Sidcot School

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Sidcot School
Front of Senior School.jpg
Motto Sic Vos Non Vobis
(Thus do ye, but not for yourselves)
Established 1699
Type independent school
Boarding and day school
Headteacher Iain Kilpatrick
Location Oakridge Lane
North Somerset
51°18′50″N 2°49′16″W / 51.314°N 2.821°W / 51.314; -2.821Coordinates: 51°18′50″N 2°49′16″W / 51.314°N 2.821°W / 51.314; -2.821
Students 525
Ages 3–18

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 7 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 Friday morning instead of assembly.

Prior to September 2013, Sidcot school operated a 3 house system named after explorers: Nansen, Shackleton and Rhodes. A new House system was introduced at the beginning of the 2013 Autumn term.[1] 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: Blue,Yellow, 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).[2]


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[edit]

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.[3]


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 Monday '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[edit]

Notable Sidcot Old Scholars include:

Further reading[edit]

  • 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).[20]
  • 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. [1]
  • Gladwin, Christine The Quaker Meeting House Sidcot (Winscombe and Sandford MilleNnium). (Pub 2001) ISBN 1-901084-29-9.
  • The Island [school magazine]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Changes for September 2013 Archived 2013-10-02 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Sidcotians
  3. ^ "Sidcot School". CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards Shadowing Site. Retrieved 2010-10-09. 
  4. ^ Higgins, Charlotte (16 April 2005). "The producers". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Parelee, Mary Brown. 2006. "Brazier, Mary A.B." Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science. 421.
  6. ^ a b "School's arts centre gets the star treatment". This is Bristol. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "Alumni". Sidcot School. Archived from the original on 27 June 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  8. ^ Autobiography, Candles in the Darkness, published Bannisdale Press, London, 1966
  9. ^ Strauven, Francis (1999-01-21). "Obituary: Aldo van Eyck". The Independent. London. 
  10. ^ "FULBROOK, Prof. Mary Jean Alexandra". Who's Who 2015. A & C Black. October 2014. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  11. ^ Sidcot School: The Register of Old Scholars by Kathleen and Chris Hall, Sidcot School (2001), p. 20: 1815: Charles Gilpin
  12. ^ "Robert Lusty work diaries". Archives Hub. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  13. ^ "Charities benefit from kind hearted Sidcot Students". Attain Magazine. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ "Letters from George Newman to his family". Wellcome Library. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  16. ^ Humphries, Steve (17 February 2006). "Stephen Peet". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  17. ^ Bedell, Geraldine (17 July 1994). "Profile: Disturbing the picnic: Deborah Warner". The Independent. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  18. ^ "Professor Anthony Watts FRS". Royal Society. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  19. ^ "An Interview with Justin Webb, BBC Journalist". double first. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  20. ^ Knight, F.A. A history of Sidcot School, 1808-1908 is available online

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