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History 1724

Rishworth School has a long and proud history reaching back to our foundation by John Wheelwright in 1724, establishing the School in the building which is now the Chapel, situated at the top of the hill overlooking the school grounds. 

Rishworth School was endowed by John Wheelwright to provide education for both boys and girls, the children of the poorest workers on his estate. This forward-looking educational ethos has informed our processes ever since, combining a rich history with a modern, flexible approach which sees an education tailored to help each student succeed. 

The School is a founder member of the Society of Headmasters of Independent Schools (SHMIS), established in 1951, recently transformed into 'The Society of Heads' and continuing the mission established by SHMIS. Building local, regional, national and international links has helped Rishworth to maintain a reputation as one of the leading British boarding schools for three centuries, becoming an institution that combines the best of tradition with forward-looking energy, fit to meet the demands of the next 300 years!