Motto Ps


With Sedbergh’s 500th anniversary only one year away, you will be aware that ambitious plans are in place to mark and celebrate this very special event. As we commemorate 500 years and look forward to Sedbergh’s future, our School motto is one of the aspects on which we must reflect at this significant moment in our history. The current motto, Dura virum nutrix, the stern nurse of men from Homer’s Odyssey, speaks to the resilience, endeavour and rugged kindliness for which Sedbergh has always been known, but as we move towards our quincentenary, it is important that we have a motto that retains Sedbergh’s distinctiveness while embracing its twenty-first century diversity and breadth. It must be a motto which is authentically Sedberghian, one which is relevant and familiar to our whole School community, past and present, and which not only captures what it means to be a Sedberghian, but also serves as a maxim to live by: a reminder of Sedbergh’s spirit and values which can travel with every Sedberghian on their pathway through life. As we work towards our motto for the next 500 years, we welcome your thoughts and suggestions Old Sedberghians for what this might be, and would encourage you to contact … to share your ideas.   

Please forward any comments to Helen Seabridge ( who will collate them and submit them to the Headmaster.