North Somerset, United Kingdom
About Sidcot School
Sidcot School is a mixed, independent, all-through Quaker school and sixth form for pupils aged three to nineteen. It is located in Winscombe, Somerset, in south-west England, and has about 550 students on its roll.
The school can trace its history back to 1699, when it was founded by Quakers. However, it moved to its current site in 1808.
The school is a registered charity, and is administered by its governing body. At least half of these governors must be members of the Religious Society of Friends.
Values and vision
The school is established on strong Quaker values, and this remains a key part of its ethos today. It places a strong emphasis on mutual respect.
Quakers believe “in living life adventurously and letting their lives speak”. In practice, the school says, that means teaching in a way that encourages individual thought, questioning and exploration. The school also aims to ensure that pupils have all the support they need to grow as individuals, and recognise and celebrated their talents.
The school welcomes students of all faiths and none.
“Pupils of all abilities and ages achieve well. They make good progress, exceptional in some cases, enabled by good, often excellent teaching and an excellent curriculum and programme of activities. Many pupils achieve exceptional standards in art.”
“Pupils are good learners, working together with others very successfully and thriving when teaching encourages them to employ their highly developed sense of personal responsibility in their learning.”
For those untroubled by notions of social pretension or academic snobbery, yet for whom a considerate altruistic atmosphere really matters, this is just the place.- The Good Schools Guide