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  • Ryedale School
    Gale Lane
    North Yorkshire
    YO62 7SL
  • Head: Ms Domenica Wilkinson
  • T 01439 771665
  • F 01439 770697
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 16.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: North Yorkshire
  • Pupils: 738
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: Annually - usually in June
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 7th March 2012
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 31st January 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


Domenica Wilkinson, previously secondary director.


Standard admissions process through county authority. Admissions number has now increased to 150 for each year group. Catchment federated primaries in Helmsley, Kirbymoorside and Sinnington and other feeder schools in Ampleforth, Nawton, Gillamoor, Hovingham and Chop Gate, though over 30 per cent of intake come from out of catchment.

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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

Ryedale School recognises that within the principles of providing a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum, some pupils will require greater levels of support and/or differentiation to maximise their full potential. We endeavour to integrate all pupils as fully as possible into the educational and social life of the school, encouraging them to feel valued and become active members of the school community. We recognise that all staff share the responsibility for Special Educational Needs, and that a teamwork approach will provide the security and balance needed by pupils requiring extra support. Parents are an important part of the picture and will be encouraged to take an active and positive role in the education of their child.

Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

most years
quite often
sometimes, but not in this year

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