Read School

Type of school: Co-Ed Senior school with a junior department or a prep school

Nearest international airport: Manchester (90km)

Age Range: 2-18

Number of pupils: 240

Number of boarders: 40

Fees per term: Boarding: £6,740– £8,610
Day: £2,505–£3,545


Photo of Read School Boarding Students 300x199Location and history

The Read School is in close proximity to the city of York and the Yorkshire Coast, set in a peaceful, rural location. Founded almost 350 years ago, it has a long, distinguished history, yet is a deliberately small and caring school which is very welcoming to international pupils.


Aims and ethos

Boarding offers stability to young people in a fast-moving, complex world, while teaching them self-reliance, independence and tolerance of others. Here at Read, our boarding houses are in the charge of committed and enthusiastic resident staff, closely involved in supporting the personal and academic development of those in their care. Pupils at Read feel nurtured and cared for and settle quickly into the unique family atmosphere. Boarding can be fun where many lasting friendships are made, providing the stability sought by parents alongside a broad-based curriculum and a full programme of co-curricular activities.


We are a co-educational day and boarding school, offering a wide range of academic studies at GCSE and A-level. High standards are expected in all aspects of endeavour and in behaviour and manners. We cater for a wide range of academic abilities and subjects taught are: maths, chemistry, physics, biology, English, languages (French, Spanish, Latin), geography, history, ICT, design technology, art, business studies, psychology, drama and theatre studies, and sport and PE; support and help with IELTS and PET preparation is provided for our overseas pupils.


Extracurricular activities are varied and include Combined Cadet Force (CCF), football, hockey, rugby, swimming, cricket, netball, rounders, badminton, computer club, cooking, film club, gardening, drama, choir, and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.

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Our pastoral care is first class. Every pupil is known as an individual and everyone is important. In a small school such as ours, it is possible for every pupil to play a vital part in the life of the School.


For boarders, there are theatre visits, shopping visits, visits to places of historical interest, bowling, cinema, restaurants, ice skating – and much more!


Boarding accommodation is constantly improved and upgraded, and boarders have full use of facilities such as the multi-use games area, the sports hall, drama studio, large sports pitches, new science laboratories, and creative arts faculty. The Sixth Form are well catered for with a new, fully equipped Sixth Form Centre.


“… boarding is fantastic and I’m learning life skills which will really help me later on. Read really helps you to excel at the things you enjoy.” Year 10 boarding pupil, 2014