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No massaging of results here - if you study for a subject you sit the exam. 'Failure not necessarily a bad thing,' says school. 'Sometimes it can provide a much needed wake-up call.' Happy, relaxed but purposeful atmosphere, knots of pupils engaged in conversation amongst themselves or with staff. Polite and smiling welcome from everyone; a real sense of community. Rooms were reassuringly ‘lived in’, personalised with posters, photos, soft toys and general clutter. Full activity programme and a new year 5 boarder spoke glowingly of…

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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)

Other features

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 2014, Mark Turnbull MA, previously deputy head of Eastbourne College. Studied geography at Liverpool University and did an MA in London; taught geography at Sevenoaks, where he was also head of department, housemaster and head of boarding. An active hockey, cricket and rugby coach, he has led charity and international projects. Married with three children.

Academic matters

In 2017, 41 per cent A*-A/9-7 grades at GCSE and 67 per cent A*-B at A level. Improved academic standards ‘spectacular with the same intake', due to personalised learning, with setting in French, maths, science and humanities, focused learning support and ‘aspire’ programme for gifted and talented. Combined with individual monthly assessment of effort and attainment measured against targets, with tutor sessions to motivate further improvement. All available online to pupil and parents, together with full reports three...

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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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