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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: 769

Pocklington School fees:

Boarding fees per term:
£8,475 to £10,478

Day fees per term:
£3,127 to £5,709

Scholarships & bursaries:

ISC reference number:

DfE reference number:
811 / 6003

Boys - age range & pupil numbers:

Day: 2 to 18 (341)

Boarding: 10 to 18 (41)

Sixth form: (86)

Girls - age range & pupil numbers:

Day: 2 to 18 (358)

Boarding: 10 to 18 (29)

Sixth form: (96)

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Additional Information

Pocklington is an inclusive, family focussed and academic day and boarding school that offers incredible experiences inside and outside the classroom for girls and boys aged 3-18 years. We believe in encouraging pupils to seize opportunities from the broad range of activities on 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 in a safe, rural setting on the edge of a small, friendly market town, on a 50-acre campus with good public transport links and its own minibus pick-up service. The School was founded in 1514 and has retained its strong tradition of encouraging pupils to have the courage to take chances with learning and always remain true to themselves.

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. Extensive facilities include a 300-seat theatre, an indoor sports hall, 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 boarding houses which create a home from home for both domestic and international students.

Right through from Prep School, with its emphasis on nurturing children’s natural curiosity, imagination and enthusiasm for learning, to the Sixth Form where independent thought is prized, our pupils are encouraged to be resilient, resourceful learners. Lessons are planned around giving pupils the opportunity to develop their independence and character, rather than simply acquiring and retaining facts. We employ the best educational tools and appropriate new technology facilities to ensure youngsters are enthused and inspired by the world of knowledge available to them. Flexible learning platforms and an individual approach allows each pupil to progress at his or her pace, boosting their confidence and self-esteem so they often exceed their expectations.

The Learning Support Department exists to support pupils and promote achievement. All pupils with specific learning difficulties will have their needs identified, assessed, met and monitored so that they can achieve their full potential in a caring and supportive environment, provided by all the pupil’s teachers.

Our new £3m Art and Design Technology Centre, which opened in Autumn 2017, has every facility to encourage the pursuit of traditional arts and crafts, as well as provide cutting-edge equipment for digital and computer design, and manufacturing technology. The innovation and cross fertilisation of ideas the Centre promotes are increasingly valued in society today.

Sixth Form facilities include spacious communal areas, a study centre, and 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 of 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.

Academic scholarships and exhibitions (worth 10 & 5% of annual day fee respectively) are offered to pupils in 1st Year, 3rd Year and Sixth Form candidates in senior school. The awards recognise and promote academic excellence.

Pocklington School awards a maximum of six music scholarships annually (worth 5% of annual day fee), with three specifically for pupils joining the school at 13+.

Pocklington School has a Sports Scholars programme.  It does not offer any financial award but is designed to nurture and support the sports men and women of the future. It is available to pupils who are entering Third Year (Year 9) and Sixth Form (Year 12).

Means tested Sixth Form bursaries providing up to 100% of annual day fees are also available. 

Scholarships & Bursaries offered

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

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Disclaimer: Data is provided by the school, ISC is not responsible for inaccuracies