Rye St Antony School

Rye St Antony School


Rye St Antony School

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Rye St Antony School is an independent Roman Catholic boarding and day school for girls aged 3–18 in Pullens Lane, Headington, Oxford, England. It is commonly abbreviated and referred to by both pupils and staff as 'Rye'. Rye is unique as a girls’ independent catholic school founded by lay women rather than by a religious order. The school has a strong rivalry with the neighbouring Headington Girls School.


The school was founded by Elizabeth Rendall and Ivy King in 1930, after a visit to the Church of St Anthony in Rye in Sussex in commemoration of which the School was named. There have been only 4 Headmistresses in Rye's history.

The school was first situated in central Oxford before moving to its present site of in Headington in 1939.The school grounds include a Victorian house built by Alfred Waterhouse.

A steady programme of building and development has provided the School with a wide range of high quality teaching and residential facilities. A new high specification Performing Arts centre was opened in February 2005. The school also opened a new Sports Centre (the Morton Sports Centre) in 2008 and renovated the Sixth Form Centre and Boarding house in 2010.

A unique and much anticipated tradition at Rye is the 'Tangerine Party', held at the end of each Michaelmas Term. This is believed to have originated from gifts of (among other things) fruit being donated to pupils whilst rationing was enforced during the Second World War. All...
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