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Sidcot School

Sidcot School

Oakridge Lane, Winscombe, BS25 1PD, UK

01934 843102



Sidcot School
School type Co-educational Boarding & Day
Founded 1699
Status Private
Headmaster Iain Kilpatrick
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 3-18 years
Number of pupils 603
Day fees per annum £2,900 - £6,510 per term
Boarding fees per annum £9,830 - £12,030 per term
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP
Diploma Coordinator Stefania Cauli
Associations SofH,BSA,ISC,IB

Sidcot School is a lively and popular co-ed boarding and day school where students work hard and achieve excellent results. We encourage individuality, creativity, and challenge our students to think with greater depth to reach a better understanding of themselves and the world they live in. It is these characteristics which make the IB Diploma such a good fit for the School.

Boarding at Sidcot

Sidcot has a well-established international community with more than 30 different nationalities. The day and boarding students are extremely well integrated so that everyone benefits from the rich mixture of cultures and backgrounds. Within the boarding houses, international diversity is celebrated and shared. Sidcot is a Quaker school and welcomes students of all faiths and none with values based on Christian principles.

Convenient rural location

The School is close to Bristol and Bath and only two hours from London. Bristol International Airport is 20 minutes away by car. In this setting, students can enjoy the best of both rural and city life: a peaceful environment in which to concentrate on their studies, and access to the cities for educational opportunities and weekend activities.

Academic success

We set out to provide a creative and stretching education that inspires students to want to learn. We help them to develop the self-motivation that will enable them to take responsibility for their own learning. It is no surprise that these personal qualities go together with academic excellence. In 2021 the school achieved an IB Mean Score of 37.5 with one student achieving a world class score of 44 out of 45.

Outstanding facilities

As well as 160 acres of organic farmland, Sidcot has superb sporting grounds, a 25-metre indoor swimming pool, all- weather pitch, and an Equestrian Centre. Our Arts Centre bridges traditional genres with modern technology and includes studios for painting, sculpture and ceramics, textiles, photography, a digital media suite, a dedicated performance hall, practice rooms, recording studio and music technology suite and drama studio. We also have some more unusual facilities – for example, an allotment where students get involved in growing produce for the kitchens, a yurt village, bee hives to learn about beekeeping and even a well-equipped Observatory enabling students to explore the night sky.

Caring relationships

Quakers place a high value on equality - at Sidcot this is evident in the open and friendly relationships between staff and students, and between students of all ages and cultures. It is often remarked on that our students are extremely supportive of each other, making newcomers - students, teachers and visitors - quickly feel at home.

Special characteristics

  • Outstanding reputation in sciences, maths and creative arts
  • Centre for Peace and Global Studies
  • Equestrian boarding school
  • Year 11 Pathway - one-year GCSE course - integrated to give a truly UK boarding school experience and to prepare for the IB or A level programme to follow in the Sixth Form.