Tatler loves our Northern charm
Friday 14 Sep 2018
We are thrilled to be included in the Tatler Schools Guide again this year. Only the country's finest independent schools make it into the guide and it is renowned for giving the 'inside track' on schools, with a team who inspect the schools inside out with a visit and interviews with the head, parents and pupils.
Here's what Tatler said about Giggleswick:
“Giggleswick has pulled its academic socks up and A-level results are at a record high, with 70 per cent A* - B last year and GCSEs following suit (41 per cent A* - A). Head Mark Turnbull is delighted, and while the school is about far more than results he believes ‘you need to have academic credibility’.
Northern charm and hospitality radiate from every corner, with the ‘refreshingly down-to-earth pupils’ parading around in their cherry-striped blazers. Gigg celebrated 40 years of co-education last year and the girls are as punchy as ever – U13 county hockey champions and a British Judo Champion last year. CCF is compulsory in Year 10 and fell running and cross-country are having a moment – it helps that the Yorkshire Dales are on the doorstep.
The school has a rich 500-year history; Virginia Woolf penned her first published piece in the headmaster’s house. In more recent years, their stunning 250-seat theatre, named after much-loved alum Richard Whiteley, has taken pride of place.
Around 60 per cent take the full or flexi boarding plunge, enjoying shiny new facilities with university-style rooms. On the subject of all things new, a high-tech digital suite and a gym have recently been added too.”