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For schools in a glorious rural setting, participation in extracurricular is key (loafing in Starbucks is not an option). Children are simply encouraged to have a go here. ‘They take a child out of their comfort zone but there is lots of encouragement and togetherness. No one is singled out’, a parent said. This same parent had watched a strapping rugby player pupil approach a bespectacled boy to congratulate him for finishing a cross-country race. ‘It’s that sort of school,’ she said. Another parent felt ‘quieter children flourish at Gigg; it brings them out of themselves’...

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Drama & Theatre Studies at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Drama & Theatre Studies at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Spanish at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Art & Design (Fine Art) at an English Independent School (GCSE)

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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.


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Since 2014, Mark Turnbull BA (geography, Liverpool University), MA (London University), previously deputy at Eastbourne College, who is taking Giggleswick into a new chapter of its 500 year history. First, there is the ‘sharp turnaround’ in academic results, a 20 per cent improvement since his arrival; he saw immediately that a ‘fundamental academic foundation’ needed putting in place to support the school’s broad curriculum and set about introducing improved tracking systems, monitoring each child’s achievements and potential. Next on the list is the school’s boarding accommodation which is currently undergoing a swanky transformation (to the tune of several million smackers). A massive undertaking due to finish 2021.

All this change is set against the majestic permanence of nature, the school’s magnificent Yorkshire Dales setting about which Mr Turnbull is passionate (born...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

Giggleswick School Learning Support Department offers appropriate help to any pupil with SEN across the entire 3 - 18 age range. At the Senior School this is normally in the form of additional individual withdrawal lessons based on either literacy, numeracy or curriculum support. Some SEN pupils pursue a reduced curriculum of modern foreign languages, studying only one instead of two languages in Year 9 and dropping this at GCSE. Withdrawal lessons are from non-GCSE subjects, but sport and music are also usually not withdrawn from. Provision can be made for additional support either in the classroom or 1:1 from classroom assistants should this be necessary. The provision is broadly similar at Giggleswick Junior School. In addition to the withdrawal lessons classes also receive some in-class support from a teaching assistant or from two gap year students; support may be provided by North Yorkshire LEA for pupils of nursery age. School currently has no pupils with statements of SEN, but has admitted statemented pupils in the past as both day pupils and as boarders. The SENCO works closely with parents and the LEAs concerned to ensure that appropriate provision and progress is made in line with the statements. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
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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