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A History of Sedbergh School 1525 – 2025: ‘Tis the Hills that have stood around us’

Sedbergh publishes a new book charting the history of the school

‘A History of Sedbergh School 1525 – 2025: ‘Tis the Hills that have stood around us’ is the definitive book charting the history of Sedbergh School, published to mark the 500th anniversary. Sedbergh School was founded by Roger Lupton to provide an academic education and a moral grounding to young people in the parish of Sedbergh. 500 years later the school is world famous and internationally recognised for providing excellence in the classroom, boarding houses, on sports pitches and in the extensive range of extra-curricular activities on offer to our pupils. This book charts the history of Sedbergh School from a one room chantry school to a global brand. The author, Michael Raw, was keen that this book be an accurate account of Sedbergh’s history, not a sanitised version of events. As such, it faithfully records the varying fortunes of the school from its early years during the challenges of the reformation through to the achievements and drama of the later centuries. The rapid Victorian expansion of the school, arrival of the first female teacher, the departure from single sex education, and the loss of not one but two generations in World Wars are recorded in the author’s words, through exerts from contemporary school documents, and in memoirs and letters of characters who lived through these events.

The book will be available from September 2024 and will cost £50 including packing and postage. However, it is available now on pre-sale at a cost of £40.

A special opportunity to be part of Sedbergh School history

It was the wish of author, Michael Raw, that the book be used to raise funds for a Roger Lupton Scholarship. Such scholars are children of exceptional talent for whom a Sedbergh education is not financially possible. Sadly, Michael died prior to publication of the book, however the School has honoured Michael’s wish by creating the opportunity for members of the wider school community to contribute to a Roger Lupton Scholarship in Michael’s name.

This special opportunity is available at pre-sale only and costs £110 including the price of the book, packing and postage and includes a donation to a Roger Lupton Scholarship of £70. All contributors will have their names included on the inside cover of the book and so be forever a part of this historical record. This opportunity is only available until February 2024 when the list of supporters will be given to the publishers to include in the book, making them part of the history of the school, whilst helping a child access everything that a Sedbergh education offers.

To order copies of the book, and the opportunity to have your name in the book while contributing to a Roger Lupton Scholarship are available to purchase here.