Founded in Leeds, England, in 1753, Fulneck School is a co-educational boarding and day school, which educates 3-18 year olds. Boarders can join the School from the age of 9. The broad curriculum covers all aspects of life – spiritual, moral, social, academic, creative, cultural and physical – ensuring the balanced development of all pupils, regardless of age. With a long-standing reputation for high academic standards and some of the best academic results in the Yorkshire area, the vast majority of Fulneck’s pupils gain entry to their first choice university. In 2010, the School was ranked the best sixth form in Leeds (BBC). A number of inspection reports have confirmed Fulneck’s exceptional teaching and learning environment. The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) rated the School outstanding and the Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Pupils (CReSTeD) inspection reconfirmed the prestigious ‘DU’ status (Dyslexia Unit), the highest grade awarded for a mainstream school.
Admission is by entrance examination and, for younger pupils, a taster day. Early registration is advised to secure a place for children on the School’s waiting list.
A true philosophy
Fulneck School is about much more than just academic ability and examination results. Learning through experience is wholeheartedly encouraged, thus the extracurricular programme plays a central role in providing pupils with broader life experiences. There are a large number of societies and clubs to weigh up and choose from.
‘Fulneck provides an excellent education experience for all pupils and pupils’ personal development is outstanding throughout the school.’
ISI Report, December 2010
Full and weekly boarding are provided to boys and girls in two separate houses, with the majority of students residing in single or double rooms. The boarding community can be truly described as thriving. Courtesy of trained and caring staff, pupils feel at home and very secure. There is a strong pastoral and welfare structure, supervised homework sessions and scheduled activities throughout the week and at weekends. The boarding houses have welcoming common rooms and recreational areas, as wells as their own ICT facilities; in addition, older students have controlled access to the internet in their own study-bedrooms.
The School is located just ten minutes from the centre of Leeds and overlooks the picture-perfect Tong Valley, so students have the best of both worlds in the view of the School. Fulneck is placed in a desirable location for both commuters and boarding pupils, with Leeds Bradford International Airport 15 minutes from the School, Manchester Airport just one hour away, and Leeds City rail station 10 minutes from the site.
The original 18th-century Grade I listed buildings have been splendidly refurbished to meet today’s educational needs without losing their essential character. Over the past few years, new buildings and facilities have been constructed, ensuring the top-class provision of teaching facilities and new sports fields, tennis and netball courts, and landscaped gardens. The pupils also have access to horse-riding stables and a nine-hole golf course right on their doorstep.
A number of opportunities and a wide range of facilities are provided to ensure the best possible education for all the School’s pupils. By honing their aspirations and guiding motivation, Fulneck is able to help individuals achieve their full potential.
Fulneck’s Learning Support Unit has been awarded one of the highest special learning needs accolades by CReSTeD. As a category DU registered school offering a Dyslexia Unit, Fulneck School offers specialist one-to-one tuition in addition to support for dyslexic students in all areas of the curriculum. The inspection report praised our tailored teaching and noted that the School ‘provides high quality interventions and support both within the unit and throughout mainstream lessons’, leading to ‘very good exam performance from dyslexic pupils that is in line with that of their non-dyslexic peers’. There really is no barrier to success at the School.
Fulneck Sixth Form is a diverse, thriving and challenging place. There are several responsibility posts available for students to hone their leadership skills, and the Sixth Formers are of significant importance within the School community. With over 25 different A-level courses available, all taught in small groups, the best possible learning environment is available.
A state-of-the-art Sixth Form Centre has recently been constructed in one of the School’s listed buildings, simultaneously respecting the history and heritage that the School is so proud of, while also embracing modern design and innovative IT resources. The Centre has plenty of space for socialising and study.
Students from overseas are able to work towards a one-year pre-A-level foundation qualification to improve their English language skills and become familiar with the British education system before starting the demanding two-year A-level course. The one-year introductory preparation course has numerous advantages, including the opportunity for pupils to gain five GCSEs, qualifications which are highly-valued by prestigious universities.