Silcoates School

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Silcoates School
Silcoates School - Silcoates Lane - - 992624.jpg
Silcoates viewed in the direction of the Headmaster's House, formerly Silcoates Hall
Wrenthorpe Lane

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Coordinates51°40′23″N 0°03′21″W / 51.672939°N 0.055751°W / 51.672939; -0.055751Coordinates: 51°40′23″N 0°03′21″W / 51.672939°N 0.055751°W / 51.672939; -0.055751
MottoClarior ex Ignibus
Brighter out of the Flames
Religious affiliation(s)United Reformed Church (Previously Congregationalist)
FounderReverend Thomas Scales
HeadmasterMr Philip Rowe
ChaplainRev Dr Janet Lees
Age3 to 18
HousesEvans', Moore's, Spencer's, Yonge's
Colour(s)Yellow; Green; Blue; Red
PublicationThe Silcoatian

Silcoates School is a co-educational independent school in the village of Wrenthorpe near Wakefield, England.

The school was founded in 1820 as the Northern Congregational School at Silcoates House, for the board and education of the sons of Nonconformist clergy, and was situated close to Ossett and Horbury, each of which had unusually large Nonconformist populations. It was a boys' boarding school until 1995, receiving pupils from around the world. Girls were admitted into the sixth form from 1976, with female boarders accommodated in the Coach House. The school now exists as a co-educational day school with a campus on the border between the villages of Wrenthorpe and Alverthorpe.

Silcoates School is made up of three separate, but closely linked, sections: a Senior School for boys and girls aged 11 to 18 (Year 7 to the Upper Sixth Form); a Junior School for boys and girls aged 4 to 11 (Year 1 to Year 6); and Pre-School for boys and girls aged 3 to 4.[1]


The school's motto is "Clarior ex Ignibus" (brighter through the flames), commemorating a fire of 1904 which caused the school to move into temporary exile in Saltburn, on the coast of North Yorkshire between Whitby and Middlesbrough.


There are four houses representing significant headmasters:

  • Evans' (Yellow and green tie)
  • Spencer's (Blue and green tie)
  • Moore's (Light green and green tie)
  • Yonge's (Red and green tie)


The majority of pupils usually take a minimum of 9 GCSEs, and 4 AS and 3 A2-Levels in the Sixth Form, with many progressing on to degree level courses . There is a wide and varied selection of subjects to choose from at GCSE and A Level, including some specialist and vocational programmes.

Sport and activities[edit]

School activities include drama and art, and music with a music school. Sport facilities include an indoor pool and sports pitches. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme makes use of various venues in the north of England and abroad.[citation needed]

Entrance scholarships[edit]

Academic Scholarships are offered at 11+ and above; Sixth Form entrants are eligible for these awards. Bursaries are available for the sons and daughters of ministers and missionaries of the United Reformed Church, the Congregational Church, of other recognised Christian denominations, and to some parents subject to a financial assessment.[citation needed]

Notable former staff and pupils[edit]


  1. ^ School sections,
  2. ^ Leeds White Chapel later Queen Street, Genuki, Retrieved 15 January 2016

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