Toni Harrison, Admissions Manager and Lauren Blakeley, Deputy Head of College - Queen Ethelburga's
Toni Harrison, Admissions Manager and Lauren Blakeley, Deputy Head of College - Queen Ethelburga's

Harrogate Schools Fair Opens Doors to Prospective Pupils and Parents

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The Future Schools Fair, which features more than two dozen leading state and independent schools from across the North of England, and beyond, has opened its doors this morning.

The free-to-attend , which runs until 4pm, is being held at Harrogate Pavilions, on Road, and is designed to help parents in Years 5, 6 and 7, make the right choices for their children’s future education. Registration is not necessary – just walk-in!

In addition to the schools and colleges, events include a series of seminars and talks with useful information, coupled with recent issues in education, being led by academics and experts in the field.

The afternoon’s seminars include discussions on single-sex vs mixed schooling, boarding options and the changing role of independent schools’ in the 21st century.

Those attending will also receive a complimentary 10 per cent discount voucher for nearby Fodder.


Neil Renton, Deputy Head and Head of 6th form at Harrogate Grammar
Neil Renton, Deputy Head and Head of 6th form at


Future Schools Fair events director Claire Wise said:

This is the first time an of this size has been held in North Yorkshire, and we are delighted by the interest already shown in today’s schools fair. It is free to attend, and so to are all the seminars.

For every parent the education of their children is of paramount importance and choosing the right school can be a very daunting and stressful time.

Having more than two-dozen schools holding their open days simultaneously under one roof should make that job a little easier. Pre-registration is not necessary – so just walk-in!


Entertainment for today’s visitors is provided by members of the Chapel Choir from Queen Mary’s School, Topcliffe; and Matthew Wilcock, who won the BBC TV series “Great Pottery Throw Down 2015”, bringing his wheel and demonstrating his ceramic talents.

Another special guest for the day will be teddy bear Major William Wilberforce, the “Spacebear” from Pocklington School, whose exploits above the Earth and discovery by a local farmer after his plummet back to terra firma was memorialised by Pocklington pupils in ‘SPACEBEAR: The Movie’.

The full list of schools attending the Future Schools Fair: Ampleforth College, Ashville College, Aysgarth School, Barnard Castle School, Cundall Manor School, Fulneck School, Gateways School, Giggleswick School, School, and Highfield Prep, Lancaster Royal Grammar School, Pocklington School, Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate, Queen Margaret’s School, Queen Mary’s School, Ripon Grammar School, Rishworth School, Rossal School, Sedbergh School, St Peter’s School , Stonyhurst, Strathallan School, The Grammar School at , Wakefield Grammar School Foundation, Woodhouse Grove School.

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