Headteacher’s message and October newsletter
As the half-term draws to a close, we are delighted to share a message from Mrs Potter and our latest newsletter with you. The newsletter is packed with students’ exciting news and success stories and you can enjoy reading it HERE
MESSAGE FROM MRS POTTER, HEADTEACHER: Whilst it has to be recognised that the effects of the ongoing pandemic are still with us as a school – as they are with all schools and colleges nationally – the first half-term has felt more like a return to something more like the world we used to know.
The changes we have made to our systems and procedures are most definitely bedding in, school is calm, students are enjoying being able to move from lesson to lesson and there is an orderly atmosphere in which the focus is very definitely on learning.
This half-term’s calendar has been absolutely jam-packed with events, activities and visits. We were absolutely delighted to open our doors for our Year 6 and Sixth Form Open Evenings and enjoyed talking to the many, many visiting students and their parents.
Our Presentation Evening was also a resounding success. Visiting keynote speaker Mark Woolley, a former student of Richmond School, wowed us with his dynamic and inspiring talk, describing the way in which he now works as CEO of Electric, a leading international hair product brand and stressing heavily the importance of people and their values as the key things that make an organisation tick – exactly the same belief that we hold.
I also have to mention our pride at being awarded ‘School of the Year’ in the recent Northern Echo education awards and Stephen Boyd being awarded ‘Secondary School Teacher of the Year’. These are awards that are the result of huge amounts of hard work from students, staff, parents and wider stakeholders and I would like to extend my sincere thanks, one last time, to everyone who has contributed to making the school and college what they are today.
We are very much looking forward to the next half-term and to all that it will bring. Already the re-introduction of extra-curricular activities, educational visits, Duke of Edinburgh for Year 11 students and a number of visiting speakers have meant that our students are again experiencing a rich variety of opportunities that will genuinely complement their taught lessons.
I wish you all a very happy half-term break and thank you, as always for your support.