Casterton, Sedbergh Preparatory School

Casterton, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria, United Kingdom

Casterton, Sedbergh Preparatory School

Price Range ₤ 0-20,000 per annum


Casterton, Sedbergh Preparatory School is co-educional day and boarding school for boys and girls between the ages of 6 month and 13 years. This top UK boarding school is located in the village of Casterton in the Lune Valley. The school opended in September 2013 following the merger of Sedbergh School and Casterton School and is now based in the original Casterton building. It is charity overseen by the same board of governors as Sedbergh School. The Nursery caters for childeren in separate building. Pupils in Reception and Yerds 1 to 8 are taught in the main school building. At this best UK boarding School there are three boarding housed fo pupils aged 8 to 13, two for girls and one for boys.

Number of students

  Girls Boys Total
Boarding School: 29 26 55
Day School: 78 93 171
Year of foundation: 1976
Some history:

When Cressbrook School, Kirkby Lonsdale closed in 1976, facilities were made available to educate some of the pupils at Sedbergh. Rather than have the pupils move to a school which fed into a different secondary school, it was decided that the 20 oldest boys would be accommodated at Sedbergh. It was hoped that this would encourage them to continue at Sedbergh School when the time came for them to move up to the senior school. By 1978 there were enough junior entrants to fill Cressbrook House and over the next ten years the House was expanded several times to take more and more pupils. By 1987 the house could to accommodate up to 60 boys.

In 2002 The Prep School moved to the site of Bentham Grammar school at Low Bentham to make use of the full range of facilities. This move allowed the school to develop into a school in its own right with its own ethos and traditions. The opportunity to return to Sedbergh arose in 2008 in January 2009 the new The Prep School site welcomed pupils. The school continued to expand and each year new facilities were made available to the school community. As we look towards the 40th Anniversary of Juniors at Sedbergh, there is much to celebrate. In 2013 the merger between Casterton and Sedbergh allowed for further expansion with the junior school relocating to the site of the former Casterton School, allowing for a much needed increase in space and facilities.

Campus size and facilities:

This top UK boarding chool is situated  in a spectural rular location in the Lune Valley.  The school houses excellent educational facilities and enjoys the benefit of a former Senior School site.


working stock and collection of books, Accelerated Reading Scheme, Quite are for indiviual study and research, chesse club,

Science Department

6 fully equipped science labs, Flow Reactor, High Performance Liquid Chromatography System, Augmented Reality Software,

Fully equipped food technology department, 8 cooking facility work stations,

ICT Facilities

Mobile iPad equipment, 2 fully equipped ICT suites, Dedicated CAD / CAM suite with 18 PC’s, Dual Apple/Microsoft capabilities

Outdoor animal area

Chicken and rabbit pens, Pigmy goat field & stables, Equestrian Centre

Music Faciliteis

Large teaching classroom, 15 purpose built practice rooms with a standard piano in each room, Percussion room, Extensive collection of instruments (for loan), Theory books, Library of historical, analytical and bibliographical music reference books, Broad and substantial library of aural tests, sight-reading, solo vocal, choral, solo instrumental, chamber, band and orchestral music, Full set of stage and room sound and lighting equipment, Instrumental storage room, Tom Penney Theatre; Performing Arts and musical productions, Chapel – assembly, intimate concerts and recitals,

Design, Technology And Manufacturing

Dedicated design workshop with an advanced manufacturing bias. This facility includes  a laser cutter, additive 3D printer and manufacturing equipment. Dedicated CAD / CAM suite with 18 PC’s that have 3D Parametric modelling software installed, industry standard graphic design software and a cutting edge Formlabs additive manufacturing resin 3D printer,  Dedicated Art studio which includes art club workspace, Dedicated Lower school Art studio, Photography Dark room, Pottery Studio, First Lego League, Greenpower Electric Car design club.


The Good Schools Guide 

Cost of tuition

7 days boarding: 7,685 per term

About the school

Long description:

Dorm Facilities:

Boarding at Casterton Sedbergh Preparatory School is based on the principle that the House should act as an extension of the child’s family. Boarding at Sedbergh Prep School gives children a chance to make even greater use of the School’sextensive facilities and beautiful location. A busy and fun-filled activity programme throughout the whole week gives boarders time to enjoy each other’s company and build relationships that will stand the test of time.Every possible boarding option is provided. Parents can book their children in for a single night as a one-off, regular nights throughout the week, weekly boarding (where children go home for the weekend) or full boarding.

