Aysgarth School is a iaps for boys aged 3 to 13 and girls aged 3 to 13 in Yorkshire.
About the school
Aysgarth is one of the leading Prep Schools in the country, where ‘boys can be boys’. As the only all-boys boarding Prep School in the north of Britain, Aysgarth sends more boys to selective schools such as Eton, Harrow, Winchester and Radley than any other school in the north as well as to senior schools nearby. The School aims high! They aim to stretch every boy to make the most of their abilities in small groups, whatever the activity. Although boarding focused, day boys are also very welcome.
On Sunday 19th May, the pupils of Aysgarth School, their families, friends and staff undertook a sponsored walk in aid of RNIB.
23rd May 2019 — On Sunday 19th May, the pupils of Aysgarth School, their families, friends and staff undertook a sponsored walk in aid of RNIB. The walk took place over the 16 miles from Aysgarth Falls, where the School was founded, to Newton-le-Willows, the current site of Aysgarth School. Over 370 walkers took part in the event, with younger children joining the route at either the 10 mile or 5 mile points.
The pupils were inspired to take on this challenge by fellow pupil Archie Hare (aged 10), who is visually impaired. Archie addressed the school in assembly and explained about the importance of the work that RNIB carries out and how the charity had supported him. Archie walked the full 16 miles, with his fellow classmates walking part of the course using blindfolds in an effort to raise awareness and to experience just an element of what Archie experiences daily.
There was an incredible atmosphere on the day; the school community came together to support each other through the challenge, culminating in the assembled crowds cheering Archie through the last stretch of his walk as he arrived back at school.
The event has now raised in excess of £34,000, with Archie has himself raising over £13,500. Donations are still coming in; if you wish to contribute please visit - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/aysgarth-walk
Aysgarth School pupils' production of Oliver! was an absolute delight and it is astonishing that such a thoroughly professional performance was delivered by a group of 12 and 13-year-olds.
26th March 2019 — Pupils from Year 7 and 8 at Aysgarth School thrilled audiences on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd March with their version of Lionel Bart’s Oliver!
Rob Morse, Headmaster said ‘The school’s production of Oliver! was an absolute delight and it is astonishing that such a thoroughly professional performance was delivered by a group of 12 and 13-year-olds. The feedback from those lucky enough to attend the show has been superb and we have been overwhelmed by the number of requests to extend the run of performances.
The fact that the boys managed to prepare for the production alongside their academic commitments (including scholarships and examinations), sporting fixtures, music sessions and the extremely busy extracurricular activities programme makes their efforts all the more remarkable. The boys certainly make the most of every opportunity that comes their way!
Aysgarth School staff are delighted with an excellent ISI report
We are very pleased to be able to share the excellent results from our recent ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) Focused Compliance and Educational Quality Inspection which took place just before the Christmas holidays.
5th March 2019 — Rob Morse, Headmaster said: “The report is, as one would hope, excellent and the school has been adjudged to sit in the highest possible category in every aspect of inspection. Furthermore, the inspectors were truly impressed by all they saw and it is extremely rare for adjectives such as exemplary to make their way into what are habitually the blandest of documents. Their oral feedback was extraordinary”.
The inspection report falls into two main categories: regulatory compliance and educational quality. The regulatory compliance aspect of the report is simply a pass or fail judgement and the terminology used in the report follows the standard ISI house style with little if any variance from school to school. The second part, that of educational quality, affords the inspectors a little more room for expression and, whilst the editing team at ISI has thinned out many of the superlatives, it still reflects the Inspectorate’s view of Aysgarth as a truly exceptional school.
The report highlights the excellent quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements, and goes on to mention that pupils of all ages, abilities and needs demonstrate an excellent level of knowledge, understanding and skill across a wide range of subjects. The inspectors went on to emphasise ‘pupils throughout the school are highly articulate and eager to engage in discussion and debate. They demonstrate exceptional speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.’
Record scholarship success - best results in 141 years!
Aysgarth School is delighted to announce that scholarship tally achieved by this year’s pupils applying to senior schools is the highest since the school's inception in 1877.
12th July 2018 — Furthermore, these awards have been made by some of the most prestigious and successful senior schools in the UK including Eton, Harrow, Oundle, Shrewsbury and Uppingham as well as a number of schools closer to home.
The number of scholarships awarded to the Year 8 pupils reached 22 when one boy was awarded a prestigious King’s Scholarship to Eton College.
