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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 state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 16.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: North Yorkshire
  • Pupils: 655
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: Annually - usually in June
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 8th March 2012
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 1st February 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Used to have own railway stop till Beeching got busy with his axe – so a history of lunchtime activities, as there is nowhere to go and nowhere to hide. We saw lots of well-behaved, engaged pupils with well-paced, interactive teaching; intelligent discussion and independent learning encouraged. Competitive sport is part of the school’s DNA with fixtures against state and local independents as well as plenty of inter-house action. Impressive successes...


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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


Since 2014, Mark McCandless BEd secondary PE (late 30s). Educated in Ireland and at Leeds Met university, then became a PE teacher at Allerton High in Leeds. Moved to Ryedale in 2008 and became head after stints as assistant and deputy head.

Quietly spoken with a positive disposition, highly principled with steely resolve and a strong sense of fair play, he walks the talk and leads by example. Seen by pupils as ‘strict but fair’ and respected by pupils and parents, who like his passion for the school and understated manner. ‘A man who doesn’t blow his own trumpet’ was how one parent described him.

Professes to liking ‘shiny, happy people’ and he has certainly built a team who demonstrate those traits. Parents made a point...

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