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.

Student Leadership

Student Leadership

Our Values: honesty, kindness, respect, and to be curious and work hard, underpin the student leadership opportunities here at Ryedale School. We believe that our young people should have the opportunity to participate actively in school life by taking up additional roles and responsibilities. We enable and empower our students to participate in the sort of leadership opportunities which prepare them for life in modern Britain and a global society; a society where we value equal opportunities and one in which a variety of beliefs and opinions are heard and respected. These important roles also give our students a voice that they use to contribute to the continued improvement of our school.

Senior Prefects

Our Head Girl, Boy and their deputies are elected in the summer term of Year 10. Students undertake a rigorous application and interview process, competing against the best student leaders within the school community.

Head Girl– Grace Deighton

Head Boy– Ben Screeton

Deputy Head Girl–  Melissa Brownbridge

Deputy Head Boy– Ben Wilson



In the summer term of Year 10, the prefect application process begins. Prefects are elected by their teachers and the SLT.

Our Prefects have the following responsibilities

  • Modelling high standards of personal conduct and behaviour at all times.
  • Leading by example at all times.
  • Ensuring Attitude to Learning Grades are never less than ‘Good’ in all subject areas.
  • Challenging and reporting poor behaviour displayed by other students. This includes behaviour on school transport.
  • Undertaking at least one duty per week to support school systems.
  • Supporting and looking out for other students in school by looking out for students who may seem unhappy or who are alone; participating in activities such as Buddies; supporting with extra-curricular clubs and working with younger students in form time where requested.
  • Supporting the Senior Leadership Team by willingly undertaking duties as requested, including representing the school at events and engaging with parents and other visitors to the school.
  • Being open, honest and polite with when interacting with all students and staff.
  • The prefect team promotes positive behaviour in and around the school community and act as positive role models in their everyday interactions at Ryedale School.


Student Council

The Student Council plays a key role in life at Ryedale School. AmbassadorsThey are the mouthpiece of the student body and give us the student perspective on a wide range of issues. The Student Council is a democratically elected body made up of one representative from each of the tutor groups.

The Student Council regularly collects and offers ideas and suggestions from the tutor groups on a range of whole school issues. For example:

  • school catering
  • school transport
  • school facilities


The Student Council is also divided into committees which are led by our Year 11 Ambassadors:


Teaching and Learning Committee:

They work with Ms Hunter and Miss Wallis to support the development of teaching and learning at Ryedale. They support the school by giving our views about what works for the students and how our learning can be even better. This might be by conducting student voice surveys, suggesting new activities and topics or by helping evaluate new and innovative ideas that are introduced in school.


Charities Committee:

We will be leading on the work which the school will vote on, as to which charities we will support as a school. We will be working with Miss Wallis to plan interesting and fun ways that we can get the whole school involved so that we can raise money or collect goods for those who are less fortunate than ourselves.


Equalities Committee:

Working with a range of staff, this committee are at the forefront of promoting and raising awareness around a range of key dates and events that help to promote equality across the communities that we live in. Examples might include LGBT History month, mental health awareness week and International Women’s Day. They work with Mr Hopkins to make links with students and Student Councils in other schools to find out what it is like to be a student in a school that is different to Ryedale. We will also be thinking about how Ryedale School students can be more involved in our local community and extend the work that is already in place at Ryedale School, around links with other cultures and communities.


Mental Wellbeing Committee

This group works with Dr Williams to discuss ways we can further support the positive wellbeing of all members of our school community. The group supports with assemblies

We also have Student Ambassadors for Sustainability and Environmental Action.


Sports Captains

Our Year 11 Sports Captains have a passion for sport and are excellent role models both on and off the sporting stage. Year 11 Sports Captains take overall responsibility for working alongside the staff member in charge of their house, organising individuals and teams for house matches throughout the year. Year 7-10 Sports Captains work alongside and support our Year 11 leaders to organise and lead their house in inter-house sport competitions.


In order to become a Sports Captain, students need to have an interest in developing their leadership skills, a passion to ensure all students within the school community are offered the chance of involvement and be committed to making a positive difference to Ryedale School through sport and physical activity.

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