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One parent told us ‘there’s a little bit of magic at Rye’, and we definitely sensed a special and unique ‘girls own’ atmosphere – an inexplicable feeling of sisterhood that can clearly be traced back to the founder and very first headmistress, Elizabeth Rendall, of whom a wonderfully atmospheric photographic portrait (complete with packet of cigarettes in foreground) presides over the entrance hall. She and Ivy King started...

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Since February 2020, acting head is Joanne Croft. Previously deputy head and has also held other posts at the school including head of languages and head of sixth form. Before that, worked in a range of selective girls’ and co-ed schools. Degree in French and Italian, followed by MA (Maîtrise ) in French literature at Université des Sciences Humaines in Strasbourg – to this day, Francophone literature remains her big passion. On the gate every morning, and outside chatting with girls most breaktimes too. The announcement of her new post as temporary head honcho was met with cheers and applause.

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You won’t see Rye hovering around the top of the league tables alongside the academic superpowers that populate the local school scene – but that’s just fine with them. And with their pupils’ families,...

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The school has a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and a team of five learning support teachers, of whom two are teachers of English as an Foreign Language. The department also supports specific learning difficulties, examination skills, and counselling. Learning support tuition is available, at an extra fee, for any pupil, whether for help in a specific area or with wider study skills needs.

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