Our Community and Pastoral Care

We, at Rye, centre everything we do on the dignity of each individual. This is demonstrated in our community focus, which is an integral part of Sixth Form life. Sixth Form girls will benefit from the dedicated community in which they thrive and are part of every day, and provide a key element of it through their day to day interactions. Our strong sense of community is one which allows our girls to be able to be themselves, grow as individuals and have a strong support network of peers and staff around them whilst continuously striving for their best.

In the Sixth Form, all girls will have a tutor who will look out for all of their academic and pastoral needs. Half termly target and appraisal meetings will be supplemented with regular smaller sessions with tutors. In 2020, Rye launched a #BeWellDoWell campaign which highlights the strong focus we, as a school, put on all of our pupils’ mental health and well being alongside their academic success. A happy, positive girl is one who will achieve their full potential.

As senior pupils in the school, all Rye Sixth Formers play a part in helping the younger year groups. Prefects will be given basic Safeguarding Training and full support from the Sixth Form Team, to enable them to feel confident in working with younger pupils. This is part of the larger Prefect Programme which is focused on supporting others and being a voice for all.

Sixth Formers at Rye also take on roles as mentors to the younger pupils. The House Mentor system operates with oversight from House Captains in the Sixth Form, and from a dedicated member of the Prefect Team. These opportunities to meet with younger pupils in the Sixth Form dining room provide more chances to ensure that everybody is cared for and part of the community. 

Rye is focused on supporting not just the school community, but the wider society in Oxford and beyond. The Sixth Form charity group RSA (Rye Serving Always) works throughout the year to give to local organisations such as The Porch, though food banks and donations; and works with local care homes to give packages to those who are not often visited. Tireless fundraising for this is led by a dedicated team organised by the Lay Chaplain. There are also four House Charities Days every year, led by the Sixth Form House Captain. Each of these raises hundreds of pounds for charities chosen by the pupils.

The Sixth Form also helps to organise key events in the community throughout the year, including the annual Carol Service at the local Church, St Antony of Padua, which sees the whole school reading and singing within the heart of our local area. The Christmas Bazaar and St Antony’s Day celebrations also involve Sixth Formers in a variety of ways.

We work throughout the year in Sixth Form at Rye to ensure that we care for our own school community, and to give everybody the environment they need to flourish. We are also part of the wider community in Headington and Oxford, and we work hard to make sure that these links are maintained and grown. Rye Sixth Formers take the lead in bringing the school to those around us.

Visit Rye Sixth Form

We warmly invite you to experience Rye Sixth Form at our

Whole School Open Week

28 September – 2 October 2020

Your chance to come and experience all our Sixth Form at Rye has to offer, meet the staff and pupils, and see our facilities.

Book your bespoke visit using our contact us form, or by emailing our Registrar – Fern Williams.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Whole School Open Week

Monday 28 September – Friday 2 October

This year we are doing things slightly differently to comply with current Covid-19 guidelines.

We warmly invite you to experience Rye St Antony during a personal virtual meeting at a time that suits you. Meet staff and pupils, have a look around with our virtual tour and see what makes Rye so special.

We are incredibly proud of the Virtual Learning Experience we have offered our pupils during lockdown – you can read about it here