Aysgarth does not focus solely on the academic, however, and it is also renowned for the musical talent of its boys. With close to two thirds of the boys participating in one of the school’s choirs and the majority of boys playing a musical instrument, it was no surprise that awards were secured to Eton, Shrewsbury, Sedbergh and St Peter’s.
Sport plays a crucial role in the development of boys at Aysgarth. Throughout their time at the school every boy will represent the school on the sports field and the sporting calendar includes rugby, cricket, football, rugby VIIs, tennis, swimming and cross country. Competition for sports scholarships at senior schools is always fierce and Aysgarth is extremely proud that the sporting prowess of the boys are recognised through sporting scholarships and boys gaining representative honours.
The success does not end there, however, and further scholarships were awarded for all-round ability, art, design technology and leadership to schools as diverse as Harrow, Ampleforth, Sedbergh and Oakham.
Rob Morse, Headmaster of Aysgarth School, said: ‘These outstanding accomplishments are a genuine reflection of the breadth of talent we have across the school. Competition is extremely fierce for scholarships to national schools and we are extremely proud of the hard work and determination shown by these young men’. He added ‘it is equally important to identify that the boys take great pride in their efforts and that they thoroughly enjoy the challenges’.
Aysgarth School boys made the most of the snowy conditions to take part in their own Winter Olympics.
5th March 2018 — On Saturday 3rd March, 160 boys from the Prep School (Years 4 – 8), ventured out into the snow covered school grounds to compete in a variety of winter sports compiled by Housemaster Mr Paul Barlow. The afternoon of sports opened with a torch lighting ceremony led by Mr Morse, the Headmaster, after which the boys set off to the ten different stations to take part in the following pursuits: sledging team relay, sledge puissance jump, sledge long jump, sledge dog team race, snowball target throw, snowball distance throw, snow football, ice hockey, biggest snowball, and tug of war competitions. The whole afternoon was rounded off with an inter-house competition where the boys attempted to hit a moving target with a snowball. Lots of good wholesome friendly competition, the boys went to bed happy and contented.
Aysgarth is delighted to announce that this year's scholarship tally is one of the highest since the school's inception in 1877.
18th May 2016 — Aysgarth is delighted to announce that this year’s scholarship tally is one of the highest since the school's inception in 1877. Scholarships have been awarded across a wide range of disciplines from Academic to Music, Drama, Sport and DT. Furthermore, these have been offered by some of the most established and successful senior schools in the UK including Eton, Harrow, Ampleforth, Fettes, and Repton as well as to a number of schools closer to home.
The number of scholarships awarded reached 12 when one of our Academic scholars was awarded a prestigious King’s Scholarship last week. Eton makes just 14 awards each year and, since 2007, Aysgarth has produced 6 King’s Scholars. Aysgarth’s 2016 academic success did not stop there however and three further boys won Academic scholarships to Harrow, Ampleforth and Barnard Castle.
Aysgarth is also renowned for the musical talents of its boys with a large proportion participating in one of the three school choirs and the majority of boys playing a musical instrument. It was no surprise that three of this year’s scholarship candidates impressed Cheltenham College, Sedbergh and Barnard Castle with their ability and were offered music awards.
Drama is hugely popular amongst the boys at Aysgarth and the recent production of ‘A Midsummer’s Nights Dream’ was exceptional. It is, therefore entirely fitting that one of the shining stars of this performance was awarded an Outstanding Talent Award for Drama to Harrow School.
On the Arts front, the awarding of a Design and Technology scholarship to Repton is evidence of the skill and creativity of the individual boy and throughout the school in general.
Sport plays a crucial role in the development of boys at Aysgarth. Throughout their time at the school every boy will represent the school at a number of sports. The sporting calendar includes rugby, cricket, football, rugby VIIS, tennis, swimming and cross country. Competition for sports scholarships at senior schools is always fierce and Aysgarth is extremely proud that the sporting prowess of three of its boys was recognised by Fettes and Sedbergh.
Rob Morse, Headmaster of Aysgarth School, said: “These outstanding accomplishments are a genuine reflection of the breadth of talent we have across the school. Competition is extremely fierce for scholarships to national schools and we are extremely proud of the hard work and determination shown by these young men. It is also pertinent to pay tribute to the staff that worked tirelessly to prepare the boys for their exams and assessments.”