Fulford School

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Fulford School
Fulford School Logo.png
Motto Realising potential, creating the future
Established 1963
Type Community school
Headteacher Lorna Savage
Location Fulfordgate
Heslington Lane

North Yorkshire
YO10 4FY
Coordinates: 53°56′11″N 1°04′01″W / 53.936340°N 1.066920°W / 53.936340; -1.066920
Local authority City of York
DfE number 816/4153
DfE URN 121684 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 135
Students 1,400
Houses Apollo, Artemis, Athena, Atlas
Colours Blue and Black
School VLE: http://vle.fulford.york.sch.uk
Website www.fulford.york.sch.uk

Fulford School is a coeducational comprehensive school on Fulfordgate near Heslington Lane in Fulford, York, England.


Fulford School was founded in 1963 and has been a comprehensive school since 1970. The site is close to the former Fulfordgate football ground, demolished in 1932.

Key information[edit]

The school is situated in Fulford on the southern edge of the city of York, about 0.5 miles (0.8 km) from the University of York. Fulford has a large catchment area, taking in pupils from some of York city centre as well as from the villages of Dunnington, Elvington, Wheldrake, Thorganby, Escrick and Bishopthorpe. The current headteacher is Mrs Lorna Savage,[1] who was appointed in 2013.


Fulford School was highlighted by The Independent as having the third best sixth form of all Comprehensive Schools in England.[2] It has been suggested that this may be the reason why many pupils from fee-paying Independent Schools have been leaving the private sector and electing to continue their studies at Fulford School.[3] In 2007 it received the best A level results in York LEA area, and the third best in the Yorkshire and the Humber region, higher than four grammar schools. At GCSE it does well for a comprehensive.[citation needed] In 2013, 80% of all pupils attained five GCSEs grade A* to C including English and Mathematics. This is an increase of four percentage points since 2012.[4] In the 2012 government Top 10 list of 'Highest proportion of pupils going to Oxbridge Universities' (non-selective schools/colleges), Fulford School was listed joint second, with 6%.[5]

Millennium Volunteers[edit]

A group of students from the school, working with students from University of York, won the Regional Millennium Volunteer of the Year Team Award in 2007 for their work in renovating a youth room for young people.[6]


  • 1963-69 — J Swan
  • 1969-1978/79 — J A D Shaw
  • 1978/79-2001 — E K Hayton
  • 2001-2013 — Steven Smith
  • 2013 — Lorna Savage


An increase in the number of pupils on roll led to a £3.5 million building programme in 2003, which included the 'Archimedes Block' or 'A block'. This has added several new specialist classrooms: 4 rooms for geography, 8 for mathematics, and 2 for ICT.[7] The addition of specialist status in Mathematics and Computing has also facilitated the upgrade of ICT facilities in the school, with a new centre added in 2006 to allow the school to offer 10 places to students with Autism and Asperger syndrome.[8]


Fulford School's motto has recently been changed to "Realising potential, creating the future". Previously it was the Latin phrase "A Posse Ad Esse", which translates as "From Possibility to Realisation".

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ Fulford School Website
  2. ^ "A-Levels: Best-performing comprehensive schools", The Independent (London: Independent News & Media, published 17 August 2007), 2007, retrieved 24 March 2008 [dead link]
  3. ^ "An outstanding sixth form", The Independent (London: Independent News & Media, published 10 January 2008), 2008 
  4. ^ "An outstanding sixth form", Ofsted Reports (London) (URN: 121684, DfE No.: 8164153), 2013 
  5. ^ "Top 10 schools/colleges - highest proportion going to Oxbridge - non selective", Making schools and colleges more accountable and funding them fairly (London, published 17 July 2012), 2012 
  6. ^ Student volunteers’ accolade for youth room transformation, York: University of York (published 26 January 2007), 2007, retrieved 7 April 2008 
  7. ^ "York school plans £3.5m expansion". BBC News (BBC, published 10 January 2003). 2003. Retrieved 24 August 2008. 
  8. ^ "School centre to aid pupils with autism". Yorkshire Post. 16 May 2006. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  9. ^ Hawley, Kate. "The Internet Movie Database (IMDb)". Retrieved 6 March 2014. 

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