Ryedale School

Ryedale School is committed to combining the very best educational provision with high expectations and traditional values. In doing so we challenge and support students both to fulfil their academic potential and become exemplary young people of whom we can all be proud.This unites us in our commitment to ‘Aspire and Achieve’

Our students are given every opportunity to engage in new and fulfilling experiences, from the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme to the range of trips available during Enrichment Days, there is so much on offer to challenge and inspire our students.Musical performances take place throughout the year, with opportunities for parents and the local community to see our students perform to an exceptional standard.The wide variety of extra-curricular activities complements our engaging and inspirational curriculum perfectly.Sport is an integral part of our school life. Students have access to over 90 clubs and house matches across the school year.We believe that knowledge changes the way we see the world. It is our duty and privilege to show our students the best that has ever been thought, said, made, played and discovered.Our exceptional curriculum identifies invaluable knowledge, skills and big ideas in each subject area.We instil in our students a desire to improve their performance, to broaden their horizons and to think independently.High expectations and traditional values are hallmarks of our school.



Our Vision

We are committed to developing critical and creative thinkers who collaborate and communicate effectively. In English, we ensure students learn to read critically, evaluate rhetorical strategies, write analytically, speak effectively, and view diverse, complex texts thoughtfully, so they will have the skills necessary to succeed in an increasingly complex, ever-changing world.


We seek to inspire and motivate our students – to help them become life-long learners and to understand that reading, writing, spoken language are universal skills that will be used throughout their lives. We strongly believe that the study of language and the imaginative world of literature will help our students to gain empathy, demonstrate tolerance, and consider other perspectives so they can better understand themselves and the world in which they live. 


The English Curriculum

Head of English

Mrs Deborah Plowright


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GCSE Course Information

Throughout Year 10 and Year 11, , students focus on both English Language and English Literature and the skills for both are tight in and integrated way.  In Year 10, students begin by  studying of An Inspector Calls by J B Priestley  and in the spring term move on to studying The Strange Case of  Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. Through careful interleaving and retrieval practice students are taught how to revisit and retain knowledge across the study of their English language and English literature courses.

In Year 11, students study ‘Power and Conflict’ poetry and revisit Macbeth whilst continuing to revise their other literature texts and language skills. Towards the end of the autumn term, students begin preparing and revising for their GCSE examinations.


AQA: English Literature 8702



AQA: English Literature 8700


Extra-Curricular and Enrichment

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