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  • Ryedale School
    Gale Lane
    Nawton
    York
    North Yorkshire
    YO62 7SL
  • Head: Mark McCandless
  • T 01439 771665
  • F 01439 770697
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.ryedaleschool.org
  • 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

Headteacher

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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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.

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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.

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