Sedbergh School Cumbria

(45 Posts)
Ceebeejay Wed 28-Sep-11 11:36:32

Has anyone on here any recent experience of Sedbergh? We are interested for our 2 DC both good at sports and bright but are concerned that several parents at their current school say it is not academic enough for them! We want a broad education with academics, sport and arty things in balance. We liked the new head and were impressed. many thanks!

Storemansteve Tue 13-May-14 19:26:29

What a pity that the person who wrote the comment about Sedbergh being only for 'thick rugby players' could not even spell Sedbergh correctly!

PolkadotsAndMoonbeams Mon 11-Mar-13 22:01:24

Ah ok. It was when you said before there had been some teething problem with her sport, I wondered if it was lacrosse because it was my favourite as I thought it was probably the most unusual out of the ones played at her last school! (I've been on threads about there with you before, but have name changed since.)

I do feel sorry for the girls (and parents) who've chosen an all girls' school and are now either going to have to go co-ed or move somewhere completely new. It seems a shame to split the forms up like that, although I can see there are advantages. It's harder to see when you're the one without any choice in the matter though.

Ceebeejay Mon 11-Mar-13 16:10:23

PolkadotsAndMoonbeams - it was one of her sports pre Sedbergh - they don't do it at all in Junior so she has done none since Sept.
hels71 - how many girls are transferring over to Sedbergh? I agree the schools are completely different - Sedbergh is a really friendly school though - no idea why JoSavage calls it the roughest PS in the country? Sport is really high standard but the boys/girls that play at really high levels are perfectly nice off the sports field!!

hels71 Fri 08-Mar-13 20:43:09

Apparently the Casterton parents have put forward a rescue package but the governors can not possibly meet them until after the deal is done...

chocolateshoes Fri 08-Mar-13 16:36:22
FelicityWasCold Thu 07-Mar-13 23:18:38

So probably yes then- it must be horrendous for them all confused sad

JoSavage Thu 07-Mar-13 23:11:25

Staffing will be 'announced' at the end of March

FelicityWasCold Tue 05-Mar-13 22:15:42

What about the Casterton staff- are they out of a job?

JoSavage Tue 05-Mar-13 21:47:27

I would be furious if I were a Casterton parent.. They signed up to single sex education, not possibly the roughest PS in the country! It is very bad form from the Casterton Governors.. It would have been better form to close gracefully..

PolkadotsAndMoonbeams Tue 05-Mar-13 11:58:55

That's a bit of a shame really, I had friends at Casterton who loved it. Also choosing an all girls' school that then becomes mixed is more of a problem than doing it the other way around!

P.S. Ceebeejay, is your DD's sport lacrosse?

Casterton openly admit they have a problem getting numbers in.

chocolateshoes Mon 04-Mar-13 20:57:31

Helis - I heard exactly that - that Casterton was closing and that Sedbergh had pounced as they did a few years ago with Bentham Grammar.

thegreylady Mon 04-Mar-13 20:45:17

Our next door neighbours at our previous house sent their son To Sebergh and he was extremely happy there.He was more sporty than academic and a lovely boy.

Highoaks Mon 04-Mar-13 15:46:09

Hello - I notice that some people have mentioned the merger between Casterton & Sedbergh Schools. Can I just say as an update, that over two thirds of Casterton parents are opposing this merger and are in the process of taking legal advice. School Governors announced the merger to a school assembly of 11-17 year old girls, many of whom are boarders with their parents on the other side of the world, without any consultation with parents. Most parents only found out when their distressed daughters telephoned their parents after the announcement. Sedbergh seem keen to rush it through. Parents of Casterton school are asking why that is?

Ceebeejay Wed 27-Feb-13 12:33:37

Wairy - your youngest dd must be with mine then - is she sporty?
I am happy about the move to Casterton mainly because the school was outgrowing the junior section - my main concern is regarding the boarding houses at the Casterton site as the ones at the moment are so nice!

mrsshackleton Wed 27-Feb-13 09:41:51

"I have yet to meet an adult who went to Sedburgh who is normally nice (iyswim) they mostly are arrogant bullies, one or two are totally crushed by the whole experience."

Two of the loveliest adults I know (and one is extremely successful, the other doing just fine) went to Sedbergh, just to rebalance.

hels71 Wed 27-Feb-13 09:33:10

Hmmm....merger? More like Casterton is closing and Sedbergh are taking over the buildings for their prep school with exisiting Casterton pupils being allowed to join Sedbergh without having to do an entrance exam.....

JoSavage Tue 26-Feb-13 22:17:28

Sedbergh and Casterton just announced a merger!!!

Gracie76 Tue 26-Feb-13 16:50:21

Yes, I also saw that too, on the BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-21584290
The new school is going to have such fantastic facilities. I agree with what you say about the boys and girls being a credit to the school, greedygoose. I went to the annual Jazz and Swing concert last month, as a guest, and I was so impressed - not just by the quality of the performances but by the genuine passion and enthusiasm the boys and girls showed and the way they were so mature and welcoming. Some of them waited on tables, some performed, and some did ad lib interviews with the host. It really did feel like a jazz club. I also saw Cabaret at Casterton a few years ago, well probably about 10 years ago, and was really impressed with that, too. They're going to be a formidable combination and it's not as if girls are new to Sedbergh. It's over ten years since they went co-ed.

greedygoose Tue 26-Feb-13 16:02:29

You may want to look at the website today - Sedbergh and Casterton are merging and Sedbergh Junior School is moving to Casterton site - very exciting times......I have met many Sedbergh boys and girls and they have all been a real credit to the school

wairy Tue 26-Feb-13 09:55:35

Hi - I have 2 girls at Sedbergh - both started in Junior school, one now in Senior one due to go to Senior in Sept - Fantastic school for them both - teaching inspired and boarding bit wonderful - highly recommend

Ceebeejay Thu 21-Feb-13 11:08:44

Hi lirsh
I chose Sedbergh in the end and DD started last September - its about 1/3 girls but she has settled really well and is very happy - have some teething problems regards her sport as they don't have the same excellent systems in place for girls sport as they do for rugby/cricket but hopeful we will get there!!
I am missing her though - wasn't expecting that!!

lirsh Mon 18-Feb-13 08:57:37

A bit late responding to this message, I hope you are happy with your decision for your DCs and have sent them to the right school for them. My daughter went to Casterton, and it couldn't have been more right for her.

MiniMonty Tue 08-Nov-11 04:19:39

PS - talking about rugby (or all the canoeing and climbing etc.,) - the nearest decent sized hospital is in Lancaster. My DC grew up in Sedbegrh and when he had an emergency one night the ambulance took 55 minutes to arrive and an hour to get him to a doctor. In London you'll wait 8 minutes for an ambulance and be at hospital in another ten. That's 20 minutes vs 2 hours. Worth thinking about ?

MiniMonty Tue 08-Nov-11 04:15:44

I know little about the school but a LOT about where it is. It rains in Sedbegrh a LOT (it's at the bottom of a three sided valley) and in winter it is often (and I mean often) completely cut off by snow and ice on the two roads in and out - one to the M6 the other to Kirkby Lonsdale. It ranks high in the UK "fewest hours of sunshine" per year table. Average July temperature is 11 degrees. Even in Birmingham it's 10 degrees warmer !
The school may be great or awful - but it's not a place I'd like to spend my childhood...

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