Scarborough College

Scarborough College is an independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 3–18 years[1] in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England. It was founded in 1898 and opened in 1901. The school has been an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School since June 2006 – it offers the IB Diploma Programme in place of A-levels.

Scarborough College
Filey Road

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YO11 3BA

Coordinates54.26454°N 0.39676°W / 54.26454; -0.39676
TypeIndependent day and boarding
Chair of the GovernorsDr John Renshaw
HeadteacherGuy Emmett
Age3 to 18
Enrolment420 pupils~


The foundation stone for Scarborough College was laid in 1898, and the school opened on 18 September 1901. The building was designed by Edwin Cooper and later became Grade II listed.[2] By 1907, the school had 70 boys. Following the German Navy's Raid on Scarborough, Hartlepool and Whitby in December 1914, the headmaster decided Scarborough was too unsafe for pupils so the school evacuated to Park Hotel, Keswick for a year. After the outbreak of World War II, in 1940 the school was commandeered for RAF training and the pupils were evacuated to Marske Hall, Swaledale, until 1946.[3]

A considerable fire took place at the school on 10 October 1961, burning down the library and cupola, which were both rebuilt. In 1972, the school became coeducational, accepting girls for the first time. The first two girls to attend the school were Lindsey Grimstone and Vanessa Gibbon. In 2000, Lisvane Prep School moved from Sandybed Lane to the main school site on Filey Road. The school adopted the International Baccalaureate in place of A-levels in 2006.[4] In 2012, Scarborough College and local prep school Bramcote School merged, and Lisvane was renamed to Bramcote.[3] The outgoing head of Bramcote School, Dan Davey, became the new headmaster of Bramcote Junior School.[5]

Pre-School and Prep school

Scarborough College's Prep School was moved on to the main campus of the college on Filey Road in 2002. It is currently housed in a modern, purpose-built building, separate from the college's historic main building. The Prep School was formerly known as Lisvane, but was renamed Scarborough College Junior School in 2010. In 2012, the college merged with local preparatory school Bramcote, and was renamed as Bramcote Junior School. The outgoing head of the prep school is Dan Davey.[6]

The Pre-School, known locally also as Little Owls, is based in part of the new purpose-built building for the Prep school. However, in 2014 it moved to the old premises of Bramcote School across the road. Little Owls is currently led by Jackie Hunter.

School Council

The school decided to create an official school council, this decision was released to pupils on 2 December 2019. Each form was to have two representatives, that would be elected by the students in each form, the council elections were held on 6 December.

Senior school and sixth form

The senior school is housed in the college's main building. The campus also consists of a separate Science and ICT block, a sports hall, astroturf and performing arts theatre. Pupils study a mix of GCSE and IGCSE qualifications in Years 10 and 11. Classes are taught in well equipped classrooms and there are a wide range of sport, ICT, music and drama facilities.

For the sixth form there is the provision of a study centre, private ICT facilities, a separate dining area and cafe and a common room. The current Head of Sixth Form is Heather Ramsay.[6]

List of headteachers

Tenure Headteacher
1901 1933 Percy Armstrong
1933 1937 Alfred Russell Woolley
1937 1956 H. E. Pegg
1957 1974 Denys Crews MBE
1974 1985 Richard Wilkinson
1985 1995 David Hempsall
1996 2008 Tim Kirkup
2009 2010 Jonathan Lee
2010 2015 Isobel Nixon
2015 2018 Charles Ellison
2019 Guy Emmett

Notable former pupils


  1. "Scarborough College". BBC News. 15 January 2009. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
  2. "Scarborough College". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  3. "History of the School". Scarborough College. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  4. "Scarborough College". IBO. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  5. "New term begins following school merger". The Scarborough News. 5 September 2012. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  6. "Governors & Staff". Scarborough College. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  7. Barker, Dennis (6 February 2010). "Ian Carmichael obituary". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 6 February 2010.
  8. "The Very Rev Robert Holtby". The Telegraph. 19 March 2003. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
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