Aysgarth School

Type of school: Boys Preparatory school

Nearest international airport: Durham Tees Valley/ Leeds Bradford/ Newcastle

Age Range: Boys 8-13; Co-Educational 3-8

Number of pupils: 203

Number of boarders: 141

Fees per term: Boarding: £7,940
Day: £6,100


Aysgarth 2Aysgarth has exceeded all of my expectations. It’s a joyful and caring environment, where boys support and encourage one another to be the very best they can be – both inside and out of the classroom. Inspirational teachers are able to draw out individual talent in each boy, making school life both engaging and enjoyable. I love that boys can excel and be admired by peers for not just being academic or sporty but arty, good at drama or musical

Mrs Siona Tomlinson, parent

Where ‘boys can be boys’

Aysgarth School is one of the leading all-boys’ prep boarding schools in the country. Set in 50 acres in the foothills of the Yorkshire Dales, we are unmatched in the way we prepare boys to go on to leading public schools. Our ambition is to find the best in every boy and to help them make the most of their potential whether it is in the classroom, on the sports field, in the art room, in the music school or on the stage.

Alongside this ambition, we want boys to feel valued for who they are and to develop a respect and concern for others. Our small classes, fantastic facilities and dedicated staff keep Aysgarth at the forefront of preparatory education and we are very proud of our excellent record of academic, performing arts, musical and sporting achievements.

Aysgarth edittedFull Boarding and feeder to the best public schools in the country

The only all-boys’ prep boarding school in the North of England, an emphasis on full boarding and the ability to send boys to the very best public schools in the country (Eton, Harrow and Radley) are just some of the key elements that sets Aysgarth apart from other schools.

Whilst most competitors are schools with boarding houses attached, Aysgarth is undoubtedly a home which has a school built around it. We are passionate about the benefits of boarding and with 90% of our boys living at the school under one roof it really is a huge family and the atmosphere is truly unique. The chapel is at the very heart of the school, both literally and figuratively speaking, and we begin each morning with a service.

We have the time to invest in manners, courtesy, kindness and respect for others. Aysgarthians are easy to spot as they are independent, confident, adventurous and polite young men (and often sporting muddy knees!).

Outstanding education in a rural setting

The connections in the North East of England are good; the East Coast rail line enables the journey from London to York to be completed in just over two hours (many of our parents weekly commute to London), and there are international flights into Newcastle and Leeds Bradford airports (each about one hour away) as well as connections to international hubs such as Amsterdam, Dubai and of course Heathrow. Manchester Airport is about two hours away. Our pupils come from across the UK as well as from overseas. For weekends out (exeats) and half-terms, we escort boys on the trains to and from London and Edinburgh, allowing boys to experience a top-class education in a rural setting.

Aysgarth, by staying true to its original purpose, finds itself not only distinct but paradoxically progressive, and in a position to demonstrate why educating the sexes separately is also thought, for solid reasons, to be the better way. J R H McEwen, The Spectator