Cundall Manor is situated in a magnificent 50 acre site in the vale of York, between Ripon and Thirsk in North Yorkshire. The school occupies a very accessible position, being close to the A1 and A168 and nearby International airports. We are a thriving fully co-educational independent school which caters for children between the ages of 2 1/2 and 16 years of age. Boys and girls are thoroughly prepared for entry into a variety of senior schools in Yorkshire and beyond and we have a good scholarship record. Much has changed in the last 20 years and continual improvements are being made to keep abreast of changing needs and increasing numbers.
We aim to promote independence, confidence, self-esteem, mutual respect and a strong work ethos in each child and provide a safe, caring environment where all children feel happy, secure and valued as individuals. High standards of behaviour and good manners are expected and children are helped to achieve these through positive reinforcement.
We are a thriving fully co-educational Yorkshire independent school which caters for children between the ages of 2 1/2 and 16 years of age. Boys and girls are thoroughly prepared for entry into a variety of senior schools and we have a good scholarship record.
The school boasts well equipped classrooms and science laboratories, a 20 metre indoor heated swimming pool, a well furnished IT centre, a skateboard park, numerous rugby, football and hockey pitches as well as cricket nets and our famous tipis.
At Cundall we aim to help youngsters realise their true potential through reflecting on and learning from adventurous experiences in the outdoors. Pupils get the opportunity to learn more about themselves and work towards an understanding of what they may be capable of achieving in life.
It’s a wonderful place, I was very happy there. It’s in one of the most beautiful parts of the world I have ever visited. Every time I’m in Yorkshire I want to go and revisit Cundall, it’s a very magical place. Stephen Fry
Cundall Manor School – a heritage spanning more than fifty years
The Cundall estate was originally owned by Sir Arthur and Lady Collins who sold the building and a proportion of the grounds to the school for a nominal sum.
Dr Harry Beckhough – whose many accomplishments include intelligence officer, code breaker during the second World War, educationalist, teacher, textile manufacturer and political activist – founded the school in 1958 in order to provide a more suitable rural setting for his daughter (who suffered from asthma) than the ‘urban’ environment of Harrogate where they were living and where she was being schooled. In that sense the school has remained true to his original ideal of providing children with a unique respect for rural, outdoor life.
His biography, Thinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, with a foreword by Rt. Hon. Michael Ancram QC MP, charts his life and achievements including being tasked with rebuilding Germany University Education in post-war Germany. He was instrumental in the creation of the CBI and helped in the early development of the Paul Smith clothing empire.
On retiring from business life, Harry devoted his considerable energy to charity work and politics; he joined the Conservative Party at the age of 15 and is currently the longest serving member.