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Working with our local community

Pocklington School was founded in 1514 when John Dolman established a guild that gave support and a school to the parish of Pocklington. We are very proud to say that over 500 years later, our sense of community and social responsibility still reflects those founding values and remains at the heart of all we do.

All our pupils are encouraged to be active and responsible members of society who make a difference, and we constantly seek opportunities to engage with the local community by sharing our resources and expertise.

We were delighted to  be named as the winner of the Educate North Community Engagement Award (Schools) in 2020. The Award recognised our dynamic community engagement programme, which includes schools outreach activities, a student community action programme and our support of Chatta, an early year’s initiative focussed on communication and language skills.

Schools outreach programme 

Our Schools Outreach Programme works with 25 infant, junior and senior schools in the local area, sharing with them our experience, facilities and expertise. The Programme began following discussions with the Head Teachers at a number of the schools to assess areas of need, and is reviewed annually to adapt to changing situations.

For further details on the types of activities and events we do, including competitions, workshops and masterclasses click here.  

To register your interest in taking part in the Schools Outreach Programme please contact the Development Office on 01759 322626 or email

Sixth Form Fee Assistance 

Our Schools Outreach Programme also promotes our Sixth Form fee assistance scheme, which pays up to 100% of the fees of students who would otherwise not be able to afford to attend. This scheme brings into the School students from a range of backgrounds, which enriches and widens access to our school.  

For details on how to apply for the fee assistance click here

Student community action programme

Once a week 30 Sixth Formers undertake activities in the local community, including volunteering in charity shops, taking school lunches to elderly people in the local Community Centre then chatting and running bingo. They also visit local care, children and MENCAP homes, visit the elderly at home and read poetry to them. A team of pupils also contribute to local lakeside and woodland conservation programmes and tend war graves in the local cemetery.  

If your organisation would like to find out more about our Student Community Action Programme please call Jenny Preston on 01759 322626 or email

Chatta – an early years learning initiative focussed on communication and language skills 

We host and are the development partner of Chatta, an award-winning app which is making a significant impact on the communication skills of early years learners, particularly across the North. We actively support its use in the wider community to help overcome the societal trend away from verbal engagement where children can start school unable to communicate effectively. We also use it in School with our early years and pre-prep children and overseas boarding community.   
For information about Chatta visit

We strive to continually develop our work within the local community.  We also have staff representation on local community groups, namely Pocklington and Wolds Gateway Partnership and the Pocklington District Heritage Partnership, and work with these groups to develop new initiatives for the area.    


Visiting schoolchildren at an outreach day called CSI Day



Children and teacher with ipad