Age Range
11 to 19
Nearest Airport
School Type
Fees - Day
Fees - Full

Ruthin School Location

Ruthin School is right on the edge of a small market town in the Vale of Clwyd which is in North Wales. It’s truly a picturesque setting and known for its mild climate & natural beauty. The town itself, has 800 years of recorded history and is a traditional Welsh market town that embraces old and new.

It has a unique location and is close to major English cities such as Manchester, Liverpool & Chester which provide opportunities for extra-curricular activities, not to mention the beautiful North Wales coast.

Ruthin School - a great UK boarding school with exceptional results

Ruthin is a remarkable UK boarding school that has a small community in which staff and students are familiar with each other and the teachers are dedicated to upholding the values and aspirations of the school as well as being committed to helping students reach their full potential. Each student is treated as an individual and is allowed to grow in a pleasant and amiable environment and the school is small in size with around 350 pupils. Ruthin School is currently ranked 4th in overall A and A* pass marks at A Level in the United Kingdom with a 73.39% pass rate.

Ruthin School’s selection process is very selective as they are keen to uphold their very high standards and academic prowess over many of the rest of the UK’s boarding schools. Of course, education is of the utmost importance, however Ruthin believe school should be a fun place to learn and there are a wide range of extra-currcular activies for students to partake in.

The Ruthin Way

Ruthin students excel in a UK boarding environment that aims to develop & nurture their unique talents and individuality. Most students’ end goal at Ruthin is to gain access to a top tier university, but it’s very much part of the school’s culture that the students enjoy themsleves and have fun alongside the academic achievements attained, and this is where extra-curricular activies play a part.

Ruthin students learn to be more self-confidence through the enhancement of their strengths and improvement in their weaknesses. Through this, they become prepared to tackle the problems and challenges of the real world. Ruthin believes that personalised attention leads to higher and optimal performance.

The Origins of Ruthin School

This UK boarding school’s history can be traced back to 1284 in a castle built by Edward I and a garrison chapel which was later taken in by St Peter’s Church.

Gabriel Goodman, an alumna and Dean of Westminster under Elizabeth I, re-established the Ruthin School in 1574 just after the Reformation. It became the center of academic excellence in North Wales and was given a Royal Charter.

Ruthin moved to its present location around the 1890s and was visited by the Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to mark its 700th year in 1984. The current Vistor is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and Sir William Gladstone is the current Honorary Patron.

Entrance Requirements: 

Ruthin will consider all applications for entry. Consideration for admission to Ruthin School is given to all boys and girls from any country. Applicants should complete an application form and submit this with copies of their two most recent school reports. Day pupils and their parents will all be interviewed. Overseas students will be interviewed either by the Principal or by his nominated agent.

Scholarships & Bursaries: 

Scholarships and Bursaries (up to 100%) are available each year.

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The historic town enjoys the mild and healthy climate and beautiful setting of the Vale of Clwyd.
It is situated on the edge of the small market town of Ruthin in the Vale of Clwyd, N.Wales, an area noted for its outstanding natural beauty and for its mild and healthy climate.

Often overlooked but rarely forgotten, Ruthin is a historic market town that successfully celebrates old and new. With nearly eight hundred years of recorded history, the town commands a stunning location in the verdant Vale of Clwyd.

Chester, Manchester and Liverpool, as well as Snowdonia and the North Wales coast, are close by and provide rich opportunities for extra-curricular pursuits.

Registration Fee
£150 non-refundable

Deposit for Day Pupils
£1,000 refundable when the pupil leaves school

Deposit for Boarding Pupils
£10,000 refundable when the pupil leaves school

Annual Fee for 2018/2019
Day Pupils
£11,000 Form 1
£11,000 Form 2
£12,000 Form 3
£12,500 Form 4 & Form 5
£14,000 Lower Sixth & Upper Sixth

Boarding Pupils
Full Boarding £34,500

Students are accommodated in one of six boarding houses. Each boarding house has a resident Houseparent and an assistant Houseparent who look after the pupils in the evenings, at weekends and in the half-term and Easter holidays. The Houseparents take full responsibility for the pastoral care of the pupils in their house. The Principal acts as parents for all pupils and is the legal guardian for all boarding pupils.
The school employs two full time qualified nurses (one fully residential) to advise on medical issues. The school doctor visits weekly to hold a surgery for boarders.
The accommodation in each house consists mainly of single or double rooms. All rooms in Goodman House and Trevor House are single with their own bathroom.
Wireless Internet is provided in each boarding house so that the boarders can communicate with friends and family. The connection is monitored and closed at 11 pm but earlier for the younger students.

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