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St Bees School terraceAims and Objectives

The school ensures that its pupils leave with a good education, both academic and in all the social graces.


School Uniform is required during the day and at formal school functions. Casual wear is allowed in the evenings and weekends.

House System

All pupils are allocated to a "House" which provides their base for study, accommodation and day to day care. Each house has a Housemaster or Housemistress who is responsible for the well-being of the pupils. Pupils are encouraged to take an increasing role in the management of their House as they progress through the school.

St Bees School cricketCurriculum & Sport

Pupils can choose from 16 subjects for GCSE courses. The full curriculum which is review annually is available from the school. St Bees has a strong tradition in the sciences, though art, languages, and physical education can also be studied. Sixth Form pupils can choose from 17 subjects for their A Levels, and virtually all pupils proceed to University studies.

Rugby and Hockey are the main winter team games; cricket, tennis and athletics in summer. In addition there are facilities for golf on the School's golf course, swimming in the indoor school pool, squash, plus many other sporting activities.

St Bees School - Art and Drama illustrationArt & Drama

Art, Drama & Music have strong and lively traditions at St Bees. Very high quality exhibitions, concerts and plays are staged by the pupils each year. (Photo from St Bees School site).

Examination options are available in Music and Art. A fully refurbished Music School opened in June 2000 which offers extensive teaching and practice facilities including a basement studio housing a 24 track digital recording studio.

St Bees School - Whitelaw building

Whitelaw Building

Named after the late Viscount Whitelaw, who was Chairman of the School Governors for many years, this building provides comprehensive facilities for Computer and Language studies. It is also used by local industry for training courses and thus encourages interaction between pupils and industry, to the benefit of both.


The pupils are cared for by two doctors, one of whom is female and has special responsibility for the girls. Two fully qualified nurses are employed as Matrons to deal with minor medical problems.

Outdoor Pursuits

The school is in an excellent location to undertake a wide range of outdoor pursuits - hill walking, climbing, abseiling, canoeing, navigation, camping, etc.

In addition, the school has a Combined Cadet Force comprising Army and Royal Air Force Sections.


The school buildings are all centrally situated within the village. Access to the sea, lakes and mountains, particularly the quieter and unspoiled western lakes, is readily obtained.

Education for Life

The school can be justifiably proud of its achievement in not only achieving excellent academic results, but in also teaching children through a variety of extra-curricular activities, to widen their interests and social skills. The school claims, with considerable justification, that St Bees pupils generally make a success not only of university, but of life in general.

For more information, please see St Bees School web site.