East Riding of Yorkshire, United Kingdom
About Pocklington School
Pocklington School was founded by John Dolman in 1514 as part of a guild whose aims encompassed support for the poor and sick of the parish as well as the foundation of a school “for the bringing up of youth in virtue and learning”. The foundation was thus based on a commitment to the value of education and to the creation of opportunity for those who would take their place in a society which was finding itself increasingly in need of an expansion of education. Today there is in the school a similar commitment to quality of education and the upholding of high standards in all facets of life.
The school values its Christian foundation: of course pupils and staff comprise individuals of different faiths and beliefs but there is a desire to aspire to Christian values. School services take place on a regular basis in the local parish church. There are currently 790 pupils in the Pocklington School Foundation, of whom 163 are at the Prep School (Reception to Year 6). These numbers include 94 boarders, in two boys’ houses (Dolman House and Fenwick-Smith House) and two girls houses (Faircote House and Orchard House).
Academic life is at the core of any school. Pocklington’s curriculum has been developed to motivate and stretch pupils. There are wide-ranging options in Year 9 and GCSE. Sixth Form AS and A2 subjects offer a diverse range of subjects and combinations. There is excellent careers and university advice. Music, drama and art thrive, as do sport, outdoor education, community service, the CCF and other extra-curricular activities.
The school is set in extensive grounds on the edge of Pocklington, a market town 12 miles east of York. Emphasis is given to the importance of the learning environment. The school is fortunate in having good playing fields and plenty of open space and gardens. There are excellent facilities, including a fine theatre, Sixth Form Centre, a superb library, a swimming pool, and other sports facilities. Architecturally, there is an excellent Victorian frontage.
The intention is that Pocklington’s education will be humane, broad and characterised by a healthy mixture of rigour and enjoyment, to contribute to fullness of life for each boy and girl.