Scarisbrick Hall Online

December 1, 2008

Welcome to the online home of Scarisbrick Hall. Scarisbrick Hall is steeped in history and shrouded in mystery…

For the hundreds of people who had the privalege of studying at Scarisbrick Hall School over the years, it is a place that evokes many memories… For some, memories of discipline and hard work. For others, memories of fun and adventure.

At we will reminisce about the Christian school that Charles Oxley founded in 1963 and discuss the Scarisbrick Hall building which clings to the memories of every student who has studied at Scarisbrick Hall…

Why will we do this? Simply because it is good to remember the past and because so many questions remain unanswered:

  • Was there really a secret passage in the library?
  • Where were the secret passages?
  • Did Ann Scarisbrick really jump from the Tower to her death?
  • Have any students of Scarisbrick Hall School become famous?

Have you got the answers to any of these questions?

Do you have any questions that you would like answered?

Please leave a message below, or if you would like to contribute to please contact us.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Nicola Hall October 7, 2009 at 4:43 am

Jon Burton who was in my class and who sometimes used to eat a Mars Bar for breakfast on the school bus, having stayed up until the small hours writing basic computer programs and reading sci-fi, followed his heart and set up a business writing computer games software.

He is now the very successful owner of Travellers Tales, the company which writes (amongst other things) the Lego Star Wars series of games and regularly features on The Times rich lists. Well done Jon and congratulations!

Michaela November 14, 2009 at 12:44 am

Did anyone ever climb the tower? I would still like to explore all those mysterious rooms, and would love to hear from anyone who’s actually been up there. A few of us were once taken up the short eagle tower (very exciting), but that’s the highest we ever got! I loved the building and grounds, and often spent time on the ‘island’ and in the ice-house. I too heard a rumour about a secret passage from the library (the former Scarisbrick chapel) but we never found it. There were times when we thought we heard the ghost of Ann Scarisbrick, and she was once seen gliding around the cabinets of stuffed birds on the gallery overlooking the great hall.

I could relate many memories – both good and bad,

Rod Higginson November 14, 2009 at 5:46 am

what year were you there?

rod higginson January 14, 2010 at 12:29 am

would like to contact ex pupils between 1966-1971
you can contact me by e-mail

jonathan armitage March 2, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Is Rod Higginson some form of Scaribrick “groupie”? I’m sure we all have but, perhaps Rod could , should or would discover his feminine side? We all have our crosses to bear but , really, get real !

Best Wishes


Phil Rice September 1, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Have any students of Scarisbrick Hall School become famous?


Steve Ringer August 3, 2011 at 4:26 am

I was one of the first group of boys to enrol when the school first opened in 1963 and have often turned my thoughts to those halcyon days. Some amusing memories (at least for me). I remember the amazing carved wall panels of the great hall, the glass cases of many species of birds. I remember exploring the grounds, the many rooms, corridors and hidden passages, even the tower. It was truly a magic place for a young boy to explore. I think I have still got one of my school reports back from those days. I’ll have to dig it out. It would be interesting to catch up with others from those days and reminisce.

Martin Prince March 29, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Yes, there were secret passages under the original building. I remember Michael Connor lifting the outside vent and disappearing and made it to beneath The Ox’s office!!

Tahir Khurshid August 17, 2012 at 8:39 am

Tahir Khurshid 1964 – 1971

Over the last year or so I have been thinking about school, It would be so good to hear from ex-pupils at the school at the same time as myself. So many good memories to share. There were some really great teachers. What happened to them? My e-mail address is

Lorna Gray August 27, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Were any of the Harry Potter films filmed at Scarisbrick Hall?

sinclare scott September 16, 2012 at 8:40 am

Has anyone got any photos from 1964 to about 1969 / 70.
school photos with everyone even the staff ?

stephen phillips August 22, 2014 at 1:32 pm

hi martin prince , i remember you ! though you probably dont remember me ? i was in the same form as robert godley ! do you remember him ? . i think u were in the form below us , with Brett le fay etc ,,,,,,,,,,,, though i could be wrong ! tis a long long time ago .

stephen phillips August 22, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Anyone remember Simon bell ?

Andrew Horrex September 11, 2014 at 7:15 am

I was at Scarisbrick from 71- 78 and spent many weekends exploring the tunnels under the school (the old under floor heating vents that a small boy could squeeze down) I also remember going up the tower too, a very thin rickety metal staircase up the centre covered in pigeon Poo, great view from the top though. The only famous people I know of are two members of the band Gomez (who are brilliant). I also remember the legendary Bonfire nights, with us borders guarding it to stop the Hells Angels burning it down before hand. Great days!!!

TheAdmin September 12, 2014 at 1:52 am

Fascinating! Thanks for sharing!

Please share more about your experience exploring the tunnels under the school. Where these just the underfloor heating vents then, or were there concealed entry points also? I heard a rumour that one passage could be accessed from the Library and went under the Headmasters office?

Andrew Horrex August 28, 2016 at 1:16 am

I don’t remember a passage under the library but you could if you dared get into the headmasters office through a trap door in the floor. It would have been difficult to do undetected because it was so dirty down there. Most of my visits to Oxleys office though was to be given a dam good thrashing in my pyjamas for talking after lights out. For a caring Christian he certainly had a nasty streak.

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