Headmistress Welcome

Dear Parents

I would like to extend a very warm welcome to Rydes Hill Preparatory School and Nursery. I hope you will discover and embrace the rich sense of history and the deep bonds of friendship that unite our Rydes Hill family.

Rydes Hill is a non-selective, one form entry Catholic School educating girls from 3 to 11 and boys from 3 to 7 within idyllic surroundings in the Guildford suburbs.

We welcome families of all faiths and beliefs and unite behind the Christian values of love and justice, faith and courage, hope and perseverance. We are immensely proud of our small, close-knit school and of the level of individual care extended to each child who passes through our doors.

At home with our traditions and embracing the best of current educational practice, we carry the interests of each child at the heart of all that we do. This is evident in our excellent academic provision which prepares each child for the senior school of their choice. Being truly independent and not tied to any senior school, all of our children are supported and guided from the moment they start until the time comes to make the decision about what their next steps should be.

Consistently awarded the top rated ‘excellent’ by the Independent School Inspectorate (ISI) we pride ourselves on the breadth of education offered at Rydes Hill and the astonishing array of academic, sporting, performing arts and art scholarships achieved by our leavers.

Our children have an innate self-confidence gained over many years of being allowed to grow into themselves. We recognise that happiness and well-being are the cornerstone of academic success and our children are given the confidence to believe in themselves and follow their dreams.

When our leavers return to see us, it is heart warming to hear about the brightness of their futures, of the friends they have carried with them and of the affection in which they hold their Rydes Hill days.

Mrs Sarah Norville

HEADMISTRESS