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Head's Welcome

Welcome to Ryburn Valley High School.  It is an honour and a privilege for me to be the headteacher of this thriving and successful School and Sixth Form College.  I hope this website conveys the passion and dynamism that students and staff bring to all they do here to ensure Ryburn is a truly special place to work and study.



“Everyone matters and every dream counts”



We have a strong focus on academic achievement throughout all stages of the School and College leading to University.  We deliver a comprehensive, challenging and enriching curriculum where outstanding teaching engages students with a range of exciting learning experiences.



“We have high expectations that ensure there are no limits to what students can achieve”



Our school has achieved a sustained record of outstanding examination results over recent years and provides a hugely supportive environment in which extremely talented students from a wide variety of backgrounds flourish.  Our core purpose is to “inspire students with a love of learning, a zest for life and genuine confidence to excel in a colourful world”.


In other words, students are happy and enjoy the sheer pleasure of being part of the Ryburn experience. Teachers nurture and encourage students to develop the skills and values that will ensure they become successful, responsible and principled global citizens.


We fervently believe that a huge proportion of learning takes place beyond the classroom.  So we offer a vast range of extra-curricular activities including sport, music, multi-media, dance and drama; an unparalleled range of overseas visits, expeditions and exchanges; along with opportunities to volunteer for community and charity work. 


We pride ourselves on being a modern school, fully equipped for the 21st Century, built on traditional values that permeate every aspect of what we do.



Honesty                  Kindness                Endeavour            Respect for others



The school’s motto is ‘Excellere Contende’ – Strive to Excel – and this is precisely the spirit in which Ryburn Valley students and staff work on a daily basis. Please take time to browse through these pages to find further information.  If you would like to arrange a visit, please contact us at admin@rvhschool.co.uk.  We are always more than happy for you to see the school in action and a tour with a student is best way to experience the vibrant Ryburn atmosphere at first hand.


David Lord