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Page updated: 19th March 2021 at 18:03

Coronavirus Parent Information

Current Advice and Guidance

The UK Government is co-ordinating the national response to the coronavirus.

We are following the latest advice and guidance:

People should not be unduly worried about the possibility of catching the coronavirus.

We warmly welcome you to Rye College

Our mission is to 'create bright futures for all'.

With this in mind, we work hard to ensure that every child is happy and well supported on    their educational journey with us. We want every child to grow and flourish in our care.

Our college is set in the attractive heart of 1066 country and is a place where students feel safe and have space to learn. We pride ourselves on being a close knit community where students are known as individuals and where their talents are nurtured.

We are part of a family of schools that serve the young people of Rye from two to sixteen years of age, truly making us a 'local community college'. We are driven by a pursuit of high academic standards regardless of start points and a desire for all students to experience an exceptional education.

Our aim is to challenge every learner to exceed their own expectations of themselves; create a can-do culture and the resilience to excel; include all members of our community through shared endeavour; and nurture diverse skills, talents and abilities whilst celebrating excellence.

Since November 2018, Rye College has been part of Aquinas - an educational trust of eleven schools in the south-east; we believe our students will benefit enormously from our shared ambition to excel. We are proud to be working together with Aquinas to build on our reputation for supporting students in realising their potential and going on to lead fruitful and productive lives.

We look forward to leading Rye College on the next exciting stage of our development.


Mr Dom Downes

Safeguarding Children

Rye College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment. We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our 'Child Protection Policy' which can be viewed in the 'Policies' section of our website.

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Miss Jest Carpenter (Deputy Headteacher).

Who is Aquinas?

  • We are a family of schools that deliver Life-Transforming-Learning;
  • Big enough to support but small enough to care with a proven track record of turning sponsored academies around;
  • In our schools, every learner flourishes, regardless of their background or starting point;
  • We believe every community deserves a great school, and bring the commitment to make that happen;
  • Our schools all have their own identity based around the communities they serve but benefit from being in the Trust.

What families need to know about early years and schools during COVID-19

The Department for Education regularly update their advice to families. For the latest guidance please click here.

We continue to follow UK Government Guidance – keep checking our website for updates.

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