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Ruthin School Investing for the Future


Ruthin School has just completed the latest investment phase by officially opening the new £5.5 million dining hall and communal space supported by Barclays.

Originally founded in 1284 this independent school provides first class educational opportunities for day and full boarding pupils ranging from age 10 – 20. With fee income projected to exceed £8 million next year, employing 162 staff and with pupil numbers rising to 360, Ruthin, School continues to be recognised as an educational centre of excellence.

Toby Bellfield, Principal at Ruthin School said

“As an independent school, we have had to deal with the tough economic environment like many other businesses. We actively market our school internationally and I have already travelled to Nigeria, Hong Kong, Malaysia, China Japan, India, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Russia, Bahrain and Kenya this year to identify new markets and attract new students. We have significantly invested in our school in recent years to create an environment to nurture and develop talented individuals.”

Merfyn Hughes, Relationship Director at Barclays said,

“This is a significant investment in a highly competitive market and with further investment planned, paints a very bright future for the school. By really understanding the business and the industry sector, Barclays has been able to deliver a funding package to support this ambitious project. The new facility demonstrates both Barclays and the school’s confidence in the continued growth and success of the business.  The 12-month project has delivered an outstanding state of the art facility for the students and puts a significant asset on the balance sheet.”

Toby Bellfield, Principal at Ruthin School continues

“Our results show we are within the top echelon of UK education providers, 96% of our students go on to find placements ranked in the top 20 UK universities and academically we are currently ranked 12th out of all co-educational schools in the entire UK. While we have students from over 20 countries studying at the school we also wish to increase our number of day pupils at the school from within the local area and have generous bursaries for day pupils. Cost should not be a barrier for local children to study here.

We already have further investment plans for the school to create another 31 classrooms, library and two laboratories as we continue to increase pupil numbers and deliver outstanding education facilities.”

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