Rydon Community College
is a maintained comprehensive middle-deemed-secondary school
for pupils aged
10 to 13. The school is located just outside Storrington, West
Sussex in the village of Thakeham.
It is one
of only 9 schools of its type in the United Kingdom, and currently caters for around 415 pupils.
Rydon holds specialist Technology
The school was first opened in 1940 as the Storrington council
senior school. It was developed and extended over the following
years, being renamed as Rydon county secondary school. The roll
continued to rise until the mid-1960s, but had fallen to just 328
by 1968. Accordingly, in 1969, the school was modified to become an
intermediate school offering education for pupils aged between 10
and 13. Pupils then transferred to Steyning Grammar
School in nearby Steyning.
In 2002, consultations were undertaken to review provision in the
area to revert to the more usual two-tier structure of education.
However, a parental ballot demonstrated clear support for the
existing arrangements, and the status quo emerged as the preferred
The campus is in a rural area, just north of the village of
Storrington in West Sussex. The school is largely housed in
original buildings from original secondary school opened during
World War II
. Several additions and
adaptations have been made, including modifications to accommodate
the change to an intermediate school.
Pupils in the school are organised into three year groups, aligned
to the National
years of Year 6, Year 7 and Year 8. Pupils are
taught mainly by specialist teachers as in secondary schools
, although pupils in the
first year of the school are in Key Stage
transfer to the school from several feeder primary schools from
Storrington, Ashington and surrounding villages. Almost all pupils
transfer at the end of Year 8 into Year 9 at the Steyning Grammar