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Our School “Be part of our 700 year history”

School Origins

Welcome to Ruthin School

Ruthin School can trace its origins back to 1284 when Edward I built a castle in the town

Ruthin is a very special school. Having approximately 350 pupils, it is small enough to allow

and with it a garrison chapel which was later assimilated by St Peter’s Church.

all staff to know each pupil, whether they teach them or not. The friendly, family atmosphere

A former pupil, Gabriel Goodman, Dean of Westminster under Elizabeth I, refounded Ruthin

enables pupils to excel in sport, music and their academic studies. Academic success is our

School in 1574 as a centre of academic excellence in North Wales and it was granted a

first priority and we are proud that our leaving pupils go to some of the best universities in

Royal Charter. The School moved to its present site in the early 1890s and was honoured by

the world.

a visit from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to mark its septcentenary in 1984.

I hope you enjoy reading our prospectus and learning more about Ruthin School.

Toby J Belfield, Principal


…friendly, family atmosphere that enables pupils to excel...

Forms 1-5 “We are committed to providing an education of the highest quality�

Pupils in Forms 1-3 study a range of compulsory subjects including English, Mathematics,

Pupils are closely monitored with:

Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Geography, Computer Science, Art, Music, Physical Education, Mandarin, Latin, French (in Form 1), Spanish (in Form 2). In Forms 4 & 5, pupils are prepared for the GCSE and IGCSE examinations. All pupils study English and Mathematics and then choose 6 subjects from those listed above. Economics and Astronomy are added to the list of subjects that can be studied to GCSE level.


• weekly assessment of Merits/Demerits • weekly tutorial meetings • fortnightly formal tests • termly formal examinations

• termly reports in each subject • supervised prep/study • daily report cards where applicable

Class sizes are small enough to give pupils individual attention

Sixth form “All pupils receive specialist help for entry to top ranking universities�

Pupils are prepared during their two years in the Sixth Form for AS and A Level examinations

Particularly gifted pupils are selected to be part of a small group for entrance to top

and entrance to universities.

universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, and specialist courses, including Law and Medicine. These pupils are given additional lessons and support, affording them the

In addition to English, which is compulsory for those pupils where English is not their

best chance of achieving top module scores and developing the necessary academic

first language, most pupils will choose 4 subjects. These include Mathematics, Further

interview skills.

Mathematics, English Literature, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, French, Spanish, Classical Civilisation, Art, Music, History, Geography and Computer Science (to AS Level only.)



Pupils have fortnightly tests in each subject to monitor their academic performance


Boarding “Boarding facilities provide a family atmosphere�

Boys and girls are accommodated in separate boarding houses. Each boarding house has

Accommodation in each boarding house consists mainly of single and double rooms.

a resident Houseparent and an assistant Houseparent. Staff look after the pupils in the

Wireless internet is provided in each boarding house in order for boarders to communicate

evenings, at weekends and in the half-term and Easter holidays. The Houseparents take full

with friends and family using Facebook, Skype and other social-networks. The connection is

responsibility for the pastoral care of the pupils in their house and act in loco parentis.

monitored and closed each evening at 11pm.

The School employs three full time qualified nurses (two who are fully residential) to advise

All meals and full laundry service are provided for boarders as part of the school fee.

on medical issues.



‌a safe, secure living environment...


International pupils “Ruthin School is a global community�

Overseas pupils are accepted from the age of 11 and are given extra tuition to ensure their

boarding students during Easter and half-term holidays. The Principal acts as legal guardian

English Language skills are appropriate to their course of study. The School has accepted

for all overseas pupils throughout their time at Ruthin School.

pupils from a wide range of locations including Japan, South Korea, Germany, France,

Transport to and from Manchester airport is arranged by the School for all boarders at the

Spain, Hong Kong, Macau, Colombia, Argentina, Mexico, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, China, Nepal, Jordan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Taiwan, India, Switzerland, USA, Ukraine, Ghana, Togo, Botswana and Nigeria. No guardianship service is necessary as the School remains open (at no extra charge) for


beginning and end of each term. This transport is free, provided that flights arrive and depart on the published dates. As international pupils can stay in school during half-term and Easter holidays, parents only need to buy two return flight tickets per year for their children.

…integration in harmony with education...

Beyond the classroom “A full range of activities are available for all pupils�

Ruthin School is committed to developing opportunities for pupils to enjoy experiences

Many of the opportunities are pursued beyond school and certainly contribute much to the

beyond the classroom. Many will make the most of these and develop skills in a range of

pupil and their self-esteem. They can also help considerably in applications for employment

areas. In a small school all will be called upon to contribute and they gain a great deal

by making their CVs particularly impressive.

from participating.

The extra-curricular programme takes place after lessons each day, from 4-5 pm. During this

The skills developed stand pupils in good stead for the future, increasing their self-

time a variety of activities are available, including sports, music, drama, car maintenance,

confidence and helping towards providing a rounded and enriching education. Facing a

cookery, climbing, and volunteering.

climbing wall for the first time can be a little daunting, but helps to develop many valuable skills and teaches the pupil a great deal about themselves.



‌pupils are allocated to one of four houses to compete in inter-house events


Character building and leadership “Pupils develop skills valued by employers and universities�

Pupils can take part in a number of character-building activities where a wide range of

community. They spend their time volunteering in local hospitals and nurseries and helping

transferable skills are developed, including the opportunity to attend camps and courses in

local businesses and charities. This contribution provides the pupils with independence and

the vacations.

responsibility, as well as being greatly appreciated in the community.

In the Sixth Form, prefects are selected and given the opportunity to demonstrate leadership

At the end of each academic year a summer ball takes place for the sixth form pupils,

skills by assisting staff in day-to-day school activities. The Head Boy and Head Girl give

providing them with the opportunity to experience a formal occasion and to socialise

public speeches on behalf of the pupil body. Pupils at Ruthin School are part of the local

and dance.



‌leadership, decision-making and teamwork are encouraged at Ruthin School


Where next? “Pupils gain entry to top ranking universities�

On leaving Ruthin School, most pupils go to university in the UK to study a range of courses

Many pupils find the transition daunting from a small school such as Ruthin to a large

(including Medicine, Law, Engineering, English Literature, Mathematics and the numerous

university. Staff at Ruthin keep in contact with pupils after they leave, helping them to settle

science courses on offer). In recent years the universities of choice to which our pupils

into university and giving reassurances and encouragement. In holiday periods, many pupils

gained entry have been Cambridge, Oxford, LSE, Imperial, UCL, Warwick, Nottingham, Bath,

like to come back to visit Ruthin to see their teachers and classmates from younger years.

Bristol, Durham, Newcastle, Cardiff, Sheffield and Edinburgh. A small number apply to Ivy

The Old Ruthinian Association (ORA) sends regular updates to the alumni of Ruthin School

League universities in the United States.

and through its network pupils can keep in touch with one another and up to date with developments back at School.


…prepared for life at university...

Location Ruthin School is situated on the edge of the small market town of Ruthin in the Vale of Clwyd, N.Wales, an area noted for its outstanding natural beauty and its mild and healthy climate.

Education, Knowledge, Skills “We are committed to providing an education of the highest quality�

Ruthin School

Telephone: +44 (0) 1824 702543

Mold Road

Facsimile: +44 (0) 1824 707141

Ruthin Denbighshire, LL15 1EE UK




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