Pitsford School

Pitsford, Northamptonshire

Occupying stately Pitsford Hall, built in 1764, and its wonderful gardens, the School is an independent English grammar school which offers an academic curriculum that prepares students for university and life beyond study. The students are taught to think creatively and helped to develop perseverance. The School also offers a wide range of extracurricular activities which are aimed at widening cultural horizons as well as providing opportunities for leadership and initiative. Under the current Headmaster, Pitsford has gained a great reputation, winning plaudits in the Financial Times and making rapid progress towards the top of UK school rankings.  Classes are deliberately kept small to ensure the best personal tuition. The curriculum draws on the best of the grammar school traditions of the past, makes them relevant to today’s needs, and ensures that they are applicable to the demands of the future.


Location Northamptonshire
School Status Co-Educational
Headteacher Mr Noel Toone
Available Courses GCSE,  A-Level
Accommodation Homestay
% of International students 10-15%
Student Enrolment 300
Facilities Situated in 26 acres of parkland and surrounded by Pitsford Hall
Features Focus on service (charitable activities e.g BBC children in need), sports (from fishing, martial arts and golf to sailing, squash and football) and skills (weather station, Duke of Edinburgh, amateur radio station etc)
Additional comments Pitsford has received a wide range of external wards and acknowledgement.

  • Top of Department of Education’s league tables
    for Northampton
  •  Ranked 18th in the whole country (BBC news website)
  • Ranked 69th best school for A-Levels
    2012 (Independent)
  • Voted 2012 Aspire school of the year
  • 2009 4th best small school (Financial
  • 2008 1st best improving school
Academic achievements 24% of GCSE students gained all A* grades and 44% A*-A in 2012; 31* awarded at least 7 x A or A*Over 51% of results were A or A* and 80% achieved Grades A*-B, with 1/3  of students achieving 3 A grades.
University destinations Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, Imperial, Birmingham, Bristol, Durham, Kings College London, Lincoln, Loughborough, Leicester, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, reading, Sheffield, Queen Mary, UCL, Warwick


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Educational Courses Covered

Students are expected to take 10 GCSE’s before transferring to the 6th form.

All pupils take English, Mathematics, French, Physics and Chemistry to GCSE. Within English, pupils study both Language and Literature.

All pupils continue with Physical Education. In addition they choose four subjects from Art & Design, Biology, German, Geography, History, ICT, Music, and Spanish.

Students will either take:

4 A-levels

3 A-levels and 2 AS-level

3 A-levels and 1 AS-level

Available subjects:

Art, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English Literature, French, Geography, German, History, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Music, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish and Sport and Physical Education.




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