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Perched on a high ridge with lovely views over the Vale of York and the North York Moors, this is a true prep school. Strong emphasis on full boarding and preparation for some of the best senior schools in the country. Parents say this is ‘turbo charged learning with fun’… Emphasis on learning with a huge range of extracurricular activities, strong pastoral care and allowing children to be children a little bit longer – conkers and pillow fights are ...

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Aysgarth, situated in a particularly beautiful rural location in the North Yorkshire Dales, has earned several accolades, from award-winning pastoral care to excellent academic results. Its Prep school is predominantly a boarding school, with Saturday lessons and a daily chapel service. It sends pupils to more than 20 notable senior schools every year. The school is looking forward to its new chapter of expanding the co-education model in the Pre-Prep into the Prep School in September 2024 - continuing a tradition of providing quality education and preparing pupils for future success. The School’s values are respect, endeavour, and courage. ...Read more

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Since April 2023, Jonathon Anderson, previously head of Clayesmore Prep in Dorset and before that deputy head, director of studies and boarding housemaster at Westbourne House. Prior to that, assistant boarding housemaster at Swanbourne House. Educated at Glenalmond College and Exeter University and currently studying for a master’s in educational leadership and management. He is a maths teacher and a keen sportsman. Married to Hester, who also has experience of teaching and of boarding. They have two young children, Annabel and William, and two Labradors.


Some join from pre-prep and there is the opportunity for pupils to join prep at any stage. Non-selective, no entrance test, but be prepared for a two to three-hour tour including an interview. Willingness to get involved and take advantage of the very large number of opportunities on offer here...

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Special Education Needs

Aysgarth School has a Learning Support Department. This comprises a team of teachers with extra qualifications and experience concerned with a variety of special educational needs. They work in support of the whole teaching staff from the Pre-Prep upwards to provide a comprehensive package of support in line with the 'Code of Practice in the Identification and Assessment of Special Needs' published by the DES in 1994 and the revised Code of Practice 2001. Aysgarth School follows a graduated approach to Learning Support. Literacy and numeracy assessments are undertaken by pupils. Those pupils with concerns are offered dyslexia screening tests and more detailed assessments. Discussion between parents, child and teachers takes place. Support is offered with targets based on an Individual Education Plan. The Learning Support Department also offers support in handwriting, reading, balance and co-ordination through Brain Gym and Study Skills.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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