Rye St Antony is an independent Catholic independent boarding and day school for girls aged 3 to 18 and boys aged 3 to 11. The School is highly regarded for its academic standards, its happy and purposeful atmosphere, its strong sense of community and its emphasis on the value of each person as an individual. Pupils are helped to understand their strengths and weaknesses; they are encouraged to accept challenges and learn initiative and independence. They also have many opportunities to contribute to decision-making for the School, thereby learning how to play an active part in the school community and in future communities to which they will belong.
When Rye St Antony was founded its aim was to provide each child with a sound Christian education which would enable them to develop their talents. That aim is as relevant now as it was in 1930. Thus, the School aims to provide an environment in which the full potential and individuality of each pupil can be achieved. Education is understood to be concerned not only with intellectual development but with the development of the whole person, and the curriculum is designed to give scope to the full spectrum of abilities and interests represented in the School. Pupils are helped to understand their strengths; they are encouraged to accept challenges and learn initiative and independence. They also have many opportunities to contribute to decisions that affect the School, thereby learning how to play an active part in the school community and in future communities to which they will belong. The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and the School expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Scholarships and Bursaries
The King Award
Established in 1993 by Gwen King in memory of her sister, Ivy King, the King Award recognises the merit and supporting the need of individual pupils and the particular talents which they wished to develop. Individual awards range in value from £25 to £500, and give assistance to a various activities including:
Fees and equipment for sports activities
Instrumental music lessons and courses
Duke of Edinburgh's Award expenses
Ballet and other dance classes
Gap year projects
Each application should comprise a letter from the pupil concerned, setting out proposals for use of the Award, together with a letter of recommendation from a fellow pupil, a member of staff, a parent or a friend. Applications should be addressed to the Headmistress.
Clifford Travel Award
In 2013 Di Gibbons gifted £250 a year for the Clifford Travel Award – an award in memory of her parents, John and Marjorie Clifford, former Bursars of Rye. Applications are invited at the same time as applications for the King Award and are considered by the King Award Committee at the time of the King Award.
Registration Fee £150.00
Overseas Boarding £2,500*
Overseas Boarding £2,500**
* Advance fee payable £7,410
** Advance fee payable £8,645
Day Pupil (including lunch) £5,110.00 per term
Weekly Boarder £8,230.00 per term
Full Boarder £8,645.00 per term
Day Pupil (including lunch)
Years 5 and 6 £4,065.00 per term
Years 3 and 4 £3755.00 per term
Years 1 and 2 £3,375.00 per term
Reception* £3,290.00 per term*
Weekly Boarder £7,000.00 per term
Full Boarder £7,410.00 per term
* Reductions are made for those entitled to free sessions under the Early Years Scheme.
Pre-Prep early morning breakfast session (7.30 am - 8.30 am) £3.50 per session**
Pre-Prep after school care including tea (3.30 pm -6.00 pm) £15.00 per session**
** Reception to Year 2
Five mornings per week £1,605 per term
Four mornings per week £1,325 per term
Three mornings per week £1,045 per term
Two mornings per week £760 per term
Five afternoons per week £1,205 per term
Four afternoons per week £995 per term
Three afternoons per week £785 per term
Two afternoons per week £570 per term
Nursery early morning care including breakfast (7.30 - 8.30 am) £3.50 per session
Nursery after school care including tea (3.30 pm - 6.00 pm) £15.00 per session
AXA PPP Private Medical Scheme £82.00 per term
Denplan £4.99 per term
School Fees Protection Scheme: to be advised
Development Fund £30.00 per term
Instrumental Music and Singing Lessons (10 lessons) £255.00 per term
Voice, Speech and Drama Lessons £98.00 per term
Junior Ballet/Dance Lessons £76.00 per term
Occasional Boarding £58.00 per night
Breakfast £2.25 per day
Extra-curricular languages (eg German, Italian, Chinese) £51.00 per hour
English as an Additional Language £51.00 per hour
Learning Support £51.00 per hour
We are a school for girls aged 3 to 18 and boys aged 3 to 11.
Pupils within this range can start at any age and at any time in the term, although most join at the start of the school year in September. In our Nursery School, boys and girls can join from the term of their third birthday.
We consider all applicants on their own individual merits, whether this is academic, in art, music, drama or sport and a pupil’s personal skills and qualities are very important to us here at Rye.
The first stage of an application to Rye St Antony is to visit the school for a tour. This will be hosted by our Registrar, Fern Williams, together with one or more senior pupils or members of staff. The tour is followed by a meeting with the Headmistress, Sarah Ryan to discuss your particular needs and interests, entrance procedures and plans for the future. Once all the entrance procedures have taken place, we make a formal offer of a place in writing. We then ask parents to confirm their acceptance in writing with an acceptance fee of £150 and a fee deposit of £500 for day pupils, £1,000 for boarders and £2,500 for international boarders.
Our aim is to make your child’s entry to Rye as simple and straightforward as possible and we welcome any questions you may have.