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General Information

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 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.

Scholarships and Bursaries

Rishworth School provides an excellent, balanced education for its pupils and seeks positively to offer to as many potential pupils as possible the opportunity of studying at the School. The Scholarship and Bursary schemes support these aims by encouraging applications from gifted pupils and from pupils who would otherwise be unable to afford to attend Rishworth without financial support. All Scholarships and Bursaries are subject to the availability of funds.

Details of these awards are available from the Registrar or Bursar.

Communication with Parents

Detailed reports on pupils’ progress are issued at the end of a term, and attainment and effort grades are given in each half term when there is no detailed report. 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 form 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 PA.


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.


Tutors and House staff in particular, and staff generally, keep a general eye on the day to day health of each boy and girl but should a serious medical concern the school has its own medical facility that includes a surgery, bedrooms and bathrooms and which is staffed day and night, 7 days a week.


It is vital that parents keep the School fully informed of any known, new and suspected medical matters and particular needs relating to their child. Details of the School’s cover for private medical treatment are available from the Bursar. Parents subscribing to B.U.P.A. or P.P.P. or other similar schemes might find that their son or daughter is already covered. Personal accident insurance is included in the school fees.


The School promotes a strong sense of self-discipline and pride in achievement in everything that it does. Rishworth and Heathfield are both schools where children grow up in environment where those around them want to do well and want to succeed. It follows that as a result, pupil achievement is very high. Partly in the interests of safety and security, there are a few basic School Rules. By accepting a place for their son or daughter, parents undertake that the pupil will be subject to these. The Headmaster has the right to require parents to remove a pupil from the School if the pupil’s conduct or general attitude makes this desirable in the best interests of either the School or the pupil.

Overseas Parents

Some pupils at Rishworth have parents who live overseas. The School is experienced in providing for their particular requirements. Parents who live abroad are required to appoint a guardian in the United Kingdom who has various responsibilities which are set out in an information sheet (available from the Registrar). This person must be authorised  to make decisions on behalf of parents, for the child that they are guardian for should an emergency arise. They will also make travel arrangements for holidays, weekend leave / Absits (Exeats), and, for example, where a child needs to attend an event such as a university visit, etc.


Whilst overseas students invariably stay with their guardian on short breaks away from school, some arrange to stay with their friends within the locality at different times. This is always arranged in consultation with parents and boarding house staff.


The school will make every effort through the Bursary, to assist with end-of-term travel arrangements.


Vaccinations and inoculations are arranged, and provision can be made for storing possessions at School for those who fly home for the holidays.