The Rye Philosophy

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Central to the school’s understanding of education is the recognition that each pupil is an individual whose talents and interests are to be identified and fostered.

Happiness in life comes through self-fulfilment: all pupils, therefore, are helped to discover who they are and who they have it in them to become; they are encouraged to challenge themselves and develop the qualities of intellect and character – independence, wisdom and generosity of outlook, determination and perseverance, resilience, vision and ambition – that will lead them into responsible and rewarding adult life.

All members of the school community are asked to observe the following principles:



The school aims to provide an environment in which the full potential of each pupil can be achieved, and the curriculum is designed to give scope to the whole spectrum of abilities and interests represented in the school. Pupils are taught to think and question; they are helped to understand their strengths and weaknesses; they are encouraged to accept challenges and learn initiative and how to work effectively, whether independently or within a team. They are asked to contribute to decisions that affect the school, thus learning how to play an active part in their school community, in preparation for their work in the future communities to which they will belong.

As a Catholic lay foundation, the school aims to be always faithful to its identity as ‘a school which genuinely reflects the religious, artistic, moral and intellectual ethos of the Catholic tradition’.

Rye St Antony is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.


The teachers make the young girls laugh and have fun. They are the best teachers in England. They are really nice and funny. This school is the best one
Year 7 pupil