War memorabilia inspires students

2b0d18ae-e722-4c1a-844e-a5f5b8e24c94-extralargeMemorabilia from a military museum is being used to explain the impact of war to school children.

Year 9 Richmond School and Sixth Form College students were able to examine bullet strafed helmets and authentic Mills bombs in a project designed to bring history to life.

Green Howards Museum education officer Carl Watts conducted nine sessions to a total of 240 children studying the First World War. History teacher Sophia Mawer said: “The Great War has sparked a lot of interest among students and seeing the genuine artefacts has been amazing at bringing to life what they have learnt in the classroom. “It will be interesting to see if the exercise prompts any real-life stories from their families and how their great grandparents endured the war.”

Mr Watts said: “We are delighted to share our knowledge of the war and the uniforms and munitions certainly captured their attention. They have been enthralled by what they have heard and I hope this inspires them to learn even more.”

Richmond athletes excel at cross countries

By Mark Fletcher
It was a big week for Richmond and Zetland Harriers with junior athletes in competition at the inter counties cross country, the Northern Indoors and also at the home cross country at Richmond! Seniors were everywhere from Dewsbury, Muddy Boots and also competing in the cross country.

At the northern indoors Eliza Withers was in good form to produce a pb in the 200m in 29:64, she also ran the 60m in 9:26 and the 60m hurdles in 10:71. At the end of season cross country held on home turf at Richmond there were some outstanding performances all round.

Josh Hammett got the ball rolling with another fantastic run and was 2nd in the U11 boys race. He was well supported by the rest of the Richmond team with Dominic Wilford in 7th, Thomas Smith in 11th, Daniel Knowles (12th), Lucas Holmes (13th), Thomas Greer (14th) and Tom Coldwell (16th). Alana Teasdale again ran an excellent race for 2nd in the U11 girls. Kyle Rabjohn was the pick of our athletes in the U13 boys in 6th, closely followed by Charlie Stephenson (7th), Ralph Chisholm (11th), Ewan Baxter (12th) and Ali Chisholm (14th) for an excellent 2nd in the team race. In the U15 boys race Jake Stephenson continued his fine form to take 1st, with the ever improving Will Smith in 3rd, James Davidson was 7th and Lewis Moore in 12th completed the squad who also were the 1st team. Chloe Dalton was well placed in 2nd and Anna Harrison in 5th in the U15 girls. Reece Dalton was 2nd in the U17 boys with Harry Robson in 3rd, James Greer in 4th, Luke Hack in 5th, Aaron Auton in 7th and Ryan Canizo in 10th to also give them the team prize.

Jo Adams seems to peak at Richmond every year and again added to the 1st place she won last year with a comfortable victory. She was ably assisted by sister Rosie Adams in 9th, Jacqui Keavney in 18th, Shona Fletcher in 19th, Rebecca Simpson in 23rd, Laura Kirkham in 37th (5th U17), Fiona Wilson (50th), Pauline Whittaker (55th), Michelle Sprent (59th), Sally Harrison (82nd) and Natalie Wood (91st). These results ensured that the squad finished 2nd in the ladies team.

The senior mens race was also very competitive with Scott Wardman in 3rd just ahead of Rob Scott (4th), Ken Harker was 7th, Alan Ashcroft in 8th, Carl Jones (11th), Mark Crawford (16th), Steve Middleton (17th), Ronnie Corbett (23rd), Anthony Jefford (29th), Dave Hack (30th), Julian Simpson (41st) and Shaun Purkiss (49th). The mens squad returned to the top of the tree in the team race.
At the Dewsbury 10k, Michelle Nolan continues her return to full fitness with an excellent run in 75th and 7th lady in 37:00, Steve Sadler was next in 225th (40:41) and Donna Riddler in 240th (41:25). Nicki Billows took in the Muddy Boots 10k at Ripon and was 312th in 1:03:17.

The North East inter county schools cross championships had plenty of interest from a Richmond perspective with Luke Hack 28th and the 2nd North Yorkshire athlete to guarantee his place for the national schools finals in the U20 race. Jake Stephenson was also 28th in the U17 and the 2nd finisher from North Yorkshire schools. In the U15 race Will Smith was also 28th and the 2nd North Yorkshire schools representative! Ben Lambert was 25th in the U13 race to also guarantee him a place at the nationals for North Yorkshire. Holly Flannery ran well for 20th in the U20W race and the 2nd finisher for North Yorkshire to also go to the nationals. In the U17W race Chloe Dalton was 7th and the 2nd North Yorkshire finisher.

