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GIGGLESWICK Senior School Prospectus

A school for the 21st century WELCOME



Giggleswick School provides an idyllic location, adjacent to the Yorkshire Dales National Park, in which young people can live, learn and grow up at their own pace. Founded in 1512, the School has adapted to the times without changing its core traditions and Christian values. We focus on the individual, adding value through a diverse programme of academic subjects, music, sport, drama and outdoor challenges. Our aim is to exceed the expectations of our pupils, of their parents and indeed of

“We are proud of our 500 years of history, and we are equally proud that today Giggleswick is one of the leading co-educational boarding and day schools in the country.�

everyone associated with the school. In recent years we have invested in new teaching areas, the latest ICT equipment, stunning sporting facilities, the new Sharpe Library and a modern Dining Hall, providing our pupils with the best possible environment in which to learn and live. We have also invested in our staff, as we recognise how small class sizes and inspirational teaching can motivate young people to enjoy learning. Come and visit us and see for yourself exactly what we have to offer you and your children; meanwhile, do look at our website for more detailed information. Geoffrey P Boult Headmaster

“We couldn’t have chosen a better place to educate our children.” Parent

“Our superbly resourced labs enable pupils to take a hands-on approach to scientific enquiry.” Paul Hucknall, Head of Science

Flexible learning meets all pupils’ needs and expectations

TEACHING At Giggleswick we teach a high quality, broadly traditional curriculum. The three Sciences are taught separately from Year 7 and pupils are introduced to four languages as a matter of course. Core subjects such as English and Maths are taught alongside Drama and Music, building a strong foundation for future study. We provide flexible learning programmes tailored to meet every child’s needs, and try to ensure that each child receives the appropriate level of support as well as challenging them to make the most of their abilities. There are many opportunities for children to shine; we encourage them to do so by respecting, recognising and nurturing their individual talents. We believe in treating parents as partners, and provide them with on-line access to their children’s progress, regular reports and annual parents’ conferences.

“We provide increased opportunities for those with particular talents or interests and support those who need extra help.” Anna Wood, Director of Studies

The bond between pupils and staff is strong STAFF “Each pupil has a personal tutor and there is strong emphasis within the school on this being a key area of support.� Neil Gemmell, Deputy Head

Our commitment to dynamic and innovative teaching is reflected in our young and inspirational teachers. The bond between Giggleswick pupils and staff is strong and very special, and the quality of their relationships is often commented on by our parents and by visitors to the School. In Year 11, students choose their own personal tutor, who will guide them through their GCSEs and A Levels, as well as assisting them with the transition to University or work. With an average age of 38, our staff are familiar with the latest teaching and learning techniques. All teachers undergo specialist professional training, attending approved courses every year in order to consolidate and develop their teaching skills. A strong backbone of experienced staff provide the necessary stability and continuity for children as they progress through Giggleswick.

Family values underpin our community

BOARDING “There is a general positive atmosphere of good care, mentoring and educational support.� Parent



Age-appropriate pastoral care embraces traditional family values and teams of house tutors and matrons provide round-the-clock guidance and support. The integration of day pupils and boarders in the seven Houses is seamless, ensuring shared expectations and opportunities for each individual. Each house is warm and friendly, with every child feeling valued and at home in a physically and spiritually supportive environment. Our commitment to co-education ensures that boys and girls learn to work together and respect each other. Giggleswick School is a Christian foundation and Christian values underpin our community life as a school. We seek to engender in our pupils a sense of responsibility and an inclusive attitude towards each other and those they come in contact with outside school.

Every pupil is encouraged to participate, and be part of a winning team SPORT “In addition to our competitive fixture programme, we are committed to providing expert coaching and developing talent within a varied games programme.” David Muckalt, Director of Sport

Our rural setting and spacious grounds provide an ideal setting for sporting activities. As part of our on-going development programme, we have invested in our sports’ facilities and currently have two large, modern sports’ halls and several outdoor pitches and fields, including a floodlit astroturf. Our pupils regularly win places in regional and county sides, and some go on to represent England, notably in rugby and cross country. All pupils are encouraged to participate and enjoy sport, at whatever level, from rugby, cricket and hockey to cross country runnning, golf and squash. Girls and boys alike enjoy equal opportunities and challenges, with the emphasis on developing confident, happy and healthy individuals at all levels. School teams regularly tour within the UK and abroad; most recently to Devon, the Isle of Man, Kenya, Australia, Argentina, Chile and the Caribbean.

Developing confidence, team work, self-reliance and leadership ACTIVITIES, MUSIC



“Our musical productions are of the highest quality, rivalling many professional performances.�

Whether it be playing an instrument, singing or performing in ambitious

Gareth Warburton, Director of Drama

productions, such as Les Miserables or Mother Courage, our music and drama departments provide our pupils with opportunities to develop their talents, both on stage and behind the scenes. As a result, several have won places with both the National Youth Theatre and the Junior Royal Northern College of Music. Our chapel choir, concert band, rock bands and orchestra perform regularly and various groups have toured the USA, Spain, Switzerland and Germany. The CCF, encompassing the Royal Marines, Army and RAF, the Outdoor Pursuits programme and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme all engage pupils in service to others, developing the fundamental life-skills of team work, confidence, self-reliance, and leadership. These and other co-curricular opportunities add value to our pupils at every level of the school.

Ready to meet the challenges of adult life THE FUTURE “My teachers really supported me throughout the application process, and I was absolutely delighted when I was offered a place at Oxford.” U6 leaver

We try to ensure that a Giggleswick education is an ‘education for life’, and we are proud of the achievements of our pupils once they have moved on to University and the workplace. Help with University and College applications is always on hand, as well as practical careers advice, work experience placements and support for the Young Enterprise scheme. Thriving Old Giggleswickian formal and informal networks also provide a solid backbone of support for pupils, as do our established Governor links with Oxford and Cambridge. We believe that pupils leaving Giggleswick, having gained a strong sense of self and a healthy respect for others, are content, motivated and spirituallyrooted individuals, ready to meet the challenges of adult life.

GIGGLESWICK SCHOOL Settle • North Yorkshire • BD24 0DE Tel: +44 (0)1729 893000 • Fax: +44 (0)1729 893150 Email:

Giggleswick School Prospectus  

The latest prospectus for our Senior School

Giggleswick School Prospectus  

The latest prospectus for our Senior School