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Rishworth School

Independent Boarding & Day School

Rishworth School is a forward thinking, innovative day and boarding school that retains traditional values. We are an independent school with the freedom to offer an educational experience personalised to each child’s needs. We are a charity organisation originating from the Wheelwright legacy of 1724 where all our income is invested in the education of our children and the school. Our values are based on Christian ethics and we welcome those of all faiths or none to our community.

The school has existed for 300 years and occupies magnificent buildings within 140 acres of countryside within the beautiful Ryburn Valley. 

Why Choose Rishworth?

Because your child will succeed academically…

As an example, 2023 summer A Level and GCSE results were excellent.

Year 11 results headlines are:

  • 85% of all GCSEs were passed with grades 9 – 4 (16.7% above national average)
  • Over a quarter of all GCSE results at Rishworth were with the best possible grades from 9 – 7 (A* – A)
  • GCSE attainments in Mathematics, English and Science were all 20% above national achievement rate.

Year 13 results headlines are:

  • For the fourth consecutive year over 80% of grades were awarded at A* - C
  • Over a quarter of all A-level results at Rishworth Sixth Form were with the best possible grades from A* - A
  • In BTEC and vocational qualifications, a 100% pass rate also saw 97% of students attaining the highest possible grades.


We understand that life outside of the classroom is just as significant as the world within it…

Our academic curriculum is supplemented by a full and diverse selection of over 90 enrichment and extension activities. From our renowned Ford Rugby Academy through to our Medical Society there’s something to simulate, entertain and light that creative spark, Duke of Edinburgh Award, a jazz band rock climbing, ski trips, artistic pursuits, sports teams and more.

Because of this, your child will be able to access some of the best Universities…

University destinations of this year’s leavers included Russell Group progression to: York, Leeds, Manchester, Warwick, and Exeter.

100% of students applying to study medicine at University in the last 5 years were accepted and achieved their places.


300th Year Anniversary

From January 2024, Rishworth School will be celebrating it's 300th Anniversary. 

Almost 300 years ago, Rishworth School was just an idea to our Founder, Mr John Wheelwright. This idea came into fruition following his passing in 1724. The first school building, the Old School, now our Chapel, opened its doors to children from the local community.

100 years later, the school expanded its grounds with the opening of the Wheelwright Building. These buildings are the foundation of the beautiful school we see today that now welcomes students from all over the world.

Over the past 300 years, many students and families have passed through our doors and made long-lasting memories in the walls of Rishworth. We therefore would like to extend an open invite to all students, Old Rishworthians, parents and friends of Rishworth who would like to celebrate with us at our events next year.⁠

To keep up-to-date with our upcoming 300th Year celebrations, please navigate to our alumni page here: Keep in Touch

To discover more about our 300th Anniversary, please visit our 300th page here: 300th Anniversary

If you would like to support the 300th Anniversary by making a donation to the school please visit our donations page:

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Rishworth People


"Heathfield and Rishworth care about the children and it shows in our children's attitude towards school, they enjoy going to school!"



“The staff here are amazing. This school is not just about academia it's also about nurturing them ready for the big wide world..”

Diane Hart
Mother of a current Year 12 student. 


“The teaching staff were phenomenal, they inspired me to become a teacher myself. I couldn’t be more thankful for my time there.”

Katie Lester
Alumni. Attended 2008-2015. Teacher of Geography and Maths at Bruntcliffe Academy


"Rishworth School taught independence and and gave me confidence. Boarding at Rishworth solidified these attributes."

Andy McPhail
Former Student OR 1986-90

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A-level grades A*-C (Summer 22)


Day students


STEAM courses offered in 2021-2022


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Nationalities represented by the student body


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A-level Pass rate (Summer 21)


Enrichment and Extension programs

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