Dress code: Formal

Academic life

What we offer?

A broad-based curriculum of this Top UK boarding school is followed, reflecting the National Curriculum but extending well beyond its boundaries. Departments will adapt and enhance their programmes of study to ensure that every pupil is motivated, inspired and challenged. At every level, they strive to make pupils independent learners, well-prepared for the next stage in their development. By Years 7 and 8 the curriculum is planned largely, though not entirely, according to the Scholarship and Common Entrance requirements of the leading independent senior schools. The unique curriculum of this top UK boarding school facilitates opportunities for the children to discover, apply and communicate what they have learned at every step. It is more than a list of content to be memorised; it is a scheme of work that promotes active engagement, creativity and independent learning in the classroom. This will prepare pupils for the demands of the modern workplace and the challenges that they will face in later life. Academic subjects: Design Technology & Manufacturing, ICT, French, English, Geography, Latin &Classics, Maths, Religious Studies, Science.

Special Educational Needs (SEN)

As set out in the school’s Ethos and Aims, they aim ‘to meet the individual needs, foster the aptitudes and nurture the growth of each child.’ In this sense, the school’s Individual Needs provision is part of a wider commitment to helping any child to discover his or her ability.

Social life & attractions


Learning outside the classroom is an important component of a child's education.

There is never a dull moment at this Preparatory Boarding School UK. With unique location in the beautiful playground that is the Yorkshire Dales National Park, close to the Lake District in the North West of England, this Prep Boarding School provides an impressive range of extra-curricular activities that will engage any pupil. In addition to more than 20 sports, pupils have immediate access to numerous outdoor pursuits, including sailing, fell walking, climbing, horse riding and ghyll scrambling, in addition to caring for our school chickens, goats and rabbits. The setting of this Top Prep Boarding School also offers an inspiring backdrop for budding young artists, and an extended classroom to give vivid life to subjects such as Geography, Geology and Natural History.

In addition, The Prep Boarding School hosts academic societies, poetry readings and debating competitions as well as English Speaking Board examinations to further expand pupils’ curiosity and confidence. The recently introduced ballet and jazz dance lessons are proving very popular, as are clubs for those interested in chess, archaeology, conservation - and many more activities besides: Art, Animal Care, Chess Club, Cooking, Film Club, Library Club, Mountain Biking, Music Theory, Photography, Pony Care & Stable Management, Sailing, Street Dance, Target Shooting, Tennis, LAMDA, Horse Ridding

Sport and culture

Sport Facilities:

Equestrian Centre: Outdoor arena and jumping field, Full size flood lit astroturf, Rugby pitches, Flood lit netball and tennis courts, 18m heated swimming pool; with anti-slip floor treatment and tiered seating arrangements, Sports Hall, Indoor netball surfaces, Indoor cricket nets, Bowling machine, Cricket pitches, Sports Pavilion - changing room and shower facilities, spectator balcony and guest function room

What we offer?

rugby, cricket, netball, hockey, tennis, swimming, sailing, running, cross country, golf, indor climbing, jugo, scuba diving

Culture and arts:

At Sedbergh Preparatory Boarding School, they encourage all pupils to immerse themselves with the various branches of creative activity, be it painting, music, dramatic art or speech.

Summer Programs

Established in 1525, Sedbergh School is one of only a very few full boarding schools in the UK. It is a traditional British boarding school that has maintained the best of British boarding school traditions whilst constantly introducing innovative ideas and new ways of teaching. International Summer School is an excellent example of this. Owned and operated by Sedbergh School’s own staff, it provides a complete British boarding school experience where students learn English from the finest teachers and, outside the classroom, enjoy an impressive range of sports, excursions and exciting activities. This exclusive course is designed for boys and girls aged 8-12 (Juniors) and 13-16 (Seniors). For English lessons, students are divided into Junior and Senior classes, which ensures that they receive the correct level of English tuition for their age and ability. In keeping with the ‘boarding school taster’ experience and the wish to develop independence, teamwork and leadership skills in students, all meals, lessons and activities are taken together. Sports, excursions and evening entertainment are also combined, allowing students to spend time with new friends. Students live in single-sex boarding houses under the care of an experienced Houseparent who acts in loco parentis and is responsible for the development and welfare of each student. All International Summer School staff are employed directly by Sedbergh School which helps students to settle quickly and to help them achieve their full potential during their stay.

