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Welcome From Our Head Teacher

Thank you for taking the time to find out about our successful school, which offers a broad range of learning experiences to young children (3-7yrs) across all subjects. Here at Ryhope Infant School we are focused upon the whole child and have an experienced staff who can blend both high quality teaching with the necessary wellbeing of each child.

Since becoming an Academy in 2014 the school has continued to achieve success across both Key Stage One and Early Years Foundation Stage. The end of Key Stage results demonstrate excellent levels of attainment in an inclusive environment which supports all pupils through a programme of Personalised Learning. This is due to the commitment of a dedicated team of staff and governors who work relentlessly to ensure the next generation has the best sustainable provision.

The environment, both indoors and out, is constantly changing to facilitate the growing needs of all learners.

 ‘The past, present and future’ is inherent in the life of the school as a succession of families, staff and governors pass through each year on their journey of life- long learning, leaving behind a rich legacy, for others to build upon.

The school’s motto ‘Learn to Live – Live to Learn’ is a message we extend to all who may wish to visit us and join Ryhope Infant School Academy.

Mrs T Allen


A thriving learning community where all learners are valued as individuals encouraged, challenged and supported to be the best they can possibly be”

Please see our "Staying Safe During Covid-19" Page for the most up to date information.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

You probably watched the Prime Minister’s announcement last night, just as we did. He stated that schools may return after half term and towards the beginning of June, for certain year groups. Further guidance from the Department for Education regarding the possibility of the wider opening of the school from 1st June states:

Actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-educational-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020/actions-for-education-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020 that under the heading Class sizes and staff availability ‘settings should prioritise groups of children as follows:
• early years settings– 3 and 4 year olds followed by younger age groups
• infant schools - nursery (where applicable) and reception
• primary schools – nursery (where applicable), reception and year 1”

and as we are an Infant School we will be prioritising Nursery and Reception.

I know you will have lots of questions but at this stage we are still unable to answer most of them.  Further information regarding this will be shared with parents/carers as and when we have it.

We are still open for children of Critical or Key Workers.  To book a place, please contact [email protected] 

We will be opening our school to these workers only when parents are scheduled to work.  The school will be open from 8:50am to 3:15pm.  There will be no breakfast or afterschool care available. 

If you are a “Critical or Key Worker” and are not scheduled to work, your child MUST stay at home.  If you have a partner at home who is NOT a “Critical or Key Worker”, your child should also remain at home.  This is to protect all of our children, staff and their families.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Free School Meal Vouchers

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From Monday 6th April 2020, all children eligible for benefits-related free school meals will benefit from a national voucher scheme allowing them to continue to access meals whilst they stay at home.

Schools will provide every eligible child with a weekly shopping voucher worth up to £15 to spend at supermarkets while we are closed due to coronavirus.

The vouchers can be spent on food at a range of shops including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose and M&S, with the Department for Education working to get more shops to join the scheme as soon as possible.

These vouchers will only be available during the normal term time with exception to the Easter break which the Government have agreed to provide support for. 

Please see our Staying Safe During Covid-19 Page for further information on how to receive the shopping vouchers.