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

2018. Open Day for Year 9 Entry: Sat. 21st April, 10am.


2017/2018. Full Boarding: £10,875 per term.


ISI Educational Quality Inspection 2017
ISI Focused Compliance Inspection 2017
Online prospectus

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

Sedbergh independent day and boarding school Cumbria

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.”

Sedbergh independent day and boarding school Cumbria

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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