Rishworth School

Rishworth School is a co-educational independent school in the village of Rishworth, near Halifax, in West Yorkshire, England. With Heathfield, its junior school from the ages of 3 to 11, it provides education for pupils aged between 3 and 18 years, with boarding from the age of 11.

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Coordinates53°39′48″N 1°57′00″W / 53.663415°N 1.950052°W / 53.663415; -1.950052Coordinates: 53°39′48″N 1°57′00″W / 53.663415°N 1.950052°W / 53.663415; -1.950052
MottoLatin: Res Non Verba
(Deeds, Not Words)
Religious affiliation(s)Church Of England
Established1724; 298 years ago (1724)
FounderJohn Wheelwright
Local authorityCalderdale
ChairCanon Hilary Barber, Vicar of Halifax
Age3 to 18 (3-11 Heathfield, 11-18 Rishworth)
HousesBaitings (Green), Boothwood (Blue), Ringstone (Red) and Scammonden (Yellow)


The school was founded and endowed by John Wheelwright in 1724 and established in a building which is now the school chapel. When the Wheelwright Building was built in 1826 the old building was converted into a chapel for the people of Rishworth, until St John's Church, Rishworth opened at the end of the 19th century. Other school buildings near the Wheelwright building were built in 1930, 1933 and 1950. Today the school extends over 130 acres (0.53 km2) with a range of buildings developed to accommodate pupils.[citation needed]

More recently, in 1963, a new Music and Drama building was opened, and by 1984, a new teaching block was opened, consisting of four science laboratories, a large assembly hall, and numerous other classrooms hosting Mathematics, English and Modern Languages. An extension to the teaching block was completed in 1988 which saw the addition of a two-storey Design and Technology department, along with workshops.

The school is a founder member of the Society of Headmasters & Headmistresses of Independent Schools, established in 1961 through the then Headmasters' Conference.


Rishworth School was most recently inspected by the Independent Schools' Inspectorate in November 2017. The school received the highest grading of excellent in all categories and more specifically with reference to pupils' academic and personal development.[citation needed]


There are five boarding houses with total housing for 150. Each house has study bedrooms, TVs and computers, and provides disabled facilities. Routine in the houses is structured, with fixed times for meals, homework and free time. Bedrooms typically hold two to four boarders, but senior students, especially sixth formers, have their own rooms.[citation needed]

The sixth formEdit

Most pupils seeking entry to higher education take four subjects at AS Level in the Lower Sixth and then specialise in three of these to full A Level in the Upper Sixth.

Old RishworthiansEdit


Stage, film, televisionEdit


  • George Ford – Leicester Tigers and England Rugby Union
  • Joe Ford – Doncaster Knights Rugby Union coach
  • Gareth Widdop - Warrington Wolves and England Rugby League
  • Gerald Round - Wakefield Trinity and Great Britain Rugby League

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