Fulford School

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Fulford School
Motto Realising potential, creating the future
Established 1963
Type Secondary 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 Indigo and blue
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. It is also adjacent to the Germany Beck site, where The Battle of Fulford happened. The site, however, will soon have 650 homes built on. Its original motto was 'Ad posse ad esse' witch translates to, from possibility to realisation. This can still be seen in the Archimedes block where there is a logo print on the floor.

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. It is heavily subscribed and has a large catchment area. It currently takes in pupils from York including Hungate, Fulford and Fishergate as well as from the nearby villages of Dunnington, Elvington, Wheldrake, Thorganby, Escrick, Naburn and Bishopthorpe. The current headteacher is Mrs Lorna Savage,[1] who was appointed in 2013. Notable ex-pupils of the school include Mark Hearld, a local artist.


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]


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]

In 2015, Alex Cowes, a student at Fulford School, suffered a cardiac arrest in the gym in his PE lesson. The CPR training given to the students and staff last year helped saved his life. After that, the school then fundraised for some more defibulators for the school and community to use. Without the training, Alex may not have survived.[7]

The opening of the Fulford sports hall marks the end of a long 20 year campaign to get a sports hall for Fulford school. This would not have been possible without the support of students, staff, parents, governors and councillors as the facility cost around £3 million.


  • 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.[8] 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.[9]

In 2015, new housing developments were being built in Hungate which led to another expansion costing £7 million. This included the 'Newton block'[10] or 'N block'.[11] This has added several brand new modern specialist classrooms: 5 rooms for geography, 1 for history, and a new sixth form resource area. In addition, the old sixth form area was converted into 2 new art rooms.[12] These facilities opened on 8 September 2015.

Recently, the new sports hall has now fully opened to the school and community to use in or out of school. It allows the school to offer more space to play sports, improves the range of sports in lessons, and to end the trip to and from the University's York Sport Centre.[13] The previous gymnasium was too small for the school to use because of this.

In order to cater for the extra students, the canteen will have to be refurbished and redesigned. However, this will not be completed until the summer of 2016. It will offer more seating capacity and will significantly reduce queueing times for students at the school.

Key learning attributes and values[edit]

In 2014, Fulford School introduced some key learning attributes and values for the school to work on. These link very closely into classwork so it makes sure that the school fulfills positive outcomes. They are on big boards placed throughout the school so that students can be reminded of them. The values are placed down in an acrostic fashion to spell out HEART.

Key Learning Attributes Fulford Values
Resilience Honesty
Independence Empathy
Teamwork Ambition
Creativity Respect
Reflection Tolerance


  1. ^ Fulford School website
  2. ^ "A-Levels: Best-performing comprehensive schools", The Independent (London: Independent News & Media, published 17 August 2007), 2007, archived from the original on 1 January 2009, retrieved 24 March 2008 
  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. ^ "School installs defibrillators after teen's life saved". York Press. Retrieved 15 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "York school plans £3.5m expansion". BBC News (BBC, published 10 January 2003). 2003. Retrieved 24 August 2008. 
  9. ^ "School centre to aid pupils with autism". Yorkshire Post. 16 May 2006. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "New classroom". Fulford School. Fulford school. Retrieved 15 November 2015. 
  11. ^ "Details of Fulford School’s new facilities are revealed". York Press. 
  12. ^ "Fulford school new art rooms". Fulford School. Fulford School. Retrieved 15 November 2015. 
  13. ^ "York Sport Centre". York Sport. 

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