Ages 3-18
Boarding 11-18
BHS approved Equestrian Centre
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Winscombe BS25 1PD
(Just south of Bristol)


Sidcot, situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the rolling Mendip hills of Somerset, close to the Chew Valley, is one of the best independent day and boarding schools in the South West.  It consists of two schools, the Junior school (ages 3-11) and Senior school (ages 11-18) which includes a Sixth Form. It is one of nine UK Quaker schools. It is conveniently situated for those seeking a private school near Bristol or a private school near Bath.

Sidcot traces its roots back to 1699 and is one of the oldest co-educational boarding schools in the UK. Although much has changed since it was founded by an independent group of Quakers, the enduring school values and spirit remain as strong as ever, providing an inspirational vision for the future.

At our Junior School (an independent prep school) we aim to spark children’s imaginations and encourage curiosity.  With this progressive approach we start building the skills they will require to get the most out of their education. This crucial early stage is about building self-confidence, developing creative thought and inspiring an enjoyment of discovery, these important characteristics nurture a love of learning for the future.

We achieve these aims through offering an exciting and happy learning environment supported by a curriculum that makes the most of our fantastic facilities and natural surroundings at every opportunity. Small classes enable our staff to get to know the children very well, adapt lessons and learning goals to meet individual needs and stretch the children’s abilities to cultivate talents. A stunning, environmentally friendly building that is full of light and space coupled with specially designed outdoor play areas and 150 acres of land and woods to explore, provides the perfect setting for an inspirational all round education.

At Sidcot Senior School there is a deep-rooted aim to provide a creative and stretching education that inspires children to want to learn. To achieve this, our curriculum is shaped to meet government requirements, but without an exam obsessed and prescriptive syllabus. Our teaching methods are designed to harness our children’s natural intellectual curiosity and encourage independent thinking and creativity. We want to educate rather than train to pass tests, to foster self-motivation and enable our students to take responsibility for their learning. This will prepare them with the skills and knowledge they need for further education and a love for lifelong learning.

It’s no surprise that these personal qualities go together with academic excellence. In 2013 Sidcot School students and teachers celebrated 100% pass rate at A-level with 96% of students achieving a grade A-C and nearly 47% gaining an A* (star) or A grade. 25% of students achieved three or more A-levels at these higher grades. For the IB diploma, Sidcot was in the top 20 schools of similar size cohorts in the UK in 2013. Our results have been consistently excellent with average points per candidate are always significantly higher than the world average scores.

Like many Bristol and Bath independent day and boarding schools, Sidcot offers a full range of scholarships on entry to the school – see the school website for more details.

As a Somerset independent school we’re lucky in having an excellent rural location and top class facilities for sport, arts, crafts and environmental studies, as well as links with local community groups, charities and business.  Activities run at lunchtime, after school, after tea and into the evening, as well as at weekends.

With over 100 extracurricular activities ranging from archery to trampolining, the maths club to hill walking, we make sure that our students have plenty of opportunities to try new things as well as developing existing interests.  There’s plenty going on outside school too, with field trips, gallery and museum visits, international exchanges, music tours, lectures and sports fixtures, also available to students as they progress through the school.

Outstanding Characteristics

IB Diploma South West

Unusually for a school of Sidcot’s size, both the IB and A levels are on offer.  The ethos of the International Baccalaureate, with its broad curriculum and emphasis on study skills, community service and internationalism fits well with our Quaker values.

Equestrian Boarding School

The BHS approved Equestrian Centre at Sidcot School is well known in the area. Students of all ages can learn to ride, and tuition in dressage, riding cross-country and jumping is available. Students are very welcome to bring their horses to Sidcot - a full livery service is available.

“The pupils’ personal development is excellent. They show high levels of spiritual development in response to the school’s Quaker ethos, particularly self-esteem and a natural confidence.” Independent Schools Inspectorate (2011)

Bristol 15 miles, Bath 25 miles, Weston-super-Mare 8 miles