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Rishworth School
Rishworth, HX6 4QA Sowerby Bridge
01422 822217

Introduction from the Headmaster

A thriving, independent co-educational school with its happy mix of day-pupils, weekly-boarders and full-boarders, Rishworth is an exceptionally friendly, caring community in which pupils are as strongly encouraged to rejoice in each other�s achievements as to take pride in their own. Rishworth has its own Junior School, Heathfield, and offers a continuous educational provision to boys and girls from age 3 to 18.

Pupils generally relish their time with us, giving of their best, finding the work rewarding, forging lasting friendships, enjoying excellent relations with their teachers and developing an enduring loyalty to the School.

Rishworth�s magnificent buildings, extensive grounds and superb Pennine location provide pupils with a physical environment which is conducive both to the clarity of mind required for study and to the full and balanced development of young people.

During a pupil�s time at Rishworth, we try to ensure that, in addition to the knowledge and skills acquired through academic study, (s)he develops:

  • a love of learning and the will to succeed
  • a sense of responsibility, self-discipline, purpose and fulfilment
  • a capacity for both self-reliance and co-operation
  • an appreciation of certain personal virtues and spiritual values, such as honesty, dependability, perseverance, commitment, humility and respect for others.

When the time comes for our charges to leave the School, we hope to have helped them not only to be properly prepared for the next stage in their lives, but also to become the confident, balanced and considerate young men and women we wish them to be. Above all, we expect them to continue enjoying new challenges, learning from mistakes, and extending their own achievements, as they soon begin to help others extend theirs.


A Pupil can be considered for entry to Rishworth at any age from 3 upwards.

Children who have reached the age of 3 by the September of the year of entry may be accepted into Heathfield�s Nursery. Entry into other year groups, when places are available, is subject to satisfactory assessment. All pupils entering Heathfield as juniors sit a written test.

The main points of entry into the Senior School are at 11, 13 or 16 years, but pupils are accepted at any age, provided there are places and the entry requirements are met. A pupil then has the opportunity of a continuous education through to "A" levels at 18 years. Admission is subject to interview and/or a satisfactory report from the child's previous school. A written test may also be required. There is an Entrance Assessment for pupils at 11 years old. This is held in November, December or the early Spring of each academic year. In the case of pupils seeking entry at other times, applications are dealt with individually and on merit. Special consideration is given to pupils with a brother or sister already at the School. Transfer from Heathfield to the Senior School is expected, but is subject to a satisfactory report from the Head of Heathfield. Students from other schools are accepted each year into the Sixth Form. Admission is dependent upon a good report from the previous school, an interview, and satisfactory G.C.S.E. results.

Communication with Parents

Detailed reports on pupils' progress are issued at the end of each term, and attainment and effort grades are given approximately once a month. Parents are asked to check their child�s Student Planner daily to ensure the homework set is done, and weekly communication between Tutor and parents via this Planner is encouraged. There are consultation evenings when parents can meet individual subject teachers and Tutors, as well as information evenings for designated purposes in given Years.

In addition to regular, formal communication, the School values close contact with parents at all times. The Tutors, Heads of School Section and House Staff are always glad to call or meet parents in order to discuss pupils' academic and social development. The Director of Studies is available for more difficult, work-related issues and the Deputy Headmaster for more serious pastoral and disciplinary concerns. Appointments to see the Headmaster for particularly serious or sensitive matters can be made through the Headmaster's Secretary.

For obvious reasons, it is vital that parents keep the School fully updated on any changes to their contact details.

In the belief that a close working partnership between school and home is the best way to secure and sustain a child�s good progress, the School expects from parents/guardians a high level of support for, and monitoring of, academic work undertaken at home. Guidance on this is available to parents, as required.

The School Magazine, The Rishworthian, is published annually and provides a useful summary of the previous year's events, as well as giving examples of pupils' literary work and social activities. A Newsletter appears twice per term.

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