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Rishworth School

Rishworth School

Oldham Road, Sowerby Bridge, Halifax, HX6 4QA, West Yorkshire

01422 822217



Rishworth School
School type Co-educational Day & Boarding Prep & Senior, Nursery & Sixth Form
Founded 1724
Head Dr Anthony Wilkins
Date Appointed November 2020
Co-ed Age Range 3-18 years (boarding from 11)
Please see website
Average Class Size 15-20 (8-12 in Sixth Form)
Associations BSA, IAPS, ISC, SofH

Adventure awaits at Rishworth School. After all, this is a school whose past teachers included the real James Bond himself. Patrick Dalzel-Job was "an unusual officer who possesses no fear of danger," the kind who would evacuate all civilians from a large town called Narvik just before it was destroyed by German bombers - courage and charisma that would inspire a decades-long blockbuster series.

At Rishworth School, Dalzel-Job taught Chemistry and ran the Combined Cadets Force (CCF). His legacy prevails. At any given day, life at the school is action-packed - the kind that would lead to an excellent education both in and out of the classroom.

Each week, there are over 90 enrichment and extension activities available to students. From skiing and rock climbing to astronomy and mystery solving, these let students live the school's motto "Res Non Verba" (Deeds Not Words).

Such spirit and adventure are found from the Nursery through to Sixth Form. They start young exploring the great outdoors during forest school. By the time they reach the end of their schooling journey, students are bold and courageous in their academic achievements. Many set off to top universities such as Cambridge to study law, or even taking exciting routes such as commercial pilot training.

Founded in 1724, Rishworth School has been around for almost 300 years. It offers a curriculum designed to cater to every child’s needs. Small classes - 15 on average at the Senior School and eight on average in the Sixth Form - allow teachers to understand each child's character and talents. It's an approach that's led to outstanding exam results. Based on the 2023 summer A Level examinations, students of Rishworth School achieved a 100% pass rate, and 80% of students scored A* to C.

Located in the countryside within Ryburn Valley, the 140-acre campus overlooks moors, fields, hills and the reservoir - the perfect backdrop for the spirit of community and the sense of belonging every students feels here.

It is a home away from home with a blend of people, practices, provisions, and place where students can thrive. Boarders feel happy, cared for, healthy and secure. "Rishworth School taught independence and gave me confidence. Boarding at Rishworth solidified these attributes," says former student Andy McPhail.

Still, academic excellence is only one aspect of success Rishworth School students achieve. Self-discovery, finding new passions, trying new things and learning new skills outside of the classroom are some achievements a student will experience during their years here.

Understanding the role that learning outside the classroom plays in students' development, Rishworth introduced enrichment programmes that range from music and sports to photography and film.

Fancy learning to Kayak or learning how to code? Rishworth School has both a kayaking club and a coding programme for students. On top of that, F1 remote control, cooking club, orchestra and community projects are some of the other options available.