From the Headteacher

Welcome. We are a small, nurturing, independent school for children aged 3-18 in West Yorkshire. This website can only give a flavour of our School and I would encourage prospective parents and former pupils to arrange a visit to truly experience the School. The School has a long and illustrious history, being documented as part of the local community since 1534. It has gone through many changes and now occupies two sites, Senior School and Junior School (including our excellent nursery where children’s educational journey starts) as well as the playing fields within a five minute walk.

The School provides an individual education from 3 to 18 with an eclectic range of subjects, activities and visits catering for all. In everything we do we look to nurture success in every pupil whether that be in the classroom, on the sports field, in the music room or anywhere in the world both during their time in the School and beyond at University or in the world of work.

I hope to welcome you to the School in the near future.


Jackie Griffiths



The School’s History

The earliest documented history of the School was in 1534 when the first references to a School at Coley Church are recorded.  In 1648 The Grammar School’s Founder, Matthew Broadley, bequeathed £500 to open the first school in the village of Hipperholme.  Land was finally secured in 1661 due to the generosity of Samuel Sunderland.

Richard Hudson was appointed as Master in 1725 and embarked on an ambitious development scheme which involved building a completely new school room which is now the Senior School Hall.

By 1800 over 200 pupils were being taught at the school, many coming from some distance away. One of these pupils was John Marshall who later founded the important flax spinning business in Leeds. The ‘School House’ was built to provide accommodation for the Headmaster and pupils wishing to board in the 1880s.  The building now houses the Headmaster’s study, reception area, classrooms, the art room, physics laboratory and staff room.

The School underwent many changes in the 1900s and in 1985 The Hipperholme Grammar School Foundation was launched as a new independent school. In 2003 Lightcliffe Preparatory School joined the Foundation as its new Junior School and new facilities including a new hall and classrooms were added on that site in the late 2000s.