Schools Ryedale and Thirsk


The schools in the Ryedale and Thirsk area generally work to a catchment area. If you contact your local school directly they will be able to tell you if you are within their catchment area, they will also be able to give you details of any open days or their policy for visiting the school.

You may also want to read the school’s most recent OFSTED report to help you make your decision. Here

You may visit and or apply for a place at any school, however the admissions policy will outline who has priority (children with a statement of educational special needs, those with siblings in the school and those within the catchment etc) See your chosen schools website for full details.

Fyling Hall School is a small, non-selective, independent school with a big heart, over-looking Robin Hood’s Bay. We are a co-educational day and boarding school for children aged 4 to 18 with a nurturing family-like atmosphere and small class sizes (average 1:7 staff to student ration) that allows each individual to thrive. Fyling Hall pupils nearly always exceed predicted grades and baseline scores. We offer affordable fees, an individulised approach to learning and a dedicated Learning Support depart, that insures bespoke support to meet the needs of pupils. With onsite stables, we offer optional horse-riding during sports lessons.


Junior School students benefit from weekly forest school, swimming, specialist senior school teachers, use of all senior school facilities and a seamless transition to Senior School. Senior school students benefit from small class sizes, regular field-trips and enrichment activities, work experience, a sixth form centre and a personal approach to subject options. We offer GCSEs, A-Levels, EPQ, practical/ vocational performing arts qualifications, ceramics and photography to A-Level.

“The pupils’ personal development is outstanding; from the earliest age they are willing to take on responsibility. Older pupils look after younger ones and the whole school community works as a large family.” (ISI Inspection)

Fyling Hall School
Robin Hood’s Bay,
YO22 4QD

01947 880353
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Small Independent School of the Year

Students at Queen Margaret’s School for Girls (QM) never get lost in the crowd. Nestled in beautiful Yorkshire parkland just a few minutes from York, QM is a happy place of learning and belonging, for girls aged 11-18.

Day and Bespoke Boarding places are available. As a small school, QM can accommodate the specific needs and preferences of your family. From one to seven nights a week, with a set routine or something more flexible, whatever works for you, works for QM. Day students can arrive as early as 07:30 and stay until 19:30 and enjoy all their meals at no extra cost.


Open Days in 2024

  • Saturday 24th February
  • Saturday 16th March
  • Saturday 20th April
  • Saturday 18th May
  • Saturday 22nd June


QM Open Days run a little differently to most schools. You’ll be given a personal appointment with Head, Sue Baillie, and you’ll see the school in action when you have your own tour of the school with current students. The school prides itself on a personal approach from your very first enquiry.

Book your visit HERE 

To celebrate being named Small Independent School of the Year, Queen Margaret’s School for Girls is awarding more Scholarships than ever before to students joining in September 2024. QM offers Academic, Sport, Art, Drama, Music, Choral and Dance Scholarships. As a result of the increased number of Scholarships available this year, two Scholarship Days are being held; one on Wednesday 24th January and one on Thursday 21st March 2024.

Escrick Park, York. YO19 6EU

01904 727600
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Children’s happiness at Terrington Hall Prep School shone through in its recent ISI inspection report – and you can visit the school yourself on Friday March 8th and Saturday March 9th.

Friday’s open day (1.30 – 4pm) is aimed at families with children in Years 3 – 8 (aged 7-13).
Saturday (9.30am – 12 noon) is aimed at families looking for places in Nursery to Year 2 (aged 3-7).

Stunning setting

Visiting families will meet the independent school’s staff and children, and explore the classrooms and grounds in its stunning Howardian Hills setting.

Terrington Hall met every required standard during its recent glowing report from the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI), which accurately captured why the school is so popular with local parents and their children.

Focus on kindness and friendship

Families love Terrington Hall because of its exceptional pastoral care, stimulating atmosphere and focus on kindness and friendship. Children attend as day pupils and can board on an occasional or weekly basis.

If you can’t make one of the Open Days, you’re welcome to book a bespoke visit. Come and see how Terrington Hall expands the horizons of every child. Find out more and book HERE

Terrington Hall School, Terrington YO60 6PR
Call or email Claire White

01653 648227
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Ampleforth College

Ampleforth is more than just a school. We are proud of our students’ successes. They do well academically, excel on the games field, make inspiring music and stretch themselves in many different ways through the enormous variety of activities on offer in our beautiful valley and beyond. We make sure that they develop and explore their innate talents and developing interests.
However, we are interested in more than worldly success. The overlap between monastery and school at Ampleforth gives an education that goes beyond academic excellence and all their other achievements. An Ampleforth education provides the girls and boys with a spiritual compass for life. The moral principles that the boys and girls develop here act as spiritual bearings to guide them through adult life in an increasingly secular world filled with moral confusion.

The Headmaster’s Department, Ampleforth College, York, YO62 4ER
T 01439 766000

Bootham School

Bootham Junior School takes children from rising three to 11 years and prepares them for the senior school which goes on up to 18 years.

The senior school in the heart of York, is highly regarded for the quality of its education and being a friendly school.

Bootham School
YO30 7BU

Tel: 01904 623261
Fax: 01904 652106


Cundall Manor School

Cundall Manor is a thriving co-educational independent school, catering for boys and girls between the ages of 2 and 16 years of age. The school is situated in a magnificent 28 acre site in the Vale of York, between Ripon and Thirsk in North Yorkshire. It is ranked in the top 9% of independent schools in the UK.
We are a community of committed and enthusiastic teaching staff, visionary governors and supportive parents, our aim is simply to ensure that each and every child who comes to Cundall is fully prepared to embrace the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
Cundall Manor School,
Cundall, YO61 2RW
Tel: 01423 360200

Pocklington School

Pocklington is a thriving independent school, 12 miles east of York, providing outstanding day and boarding education from 4-18 years. Pocklington School delivers an excellent all-round education and a vibrant co-curricular life within a supportive and caring community, all founded on a 500 year tradition.

Tel: 01759 321200

Queen Ethelburga’s School

Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate Foundation comprises four schools and a kindergarten, each with its unique qualities, but all sharing a common purpose of providing students with a first class education and the opportunity to work towards higher education and a successful career.

Tel: 01423 33 33 30

Queen Mary’s School

Queen Mary’s is a thriving school welcoming girls from age 3 – 16 and boys from 3 – 8, set in 40 acres of beautiful grounds, with minibus services from Harrogate and across the region.

Throughout the school, academic excellence and exceptional extra-curricular opportunities are offered within a nurturing environment, where education is truly tailored to the individual.

Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, Thirsk

01845 575040

Scarborough College

Scarborough College is a leading independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 3 – 18.

Come and discover our Yorkshire Grit, Beach and Forest education, the IB in Sixth Form, outstanding GCSE results and much more during a personalised visit and tour.

Scarborough College has a dedicated fleet of school minibuses and contracted local coaches to provide morning and evening bus services for our local and further afield pupils (including across Ryedale). The buses run daily, Monday to Friday, to arrive at school for 8.30am Registration

01723 360620

St Peter’s School

A co-educational day and boarding school for girls and boys aged 2-18, situated in the heart of York. As one of the oldest schools in the world, St Peter’s combines a rich heritage with outstanding academic achievement.

Clifton, York
01904 527300

The Mount School

The Mount School is a Quaker independent day and boarding school in York, for girls aged 11–18.

Its junior school is The Mount Junior School for children aged 2 – 11,  The preschool department is for both girls and boys aged 2 to 7.

Dalton Terrace, York YO24 4DD

Phone 01904 667 500