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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.


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There has been more great news for Ralph Thoresby’s thriving Sixth Form after it was announced that Year 12 student, Kirsty Foggitt, beat off stiff competition to secure a place at Oxford University’s prestigious summer school.

Many thousands of students apply for just a handful of places on the 36 courses, which run over 5 weeks.

Kirsty will join around a dozen other talented scientists on the university’s ‘Engineering Science’ week. Last year, more than 70 people applied for each place on this particular course, evidencing the very high level of competition Kirsty overcame.

During the week, Kirsty will take part in daily lectures and will be asked to prototype and subsequently build a solution to an engineering problem. Working with some of the world’s best academics, participants on the programme will find out more about the exceptional opportunities open to Oxford undergraduates.

Additionally, the programme will give her access to both state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and the famous Bodleian ‘print library’.

It is the first time in more than a decade that a Ralph Thoresby student has been accepted to the scheme, which is funded by private investors.

A key aim from the programme is to emulate life at a ‘World Top 5’ university and a varied programme will provide a splendid array of opportunities. As well as an exciting selection of social activities each evening, there will be the chance to take part in a ‘tutorial’ and receive specific feedback on an area of research interest. The week will end with a ‘formal hall’ banquet and a famous Oxford ‘bop’.

As Kirsty put it, ‘I am really looking forward to learning more about the course and the university. It will be great to put into practice and build on the great things I have been learning in my physics and maths lessons.’

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Associate Assistant Headteacher, Stewart McGill, is delighted that one of our students is amongst the only young people in the city to be granted this opportunity. He added, ‘Ralph Thoresby Sixth Form seeks to find fantastic opportunities for all of its students. For Kirsty, this will provide such an insight into a very specific Higher Education format.

‘We are proud to be supporting our learners in taking bold steps into securing exciting futures. This is just another example of the innovation and commitment to success that lies at the heart of Ralph Thoresby’s Sixth Form’.


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