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’

Ryedale School is committed to combining the very best educational provision with high expectations and traditional values.The Ryedale Values of Honesty, Kindness and Respect are woven into the fabric of our community.A creative and inclusive atmosphere in which individual talents are nurtured and allowed to flourish. We believe in providing the right blend of challenge and support to enable all learners to maximise their potential in every aspect of school life.Thriving art, music and technology departments have a huge impact on the life of the school, creating exciting opportunities both inside the classroom and as extra-curricular experiences.

Y9 Options

Y9 Options

The Options process is an important time for our students; the decisions that they make will impact upon the next phase of their education.

Selecting appropriate options choices is crucial if our young people are to succeed in their studies, their GCSE exams, and are to be prepared for life after Ryedale School.


All students are required to study mathematics, English language, English literature and at least two sciences at GCSE level. Other subjects, such as core physical education, religious education, citizenship and personal development do not lead to examinations, but remain valuable compulsory elements of the curriculum.


In addition to this provision, in the summer term of Year 9, students will choose four options subjects to specialise in. All students will select one of the humanities, 75% of students will select one modern foreign language and students’ remaining options are selected from an extensive list that includes art, drama, food preparation & nutrition, geography, history, computer science, music, design and technology, religious studies, French, Spanish and GCSE physical education.

Most students will therefore be entered for nine GCSEs in total. The only exceptions are: - students who study Triple Science will be entered for ten GCSEs in total - a small number of students will be guided by our AHT for inclusion towards taking three option subjects (eight GCSEs in total). Those opting for three rather than four options will be given additional maths and English tutoring and will use the extra time available to support the learning, coursework, homework and preparation for assessments in their remaining eight GCSE courses.

For more information on Options, please click on the link to our Options Booklet or visit the pages of the different subject areas where you will find informative overview videos.

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