The current school reopened in 1808 and welcomed girls, making Sidcot one of the oldest co-educational boarding schools in the UK - although it was not until the late 19th century that they were all taught together for the first time.
Sidcot is a mainstream school that aims to inspire and challenge students and help them achieve the very best they can to become confident, successful learners and responsible citizens. The school is not selective beyond an expectation that each student is able to access the school’s curriculum as a whole, subject to reasonable adjustments being made.
Outside the classroom students can choose from Over 100 extracurricular activities ranging from archery to trampolining, maths club to hill walking.
Students whose first language is not English are assessed and may be offered
the opportunity to study an IGCSE in English As An Additional Language alongside or instead of first
language English GCSE. They may also be offered a programme of individual or small group English
lessons, which are put in place to develop their general English language skills and to help them with
English for their subjects. The hourly rate for individual lessons is £42 and group lessons £23.
Sidcot school is a mixed school with approximately 620 students of which over 140 are boarders and typically around 20% of pupils are international, but come from a wide range of
The opportunities available to students range across a huge
spectrum - academic, personal, spiritual and creative, with students encouraged to follow the school’s ethos of ‘Live Adventurously’. Sidcot Sixth Formers have the chance to choose their academic disciplines. This gives the opportunity to select specialised areas of academic interest and focus on them in a way they have never had the chance to before. Students will need to take responsibility for their learning, reading, taking notes, and carrying out research independently. At Sidcot we offer our students a wide range of subjects at A Level, the International Baccalaureate Diploma, or BTEC.
In the classroom students can study; a one year GCSE programme called Year 11 Pathway or, the standard two year GCSE course, with a wide range of subjects to choose from.
The facilities in each of our boarding houses are broadly
similar. When a student joins, they will share a room with two or three others, giving them a chance to make friends in the house. Our five boarding houses are: When students board at Sidcot they join a friendly, family community in which they can live, work and play, secure in the knowledge that they are valued and well cared for. Pupils can begin boarding when they join our Senior School in the Third Form
(Year 7), remaining with us through their time at Sixth Form if desired.
Attending a boarding school provides students with the space to focus on their work, while also giving
them the chance to get involved in a wide range of extra-curricular activities that might not be practical
while living at home.
Sidcot is a school that prides itself in on the way it provides support and care to its students. A clear and thorough structure in providing student support as well as overseeing
the wellbeing of their students is at the core of all that they do. They forge nurturing and trusting relationships with their students, and provide plenty of places around the school for students to go to when in need of a safe space. At Sidcot every member of staff is ready to listen, empathise, advise,
advocate, coach and mentor their young people. Their hands-on approach to monitoring students’ emotional development and wellbeing, and because they get to know their students so well, means they are able to quickly put preventative interventions in place when needed.