Pastoral Care & Boarding

It is the greatest expression of trust that parents allow us to care for their children during term-time, and one that we respect and value highly. In consequence, pastoral care is our most important priority.

Our nine boarding Houses are our pupils’ term-time homes. A Housemaster or Housemistress takes responsibility for all aspects of the welfare of 60-70 pupils supported by an Assistant Housemaster/Housemistress and a team of resident and non-resident tutors who represent the Pastoral Team in each House. The close-knit House community means that no pupil is overlooked and every child’s talents are identified, valued and developed.

Our Pastoral Teams are always on hand to solve problems and support pupils as may be necessary, they have a wealth of experience of working with teenagers. They are also quick to communicate with parents to ensure families know all that is good, and occasionally bad, about their children’s lives at Sedbergh. We are committed to working in partnership with parents to ensure the very best outcomes for our pupils.

We want parents to participate in their children’s lives and to enjoy Sedbergh as much as their children. To that end we are always pleased to see parents and regularly organise social events for parents to ensure that Sedbergh is a place that whole families enjoy.

Sedbergh takes its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of pupils very seriously. We will always prioritise best practice in our recruitment checks to ensure the very best staff are appointed and regularly survey pupils anonymously to check on their welfare. Well developed Safeguarding structures are regularly inspected by external specialists and audited by the Governing Body.


Sedbergh has nine senior Houses, six for boys and three for girls. Each House has its own dining room which enables the whole House to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in house, with staff and tutors. House chefs respond to individual dietary needs. Common rooms and a library (in addition to the House Library), enable pupils to socialise and study together.

Staff are as committed to their Houses as pupils. The structure of daily routines is balanced by a relaxed and homely feel and is encouraged by the resident Housemaster or Housemistress and their families. Assistant Housemasters/Housemistresses and House Tutors are resident in each House and supported by a strong team of non-resident Tutors. Year Heads oversee academic progress and work closely with House staff to ensure pupils are well supported in their studies. Together, they closely monitor pupils' welfare as well as their academic progress and social development. Senior pupils offer support for the younger ones, whether by helping them to find their way around, playing games with them or assisting them with 'Prep.'

Each House offers an exciting array of activities - ranging from pure fun to inter-House competitions, which cover almost every facet of School life, be it chess, rugby, sailing or netball, academic challenge, music or drama. Pupils are inspired to take on new challenges in support of their peers and the House. This range of opportunity ensures that every individual contributes their talents to collective achievement and ensures that each pupil benefits from an all-round education.

With their own colours, flag, motto and emblem, House members develop a strong sense of loyalty to their House and pride in its achievements.

international summer school

Prior to joining Sedbergh School, a number of our students attend the International Summer School to further develop their and also to make the transition to the UK a lot smoother.