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Day and boarding
|Chairman of Governors||J.M.P.D. Stroyan, Esq.|
|Local authority||North Yorkshire|
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Aysgarth School is a day and boarding preparatory school for boys located in the foothills of the Yorkshire Dales near Bedale, North Yorkshire, England and is the only all-boys boarding and day prep school in the north of England. Girls may attend up to age 8 (Year 2).
Aysgarth was founded in 1877 to prepare boys aged 8 to 13 years to go on to national public schools. The school suffered a severe fire in the 1930s. It has a good track record of sending pupils to top public schools around the country including Harrow, Radley and Eton and to Sedbergh and Ampleforth nearby.
Initially founded as a traditional boarding preparatory school, it now welcomes day boys as well. Oak House, the pre-prep and nursery day school, founded in 1993, caters for boys and girls from 2½ to 8. Pupils are housed in an attractive building within the grounds of the prep school and they have access to prep school facilities such as the games fields, sports hall, swimming pool, computer suite, music school, library and chapel.
Boarding & pastoral care
Although conveniently local to areas such as Catterick, the school also has boys from all over the country and overseas enrol due to their reputation and willingness to arrange for children to be escorted on the train by staff to London and Edinburgh.
The key pastoral care team includes the headmaster and his wife, the housemaster, the matrons and school nurse, and the form tutors, almost all of whom live on site. Close contact is maintained with parents and all boys have access to e-mail and telephones.
Notable former pupils
- George Butterworth, composer
- Sir George Hamilton, 1st Baronet, politician
- Richard Meinertzhagen, soldier
- Matthew Pinsent, Olympic rower and gold medalist
- Robert Swan, adventurer and environmentalist
The school year is divided into three terms: Lent (January to Easter), Summer (after Easter until June) and Michaelmas (autumn through to Christmas).
In an emulation of public school houses, (and possibly to encourage British military style camaraderie) the boys are grouped together into sets. Each boy is added to a set when they join the school and will remain in that set until he leaves. The sets are named after ancient Greek city states: Athens, Corinth, Sparta and Thebes. During the terms each boy can accumulate credits or demerits which are publicly displayed. Each set has a colour that can be worn to identify set members during sporting events. The colour for Spartans is red. This should not be confused with the school colours of the school tie, which are blue and black.