Richmond School retains ‘good’ Ofsted rating

Richmond School and Sixth Form College has retained its ‘good’ Ofsted rating.

It comes after inspectors visited the school in January for a section 8 inspection — an inspection carried out after a school is previously judged to be good or outstanding.

Inspectors concluded that school leaders “prioritise pupils’ academic achievement and pupils achieve well”.

Their report added: “Leaders show a strong commitment to pupils beyond just academic success. There is a wealth of opportunities in which pupils can take part outside the classroom.”

Pupils were described as “happy, courteous and articulate”.

“They were all willing to speak to inspectors and share their experiences. Year 7 pupils and parents and carers spoke of how the transition from primary school was well managed.”

The report added: “Behaviour around the school is orderly and respectful. Pupils and adults speak considerately to each other. In classrooms, there is a high level of respect.

“Pupils know that teachers want them to do well. Most pupils are actively engaged and keen to learn.

Pupils trust adults in school to help and support them. If bullying occurs, it is dealt with quickly by staff. Leaders take bullying seriously.”

The only criticism was that in some lessons, teachers were not systematically checking what pupils knew and

“This means that pupils’ learning is not as secure as it could be, and pupils sometimes struggle to explain or demonstrate their understanding.

“Leaders should ensure that teachers are regularly checking in lessons what all pupils have learned in order to help them embed important knowledge.”

The school joined Areté Learning Trust in December 2017.

Richard Crane, the trust’s CEO, said: “I am immensely proud of the inspection result.

“It reflects the hard work and dedication of our students and colleagues within the school and across the trust, affirming their passion and vision of being the best they can be, by going the extra mile for our school community.

“Richmond School and Sixth Form College really is a special place with so many great facets, which ensure our students receive a superb holistic learning experience.”

Headteacher Jenna Potter said: “We pride ourselves on being a close-knit community, inside and outside of school and college, being a big family that is firmly at the heart of its community.

“I am delighted that the inspectors recognised this, as it is something we are incredibly and justifiably proud of.”

Click here to read the report in full.


  1. Dont know why all i ever hear now is kids getting beat up and items pinched on a regular basis!!!

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