Tadcaster Grammar School

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Tadcaster Grammar School
Tadcaster Grammar School Logo.jpg
Established 1557
Type Community school
Headteacher Martyn Sibley[1]
Founder Owen Oglethorpe
Location Toulston
North Yorkshire
LS24 9NB
Coordinates: 53°52′40″N 1°18′26″W / 53.87786°N 1.30734°W / 53.87786; -1.30734
Local authority North Yorkshire
DfE number 815/4211
DfE URN 121693 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students approx. 1,600 pupils
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Website www.tgsbec.com

Tadcaster Grammar School is a secondary school near Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, England, founded in 1557 by Owen Oglethorpe as an all-boys' school.

The school is no longer situated in the brewery town of Tadcaster, but in the hamlet of Toulston just outside the town. The school's catchment includes Tadcaster and its surrounding villages, while traditionally taking pupils from the York area, including villages such as Appleton Roebuck, Copmanthorpe, Bishopthorpe and Bilbrough. It educates children aged 11–18 years old, and has an on-site sixth form. Since 2014, the headmaster has been Martyn Sibley.[2]

The school became a specialist Business and Enterprise College in 2003 and received High Performing Specialist School Status in 2007, with the school achieving some of the best GCSE and A-Level results in the county of North Yorkshire. In May 2012 the school received an Ofsted rating of 'Good' overall, with 'Outstanding' behaviour and safety of pupils. The school has retained its name but is now a comprehensive school. Originally under the grammar school system, pupils who failed their 11-plus exam would have attended Wetherby Secondary Modern School. Since Tadcaster is now in the district of Selby and Wetherby is in the City of Leeds, it is a difficult and bureaucratic process to educate pupils on the opposite side of the borderline to where they live. Although the school is most commonly organised through vertical forms, there do exist six houses, the established houses of Oglethorpe and Dawson, named after the two merging schools' founders, Fairfax, after the English Civil War commander-in-chief and alumnus Thomas Fairfax and Calcaria, the Roman name for Tadcaster, with two new houses, Toulston and Wharfe, whose names were selected by pupils.


The school was founded in 1557 by Owen Oglethorpe, Bishop of Carlisle, as a boys' school in Tadcaster. It merged with Dawson's Girls' School at the beginning of the 20th century.

In 1960 it moved to the site of Toulston Lodge, just outside Tadcaster. Although Toulston Lodge has now been converted into classrooms, as opposed to living quarters, the original fireplace is still in place, as is the skylight and the wooden elephants that surround it. There is a claim that Toulston Lodge once belonged to Oliver Cromwell.

Since 2000 new school buildings added include a science block, library and an extension to the design technology block. In addition, a new sixth-form block was constructed which also houses religious education classrooms, and there is a new entrance area with three business classrooms. Overall it includes three business rooms, one law room, three computer rooms, two science classrooms and three religious education rooms.

During the summer of 2006 a new entrance was built with automatic doors, a new disabled ramp was built for access to the science block and a new path was built along the school car park to the pottery shed. Also, during summer 2009, a new disabled ramp was built for access into the English temporary buildings. New wooden fencing was added in and around the school car park. Another addition to the school was a wooden sculpture at the entrance. This was erected in memory of the fallen Old Tree, formerly a school landmark since the change of site in 1960.


School houses, into which the pupils of Tadcaster Grammar School are divided, are:


The school has a uniform policy. Boys wear a black blazer, embroidered with the hog, the school's emblem, black trousers, a white shirt and black shoes. Girls wear a plain formal navy skirt, a plain white shirt, tie and a navy v-necked jumper with the school logo; black shoes and navy tights are also worn. Some girls wear trousers instead of a skirt and tights. Ties for lower school are teal and navy, with year 11 ties navy and patterned with the hog emblem. Each tie also features a stripe of colour which correlates to the house to which the pupil belongs.


Historically the school has leant towards rugby football as its main sport, however in recent years cricket and football teams have been formed, with school alumnus Matthew Kilgallon, Mark Ford, David Brown and the current Leeds United youngster, Charlie Taylor,[3] becoming professional footballers.

Notable former pupils[edit]

Alumni of Tadcaster Grammar School are referred to as 'Old Tadites'. Some notable 'Tadites' include:

Thomas Staniforth - footballer Sheffiled Wednesday


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