Scorton Grammar School

Scorton Grammar School

Scorton Grammar School

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Scorton Grammar School is a former grammar school that was located in Scorton village, in Richmondshire, North Yorkshire, England.

It was founded by Leonard Robinson who bequeathed money, land and his house so that someone should "teach school in the town of Scorton"

The school's latin motto was Sola in Deo Salus means "Safety in God alone".The school crest was the roebuck (the family crest of the founder).

The school was run as a private boys boarding school with day students from nearby villages until the decision was made to accept female pupils from 1989 in order to raise numbers at the school.

During the 1991 summer holidays, chairman of the governors John Bell announced, that the school was no longer viable with only 100 pupils. The school was a charitable trust but it was heavily indebted and the lack of new admissions meant that it would be impossible to continue operating and to balance the books.

Other small independent schools in the area have also closed over recent years, these include the Assumption Convent in Richmond in 1993 and the Great Ayton Friends' School in 1997.

List of Headmasters

  • John Noble was its first headmaster from 1720.
Cecil Hale (1948-1958)
Ken Freeman (Dwputy.........Acting Head 1958-59
  • Charles Illman (1959-1984)
  • Martin Folliot (1984-1989)
  • Dennis Hart (1989-1991).


  • Henry Swinburne (1743–1803), the travel writer.J. E. Thurgood, ‘Swinburne, Henry (1743–1803)’, Oxford Dictionary of......
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