Set in a beautiful, safe and idyllic island setting just off the South Coast of England, Ryde School with Upper Chine (known locally as Ryde School) is a thriving, prosperous school providing exceptional educational opportunities for boys and girls in a nurturing environment – helping them to grow as independent individuals with ambition and purpose. Co-Ed Senior school with a Junior department and pre-prep school.
Ryde School is a safe, supportive but most especially a beautiful place in which to work and grow with many of our parents being former pupils themselves. As the leading independent day and boarding school on the Isle of Wight we welcome not only a diverse community from across the Island; children aged 2 1/2 to 18, but many pupils who travel the short distance across the Solent to us from Portsmouth and surrounding areas and a growing number of international students and UK boarders from Scotland through to France, Russia and beyond. With a full range of skills, needs and talents all our pupils come together in our ambitious, vibrant and supportive community.
Whilst justifiably proud of our academic results, both for those who go on each year to universities such as Oxford and Cambridge, or those who, with great effort and determination from teacher and pupil, secure GCSE results way above their national predictions, we are committed to educating the whole child. Our sport, music and drama all flourish, we have very active Duke of Edinburgh's Award and CCF groups and our award-winning Bembridge building hosts innovative and creative art and design technology departments.
We are an Island school but with a global vision and the ambition that our pupils will learn here the resilience, values and skills that will sustain them wherever they find themselves in the future. We are the first Independent School in the UK to introduce the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) alongside the IB Diploma and A Levels for the Sixth Form. The IBCP offers professional qualifications alongside academic study and can result in either university entrance or employment offers or both. Other pupils will choose the academic courses of the IB Diploma or A Levels.
Scholarships and Bursaries
The School is able to provide a number of Academic Scholarships into Year 5 and Academic, Sports and General scholarships into Years 7, 9 and 12.These places are awarded to high quality candidates and are competitive following specific assessments. Scholarships open opportunities to bursaries which provide fee assistance and are means-tested with parents required to submit a financial declaration before the examination date.
Places will be offered on a basis of performance in the assessments and at interview, the amount and number of the awards made being at the discretion of the Headmaster, operating within the guidelines set by the Board of Governors.
Academic scholarships are offered for entry into Years 5, 7,9 and the Lower Sixth Form(Year 12). External candidates for academic scholarships will sit examinations in November each year for Years 5,7 and 9 with exams in February for the Sixth Form. We examine English and Mathematics and set a non-verbal reasoning test, with subject specific assessment for Sixth Form entry.
For General Scholarships candidates will still need to demonstrate sound academic ability but the Headmaster will also take into account exceptional abilities in other areas of school life such as music, drama, art or design, as well as leadership potential. Sports scholars will demonstrate ability and potential in at least two sports, one of which must be a major Ryde School team sport.
Shortlisted applicants for entry to Years 7 and 9 in Senior School may be invited back for interviews with the Headmaster and Heads of English and Mathematics at a mutually convenient time.
Teams are payable termly, paid by the first day of term. A non-refundable Registration Fee of £230 becomes due when a pupil is registered for admission to the School.
Ryde School is happy to accept Child Care Vouchers (CCVs), saved with your employer, for pre and after school care, residential trips and boarding provision, certain rules apply, please contact the Bursar for more information.
Parents seeking the admission of their sons or daughters are asked to complete and return a registration form, available to download in PDF format on our website : www.rydeschool.org.uk/joining-ryde and arrange payment of the non-returnable registration fee. Admission and entry will be subject to the availability of a place and the pupil satisfying our admission requirements.
In due course applicants will be invited to sit the relevant entrance tests. Although we do not run competitive entrance exams, we do need to ensure that all pupils can access our academic curriculum. In the case of girls and boys entering the Sixth Form from other British curriculum schools, admission is based on interview and GCSE results and we would expect students joining our Sixth Form to have as a minimum five GCSE A* to C grades with B grades in subjects to be studied at A Level/International Baccalaureate Diploma Higher Level. For the IB Career-related Programme the entrance criteria is a minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE .
Pupils are considered for entry into any year group throughout the School where there are places available. We would not normally consider entry half way through GCSE or A Level/ IB courses though we do offer a one year GCSE programme for pupils joining in Year 11 which is ideal for someone wanting to prepare for Sixth form entry or seeking a year in a British school with qualifications at the end.
It is assumed that a pupil will be able to continue between each stage of their education in the school unless the pupil has been unable to satisfy the entry requirements for the next stage.