|Motto||Sic Vos Non Vobis
(Thus do ye, but not for yourselves)
Boarding and day school
Sidcot School is a British co-educational independent school for boarding and day pupils, associated with the Religious Society of Friends. It is one of seven Quaker schools in England. The school is based in the Mendip Hills near the village of Winscombe, Somerset and caters for children between the ages of 3 and 18. Children aged from 3 to 11 are educated in Sidcot Junior School, which is located on its own site adjacent to the main campus. About 130 of the school's 525 pupils (2010) are in this junior school.
In the senior school, nearly half of the 395 pupils are boarders. Over 29 different countries are represented making up 25% of the school. Boarders board in the grounds in one of the 6 boarding houses. The girls houses are Newcombe, School House Girls and Meadowside, and the boys are Combe House, School House Boys and Wing House.
Although a Quaker School, pupils come from a variety of different faiths and cultures. All pupils are expected to join in with a short Meeting for Worship every Wednesday morning instead of assembly.
Prior to September 2013, Sidcot school operated a three house system named after explorers: Nansen, Shackleton and Scott. A new House system was introduced at the beginning of the 2013 Autumn term. There are four houses in the revised house system named after the cardinal points of the compass: North, East, South and West, each house has a colour: Yellow, Blue, Green and Red respectively. The houses are mainly used for sports days and house matches of sport. One of the principal aims behind the new system is to allow greater interaction between students in the Senior and Junior Schools. The introduction of House Assemblies at points in the term facilitates students to work together within their Houses. All staff are aligned to a House and given the opportunity to participate in its life as well as support House events.
Sidcot has built a new creative arts block, with extensive drama, art and music facilities, which opened in June 2009. It is open to the public for exhibitions, courses and workshops.
Many past pupils and teachers are members of the Sidcotians (Alumni Network).
The first Quaker school was established at Winscombe in 1699 to teach boys of Quaker families. The current school reopened in 1808 and welcomed girls, making Sidcot one of the oldest co-educational boarding schools in the UK.
Carnegie Medal shadowing scheme
Since 2003, Sidcot has participated in the CILIP Carnegie Medal and Kate Greenaway Medal book awards shadowing scheme. This year has been very successful, with all of the Year 9 higher set participating.
The school uniform is predominantly navy blue. All pupils must wear a blue and white striped shirt and blazer (both of which sport the school's logo of a ship) until 6.30 pm from Monday to Friday. Boys must wear ties, and after the recent bi-centenary celebrations boys have two tie options. Sixth form must wear 'smart-casual' clothing and on Fridays 'interview smart' suits.
The school logo has recently been changed. The ship, because of its historical significance as the logo for many years has been retained, but is now shown forging through the waves. The current colour palette has been built on the school's traditional blue.
Notable former pupils
Notable Sidcot Old Scholars include:
- Tim Bevan, film producer
- Nick Broomfield, documentary film maker
- James Brown, oboist
- Edward Theodore Compton, landscape painter
- Charles Handley-Read, architectural historian
- Charles Gilpin, MP
- Robert Lusty, publisher and journalist
- George Newman, first Chief Medical Officer
- Douglas Macmillan, founder Macmillan Cancer Support
- Robert Milner Shackleton FRS, Professor of Geology
- Stephen Peet, documentary film maker
- Brian Priestman, conductor
- Mary Tregear, art historian
- Zoë Wanamaker, American-born English actress
- Anthony Waller, film director (Mute Witness, An American Werewolf in Paris)
- Deborah Warner, stage and film director
- Vincent Watts, Vice-Chancellor of the University of East Anglia (1997–2002)
- Justin Webb, journalist and presenter, BBC Radio 4 'Today' programme
- Aldo van Eyck, Dutch Modernist architect and city planner (1932–1935)
- Blaschko, M.D. Sidcot School: register of old scholars, 1808–1958, 1958; supplements 1958-1963, 1963–1968, 1968–1973, 1973–1978, 1978-1983.
- Greenfield, C. The white-robed queen: a view of the school at Sidcot since 1699. (Pub. 1994).
- Hall, K. & Hall, C. Sidcot School : register of old scholars, 1808-1998. (Pub. 2001).
- Hutchinson,G.W. Bevan and Mabel Lean of Sidcot: a record of life and progress at Sidcot School, 1902-1930. (Pub. 1981).
- Knight, F.A. A history of Sidcot School, 1808-1908. (Pub. 1908).
- Newman, W.E. Sidcot School register, 1808-1912. (Pub. 1919).
- Roberts, E. A Sidcot pageant. (Pub. 1935).
- OSA Annual reports. (Pub. 1878).
- Gladwin, Christine Island in the Hills — Reminiscences of Sidcot School 1900-1930. (Pub. 1998).
- Gladwin, Christine By Green's Three Acres — Sidcot School 1699-1729. (Pub. 1999).
- Gladwin, Christine Reflections of an Island — Reminiscences of Sidcot School 1930-1958. 
- Gladwin, Christine The Quaker Meeting House Sidcot (Winscombe and Sandford MilleNnium). (Pub 2001) ISBN 1-901084-29-9.
- The Island [school magazine]
- Changes for September 2013
- "Sidcot School". CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards Shadowing Site. Retrieved 2010-10-09.
- Higgins, Charlotte (16 April 2005). "The producers". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
- "School's arts centre gets the star treatment". This is Bristol. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
- "Alumni". Sidcot School. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
- Sidcot School: The Register of Old Scholars by Kathleen and Chris Hall, Sidcot School (2001), p. 20: 1815: Charles Gilpin
- "Robert Lusty work diaries". Archives Hub. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
- "Letters from George Newman to his family". Wellcome Library. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
- "Charities benefit from kind hearted Sidcot Students". Attain Magazine. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
- Dewey, J. F.; Leake, B. E. (2004). "Robert Millner Shackleton. 30 December 1909 - 3 May 2001: Elected F.R.S. 1971". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 50: 285. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2004.0018.
- Humphries, Steve (17 February 2006). "Stephen Peet". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
- Bedell, Geraldine (17 July 1994). "Profile: Disturbing the picnic: Deborah Warner". The Independent. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
- "An Interview with Justin Webb, BBC Journalist". double first. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
- Strauven, Francis (1999-01-21). "Obituary: Aldo van Eyck". The Independent (London).
- Knight, F.A. A history of Sidcot School, 1808-1908 is available online