The Ryleys School

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The Ryleys School
Motto Tu Ne Cede Malis
(Latin for "Do not give in to evil")
Established 1877 (1877)
Type Preparatory day
Headteacher Julia Langford
Location Ryleys Lane
Alderley Edge
DfE URN 111468 Tables
Gender Coeducational
Ages 2–11
Houses Elstob, Hoyle, Waterhouse, Wilson
Colours Black and gold
Former pupils Old Ryleysians
Website School website

The Ryleys School in Alderley Edge, Cheshire is a preparatory school for boys and girls aged between 2 and 11.


Ryleys was founded in 1877 above Alderley Edge's chemist's shop (pharmacy), before moving to its present site and changing name in the early 1880s.[1] It was an all-boys school for 132 years until 2009, when it began accepting girls for the nursery and junior classes.[2]

Until 2006, the school provided boarding facilities as well as taking in day pupils.[1]


Nearly all alumni in their final year have to date achieved reports and grades to meet basic entry requirements for schools with developed specialisations and/or across-the-board academic high achievement. These include the secondary education independent schools in Cheshire (see below), Manchester Grammar School, Stockport Grammar School, Cheadle Hulme School, and Shrewsbury School which are selective. The school also teaches the subjects, some of which as options, for the varied entrance examinations of these schools. These schools admit a varying intake of pupils at 11 — in the instance of Shrewsbury education there commences after the leaving age of Ryleys, at 13.

Pupil Laurence Jeffcoate was one of the three boys chosen to play in the stage musical, Oliver! on BBC One's I'd Do Anything.


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Coordinates: 53°18′09″N 2°14′33″W / 53.302513°N 2.242437°W / 53.302513; -2.242437