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Teachers (good age and gender split, ethnicity less so) are a committed bunch, say parents, and without exception we found their tone kind and encouraging. All took time to go round individual desks to give personal direction: ‘Are you sure you understood that, Amelia – it’s ok to say if not?’ ‘Nice handwriting, Harry.’ Etc. scholars’ club. ‘Brilliant’ music takes place in dedicated, instrument-laden room. No orchestra, but heaps of ensembles (brass and strings most popular), and there are separate junior and senior choirs. Nearly 60 per cent learn an instrument. Art covers everything from watercolours to textiles and...

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What the school says...

At The Ryleys School, we provide a perfectly balanced education for children of the 21st century by combining high academic standards along with an outstanding personal development and extra curricular programme. We offer a progressive education while maintaining the traditions and core values of a preparatory school within our exceptional site and facilities. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2017, Julia Langford BEd (Chester), previously deputy head. Arrived here in 2011 from Hale Prep as head of English, having worked in a state school before that. Attended Loreto Grammar in Altrincham, with every intention of going into marketing and PR, but ‘dipping a toe in the water made me realise it wasn’t for me’.

Ryleys has always been known as a lovely school, but Mrs Langford came in and gave it an academic boost via the introduction of global perspectives (so children now study a country geographically, historically and through values, culture and art), more practical learning (including an outdoor classroom) and – perhaps most significantly – a greater focus on Eleven-Plus. She has also worked at developing pupils’ independence and getting them to take more risks...

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Special Education Needs

The Learning Enhancement department is equipped to deal with a range of special educational needs as required. A qualified dyslexia specialist is employed by the school to meet the needs of those children, and for others, support is given in intervention groups or one-to-one support where necessary by suitably qualified and experienced staff.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
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
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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