Ruthin School in Ruthin, Denbigshire, Waels is one of UK co-educational boarding schools for boys and girls. It is a truly international boarding school in England. In Forms 1, 2 & 3 all subjects are compulsory, and students are
rigorously tested in them so that appropriate choices can be made in
preparation for GCSE courses.
Subjects taught are:
» English (or EAL)
» Biology, Chemistry and Physics (taught separately)
» History and Geography
» French (or extra EAL)
» Mandarin and Welsh
» Spanish (introduced in Form 3)
» Art, Design and Technology, Music
» Physical Education and Activities
GCSE options are selected in the final term of Form 3.
All pupils study English Language and Literature or English as an
Additional Language (EAL), Mathematics, Biology and Geography. Pupils
are encouraged to undertake a foreign language and a creative subject
but the School is responsive to individual pupils' strengths and
Pupils choose their options from Art, Business Studies, Chemistry,
Design and Technology, French, History, Mandarin, Music, PE, Physics and
Spanish. In addition, pupils in Form 4 study Careers and spend a week
getting a foretaste of employment.
The majority of pupils undertake at least 9 GCSEs, though some elect
to study fewer subjects - particularly those for whom English is an
The School offers the BTEC in Public Service, equivalent to four
GCSEs. This is studied through the auspices of the CCF and involves
awareness of public services, navigation, expeditions and physical
Sixth Form pupils are prepared for University entrance.
The School offers a range of AS and A level courses. Pupils are
required to have gained at least a Grade B (or equivalent) in GCSE in
each of their chosen subjects before embarking on the AS Level course.
Most pupils undertake 4 AS levels, some tackle 5 others 3; the number is
usually reduced in Upper Sixth.
Pupils choose their AS and A2 levels from Art, Biology, Chemistry,
Design Technology (AS only), Economics, English Literature, French (AS
only), Geography, History, Law, Mathematics, Music and Physics.
An enrichment programme takes place each week, where pupils can learn
Mandarin, Welsh, Critical Thinking, History of Art and other
Each pupil is formally tested in their AS or A2 subject under
examination conditions every fortnight. This provides a good preparation
for formal external examinations and enables parents and teachers to
monitor their progress continually.
Particularly gifted pupils are selected to be part of a small group
for entrance to top universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, and
specialist courses, including Law and Medicine. These students are given
additional lessons and support to enable them to have the best chance
of achieving top module scores and to develop the necessary academic
Overseas pupils are accepted from age 11. Obviously the earlier they
join the School the more rapid will be their progress in acquiring
English. The School has accepted overseas pupils from a wide range of
locations including Japan, Korea, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Columbia,
Argentina, Russia, Canada, China, Nepal, Jordan, Vietnam, Malaysia,
Estonia, Taiwan, India, Spain, Switzerland, USA, Ukraine, Kazahkstan and
Some join at age 15 or 16 and if their English is deemed to be sound
they can start at once on an A-Level programme. Others are likely to
require a year of English and subject-specific English before embarking