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.

Inclusion & diversity

Inclusion & diversity

We have more in common than that which divides us.” Jo Cox

How our young people see themselves, each other and the world around them is shaped by what they learn about here at school. In order to prepare our students for life in modern Britain, we must support them to understand diversity and celebrate difference. It is a sad fact that discrimination and intolerance exist in our wider community; we want our students to challenge these attitudes and to embody our values of kindness and respect. We are committed to providing our students with opportunities to explore and appreciate more fully the range of different faiths and cultures represented beyond their rural environment. We want our young people to develop accepting attitudes towards those who are different to them, and feel proud of the things that make them different themselves.


An Inclusive Curriculum

All subject areas support our commitment to inclusion and diversity; it is vital that our curriculum reflects modern Britain. We believe it is important that all pupils feel included in and represented by our curriculum; the evidence shows that this makes them much more likely to engage with their learning, achieve better and have positive mental health.


Diverse and Inclusive Enrichment

Staff and Student Ambassadors

We have a team of staff and student ambassadors whose job it is to support our commitment to being a truly inclusive school. These teams advise Heads of Department on their curriculum choices, prepare form time activities and lead assemblies on all areas of inclusion and diversity.


Our LGBTQ+ Ambassadors

Mrs Brown (English Teacher) and Mrs Hamilton (Librarian)

Madi Wilkinson and Henry Marwood


Our Racial Equality Ambassadors

Mr Hopkins (Head of Art) and Ms Hunter (Deputy Head)

Maddy Gordon Finlayson and Charlie Wright

Our Amnesty International group and Debate Club also offer students the opportunity to explore issues around inclusivity and diversity as well as their own identity and place in the world.

Ryedale School is also proud to be part of the annual York Pride parade. Our staff and student group is led by Ms Kesterton, Head of History.


For parents:

If you would like to learn more about any of the aspects of inclusivity and diversity, these links offer advice, resources and guidance.


Celebrating Diversity




Stonewall Coming Out: Guidance for Parents



Race Discrimination



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