The Clitheroe school founded in 1932 announces the latest exciting chapter in its educational journey

For over 90 years, Ribblesdale has been more than just a school; it's been the heart of the Clitheroe community, shaping generations of young minds. Now, the school is thrilled to announce an exciting new chapter in its storied history: Ribblesdale has evolved into Lancashire's first maintained all-through school! This milestone marks a significant leap forward in Ribblesdale’s commitment to providing exceptional education and holistic development for every child – which is now on offer for pupils from the age of four all the way through to sixteen.

The Ribblesdale team see themselves not just as educators, but as architects of futures. The carefully planned, cohesive curriculum is more than a series of lessons; it's a journey that starts in Early Years and culminates in Year 11, building skills, independence and character along the way. Academic success is vital, but so is personal growth, wellbeing, and a sense of purpose. The school prides itself on nurturing well-rounded, future-proofed citizens who are ready to thrive in an ever-changing world.

The brand-new primary provision reflects this dedication to excellence. With state-of-the­ art facilities designed for sustainability and growth, the 8.5 million-pound building is equipped to provide an enriching environment where young minds can flourish.

From spacious classrooms with panoramic views to outdoor spaces designed for exploration and play, every aspect of the beautifully-located primary site is tailored to inspire curiosity and creativity.

Ribblesdale’s commitment to innovation extends beyond infrastructure. The school has long held its place at the forefront of educational technology, partnering with industry leaders like Microsoft to provide cutting-edge tools and resources. From 3D printers to virtual reality headsets, the power of technology is harnessed to enhance learning and prepare pupils for the digital age.

At Ribblesdale, academic prowess is highly prized and tirelessly promoted, and the pursuit of excellence is underpinned by the deep-rooted belief that true success encompasses outstanding personal wellbeing and development. That's why Ribblesdale's Grade 1 Ofsted-rated Personal Development curriculum incorporates an enrichment offer comprising over 70 options for secondary pupils and 50 Ribbie G.R.E.A.T.s (Golden Rewards, Experiences, Activities and Trips) for primary pupils, ensuring that every child has the opportunity to explore their passions and interests to the full, gaining invaluable employability and future life skills along the way. Ribblesdale pupils really are given every opportunity to stand out from the crowd!

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The school’s dedication to personal development doesn't end at the school gates. Through partnerships with local businesses and engagement in community projects, which make optimal use of the easy-to-reach town centre location, Ribblesdale fosters connections that enrich learning and inspire ambition. Ribblesdale pupils leave not just with qualifications but with the confidence, resilience, and skills to thrive in their chosen future paths.

Ninety years of Ribblesdale alumni can vouch for the transformative power of the first-class education on offer at the school. And right now, prospective parents and pupils can join in shaping the future of this much-loved Clitheroe institution. Following the recent three-quarters of a million-pound investment in a fully remodelled library, the addition of a ten-classroom teaching block, new laboratories and a dance studio, and with the installation of a new 3G pitch imminent, the school has never been better resourced. 

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If you're a parent seeking a nurturing environment for your child and a sought-after place in a welcoming community invested in shared success, Ribblesdale all-through school invites you to be a part of something truly special.

With the application process for the September 2025 Year 7 cohort due to open in a matter of weeks, the school warmly invites prospective parents to visit the school to see for themselves the first-class opportunities available. Open Evening will be held on Thursday 26th September and a series of ‘See the School in Action’ tours will be offered in June and July 2024. Keep your eye on the school’s website and social media for updates!

Ribblesdale pledges not just to educate pupils but to build happy successful futures. Welcome to Ribblesdale School, where potential knows no bounds!

Find out more at the website.

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