September 30, 2019

Silcoates Features in the Yorkshire Post

Silcoates School Feature in Yorkshire Post

One of Wakefield’s most innovative schools is inviting parents to tour their premises, meet the staff, and learn what makes them unique at an open day.

Silcoates School in Wakefield will be opening its doors to parents and potential students alike on October 12th.

Silcoates School Feature in Yorkshire Post

The independent school has earnt its reputation by adopting a pastoral approach to caring for its students, nurturing them to their full potential by placing as strong an emphasis on the academic as each student’s emotional well-being.

It’s an approach that dates back to 1820, when Silcoates was founded by members of the Congregationalist movement wanting to move away from the educational conventions of the time.

Now that ethos has been adopted by Philip Rowe, Silcoates’ current headmaster.

“Silcoates resists the idea that school needs to focus on a narrow range of subjects and activities, or should be data-led. It’s to no one’s advantage to believe a school should stick to what it knows. While academic success is important for students, it needs to be coupled with an ability to be creative, adaptable, and have lots of self-belief!”

Silcoates School Feature in Yorkshire Post

He said: “Teaching for me has always been about the relationship between myself and my pupils. Lessons must be fun, fast-paced and focused and pupils need to know what they are required to learn and why.

The co-educational independent day school caters for 3-18 year olds, where it pledges to provide a first-class, fast-paced and hugely rewarding place for children child to flourish.

Every pupil has a dedicated tutor, who helps and guides pupils through their school journey, ensuring that they achieve according to their ability. Emotional support is always on hand, and pupils are encouraged to support and help each other.

Backed by a challenging and exciting curriculum, extensive facilities which include a 52 acre greenfield site and a stimulating extra-curricular programme, the aim is that every pupil has the opportunity to develop the skills, qualities and aptitudes they will require to live a full, productive and happy life.

Silcoates School Feature in Yorkshire Post

Silcoates is proud of its pupils’ success at both GCSE and A level. Philip said: “Many of our ‘A’ level students go on to Russell Group Universities, studying a subjects which range in their diversity from medicine to fashion design.  However, the most important thing is that students overwhelmingly reach their potential, are emotionally well balanced and achieve success in their future careers, no matter which path they choose.”

To find out more, visit Silcoates Open Day on Saturday 12th October, 10am to noon. Please call the admissions team on 01924 885245 or visit  for more information.

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