, Sedbergh not only prepares pupils for examinations, but for Life.

Our ethos is one of challenge, innovation and inclusivity. We achieve excellent exam results and are proud that the majority of our pupils go to their first choice university.  However, we pride ourselves on giving Sedbergh pupils a breadth and depth of understanding beyond the confines of their classroom learning.


Sedbergh School is a Christian foundation and Chapel is part and parcel of the weekly life of the School, with the Chaplain playing a key role in providing pastoral support to pupils. Music is important at at Sedbergh. Each year a musical is staged involving virtually all the pupils and there are various Choirs, ensembles, a Swing Band and a Brass Band. We offer a wide variety of dramatic activities including whole-school plays, film projects, year-group productions, workshops, radio plays, theatre trips, Drama competitions and a well-developed tradition of House plays. Sedbergh is the only school in the world that is allowed to use the Millennium Products logo, a reflection of the enthusiasm and expertise of our Design and Technology team and the achievements of our past pupils.

Sedbergh School has an international reputation for its sporting achievements and the School also takes great pride in offering a broad range of sporting opportunities for all pupils, whatever their aptitudes and abilities. For boys, in addition to the main sports of rugby, rugby sevens, hockey and cricket, boys have the opportunity to pursue athletics, sailing, shooting, squash, badminton, basketball, cross-country, mountain-biking, fives, swimming, tennis and golf. For girls the main sports are netball, hockey, athletics and tennis, with extra opportunities to pursue aerobics, badminton, ballet, climbing, cross-country running, dance, fencing, gym, horse riding, sailing, shooting, soccer and swimming. Sedbergh also has an equestrian team. Facilities include Five courts, gym, shooting range, 16 tennis courts, outstanding cricket pitch. Sedbergh School 1st XV rugby team has recently won the Daily Mail 15-a-side League, the Rosslyn Park National Schools Rugby Sevens Championship and the Army Super-Tens National Championship making it the Number 1 school for rugby. In June 2018, Sedbergh will open a brand new £6million sports centre.

Sedbergh School provides specialist English as an Additional Language (EAL) teaching to international pupils who require tuition to improve their English. Our Special Needs Department works across the school to ensure that all pupils receive the support that they need for effective learning and maximum development. Where a particular need is identified, specialist teaching is given, usually on a one-to-one basis eg. dyslexia and associated literacy difficulties. Extra support on Mathematics and English is also available.

The magnificent location of Sedbergh gives opportunities for many outdoor activities from a walk in the hills to mountain biking, or the calm of fishing to the challenge of kayaking. Pupils are encouraged to participate in CCF and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Our pastoral care is second to none and the successful House system fosters a caring environment, and creates smaller, tight-knit, cross-year communities within the School. Sedbergh has nine senior Houses in total: six for boys and three for girls. Each House has its own library (in addition to the School Library), common rooms, computer suite and dining room, enabling pupils to study, socialise and dine in their House as well as sleep. Uniquely, we also have an in-house health centre with our own doctor, nurses and physiotherapist.

Entrance Requirements

UK enquiries: please email

Overseas applications: please email


Entry into Years 9, 10 and 12: Academic • Music • Art • Design & Technology • Drama • Sport • All-Rounder. Some bursaries are available, please contact the school for details.

Open Days

2020. Senior School Open Mornings (for entry into Year 9 or Sixth Form): Sat. 2nd May and Sat. 19th September.


2019/2020 Full Boarding: £11,618 per term. Day Pupils: £8554 per term.


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School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr Andrew Fleck

Contact for enquiries: UK Registrar, Amanda Ferguson or Overseas Registrar, Christine Ritchie,

Sedbergh School
LA10 5HG

[t]: General Enquiries: 015396 20535 Admissions(UK): 01524 279211 Admissions(International): 015242 79209

Location Description

The small, safe yet vibrant market town of Sedbergh is situated between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, two of the most visited National Parks in Europe. Sedbergh benefits from excellent road and rail links, and two international airports are within easy distance. Sedbergh School is under five miles from the M6, within a 90 minute drive of Manchester and Liverpool international airports, 25 minutes from the Lake District town of Kendal and 35 minutes from the city of Lancaster.

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School News

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Sedbergh School are delighted and honoured to announce that we will be hosting Lancashire Cricket’s Specsavers County Championship match against Durham, which starts on Sunday

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30th June 2019.

Having successfully hosted three-day MCCA Cumberland and Red Rose Academy fixtures over recent years, we are excited to welcome first class cricket to our ground.

We have well-established links with Lancashire Cricket through the Club’s Academy playing one annual 50 over fixture against Sedbergh’s First Team, whilst Lancashire age-group players Oliver Green (W), Evan Williams (S) and Tom Aspinwall (W) all currently attend Sedbergh School. OS Chris Sanders (E), who is studying at Loughborough University, is currently a bowler for Lancashire.

