Enrichment & Student Leadership
Our students are a dedicated bunch and are rightly proud of their achievements, both academically and outside of their studies. Our extensive range of enrichment opportunities support and add depth to their learning, developing personal skills through a rich and varied programme. Students have the chance to enjoy new experiences and consolidate their timetabled learning through a wide range of extracurricular opportunities and experiences.
A host of visit opportunities await our students: they can go to France in Year 7, try their hand at outdoor pursuits at East Barnby in Year 8, visit the Battlefields of Belgium in Year 9, go out in the field with Geography or Biology in Year 10, university visits, careers’ events and so the list goes on. There are also trips and experiences offered to multiple year groups, such as the Music tour and theatre trips.
There is a wide-ranging offer of projects and activities across each department enhances students’ learning and deepens interest in their subjects. In English, students have opportunities to see live performances of drama and poetry, enjoying trips to the theatre or theatre companies visiting school to do workshops.
Our Design and Technology department takes part in the Rotary Club Technology Department and the Cummins Engineering in Schools project. Further details on enrichment are on the dedicated stretch and challenge summary opposite.
We are committed to ensuring our students leave Richmond as well-rounded, kind-hearted and community-conscious individuals. This ethos is supported with extensive opportunities for students, such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award and the National Citizen Service initiative, for which we are extremely proud to have been awarded Gold status for our tremendous support of the programme. Students are also encouraged to take part in voluntary projects in the community, such as the History department’s work on restoration projects at Croft Church and The Green Howard’s Museum. Demonstrating our value of Independence, students embrace every chance to take the initiative to enrich their own and the lives of others. We are proud of the countless examples of our students putting others before themselves and supporting the wider community.
Our ever-growing network of Student Leaders, which currently extends from Year 10-13, is something we are immensely proud of. The system we’ve established is constantly developing and, while we are eager to celebrate what we’ve already achieved, we know that this is just the beginning.
Student Leadership provides students with opportunities to develop their leadership potential. We aim to give them as many leadership experiences as possible, encouraging students to engage in the wider life of the school. Our Student Leaders are role models and ambassadors for Richmond School and therefore must embody the Richmond School values of excellence, resilience, independence, teamwork, creativity and respect.
The new Student Leaders are appointed in November, in Year 10, and remain in post until Christmas of Year 11 when the new Student Leaders take over, after a hand-over period.
Student Leaders are expected to represent the student body at meetings, lead assemblies and act as ambassadors for our school at a variety of school and public events.