Ruthin School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

11 - 19
Not Rated

How Does The School Perform?

4 1 1 2 3 4
Estyn Report Full Report
GCSE grade A*/A or numerical equivalent
A level grade A*/A
Day, Weekly and Full Boarding
Boarding Type
Day Fees Per Term
Mold Road
LL15 1EE
+44 (0) 1824 702543

School Description

Ruthin School is a co-educational boarding and day school catering for pupils from the age of 10 to 20 years. The school is situated on the outskirts of Ruthin, a small market town in the Vale of Clwyd, Denbighshire. The school was founded in 1284 as part of a castle and garrison built by Edward I. It was re-formed in 1574 by a former pupil, Gabriel Goodman, Dean of Westminster and granted a Royal Charter by Elizabeth I as a centre of academic excellence in north Wales. The school is a charitable trust whose governing body is the Council of Management. There are currently 360 pupils in the school, of whom 192 are sixth-form pupils. There are similar numbers of boys and girls. Day pupils come from a wide catchment area that includes Denbighshire, Flintshire and Cheshire. There are currently 226 boarders at the school, nearly all of whom are from overseas. Around 61% of the school’s pupils are from a minority ethnic background. There are 162 pupils, including 125 in the sixth form, who speak English as an additional language. A very few pupils speak Welsh as a first language or to an equivalent standard. The school does not aim to make pupils bilingual in English and Welsh. There are no pupils with a statement of special educational needs. The school identifies 19 pupils who have specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia. The school selects pupils into the lower school based on ability and academic attainment, with prospective day pupils sitting an entrance examination in January of each year. This tests English, mathematics and non-verbal reasoning. The school requires overseas pupils to have a good level of English before starting any examination course. The sixth form is highly selective. Pupils are expected to have achieved high grades at GCSE to embark on AS courses. Pupils only continue onto A level courses if they achieve the higher grades in their AS examinations. The school was last inspected in March 2014. Since the last core inspection, the school has undertaken a building programme including the addition of new boarding accommodation and a new dining hall, and the school roll has increased by around 150 pupils. In addition, both the senior leadership team and the middle management have been restructured. The school describes itself as ‘an international community committed to high academic standards, dedication and mutual respect’.

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This school is independently managed and its admission criteria may be selective. There is no set catchment area as pupils are admitted from a wide variety of postcodes and, in the case of boarding schools, from outside the UK. Contact the school directly or visit their website for more information on Admissions Policy and Procedures.