Sibford School

Toby Spence, Head

Sibford School was established in 1842 as a boarding school for the children of Quaker families. Over the years the school has undergone many changes and developments, as it has adapted to meet the needs and aspirations of its pupils. However, there is one factor that has remained constant in the life of the school, the Quaker values that recognise that of God in everyone. Translated into everyday life, this means valuing and nurturing individual talents, respecting each other, and helping each and every individual to become the very best they possibly can.

Today Sibford School has some 420 pupils, aged between 3 and 18, the majority of whom are day pupils. We have around 60 boarders (either full of weekly) and are home to a small international community.

In March 2015, Sibford was inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate who reported that ‘all pupils, from the youngest through to those in sixth form, make good progress’. Pupils’ personal development was described as ‘excellent’. The contribution of curricular and extra-curricular provision was described as ‘excellent’ as was the arrangements for pastoral care, the quality of boarding and the special provision provided for those pupils with special educational needs and disability and those for whom English is not the first language. Teaching seen in lessons was described as ‘good with many examples that were excellent’.  We were inspected again in April 2018 (a compliance inspection) and look forward to our next full inspection (likely to be in 2021).

We are proud to have been a centre of educational excellence since 1842 and delighted that our excellence is still recognised today. With such a long and varied history, our Old Scholars are a very important part of our community and we always welcome visits – both planned and unplanned – from those who left us recently or in the more distant past!  We are grateful to those Old Scholars who support the school, either directly or through this charity, and thereby assist future young people to enjoy the benefits of being a pupil at Sibford School.

We are grateful for the financial support of SOSC for our Support for Learning Department. SOSC have helped to support access to additional support for many children over the years.  Applications are made on a case by case basis and the additional support which can be provided makes a huge difference in every case.