Sir Anthony Seldon, former Head of Wellington College and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham, also a historian, political commentator, author and co-founder of Action for Happiness:
I love this school... Ryde... ticks all six boxes that really matter to me about what schools are for... positive education, coaching, the International Baccalaureate, mindfulness, character and holistic education. Ryde is managing to ace the double of getting results and doing the holistic piece.
The Form Tutor is at the centre of our pastoral care provision. He or she is the first point of contact for parents and we hope that pupils will see their Form Tutor as a person with whom they can talk and discuss their lives. We hope that Ryde School pupils will leave us as confident young people, good citizens, aware of the world around them and mindful of the needs of others, following the School Motto and seeking “That I May Serve”. Our emphasis on building character strengths in
our pupils promotes caring relationships and fulfilling lives.
Each pupil is placed in a Tutor Group (also known as Forms) and remains with that group until the end of Year 11. There are usually four Tutor Groups in Years 7 - 11, Year 7 & 8 have a Head of Year. In the Sixth Form there are five or six Tutor Groups in each year to allow for more individual attention at this important transitional stage. Each pupil is attached to a House, which exists primarily as a focus for a variety of competitions, ranging from netball and football to the House Song contest and the House Debating competition. The Heads of Senior School and Pastoral
Care, Heads of Section and the Senior Teachers operate beyond the Form Tutor and Head of Year as a further source of support in the School. The Matron manages in-house counselling provision by the IOW Youth Trust. In addition to this support there is also the Chaplaincy Team, teacher-coaches and our Independent Listeners to whom pupils can turn for guidance.
We encourage young people to take responsibility for their own lives and we emphasise individuality alongside a sense of community. We offer training to our Sixth Form pupils in coaching skills so that they can lead and support younger children more effectively. In addition Sixth Form students attend a tutorial or PD session for Tutor Groups in Years 7 to 11 to help them with
school routines and to provide a friendly and accessible contact on the prefect body
Nursery, Pre-Prep & Prep
We pride ourselves on having a happy and caring community. Visitors to the School comment on the politeness of our pupils, and the wonderful atmosphere. We believe that if children are happy, they will gain in confidence and succeed socially, academically and in the breadth of other activities on offer in the School. We stress great importance on knowing, understanding and encouraging each individual child. We view our School very much as a large family.
The Nursery and Reception teachers with the support of teaching assistants are the first port of call for all parents.
When the children move into Years 1 - 6 they are placed in the care of a Form Tutor, or class teacher in Years 1 - 2, who is responsible for their overall welfare. Any queries or problems concerning a child should be addressed to the Tutor in the first instance. The Tutor meets the children daily for registration and deals with all routine matters. In regular daily Tutor periods the children follow a programme which focuses upon their personal and social development. When the Fiveways children transfer to Year 3 and when new children join us in Year 3 or above they are allocated to one of the four Houses (Hanover, Seaford, Trinity and Chine). Each Head of House has overall responsibility for the children in their House and works closely with tutors, parents and pupils to provide a continuity of pastoral care and support.
The School Matron provides both a medical and counselling service for pupils in the new Heath & Well-being Centre in the School grounds. Pupils can also turn to the Chaplaincy and our Independent Listeners for support. We are a nationally recognised coaching school with many staff members trained as coaches.
Parents are very welcome to talk to any member of staff at the beginning and end of school. Senior members of staff are also available by appointment, should you wish to discuss any matters concerning your child.