Pocklington School, 帕克林顿中学 帕克林顿学校 West Green,
Pocklington, York YO42 2NJ
Tel: 01759 303125 Fax: 01759 306366
• CO-ED, 11–18, Day & Boarding
• Pupils 622, Upper sixth 87
• Termly fees £2911 (Day), £5073 (Boarding), £4802 (Weekly)
• HMC, BSA
• Enquiries/application to the Admissions Secretary (tel 01759 321255)
What it’s like
Founded in 1514, the school is situated in 64 acres, on the outskirts of a small
market town, 12 miles from York and 20 miles from Hull. The school has excellent
facilities including a performing arts centre. Facilities are shared with the
junior school Lynhurst which operates autonomously but is located on the same
campus. It is an Anglican foundation but pupils from all denominations are
accepted. There is a wide range of pupils, from those with mild learning
difficulties to those aiming for top universities. Examination results are good.
Sports available include rugby, hockey, tennis, cricket, rounders, badminton,
swimming, aerobics and athletics. Numerous clubs and societies are on offer. The
school plays an active part in the local community with community service and
conservation projects. There is a thriving CCF.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 11–18; 622 pupils, 490 day (274 boys, 216
girls), 132 boarding (74 boys, 58 girls).
Entrance: Main entry ages 11, 13 and 16. Own entrance exam at 11 and 13,
Common entrance also at 13; for sixth-form entry 5 GCSEs, 2 at grade B, 3 at C.
Anglican foundation but accepts all denominations. Many pupils from own junior
school (enquiries to Admissions Secretary, Lyndhurst School, address as for the
main school; tel 01759 321228).
Scholarships & bursaries 43 scholarships and exhibitions, value
£850–£2100: 34 academic, 9 music.
Head & staff
Headmaster: Nicholas Clements, appointed in 2000. Educated at St Paul’s,
Royal Military College, Shrivenham (engineering) and Cambridge University
(theology). Previously Deputy Head at Wells Cathedral School and mathematics
teacher at Eton.
Teaching staff: 65 full time, 15 part time. Average age 35–40.
GCSE: In 2003, 81 pupils in fifth year: 98% gained at least grade C in 5+
subjects. Average GCSE score 60 (over 5 years).
A-levels: 70 in upper sixth: 11% passed in 4+ subjects; 79% in 3; 6% in 2
subjects. Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 322.
University & college entrance 85% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (usually occasional pupil to Oxbridge). 6% took courses in
medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 38% in science & engineering, 42% in
humanities & social sciences, 12% in art & design. Others typically go on to HND
or straight into careers.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 19 GCSE subjects, 25 at AS/A-level.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level (some over 2
years), 3 at A-level. 60% took science A-levels; 40% arts/humanities; 38% both.
Key skills integrated in specific topic lessons.
Vocational: Work experience available.
Special provision: EFL for foreign students; specialist dyslexic help.
Languages: French, Spanish, German and Latin offered at GCSE, AS and
A-level. Regular exchanges (France and Germany).
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (1 lesson a week in Years 7–9) and
across the curriculum eg research and presentations skills in sixth form
projects. 80 computers for pupil use (4 hours a day), all networked and with
email and internet access. Most pupils take Clait in Year 8; GCSE and A-level
Music: 50% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams can
be taken. Musical groups include orchestra, choir, chamber choir, concert band,
early music group, brass group, flute choir, opera group.
Drama: A-level theatre studies may be taken. Most pupils are involved in
school productions and all in house/other productions.
Art & design: On average, 40 take GCSE, 30 A-level. Photography/video
Sport & activities
Sport: Hockey, netball, rounders, cricket, rugby, gymnastics, swimming,
cross-country, tennis compulsory. Optional: badminton, basketball, athletics,
golf, riding, squash, volleyball, trampolining, orienteering, gliding. RLSS
exams may be taken. County hockey, tennis and rugby players.
Activities: CCF compulsory for a year at age 15, community service at age
17. School runs talking newspaper for the blind in East Riding. Up to 30 clubs,
eg chess, computer, conservation, debating, electronics, film, history, karate,
literary, orienteering, school newspaper, street theatre.
Uniform: School uniform worn throughout, with suits in sixth form. House
and prefects: Competitive houses. Prefects, head boy/girl, head of house and
Religion: Friday and Sunday morning services and regular assemblies.
Social: Organised events; trips abroad to France, Germany and Italy. Day
pupils allowed to bring own car/bike/motorbike to school. Meals self-service.
Boarding 30% have own study bedroom, 65% share with others.
Single-sex houses, of approximately 40. Good pastoral support. Central dining
room. 2 weekend exeats and half-term.
Alumni association is run by Malcolm Milne, c/o the school.
Former pupils Sir James Cobban; Sir Tom Stoppard; William
Wilberforce; Lord Moran; Adrian Edmondson.