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The Ryleys Preparatory School, Cheshire

School Details
School Crest
Ryleys Lane,
Alderley Edge,
United Kingdom,

Tel: +44 1625 583241
Fax: +44 1625 581900

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Mrs Claire Hamilton

School Secretary:
Mrs Sharon Farr

Accreditations and affiliations:
Religious affiliation:
Teaching languages:
Age Range & Fees
3 - 13
Day Fees
Annual Weekly
Boarding Fees
Annual Full
Boarding Fees
Number of Pupils
School Boy
School Girl
Full board
Number of Staff
Full Time
Part Time
GCSE Pass Rate - age 16
At Grades A* to C
Pass Rate - age 18
courses are offered for age 18 exams
Higher Education
Pupils who went on to Higher Education or took Gap Year

Method of Entry:

Please apply to school, Assessment, This is a non-selective school, Report from previous school, Taster days, Registration

Scholarships & Bursaries:

All-rounder, Sport, Music, Academic, Financial need

What we offer

  • Drama/Theatre
  • Design technology
  • Environmental studies
  • Classics
  • Electronics
  • Spanish
  • Latin
  • English as foreign/2nd language
  • Athletics
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Golf
  • Netball
  • Hockey
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Gymnastics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-country
  • Football
  • Fencing
  • Martial arts
  • Table tennis
  • Touch rugby
  • Ballet
  • Sailing
  • Rock climbing
  • Horse riding and management
  • Skiing
  • Dance
  • Adventure training
  • Chess
  • Drama productions
  • Fishing
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Brass
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Percussion
  • Particular diets
  • Before school/Breakfast club
  • After school club
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD)
Head Photo125 years of tradition underlies the modern ethos of The Ryleys. A Preparatory School for children from 3 - 11 or 13, The Ryleys is situated in the lovely Cheshire village of Alderley Edge. The Ryleys has an excellent academic reputation, preparing its pupils for either the 11+ or 13+ examinations to the northwest’s leading grammar and public schools. Recently a total of 9 boys achieved 10 scholarship awards to both day and boarding schools (including 8 academic awards). Following a broad academic curriculum and taught by subject specialists, the children receive a thorough grounding in all National Curriculum subjects.

But while Ryleysians are expected to perform well in class, they are also expected to do much more in an education that stretches far beyond the boundaries of the classroom.

At The Ryleys, children have the chance to take up virtually any musical instrument, tutored by any one of nine highly-qualified visiting staff, or to sing in one of three choirs. There is an orchestra and various ensembles and groups. The school is highly regarded locally for the quality of its music. Every child in the school also participates in one of four annual dramatic productions, performing before parents to a marvellously high standard on our proscenium stage.

Games play an important part in the life of the school, with over twelve different sports, including football, rugby, cricket, hockey, netball, rounders and athletics to choose from, all coached to the highest standards and played on our brand new all-weather playing surface, playing fields, in the gym or on the Astroturf. The school participates very successfully in numerous regional and senior school tournaments.

Pupils can also take part in a range of trips abroad, including, recently, choir tours, sports tours and skiing trips to South Africa, Spain, France and Italy and cultural and language visits to France. Hikes and outdoor education are included in an exciting outdoor programme.

Two Information Technology suites and a thriving Design Technology department ensure that the children are fully equipped for the demands of the modern world while the standards achieved in Art are consistently high.

Each year an extensive fund-raising programme supports both local and national charities eg Francis House Children’s Hospice, Hope and Homes for Children, Comic Relief and Children in Need.

The standards of behaviour and manners at The Ryleys are high, as befits a school with a long and proud tradition, and children are encouraged to exhibit a thoughtful and considerate attitude to others.

The Ryleys is, above all else, a caring school and the school’s pastoral system ensures that each Ryleysian receives constant support and guidance as they discover and develop their individual talents in a happy and structured school environment.
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