The course is small and friendly, and the village location offers a stunning and very safe location for an exciting summer. Each day is structured to give a true taste of boarding school life. With 22 hours of English lessons each week and student numbers restricted to 20% of any one language, opportunities are maximised to improve English language skills very quickly. Class sizes are small and a variety of teaching styles is used, including group language activities to ensure that students are engaged and learning effectively. All students experience history first-hand during excursions to some of Europe’s oldest cultural centres and enjoy thrilling outdoor activities in beautiful British countryside. Through practical projects, educational trips and an exciting range of extra-curricular activities, students gain valuable skills, make lifelong friends and take away unforgettable memories.

The programme provides 22 hours of English lessons each week, during which students are divided by age into juniors and seniors. A placement test ensures they are placed with students of a similar ability, in order to provide lessons tailored to their needs, and to maximise language development. Our well qualified and very experienced teachers use a wide variety of teaching methods to provide the best tuition and promote understanding. English is taught through different weekly themes; this takes place both inside and outside the classroom. By providing a structured focus, the learning of grammar, speaking, listening and reading as well as general comprehension is promoted. As small classes are maintained, teachers are able to monitor each student’s progress and provide individual assistance. Every student receives a full academic report and certificate at the end of the course. This contains their teacher’s recommendations on how to continue improving their English once they return home along with comments from their Houseparent and the Course Director.

Sedbergh International Summer School is well regarded for its superior level of pastoral care. Students live together in comfortable boarding houses; boys and girls in separate houses. Each House is looked after by an experienced Houseparent and Matron, which creates a happy and supportive “family style” environment. Students live in mixed nationality rooms, normally of 2-4 beds. Houses are well-equipped with social areas providing games room, wifi and Sky TV. Students are encouraged to maintain regular contact with their families at home. The School is proud of its excellent catering staff and dining facilities and a full and varied menu of ‘international style’ food is provided. For lunch and dinner, there is a choice of hot dishes and a vegetarian option and a salad bar are always provided. Fresh fruit is offered at every meal.


2 weeks, 11.07 – 24.07.2108, 25.07 – 07.08.2018 , £2300

3 weeks, 11.07 – 31.07.2018,  18.07 – 07.08.2018,  £3450

4 weeks, 11.07 – 07.08.2018, £4600


Sports & Activities

Students enjoy a wide range of exciting sports and activities and are encouraged to try as many new ones as possible. 5-6 choices are typically offered each day and students register for their chosen activity. Arts & Crafts, Badminton, Ball Games, Basketball, Chess/Board Games, Climbing Wall, Dance, Dodgeball, Football, Golf, Hill-Walking, Horse Riding, Music, Rugby, Sailing, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Zorbing

Evenings are dedicated to fun activities which everyone is encouraged to join in with. This gives students chance to socialise and relax with their new friends.

Typical evening entertainment includes: Barbeques, Discos, Fashion Shows, Games Night, Karaoke, Movie Nights, Quizzes, Talent Shows, Traditional Games, Leadership Activities.

Two core values of a British boarding school are leadership and team work. Two afternoons a week are dedicated to developing these skills and students participate in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, such as cookery, film making drama and singing. These are designed to develop and enhance skills in individuals and provide a further opportunity to make friends and improve English outside the classroom.


Newcastle – Monday 16th July

Liverpool – Monday 23rd July

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre – Monday 30th July

York – Monday 6th August


Why Should You Choose this School?

Sedbergh Prep Boarding School develops happy, confident children with a ‘can-do’ attitude; independent yet always with a sense of team before self. Through careful and sensitive teaching, we aim to foster a spirit of adventure, both inside and outside the classroom. The curriculum is ambitious and equips pupils with the necessary skills for future success, yet is delivered in a setting of timeless beauty where pupils have the space and time to enjoy their childhood. Characteristics such as resilience, collaboration, communication, creativity, and a love of learning are central to our academic approach. Sedberghians are proud of their shared heritage and pupils leave us ready to continue their journey at the Senior School.



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