Welcome to the Ralph Thoresby School website. We are proud to be a good and improving, truly comprehensive school serving the local community, ‘Ralph Thoresby School is a good school. Morale in the school is high and there is a culture of high expectations which is supported by all staff’ (Ofsted Report, March 2015). Our website is designed to provide parents and carers, friends of the school and other interested parties with a wealth of valuable information.
Our priority at Ralph Thoresby is that every student in our care achieves the very best they can. To achieve this goal we work hard to ensure that teaching is outstanding and all students are set challenging academic targets, ‘As a result of good and sometimes outstanding teaching students make good progress across a range of subjects’ (Ofsted Report, March 2015). This aspirational approach, summarised in our school motto ‘Ambition and achievement for all’, has led to significant improvements in terms of whole school student achievement. Our 2016 GCSE results were the best in the school’s history with 61% achieving A*-C grades in English and Maths. 81% of students made at least 3 levels of progress in English, a truly outstanding performance. At 69%, expected progress in Maths was also above the national average. Our A Level results were also the best in our history with a 100% pass rate and 86% achieving A*-B grades. Whole school progress measures are also very impressive and above national average.
We are an inclusive school with a tradition of excellent pastoral care. Student behaviour and attendance are real strengths. Visitors to our school are always impressed by the calm and purposeful atmosphere around our state of the art, modern school building. ‘Uniform is worn with pride and students are dressed smartly. Students are pleasant, polite and courteous. They are proud of their school’ (Ofsted report, March 2015).
Our team of truly committed staff will always go the extra mile to ensure that every child is safe, secure and happy, with the maximum opportunity to achieve. We have a fantastic record of supporting students from all home contexts into higher education, training or employment. In 2016, 100% of Year 13 applicants secured places at University.
If you would like to know more about Ralph Thoresby School, beyond the information offered here, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We are always keen to show prospective parents around our school and answer any questions you may have.