Assemblies and Guidance

Each morning at Richmond School begins with a 20 minute session in tutor rooms. This provides an excellent opportunity for Tutors to prepare each student for the day ahead as well as for example discussing:

  • Attendance and punctuality issues
  • Rewards and Star Performers
  • Achievement
  • School expectations
  • Urgent notices relating to that day
  • Planner and equipment checks
  • Theme of the week (often related to assembly or something topical in the news)
  • Safety in and out of school.

Each year group also has an assembly each week. A high quality school assembly is one of the most important aspects of a school's curriculum. Its potential to nurture a positive school ethos that stresses care for the self, others and the pursuit of all forms of excellence should not be underestimated. It powerfully nurtures the development of intrapersonal intelligence.

In all phases of schooling, an assembly can make a positive contribution to student self-development and therefore be at the heart of raising achievement and standards. Assemblies are developed by planning to encourage pupils to reflect upon a set of universal values, such as love, peace, truth, co-operation and respect. These values act as the foundation not only for religious education (RE) but for the development of personal, social and health education (PSHCE), citizenship and the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) aspects of the curriculum. In other words they underpin the school’s values and the whole of the curriculum.

Our assemblies are taken by staff in school and some of our external partners in the community. They cover a whole range of topics from local, national and international themes to charity work, personal safety, anti-bullying, RESPECT, British Values, Achievement and Rights and Responsibilities.