Anna Harrison was an excellent 63rd in the U15 girls race and the 7th finisher from Cleveland to guarantee herself a place at the nationals! Over at Darlington parkrun Mike Jeffries was the 2nd finisher this week (17:10), with Dave Hack just behind in 3rd and a big new pb (17:15), Ken Harker was 6th (17:50), Mark Crawford in 10th and another huge pb by over 9 minutes (18:30). Jeremy Pattison was 16th (19:21), Shona Fletcher 18th (19:35), Shaun Purkiss in 29th (20:08) and a seasons best and a return for Laura Dunphy in 291st (34:17). Dan Holdsworth was testing himself at Fountains Abbey with an excellent 2nd (17:18). Simon Withers was also in pb form (21:09) in 15th and Andy Everard was 35th (22:49) at Sedgefield parkrun.

Further information on the club and training nights can be found on the website www.richmondzetlandharriers.co.uk.

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Students raise cash for Richmond’s foodbank


Richmond School and Sixth Form College students James Egan, 16, of Colburn, Sarah Pettler, 15, of Cleasby and Conor Wilson, 15, of Richmond, with some of their fundraising produce

Richmond’s foodbank, along with a regional appeal to help impoverished children, will both benefit from the efforts of a group of Richmond School and Sixth Form College students.

A group of seven students on the Prince’s Trust initiative – a scheme to provide alternative qualifications for children who perform better vocationally – have raised more than £300 by growing and selling vegetables, making and marketing hot chocolate reindeer packs and sourcing and selling tea light holders, Christmas cards cakes and sweets.

Their efforts raised enough money to finance the course and make a £304 donation to the local Influence Church Food Bank and TFM’s Mission Christmas.

RE teacher and leader of Prince’s Trust Amie Bell said: “Students were surprised that in this region we needed to help a food bank and local children but once they became aware of the plight of many young people they threw themselves into fundraising with even more vigour and the donation is the spectacular result.”

Vast gallery of pictures from the Richmond Castle 10K


Success! Picture by Andrew Thrippleton

If you ran the Richmond Castle 10K at the weekend, you could find yourself captured in this vast gallery of the race, the landscape and the people.

The pictures were all taken by photographer Andrew Thrippleton.

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thecitysecret takes on Richmond School apprentices


The apprentices

Three former students from Richmond School have taken up roles as apprentices with Richmond software company, thecitysecret. Dan Raine, Dom West and Jess Dixon were all determined to go into a hands-on career where they could use their practical skills.

The company’s MD Martin Worner said “We are having a big drive on apprenticeships and we are keen to see the transfer of knowledge from experienced workers to young people”.

Students from Richmond school have recently gained apprenticeships at companies such as Randall Orchard Construction, Cummins Engineering, A1 Leeming to Barton, Purple Creative Services and The Linde Group, to name a few, and the list is growing each year.

The school is also a member of the Richmond Business Networking Group which works with the school to support students with work experience and apprenticeships. The school also partners with The ESH Group and students take part in their award-winning employability programme.

Liz Mannion, manager for careers and employability at Richmond School said the partnership with thecitysecret was important with many students benefitting from it either through work experience or apprenticeships.

She said: “We have worked hard to build external links with key businesses such as thecitysecret. At Richmond School our students develop excellent employability skills and leave school highly motivated to achieve in whatever field they choose to specialise in.”

Richmond School exam grades data shared in full

New information showing the full breakdown of Richmond School’s GCSE, AS and A level results by subject and grade is being published here today.

It is the first time the raw data has been published – currently the information on the school’s own website pages express the grades achieved as a percentage only. Using both sets of data will enable parents to build up a more detailed picture of the school’s performance than has been available to date.

The information was passed to the Richmond Noticeboard for wider publication and originates via the school’s offices.

The tables show grades per subject at GCSE level, AS level (taken after year one at sixth form) and A level.

They reveal details such as:

  • The greatest number of A-C grades at AS level were achieved in Maths with 17 pupils reaching that standard.
  • In History, 15 pupils achieved A-C grades and there were zero unclassified papers.
  • Maths continued to show the best results at A level with 31 A-C grades recorded.
  • Another core subject, English Language didn’t fare so well with zero A* grades achieved and just 17 pupils reaching A-C grades despite the school having more top grades in the subject at GCSE than any other.

And they also reveal a wide variance of achievement. For example:

  • In Economics at AS level, more pupils were unclassified (5) than achieved grades A – C (3).
  • At AS level in Biology, five pupils achieved the top grades (A-C )while four had their papers marked unclassified.

We have added all the information to the data store here and invite you to delve into it to explore further. The sheets are labelled at the bottom of the screen and all three data sets can be viewed online here by clicking through each of the three tabs.

