Welcome from the Head
Hello, I am delighted to welcome you to Rye St Antony. Independent School in Oxford
Rye St Antony is an independent school in Oxford, welcoming both day and boarding pupils. We are excited to call Oxford our classroom and offer a unique and exciting school experience, known locally as ‘The Rye Way’ – an experience shaped to each individual who joins us.
For 90 years we have been educating young women on our glorious 12-acre site in central Oxford. At the heart of what we do here at Rye is to develop our young people’s talents to help them achieve academic success and personal happiness in equal measure. Our dedicated staff work with each individual pupil to ignite their curiosity for learning and build their confidence to take on new challenges.
I have been a part of this special Rye community for 17 years leading on curriculum development, pastoral care and innovation in roles encompassing Head of Sixth Form and Deputy Head. I feel enormously honoured to lead this school and am excited about the many new initiatives we are planning over the next few years.
We are renowned for our small class sizes and family atmosphere, which means that every pupil feels a real sense of belonging within the Rye community. They understand that they are known and valued for being themselves. The strong foundations given to us by our lay Catholic heritage underpin day-to-day interactions where respect, tolerance and integrity ensure that our pupils have a strong sense of pride in themselves, their achievements and in their school. The opportunity to board here means that Rye becomes a second home for many, and one to which they return in later life for reunions or to offer mentoring as part of our alumnae careers scheme.
Our commitment to individual success means that our boys move on from Rye at 7+ and 11+heading, usually, to nearby academic schools such as the Dragon and Magdalen College School. Girls continue into the Senior School until 18 years, thriving in an environment where they grow into assured, successful young women ready to take their next steps in the world. Our girls-only senior school enables them to grow in confidence and resilience, learning to be bold in their aspirations. Rye girls know that the world is theirs for the taking!
Do come and take a look at what we can offer your family. I very much look forward to welcoming you to Rye -we’d love to see you.
Head of Rye St Antony Independent School in Oxford