Sidcot School is an independent fee-paying school 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 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 150 of the school's 500 pupils (2007) are in the junior school.
In the senior school, nearly half of the 350 pupils are boarders. Over 20 different countries are represented and the school has an international flavour as a result. Boarders board in the grounds in one of the 5 boarding houses. The girls houses are Newcombe and School House Girls, and the boys are Combe, School House Boys and Wing House.
Although still officially a Quaker School, most pupils come from a variety of different faiths and cultures. Pupils are still expected to join in with a short Meeting for Worship every Wednesday morning instead of assembly.
Many past pupils and teachers are members of the Sidcot Old Scholars Association.
The first Quaker school was established at Winscombe in 1699. The current school was founded in 1808.
In September, 1944, boys from the school discovered the Longwood Swallet cave.
The Carnegie Book AwardEdit
Since 2003, Sidcot has participated in the CILIP Carnegie Book Awards shadowing scheme. This year has been very successful, with all of the Year 9 top set participating.
The Uniform is prodeminantly Navy blue, with a striped blue and white shirt and the school symbol, a ship, on the blazers and jumpers. Sixth Formers at the school are allowed to wear smart casuals and both 6th form boys and girls must wear "interview smart" suits every Wednesday and any "special" school events.
- 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).
- Newman, W.E. Sidcot School register, 1808-1912. (Pub. 1919).
- Roberts, E. A Sidcot pageant. (Pub. 1935).
- OSA Annual reports. (Pub. 1878).
- The Island [school magazine]
- List of Friends Schools
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