Rikkyo School-in-England

Name Rikkyo School-in-England
Website http://www.rikkyo.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Guildford Road, Rudgwick, Horsham, RH12 3BE
Phone Number 01403822107
Type Independent
Age Range 10-18
Religious Character Not applicable
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 188 (46.3% boys 53.7% girls)
Local Authority West Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 0.0%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No

Information about this school

Rikkyo School-in-England is a co-educational Anglican Christian secondary school. It was founded in 1972, primarily to serve the needs of children of Japanese families living and working away from home. The school occupies a large rural site near Horsham in West Sussex. The school teaches the Japanese national curriculum. It aims to provide a high-quality education which will enable pupils to achieve their ambitions of securing a place in high-ranking universities in Japan and in other parts of the world. The school is registered with the Department for Education in England to admit a maximum of 190 pupils between the ages of 10 and 18 years. One hundred and fifty-nine pupils currently attend, all of whom are boarders. The families of approximately three quarters of the pupils live in Japan, with the remainder based in the United Kingdom and Europe. The boarding provision was inspected most recently in May 2017. It was not inspected on this occasion. No pupils have special educational needs and/or disabilities. The school does not use alternative provision. The headteacher was appointed in April 2017.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Pupils achieve well in a range of subjects. Effective teaching ensures that pupils make strong progress. Pupils are ambitious and hard working. They have very positive attitudes to learning and their behaviour throughout the school is excellent. The school’s extremely attractive, peaceful and safe environment makes a strong contribution to pupils’ learning and well-being. Pupils feel extremely safe in school. Trustees are more knowledgeable about the school’s work than at the time of the previous inspection. The school’s curriculum provides pupils with a rich and engaging learning experience. Pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their education by the time they leave the school. Senior leaders ensure that the independent standards are met in full. Senior leaders have successfully reviewed, updated and improved the school’s work since the previous inspection. However, numerous staff changes have hampered the pace of development. A recent shortage of teachers in some subjects has delayed curriculum development. The quality of teaching has improved during the past year. Leaders rightly recognise the need to build on this good start by ensuring that teachers have more opportunities to share and learn from expertise, both in the school and in other schools. Pupils are exceptionally polite when speaking to adults and to each other. However, they do not always have the skills necessary to express their ideas or to support their points of view confidently during discussions and debates. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.