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Assemblies

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 discussing:

  • attendance and punctuality issues
  • rewards and star performers
  • achievement
  • school expectation
  • 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 develop 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.

Learning For Life

What will your child be studying?

Citizenship

We aim to provide our students with knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them to play a full and active part in society. Fostering a keen awareness and understanding of democracy, government and how laws are made and upheld. Our focus is to prepare our students to take their place in society as responsible citizens, manage their money well and making sound financial decisions.

Careers

Students learn employability skills so that they are well prepared for the next stage of their education, employment, self-employment or training.

Personal Social Health Sex and Relationship Education

Students gain an understanding of how to keep themselves safe from relevant risks such as abuse, sexual, exploitation and extremism, including when using the internet and social media.

Knowledge of how to keep themselves healthy, both emotionally and physically, including through exercising and healthy eating, staying safe online and from all forms of bullying.

Personal development, so that they are well prepared to respect others and contribute to wider society and life in Britain.

How can you help your child?

You can talk to them about current affairs, news headlines; discuss political and financial matters, as well as subject and career choices.

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