Our Headmaster, Dan Harrison, has commented: “We are delighted to work with Lancashire Cricket Club. Lancashire Cricket Club are keen to engage with Cumbria and it’s Cricket – Over the years, many cricketing youngsters have attended Sedbergh School and have gone on to play first-class domestic and international cricket.

Cricket at Sedbergh School has never been more popular than it is now. Pupils are excited at the prospect of first-class cricketers playing on the same field they do every week.”

Martin Speight, former Durham and Sussex player and Head of Cricket at Sedbergh, explained the quality of cricket we see here at Sedbergh: “Sedbergh School has developed a very intensive all year round cricket programme giving its pupils the opportunity to play cricket at all levels from beginner to challenging nationally, reaching seven National schools’ finals in the past eight years and most recently culminating in the under 18s being crowned national T20 champions in 2017.”

“Current school captain George Hill, who has just returned from the England Young Lions tour of Bangladesh, won the coveted Cricket Society’s Wetherell Award for The Leading All Rounder in Schools Cricket for 2018.”

In addition to the school programme, the Easter and Summer 4-day residential courses run by Martin Speight give boys and girls, aged between 10-15, in-depth coaching in a challenging but fun environment. In recent years the courses have helped develop players who have gone on to play club, county, regional and national age group cricket.

For more information regarding the fixture, including tickets, travel and all other matchday information, please visit the Lancashire Cricket website.

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Sixth Form students at Sedbergh School enjoyed an action-packed trip to New York over half term.

The students and staff visited the Museum of Modern Art

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(MoMA) and the Guggenheim Museum, which provided inspiration and ideas for their A-Level studies. They also had some time to explore the sights and enjoy the atmosphere of the Big Apple.

Particular highlights included attending a New York Islanders ice hockey match, watching a Broadway production of Chicago and enjoying a boat trip past the Statue of Liberty.

The students also attended a graphics workshop about animated story boards, during which they wore virtual reality headsets. This allowed them to look down at their hands and feet and see them in robotic form.

Sedbergh School’s Head of Art Laura Bolton was delighted with the success of the trip.

She said, ‘The purpose of the trip was to inspire pupils not only to see art works in galleries but also to gain an insight into the culture in America to assist confidence when travelling. Most importantly, we wanted pupils to make the most of all opportunities and create personal responses in their sketchbooks.’

Mrs Bolton was pleased that so many pupils had clearly benefited from the trip, gaining merits for their subsequent work in class. She also noted that the school will hold an exhibition of photography, titled ‘New York’, in May to show the city through the eyes of a Sedbergh pupil.

Year 12 student Imara Silvester said that New York had exceeded her expectations. She explained, ‘I was so impressed with New York. I was thrilled that I got to see artworks in the flesh that I only thought I would ever see on the computer.’

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Sedbergh School Rugby Captain, Tom Curtis, has been named as part of a 42-player squad for a development camp in Bristol.

This isn’t Tom’s first call

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up for England Under-18 squad, he was part of the Under-18 squad that toured South Africa in August 2018 which was the start of the pathway season.

The development camp will serve as important preparation ahead of big fixtures next month against Scotland on Sunday 17 March at Billingham RUFC, followed by France a week later at Cheshunt RFC. April then sees the start of the Under-18 Six Nations Festival with England taking on Wales (Saturday 13 April), Ireland (Wednesday 17 April) and France (Saturday 21 April).

The festival, which is participated in by all six unions, sees each nation play three fixtures over 10 days. The teams will be hosted by Hartpury University and Hartpury College, with fixtures across three venues – Gillman’s Ground, Sixways Stadium and Kingsholm Stadium.

Tom has been in impressive form this season. The Fly-Half has been an integral part of Sale Sharks Under-18s season, which saw them through to finals day last weekend where they were unfortunately beaten by an impressive Harlequins side. Alongside his achievements with Sale, Tom also captaining Sedbergh School to their second successive unbeaten season, winning all 13 games in the process.

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Eddie Jones has called Sedbergh School’s rugby Captain, Cameron Redpath into the England squad that will tour South Africa next month. The test matches are

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on 9th, 16th and 23rd June.

Cameron will be the youngest member of the squad and could make his debut for England at the age of 18. Whilst the rest of his friends sit exams at School, Cameron will be taking his A levels whilst on tour.

Cameron joined Sedbergh in his L6th and from the first moment showed commitment in everything he did.  He has been the first to arrive at training and the last to leave, works hard in the gym and on the athletics track.  Alongside a busy sporting schedule Cameron has worked hard at his studies and completed the School’s 100 hours Revision Challenge at Easter. Along the way, he has played for Scotland U16s & U18s, and England U18s and U20s teams and made his debut for Sale against Worcester in the Anglo-Welsh cup in January.

