The Rye Academy Trust - Schools working together to create outstanding futures

SUPPORTING learners to secure outstanding futures for themselves is the aim of The Rye Academy Trust.

All three schools within the Trust share a campus in the heart of Rye – Rye Community Primary School for 2 to 11 year olds; Rye College for 11-16 year olds and Rye Studio which welcomes 14-19 year olds who want to pursue a career within the creative industries. Collectively the schools are known as The Rye Education Quarter.

Whilst each school has its own identity, they work collaboratively and share expertise and facilities to provide the very best for every learner.

As a family of schools they place the individual at the heart of all that they do, providing inspiring and exciting opportunities for learners. The schools build aspirations, challenge learners to excel and help then secure a happy and successful future.

Executive Principal Ann Cockerham explained: “We have high expectations of our learners. Our children and young people enjoy coming to school. Our rural setting means they all have space to learn and space to grow as individuals. Our campus is a place where everyone can feel safe. We have clubs and activities for children and young people to get involved in. They quickly commit to school life and are happy here.”

All the Trust’s schools are driven by the same core values – empowering every individual to shape a better future; building self-esteem and the resilience to excel; sharing responsibility to build a thriving, caring community founded on respect and equality and driving aspiration and celebrating success.

Rye Community Primary School joined the Trust in March this year and, with the incorporation of the Pugwash Nursery, caters for children from two to 11 years. The fabulous purpose built school offers a nurturing atmosphere, where laughter and learning combine to create an inspiring environment.

Due to its popularity in the local area, the school is expanding to two forms of entry from September 2016 and will gain more new building to accommodate the additional children.

Rye College is proud of its heritage and tradition within the local community. It has been on its current site since 1908 but was originally established more than 400 years ago in the town.

The school has a welcoming, family atmosphere where students are known by all staff.

The College offers pupils a broad and balanced education across the full range of GCSEs. Lessons are designed to bring learning to life – fabulous robots come to life in technology, a cacophony of sound engulfs the music department. Everything is designed to develop confidence and creativity.

Rye Studio for the Creative Industries opened in September 2013 in a purpose built state-of-the-art building. It  prepares young people aged from 14 to 19 for work within the creative industries, combining the opportunity to achieve traditional qualifications alongside work placements and exciting enrichment opportunities provided by industry professionals, touring companies and in national and international schools, universities and arts centres.

A level, BTEC and GCSE examinations are offered in the visual, performing and production arts as well as the business areas of accounting, maths, English, enterprise and entrepreneurship to ensure employment in all areas of the creative industries.  Rye Studio School also offers the Level 4 University of London Foundation Diploma to prepare students for specialist university arts courses.

A wide range of enrichment activities from sport, drama and music to dance, publishing, photography and film making, help to develop teamwork, trust in one another and friendships across the campus.

The Milligan Theatre is the perfect setting for ambitious drama productions and music and dance performances in which children and young people join together to perform.

The campus also includes a community sports centre with swimming pool, excellent sporting facilities including a multi-use games area and a huge sports and athletics field.

Note from the Head

When you visit Rye Community Primary the overwhelming feeling is of a family atmosphere; every child is known as an individual and their special talents are recognised and celebrated. Due to the popularity of the school, an extension is being built to incorporate a ‘village’ approach to the education of children in our Early Years Foundation Stage, to enhance our delivery of the continuous provision of an engaging curriculum, based on the characteristics of learning with the child at its heart. We have a clear aim; to develop our children as resilient learners for a future in a modern Britain, where they can make informed choices aspiring and achieving their dreams.

Principal Jane Howard


Rye College is small; a place where students can feel safe and have space to learn, where they are known as individuals and where their talents are nurtured. We seek every opportunity to bring learning to life, develop confidence and creativity in all our learners. Rye College provides learners from 11 to 16 years with a unique experience; a place where tradition meet innovation. A family atmosphere characterises College life with positive, supportive relationships existing between students, staff and parents. We have high expectations of attitudes and behaviour, and it is to their credit that our students care about one another and take a pride in one another’s achievements.

Acting Principal Ian Gillespie


Rye Studio for the Creative Industries is a new model of education that partners traditional qualifications with industry experience. Our small school values community and creativity, preparing young people for global employment in the twenty first century. Communication skills are at the heart of our work with discourse, reflection and evaluation driving improved self-esteem, pride and confidence. Our mission is to prepare and equip young people for success in the global employment market with qualifications, confidence and creative, specialist skills.

Acting Principal Catherine Bell



“Rye Studio is inspirational in its ethos to explore many different specialisms, take big risks, make connections for the future and discover more about the creative industries. The structure of Rye Studio creates a friendly atmosphere with small classes and 1-2-1 coaching that is really supportive. “
Chloe Field

“My favourite moment at Rye Studio would have to be the final exhibition where all my artwork and photography work got exhibited. For the public to be able to see the work created by the student at the Studio School it was a proud moment for all.”
Thomas Dutton

“To progress my studies I am going to stay at Studio School and complete an art foundation to broaden my skills within the many genres of art.  I am torn between going to university and starting my own business, so doing a foundation year is giving me that extra time of exploration and development that will inform my future decisions.”
Isabella Woodcock

School news

3rd Jan 2017
The multi-academy trust which is responsible for three schools on its Rye campus – Rye Community Primary School, Rye College and Rye Studio School, has appointed Tim Hulme to the key role of Chief Executive. Commenting on the appointment, Chair of Trustees, Ian Potter said: “Appointing our ... more

Coming events

College Open Evening
Thursday, 5th October 2017
Location: The Grove, Rye TN31 7NQ
College Open Morning
Friday, 6th October 2017
Location: The Grove, Rye TN31 7NQ
College Open Morning
Monday, 9th October 2017
Location: The Grove, Rye TN31 7NQ

School details

Address: The Grove, Rye TN31 7NQ
Phone: 01797 222545
Head: CEO: Tim Hulme
Founded: 2013
Pupils: 1253
Ages: Primary 2-11, College 11-16, Studio 14-19
Prospectus: N/A