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  • Ryedale School
    Gale Lane
    North Yorkshire
    YO62 7SL
  • Head: Mark McCandless
  • T 01439 771665
  • F 01439 770697
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  • A mainstream state school for pupils aged from 11 to 16
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: North Yorkshire
  • Pupils: 608
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: Annually - usually in June
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Current Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 3rd August 2012
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 2nd January 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

A mixture of the traditional – school motto is the rather Edwardian sounding 'aspire and achieve', prefects, ties groaning with badges for positions and achievements – and what head calls 'cutting edge'...


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What the school says...

Ryedale School is a leading comprehensive school in North Yorkshire which consistently delivers high achievement. In July 2016, it established the Ryedale Federation, along with three of its feeder primary schools. In working in real partnership with primary colleagues, Ryedale School is even better placed to nurture students’ progress and build on its OFSTED ‘outstanding’ judgement. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says

A mixture of the traditional – school motto is the rather Edwardian sounding 'aspire and achieve', prefects, ties groaning with badges for positions and achievements – and what head calls 'cutting edge'...


Since 2014, Mark McCandless, previously deputy and acting head. Educated in NW Ireland and at Leeds Met university, then became a PE teacher. Married with two young daughters; the family has a smallholding where they keep rare breeds of poultry and domestic animals.

Academic Matters

High in ranking of North Yorkshire state schools – 65 per cent 5+ A*-C including English and maths at GCSE in 2016; 28 per cent A*/A grades. Specialisms in performing arts and science with maths, leading edge status. Mainly academic subjects at key stage 4 – options include Latin (will run it for three students), particularly successful separate sciences, German (big...

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