About Richmond School

Richmond School is a community comprehensive school situated on the edge of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, based in the market town of Richmond.

This is certainly an exciting time in the history of Richmond School; a history that goes back nearly 700 years.  With the recent refurbishment and new building, teachers and students now have facilities that rank as some of the best in the country, including subject classrooms and bases that are in close proximity to each other.

There are approximately 1470 students on roll with 250 in the Sixth Form. 

We are delighted that a recent focused Ofsted visit (January 2015) confirmed that we continue to be a good school, with leadership and management, and behaviour and safety, all deemed as ‘Good’. This is particularly pleasing because the inspection took place under the new, tougher, criteria. Our goal now is to push on towards becoming a truly outstanding school.

We are confident that we will achieve this and have recently reshaped our Vision and Mission Statement for the School in order to demonstrate a commitment to a shared responsibility for the future success of all students.

We have a team of committed staff who work hard together to ensure our agenda of continual improvement and future success.  

The Wider School Community

Richmond School is situated approximately four miles from the A1(M) at the northern end of the extensive county of North Yorkshire.  It is an extremely attractive market town in part of what has become known as ‘Herriot Country’.  Richmond itself has all the services of a market town and is within easy reach of Darlington and Teesside, with Newcastle and Leeds each less than an hour’s drive away.  The nearby railway town of Darlington is on the main East Coast line between Edinburgh and London, whilst the Dales area itself has a rich rural and industrial heritage.  Musicians, thespians, walkers, potholers, campers, historians and many other interest groups find Richmond to be an ideal base.

Over thirty five primary schools contribute to the School’s Year 7 intake.  

Students travel from the borders with County Durham, from the Catterick area, from Wensleydale and also from the head of Swaledale, as well as from the town itself - testimony to the fact that the School enjoys an excellent reputation over a wide area which extends well beyond the Dales.