Pocklington School

Pocklington is an inclusive, family focused and academic day and boarding school that offers incredible experiences inside and outside the classroom for children aged 2-18 years. Our "Values and Virtues" drive all that we do at Pocklington. Our students leave with a strong sense of personal and social responsibility along with the ability to shape their own future.

West Green
East Yorkshire
YO42 2NJ

+44 (0)1759 321200

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ISC associations: HMC, IAPS, AGBIS, ISBA

Religious affiliation: Christian

Day/boarding type: Day, Weekly/Flexible Boarding and Full Boarding

Gender profile: Coeducational

Size: 762

Pocklington School fees:

Boarding fees per term:
£8,261 to £11,552

Day fees per term:
£363 to £6,266

Scholarships & bursaries:

ISC reference number:

DfE reference number:
811 / 6003

Boys - age range & pupil numbers:

Day: 2 to 18 (337)

Boarding: 9 to 18 (45)

Sixth Form: (84)

Girls - age range & pupil numbers:

Day: 2 to 18 (351)

Boarding: 9 to 18 (29)

Sixth Form: (80)

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Additional Information

Pocklington is an inclusive, family focussed and academic school that offers incredible experiences inside and outside the classroom. We believe in encouraging pupils to seize opportunities from the broad range of activities we offer. Along with our approach to teaching and learning, these help to form the bedrock of our young Pocklingtonians’ character and grow the qualities that support our values. Our sense of community, care for each other and pride in the school is tangible. This is no more evident than in our outstanding boarding provision. At the heart of this ethos lie our Values and Virtues. They drive all that we do at Pocklington and mean our pupils leave with a deep sense of social responsibility and the ability to shape their own future.  

Pocklington School lies 12 miles east of York on the edge of a vibrant, friendly market town, on a 50-acre campus with good public transport links and its own bus service. The school, founded in 1514, blends strong traditions with innovation and flexibility, encouraging pupils to have the courage to take chances with their learning and achieve the best that they can.  

Numerous co-curricular activities for day and boarding pupils take place every day until 5pm, and each pupil is encouraged to pursue their own interests to help develop the depth of character and self-awareness to tackle life’s challenges on their own terms. Facilities include a 300-seat theatre, an indoor sports hall, strength and conditioning room and swimming pool, plus 21-acres of grass sports pitches and two full-sized synthetic pitches. Full, weekly and part-time boarding options are available, in outstanding boarding houses that create a home from home for all our boarders.  

Right through from Prep School, where the Curiosity Project curriculum enables children to expand their critical thinking skills through structured and creative enquiry, to the Sixth Form where independent thought is prized, our pupils are encouraged to be resilient, resourceful learners. To support the school’s strategic goal of further improving academic performance, increasing pupils’ independence and meeting the needs of modern family life, pupils engage in a 5-day academic week, Monday to Friday. Saturdays are reserved for sports fixtures, and boarders enjoy a full weekend programme of activities and trips. 

We employ the best educational tools and new technology to ensure youngsters are enthused and inspired by the world of knowledge available to them. Our Art and Design Technology Centre has every facility to encourage the pursuit of traditional arts and crafts, as well as providing cutting-edge equipment for digital and computer design, and manufacturing technology.  An individual approach, supported by flexible learning platforms allows each pupil to progress at their own pace, boosting their confidence and self-esteem so they often exceed their expectations.  

Our Sixth Form has spacious communal areas, a study centre, and a comprehensive library. Students are encouraged to work both collaboratively and independently as they begin to make the transition to university study and/or workplace success.  

Recent former pupils who retain links with the school include Davis Cup winner Kyle Edmund, England rugby star Rob Webber and world-renowned concert pianist Alexandra Dariescu.  

We aim to instil the Pocklington Values and Virtues into all our pupils, to engage with our families and support them in raising the Pocklingtonians of tomorrow and to be open to innovation, conscious of tradition and so secure our Foundation’s future.  


Pocklington School offers a number of scholarships for excellence in academic, music and sporting ability. Scholarships are designed to reward excellence and to celebrate exceptional talent.

Academic scholarships and exhibitions are available for pupils entering into Pocklington School at Year 7, Year 9 and for entry into the Sixth Form. At Year 7, they are awarded to the best performing candidates in the Entrance Assessment. At Year 9, there is a Scholarship Examination which is also open, by invitation or request, to internal candidates. Sixth Form academic scholarships are awarded to the highest performing students at GCSE (internal and external). Academic scholars are offered a reduction in day fees throughout their time at school (10% for scholarship, 5% for exhibition).

Music scholarships are available for candidates entering into Pocklington School at Year 7, Year 9, Year 10 and Sixth Form. They are awarded to outstanding musicians with exceptional ability. They will be assessed by performance and interview. Music scholars are offered a 5% reduction in day fees throughout their time at school and are expected to make a significant contribution to the musical life of the School.

A Sports Scholars Programme is available for candidates entering into Pocklington School in Year 12. Sport scholars have access to the Sports Scholar Programme throughout their time at school and are expected to make a significant contribution to the sporting life of the School.

Our means tested bursary scheme exists to give financial help with school fees (up to 100% of tuition fees). Preference is given to Sixth Form candidates with recognised potential who could not otherwise attend the school, however pupils can apply for bursary support from Year 7 and this will be considered where funds allow. Details are available from the Admissions Officer.

Scholarships & Bursaries offered

  • Academic scholarships
  • Choral scholarships
  • Music scholarships
  • Sport scholarships
  • Sixth Form scholarships
  • H M Forces discounts
  • Sibling discounts
  • Lump sum payment discounts
  • Bursaries for new entrants
  • Hardship awards for existing pupils

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