Raw data like this often raises many questions which the figures alone can’t answer – for example the impact of teacher vacancies, the starting point of a pupil’s learning, and changes in practices during school year etc. etc.

We’d be interested in hearing your views and experiences to help build a fuller view of life at Richmond School. Please feel free to comment here at the website or, in confidence, to RichmondNoticeboardATgmail.com.

Richmond school student offered dance school place

I had waited so long that I thought I hadn’t got in – so I was so happy when I had. I love dance more than acting and singing but will need all three for the West End. One day I would love to teach with my own dance school.

Richmond sixth former Hannah Smith tells The Advertiser of her joy at getting a place to study professional dance and musical theatre at the celebrated Bird College in London.

Meet the new Richmond School shadow governing body

The new school governors for Richmond School have been announced and will be starting work as a shadow board. Introducing the new team, Peter Dwyer, the corporate director of children and young people’s service at the education authority (North Yorkshire County Council) said:

“On 6 February 2015 we invited interest from parents for the two parent representative vacancies on the new Body. In light of the feedback at the parents’ meeting which expressed a desire to further strengthen parental involvement in governance arrangements, we have decided to increase the number of parent representatives on the 10 strong body to three.”

You can read his full letter to parents here.

The appointment of the shadow governing body follows a period of upheaval at the school following the mass resignation of the original governing body and the subsequent appointment of an Interim Executive Board (IEB).

Here’s the full list of shadow governors.
LA Governor and Chair:
David Lawrenson: former Deputy Chief Executive of Richmondshire District Council and
Governance & Clerking Service Manager at North Yorkshire County Council. Currently Chair
of a ‘good’ local primary school governing body and a member of the Interim Executive
Board for Richmond School.

Parent Governors:
John Andrew Cottrell: Has served as an officer in the Army for 28 years with significant
leadership experience in a variety of scenarios and in personnel and financial management.
Strong commitment to the value of continuing education and experience in working with
Higher Education in the development of leadership training for students.
Caroline Hall: Former English teacher at Richmond School with experience of KS3-KS5
literacy strategies and in teaching SEN children with wide-ranging needs. GCSE English
examiner for the last 10 years and former Committee Secretary for a local Under 5s Group.
Heritage Consultant and copywriter for national heritage amenity societies with excellent
knowledge of buildings, maintenance and statutory health and safety issues in the
Julie Moody: Former Company Director with 13 years experience. Former member of the
Yorkshire Development Board for Marie Curie Cancer Care developing strategy for
fundraising and nursing care across the North of England. Currently manages marketing and
business development for a local flagship business. Julie has also served for three years as
a member of the School Parent Council at her daughter’s previous school.
Co-opted Governors
Philippa Cooper: Previously a Chair of an outstanding primary school. Professionally a
senior adviser for occupational health, safety and wellbeing for the Department of Health.
Philippa is currently a member of the Interim Executive Board for Richmond School.
Judy Hooton: Chair of interim executive boards for another local authority; former Director of
the North Stockton Education Action Zone; worked at a national level on the development of
headteacher qualifications. Judy is currently a member of the Interim Executive Board for
Richmond School.
Andrew McCarthy: long-standing professional background in school improvement services.
Andy is currently a member of the Interim Executive Board for Richmond School.
James Robson MBE: a North East businessman and entrepeneur who has spent the last 30
years working in the chemical industry. A former chair of governors at Red House School in
Norton. Passionate about STEM subjects and the need to get scientists and engineers into local industry here in the North East. James is currently a member of the Interim Executive
Board for Richmond School.

Staff Governor:
Lesley Abbey: Has taught at Richmond School for 11 years, having joined the school as an
NQT in the Physical Education Department. In September 2013 Lesley was appointed as
Lead Teacher for PE and currently leads a team of eight staff responsible for delivering high
quality PE lessons and developing extracurricular sporting opportunities. Lesley is
passionate about developing teaching and learning within the PE Department and across the
whole school.

Ian Robertson: Ian joined the school from Hermitage School in County Durham where he
was Executive Principal. During this period Ian supported other schools throughout County
Durham. Ian has been a Headteacher for 16 years and at Richmond since January 2010.
Former National Leader in Education.

Richmond School teacher ‘sacked over inappropriate contact’

A teacher at Richmond School has reportedly been sacked after allegedly texting a pupil from his bath ‘wish you were here’.

The male teacher is facing disciplinary action for having inappropriate contact with a female student who was aged over 16, reports The Northern Echo.

North Yorkshire Police said they were not investigating the incident, but it is believed the case has been referred to the National College for Teaching & Leadership, which has the power to ban teachers from working in schools in the future.