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Casterton, Sedbergh Preparatory School
  • Casterton, Sedbergh Preparatory School
    Kirkby Lonsdale
    via Carnforth
    LA6 2SG
  • Head: Will Newman
  • T 01524 279200
  • F 01524 279208
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 3 to 13 with a linked senior school
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Cumbria
  • Pupils: 185
  • Religion: Christian
  • Fees: Day £8,859 - £17,337; Boarding £21,534 - £25,692 pa
  • Open days: Open Week to allow for individual pre-booked tours will take place in the week commencing 28th September. An additional virtual open morning will be held towards Christmas.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Linked schools: Sedbergh School

What says..

While Sedbergh is not all about sport, the trophies and gongs on display are testament to a proud heritage that is still going strong today. Lots of music: house music competitions, half-termly concerts, musical workshops and choir tours. At the time we visited there was a wonderful masterclass given by a classical pianist, providing children with one to one tuition in front of the class. Everyone gets their moment in the spotlight ... 

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What the school says...

Casterton, Sedbergh Preparatory School is situated in the spectacular rural location of the Lune Valley. There is no rush to grow up here but, the foundations are laid for nurturing the resilience our children need as young adults and the tenacity essential for achieving high standards. This is evident in the unrivalled activities’ programme
and around the clock personal care which is offered to our children. Breadth of opportunity and depth of involvement is what sets us apart. Maths competitions, explosions and dissections in Science lessons, pony care at our stables and collecting eggs from the School chickens will, create outstanding prep school memories for the young people in our care. Above all, we incubate a sense of success in each and every one of our pupils.
Facilities at our Prep School are first class and include a new Design and Manufacturing Department, 7 Science specific laboratories, flood lit astro and tennis courts, a theatre, a heated pool, an equestrian centre and an iMAC and iPad suite. Our three boarding houses – Beale, Thornfield and Cressbrook – are very much ‘home from home’ environments with all houses having space for music practice and a kitchen for preparing those all-important snacks! Very few prep schools dovetail their educational lectures and activities in the way we do here at Sedbergh Prep. Likewise we balance our academics with outdoor learning, we are creating a School farm and pupils already consult with the School Chef about growing vegetables and herbs in the new Secret Garden. We are excited by the curiosity and thirst for learning that each child, regardless of their academic ability, naturally displays. We work hard to allow each child the time to question and develop their thoughts independently, leading to fresh discoveries in an innovative learning environment. Each child is actively taught to ‘own’ their learning because all our teachers plan their lessons using three strands – discovering, applying and communicating. To support this, we have recently introduced a Digital Enhanced Learning strategy, including SOLE (self organised learning environment) lessons. This encourages our children to use what they have learnt, to create their own ideas which are
then communicated to their peers. The end result is the celebration of learning – a reward in its own right! One of our strengths is a focus on the individual. We are not a School of rote and regurgitation. Rather, we understand that a child’s future success is dependant upon their ability to use what they know and to use it in a variety of creative ways, most of which we, as teachers could never have imagined. Every area of School life provides fantastic opportunities for creativity of all kinds. Day in, day out, we encourage our pupils to give their best in all that they do. Our ethos is ‘give it a go and try your best’ in order to help them develop a level of resilience and determination which will give them the best chance of
overcoming challenges, in all areas of their schooling and beyond. We are responsible for making memories and we are determined to make them special.
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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.


Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2017 Will Newman. BA(Ed) from Exeter, MA (from University of Victoria, Canada, he won a Commonwealth Scholarship for postgraduate study there), previously deputy head of Taunton Prep. He breezes in to meet us in sports kit, all warmth and affability, apologising for being in mufti (the children are marking the Women’s World Cup in Paris by wearing red, white or blue). Clearly loves the school, the Sedbergh ethos (more of that later) and is – it turns out – very appreciative of the parental welcome and support he has received since arriving (which is not something you always hear, at least not with authenticity). Parents say he makes you feel welcome, that he joins in with the children (even on very long runs): ‘We like him a lot.’


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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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