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Pocklington School
West Green, YO42 2NJ, UK Pocklington
+44 (0)1759 303125

Lyndhurst is a co-educational school for pupils aged 7 - 11 years. It is part of Pocklington School, which was founded in 1514. Lyndhurst is situated on the same campus as the Senior School, in separate, self-contained premises.The school is set amongst 64 acres of fields, on the edge of the market town of Pocklington and 15 miles from York.
Lyndhurst benefits from excellent facilities shared with the Senior School - the swimming pool, playing fields, sports hall, dining hall and performing arts centre, for example, but also has its own hall and specialist rooms for science and art. It has a modern library/research centre and up-to-date facilities for information and communication technology.
Lyndhurst retains its own character, atmosphere and autonomy and visitors invariably comment on the confidence of our pupils and the calm, caring and purposeful learning environment. Class sizes are kept small, with 16-18 pupils per class and a very good adult-pupil ratio.
The Headmaster



Lyndhurst is a busy community and we feel it is important to establish good habits in work and play so that pupils can move on confidently to the Senior School at 11.
Pupils are based in forms that are both academic and pastoral groups - with a form teacher who is immediately responsible for both of these aspects of his/her pupils.
Pupils are allocated to a House for competitions in music, art, drama, creative writing, general knowledge and various sports.
In Year 3, forms are taught mostly by their form teacher but there is an increasing degree of specialist teaching as they move through the years. Initially the forms are balanced, as far as is possible, in both gender and ability, with teachers taking care to ensure that individual children can progress at a faster or slower pace, according to need. From Year 5 onwards pupils are taught by ability in maths and English.
An emphasis is placed on the core subjects of English, maths and science but the curriculum is dedicated to breadth, and history, geography, art, music, ICT, religious studies, language work and French also play a prominent part, together with swimming, PE and games.
In addition to the subjects above there is a wide range of sporting and cultural activities, field trips and educational visits to support the curriculum.
Lyndhurst is a small and caring community. We believe in being positive and encouraging.
Pupils may turn to any adult with whom they feel comfortable when they have a problem but generally the form teacher is the first person in the line of care. He or she will teach a pupil for a large proportion of the day, especially in the early years, and will be there for registration and at the end of the day.
Form teachers may contact parents if they have any worries about a child and will be equally happy to receive information from parents about any worries or information that may help explain changes in behaviour at home or at school.
If a child feels unwell during the day or needs any particular medical care they will be taken to the Lyndhurst matron. Matron deals with all matters relating to a pupil’s health and medical requirements and can call upon the school’s medical centre or the Pocklington Health Centre for assistance. She will take such action as is necessary and will contact parents if the situation requires it.
Matron also helps in the classroom, so she gets to know the children well. They will often turn to her for comfort.


Breadth of education is a strength of the school, a quality desired by families and believed in by staff. Academic life, with all its potential for enrichment and inspiration, forms the educational core, in harmony with the school’s cultural, social, sporting and recreational programmes. The school seeks to help identify and bring on individual talents and strengths by offering wide choices and opportunities for pupils to find their own niches.

The school’s Christian foundation forms the basis for a humane approach. Pocklington is seen as, and wants to uphold itself as, a friendly, sympathetic and open school with an emphasis on pastoral support and on ready communication with families. The 2007 bicentenary of the 1807 passing of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Bill, spearheaded by William Wilberforce, a pupil of Pocklington School 1771-1775, has given the opportunity to everyone in the school community to reflect on humanitarian ideas.

Precision and attention to detail are fundamental in the pursuit of goals in intellectual and other spheres of life. The school believes that coherence and detail matter and seeks to be a place of high expectations. In approach to teaching therefore the school aims to stretch pupils at all levels, from those who will eventually seek admission to the most demanding university courses to those who need their confidence boosting.

The school wants the education it provides to be enjoyable, believing that this is not only compatible with, but enhanced by, high expectations. Enjoyment, satisfaction and a sense of well-being derive from achievement, from being safe and secure and from being valued.

Fullness of Life
Living life at its fullest is the basis for the educational philosophy of the school. This encompasses the taking of life’s opportunities and realisation of personal, group and community goals.
Sixth Form Boarding
There are 3 Senior Houses, 2 for boys and 1 for girls. The age range in each is 13-18 (School Years 9-13), and year group numbers vary from about 6 to 10. Sixth Form Boarders are expected to play an integral part in the day-to-day management of the boarding houses, assisting house staff with the smooth running of house routines and procedures. A prefect system exists in the Upper Sixth and students who demonstrate the leadership skills required for such a post are invited to become prefects in their final year.

The benefits of boarding in the Sixth Form include:
  • Preparation for University;
  • More leadership opportunities than in the day school;
  • Out-of-hours access to resources (library, sports facilities, academic departments);
  • No travel time (a couple of minutes walk!) so more time for study, extra-curricular involvement, school evening trips, etc.;
  • Peer support “on your doorstep”;
  • Supportive, friendly tutorial environment.

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