South Craven School

South Craven School is a coeducational secondary school and sixth form with academy status, located in Cross Hills, North Yorkshire, England. It is the largest school in the Craven District and carries over 1,700 pupils.

South Craven School
Playing fields
Holme Lane

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BD20 7RL

Coordinates53°53′59″N 1°59′20″W
MottoValuing All our Successes
Department for Education URN136736 Tables
ChairMrs Emma Benn
HeadteacherMr Martyn Hill
Age11 to 19
Houses(Sixth Form) - Red, Yellow, Green and Blue
Colour(s)Years 7&8: Green, Years 9/10: Grey or Burgundy (Changing on a Bi-Annual Basis), Year 11: Black, Sixth Form: No Uniform

The school has formed partnerships with The Ogden Trust,[1] Airedale NHS Trust a prominent employer in the local area, Craven College a local further education college and long term partner Bradford University who work closely on STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) at the school, Leeds Trinity University, Leeds College of Music and finally the Bradford Local Authority.

South Craven School became an academy on 1 May 2011.[2][3]

Admission arrangements

Entrance at KS3

Students are admitted without reference to ability or aptitude. Where applications for admission exceed the number of places available; Admissions procedures have been put in place to help allot places appropriately where this is the case. Further information is available here.

Sixth Form arrangements

To enter South Craven Sixth Form and take level 3 courses, students need to have achieved Grade A*-C passes at GCSE, or passes in other level 2 qualifications (e.g., BTEC, OCR Nationals), in at least 5 separate subjects. (If students are taking a reduced programme, e.g., if they have been ill, an adjustment will be made and an offer made that recognises this situation). This is considered to be the minimum entry requirement. Further Information is available here

Brief history

The school was opened on 7 June 1957 by Lord Boyle. It cost just £120,000 to build, with students leaving aged 15. Before it was built, local children attended Glusburn Community Primary School and Hothfield Secondary, in Silsden. When South Craven School first opened, there were just 11 teachers, one headteacher and a secretary. The school now has 1,700 students and more than 200 members of staff.

It became a comprehensive in 1967 and the leaving age was raised to 16 in 1972. At the same time it established its own sixth form so students could stay on to take their A levels.

Development of facilities

  • In 2009 the eTaSC Building was opened, at a cost of £1.5million to support Post-16 Vocational study at South Craven School.
  • In 2010 a new Astro-Turf, and multi-games pitch was opened.
  • In 2010 a new facility, simply called "A1" was opened, and serves as a base for learning support at the school. The opening was attended by Skipton and Ripon MP, Julian Smith
  • In 2011 a new covered sports facility was opened to provide improved all weather sports facilities at the school.
  • In 2012 a new building (named Fells) containing a hall, new Learning Resource Centre and various classrooms was opened
  • In 2018, the Glusburn building was opened to house the History department, with Business Studies moving into the old History area.

Fells Building


  • Dougie Lampkin
  • Clare Teal, jazz singer, and Radio 2 presenter
  • Andrew Triggs Hodge English rower and a double Olympic Gold Medallist and quadruple World Champion. Oxford university student who was a member of the Oxford university rowing team and took part in four boat races.
  • Danielle Brown Double Paralympic gold medalist in archery


  1. "The Specialist Schools Programme". The Ogden Trust. Retrieved 6 April 2011.
  2. "Governors start discussion on whether to become academy". Craven Herald and Pioneer. Retrieved 6 April 2011.
  3. "Progress towards conversion, as of 1 March 2011". Department for Education. Retrieved 6 April 2011.
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