Giggleswick Senior School


"It is the responsibility of schools to prepare all children to lead happy and fulfilling lives. Understanding that some of the most important parts of our education take place beyond the classroom not only starts to recognise what a good education should include but it also clearly shows how independent education is so well equipped to achieve this."

Mark Turnbull, Headmaster



Giggleswick is a co-educational day and boarding school situated in the stunning rural location of the Yorkshire Dales, within walking distance of the popular market town of Settle, and just over an hour from both Leeds and Manchester.


With 400 pupils aged 11 to 18 the Senior School is large enough to offer a wide variety of teaching and learning opportunities, but small enough to offer close tutorial support, small classes and opportunities for everyone to get into teams or to take part in music, art, drama, outdoor pursuits (OP), to name just a few of the 60 clubs and societies we offer here. The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) awarded the school 'Excellent' in an impressive six areas of provision.

The curriculum is deliberately broad, with choices offered as pupils get older and have the experience to be selective. There is a commitment to science and language teaching for everyone up to GCSE level with the overall emphasis on each individual reaching their potential at every stage. We use target grades and value added data to help us to monitor progress, and we have personalised learning programmes for those with special needs.

The School has seven boarding houses, each with Senior House Staff, Matrons, and a full team of Tutors. Day pupils are fully integrated into the House system and are fully included in everything on offer.

We have invested £13m in new facilities in the last ten years to give the School the best possible classrooms and sports facilities. This includes a new £1.5 million Sports Hall and the Richard Whiteley Theatre which hosts a full programme of live productions, music and dance as well as being used for drama lessons and co-curricular clubs and societies.

We hope this website accurately describes what is on offer at Giggleswick, but only a personal visit can really do it justice. We look forward to seeing you in the near future.


Top grades galore

17 August

Top grades galore

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Celebrating 30 years scoring The Open Championship

01 August

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Giggleswick pupils create some flowerpot magic

05 July

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17 October

Sports Results

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Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, was the Guest of Honour at Speech Day. You can listen to his speech, and those given by the Headmaster and the Chairman of Governors, by clicking on these links.


10 August

House Matron

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