Alongside his young age, the call-up is notable because Cameron’s father, Bryan won 60 caps for Scotland, captaining the team on a number of occasions. He appeared at two Rugby World Cups in 1999 and 2003.  But Cameron has always considered himself English.  He was born in France, moved to England at one year old and has lived in England ever since.  He has worked closely with England academy coach, John Fletcher, at U16 and U18 level and has been encouraged by Richard Hill and Eddie Jones who have developed his game. Bryan Redpath is in full support of his son’s progression through the England teams.

Andrew Fleck, Headmaster of Sedbergh School, said; ‘It is an exciting moment for Cameron and for Sedbergh. We are delighted for Cameron who works as hard in the classroom as he does on the pitch or in training. He is modest about his achievements and encouraging to others. We will watch every minute.’



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Sedbergh School athletics team swept the board at the Northern School athletics championships on 25th April where eighteen schools fielded teams at the Gateshead International

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Sedbergh returned as winners in four events: Intermediate Girls, Intermediate Boys, Senior Girls and Senior boys, Junior Girls and Boys finished 5th and 7th. The Cumbrian School had a host of gold medallists, foremost amongst them was 14 year old Ava Taperell breaking the competition record for the junior girls’ 800m in 2:21.

Ava is currently ranked as the UK’s Number 1 under 15 athlete in the 800m category. She has recently won the North of England Indoor 800m Championships and competed in the North of England Cross Country Championships, gaining her national recognition.

Athletics coach, Chris Wakeford, said, “The team has trained all winter and we have sharpened our skills by competing in indoor events at Manchester’s Sport City. Pupils who never considered themselves athletes are showing exceptional promise and we look forward to more competition success in the summer season.”


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Five hundred years of educational history is about to embark on a new initiative as Sedbergh School, Cumbria, will support the opening and operation of

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the Rong Qiao –Sedbergh School in Fuzhou, China. Headmaster of Sedbergh, Andrew Fleck, said “We are excited by the prospect of working with the Rong Qiao Group and proud that Sedbergh’s unique brand of education has been recognised by such an influential organisation in China.”

Sedbergh School International Limited will advise the Rong Qiao Group who will build, own and operate the Rong Qiao Sedbergh School. The Rong Qiao Group is a family owned business with interests in agriculture, manufacturing, technology and service industries in south-east China and Indonesia. Rong Qiao already operate the prestigious Jakarta Nanyang International School in Jakarta and five award-winning kindergartens in Fuzhou.

The Rong Qiao Sedbergh School will be located in Binhai New City in Changle. Binhai New City is a national-level high-tech development area within the Free-Trade Zone of Fuzhou and just 50 minutes from Fuzhou city centre. The school site is 16 hectares. Each phase of education will have dedicated facilities which will include classrooms, a library, science laboratories, art and technology facilities, administration and will have access to indoor stadiums, swimming pools, theatres and playgrounds. Chinese Culture will be taught in a dedicated centre. The total construction area will be 120,000 ㎡ providing for a maximum of 2700 pupils.

Sedbergh School International Limited will provide particular guidance on the provision of boarding school education for children from the age of six onwards. The new school’s position, just 10 minutes from Fuzhou-Changle International Airport will enable it to act as an educational hub for Fujian Province and beyond.

Rong Qiao Sedbergh School will offer the Chinese core curriculum supported by the traditional British IGCSE and A level curriculum. A wide range of extra-curricular sporting, artistic and cultural activities will supplement the formal curriculum.

Construction work is on schedule for a Phase 1 opening of the kindergarten and Prep School in September 2018. The new school will be led by Mr Olly Wells who was previously the founding Headteacher of Oxford International College, Changzhou. Teaching and support staff are being appointed and pupil enrolment is ongoing. Andrew Fleck said, “It is an extremely exciting project run by talented people who are determined to create an outstanding School. We are delighted to be working with them and look forward to the opening of the School in September.”

As a result of this announcement, Sedbergh has already launched an additional International Summer Programme, specialising in providing overseas students with the level of English and study skills required for life in a British Boarding School environment. The programme runs from 7th August to the 21st August 2018. For further information please contact


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Sedbergh School 1st XV has won the Daily Mail 15-a-side League, the Rosslyn Park National Schools Rugby Sevens Championship and the Army Super-Tens National Championship.


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was an exceptional year even by the high standards and traditions of Sedbergh rugby. On top of three national championship wins, 13 players represented their country at U17 or U18 level with skipper Cameron Redpath being selected to represent England in the U20 team. The School’s U16 team also enjoyed an unbeaten rugby sevens season and won the U16 Rosslyn Park Rugby Sevens Championship.

