Scarborough College

About Scarborough College

Scarborough College, founded in 1896, is a thriving co-educational day and boarding school for children aged 3-18 with an exceptional academic pedigree and an unrivalled reputation for making the most of every child’s potential. The beautiful campus overlooks the spectacular North Yorkshire coast and is only ten minutes’ walk from the centre of the seaside town of Scarborough.

The four boarding houses are merely a 15 minute walk from the beach and 5 minutes from the College. Although the ethos of the College is firmly based upon wholesome traditional principles we have a progressive approach to education, which has led to the school being offered the International Baccalaureate in the Sixth Form since 2007, a qualification that is highly prized throughout the world.

Recent results have seen Scarborough College ranked in:

  • The Top 50 UK Independent Schools, according to The Times
  • Top 40 IB Schools, according to Best Schools.

They also have the following:

  • Average staff to student ratio of 1:8
  • 44% Average % of grades at A* and A across all GCSEs since 2014
  • 12 separate subjects registering a 100% A*-C pass rate in 2017
  • Average IB point score of 32 since 2007 equivalent to an 2 A*s and an A grade
  • 20 acres of sports pitches
  • floodlit AstroTurf
  • a performing arts centre with 400-seater theatre,
  • sports hall
  • neighbouring 18-hole golf course
  • 65+ different sports, activities and societies.

Boarding at Scarborough College

Boarding at Scarborough College is so much more than having your room next to the school. It is about being part of a small family. It is about a sense of belonging to the school, the people, the town and its surroundings. It is about more than feeling at home. It is about being at home.

Boarding the SC way is a blend of traditional values and modern living. Set in the quiet residential area of Filey Road, at a stone’s throw from the College, the three boarding houses are historical buildings dating back to the Georgian and Victorian periods.

Scarborough College boarders are looked after by dedicated house parents, most of whom have teaching roles at the school. Visiting tutors, who assist the boarders during prep time are all academic staff that teach at the school.

Dedicated programmes are inclusive and timetabled co-curricular activities that both day- and boarding pupils enjoy during the weekdays. In addition, many boarders represent the school in sporting events on Saturdays as well as weekdays.


Type of School Independent co-educational
School Address Scarborough College, Filey Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 3BA
Number of Pupils 477
Pupils Prep 106
Number of Boarders 117
International Boarders 88
Age Range 3 to 18
Religious Tradition Non-denominational
Distance from Airports

Manchester – 125 miles; Leeds Bradford – 70 miles

Distance from London

Heathrow – 240 miles; Gatwick 275 miles

School Links

We are all a whole through school with no direct additional feeders.

Educational Programmes

Gcse, iGCSE, Pre IB course, IB Diploma

Co-Curricular Programmes

Duke of Edinburgh Scheme – Bronze, Silver and Gold Overseas trips, visits and expeditions Yorkshire Grit programme for all Year 7-9 Over 65+ different sports, clubs and societies offer throughout the year including traditional sports, languages and subject ‘booster’ sessions. We also offer art, drama, ABRSM, LAMDA, STEM, surfing, golf, scuba diving, sailing, paddle boarding, rock climbing, boot camp, mindfulness, kick boxing, volleyball, badminton, photography, chess, sign language, Zumba, and many more depending on the season and level of interest.

Academies Offered

Golf Academy and Surf Academy