At Rosslyn Park the senior team started in a demanding group which included current Academy Champions, Hartpury. At the end of the first day the Sedbergh team progressed undefeated to the early stages of the knockout competition, winning against St Joseph’s & Sherborne. Harrow provided the tightest game of the day and eventually ran out winners with the last kick of the game. Despite this, Sedbergh progressed to the semi-finals on points difference and drew Kirkham in a northern derby. They proved too strong for their local rivals, setting up a national against the much-fancied Cranleigh School who were competing for their third cup win in a row at Rosslyn Park.

After an initial score by Cranleigh, Sedbergh responded with pace and width to score three tries in succession giving a half-time score of 21-5. The second half saw Sedbergh under pressure for long passages of play but only in the final minute did Cranleigh cross the line to bring the score to 21-12. In the final moments of the match, Redpath collected the ball from the restart and ran 70 metres to secure a final try and win the National Championship, 26-12.

From Rosslyn Park the team reassembled at home two days later for the National Super-Tens Championship sponsored by the Army and supported by the Yorkshire Regiment.

Wins over Abingdon, Barnard Castle, Seaford and Stamford placed the home team in the cup competition on Day Two. Competitive matches against RGS High Wycombe and Kirkham led to a thrilling final against Brighton College. Brighton took an early lead which was answered by two tries from Sedbergh, both converted. The second half performance was all grit & determination as Sedbergh dug deep to defend a narrow lead from an assertive Brighton who eventually touched down with five minutes remaining but failed to convert leaving Sedbergh with a two-point margin. Sedbergh won a lineout on their own line and a composed attacking set around the ruck ran out the last few seconds until Redpath kicked the ball dead to win the match, take the Super-Tens Championship and make history by winning the triple crown of School rugby.

Director of Rugby at Sedbergh and the winning team’s coach, Simon Mulholland, described the team as “a very special group of boys who have put their hearts and souls into the game and played for each other like no other team.”

He said: “They have raised the bar in Sedbergh and school rugby showing us all the standards that can be reached and have left a legacy which others will seek to emulate.”

Headmaster. Andrew Fleck, said: “I could not be more delighted for Simon, his coaches and staff, the players and their supporters who have followed them to every match. It will be a season none of us will ever forget and we are immensely proud of what these young men have achieved.”

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Fresh from the highs of the Rosslyn Park victory just a day earlier Sedbergh set about competing for an incredible treble of wins at the

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Sedbergh National Super Tens. No Sedbergh side in the history of the School & Football Club had ever had an unbeaten season in the first term & then gone on to win the Rosslyn Park 7s & National Tens in one season. Also no Sedbergh side had ever won the Tens in back to back years, so there was a lot of motivation going into the final tournament of the year for the players. Two early wins over Abingdon & Barnard Castle prepared Sedbergh for the big challenge in the day one group against Stamford. Sedbergh’s speed, accuracy & fitness proved far too much for the opposition to handle as they cruised to victory in an outstanding team performance. The last match on day one against Seaford again was one way traffic as a confident Sedbergh squad advanced through to the cup on the back of an outstanding individual display from the mercurial James Magee.

On day two three matches stood between Sedbergh & their dream finish. In a tough draw Sedbergh dismissed an impressive RGS High Wycombe 38-7 and then faced Kirkham for the second time in three days in a semi final clash. Sedbergh came out firing from the first whistle putting Kirkham under huge pressure. The physicality and accuracy of the home side was again too much as they raced out to a 21-0 lead after two brilliant tries from the impressive Sam Higginson and Bevan Rodd. Immediately after the break Alex Mullins pounced on a Kirkham error to score and secure victory and a place in the final against Brighton College.

In front of a big crowd Sedbergh ran out on Busk one for the final time as a squad on the edge of history. A brilliant Brighton College took an early lead when they broke tackles to score next to the posts. Under pressure Sedbergh answered with two brilliant tries of their own. The first was from Rodd after a superb break from the elusive Josh Hodge and the second was an outstanding individual try from Cameron Redpath who broke & then dummied the fullback to score. The second half performance was all grit & determination as they literally ran on empty to defend their lead. Brighton threw everything they had at the home side who eventually leaked a score with five minutes remaining. With a 14-12 lead Sedbergh clung on desperately in defence with time running out. A lineout was won on the Sedbergh line and a very composed attacking set around the ruck ran out any remaining time on the clock. Fittingly Captain Redpath had the final say when he kicked the ball dead to win the match. With bodies lying both on the floor & being embraced all around the field the delight was plain to see. The Sedbergh players had given everything physically & mentally in what was a simply incredible week. The entire squad had put their bodies on the line in pursuit of greatness & in doing so once again created history. They had done what no Sedbergh squad before them had achieved. They had left a legacy like no other within the SSFC.

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