Congratulations to our Year 13 students who have achieved another strong set of A Level and BTEC results this morning to continue the upward trend in exam performance at Ralph Thoresby. Our attainment at A Level has improved again, despite a decline in results nationally.

I'm pleased to report another significant increase this year in terms of attainment. The average A Level points score per entry rose from 28.5 to 32.2, well above the Leeds average for 2017 and in line with national. 61% of students achieved at least one A*-B grade; 80% achieved at least one A*-C; 100% achieved at least one A*-E. All these figures are up on 2017. 80% of students achieved 3 A Levels or equivalent.

Students are now going on to a range of exciting destinations with one notable high achiever gaining a place at Cambridge University to study Natural Sciences. Another talented young person will be studying Medicine at Leeds only four years after arriving at the school without the ability to speak English.

As always, credit goes to the students for the dedication they have shown throughout the two years of study at Ralph Thoresby Sixth Form, part of a highly successful partnership with Lawnswood School. The Sixth Form partnership allows both schools to offer a broad and diverse curriculum within a highly supportive setting. Congratulations also to the staff involved and all the families who make up the wider Ralph Thoresby community – it really is a team effort!

Please find attached letters detailing attendance and uniform for September 2018.

 

The Ralph Thoresby School music department is buzzing with excitement right now thanks to new technology, bought with the help of the EMI Music Sound Foundation, which has revolutionised lesson planning.

For several years, the foundation has provided the school with donations. This generous investment has been crucial not only in funding a suite of 14 brand new iMac computers which have helped innovate lessons, but also in offering students, from a variety of backgrounds, funding for music tuition. This has allowed us to maintain our commitment to encouraging creativity – a vital part of any learning environment.  

The EMI MSF have been a huge support to the department as Mrs Winter (head of music) explains…

“It’s heart-breaking for me to think that a child who wants to learn a musical instrument is prevented from doing so by a lack of resources. The generosity of the EMI Music Sound Foundation over the past few years has allowed Ralph Thoresby School to support these children in developing their passion. Computer technology is a key component to studying music. Thanks to the gift of the computer suite from EMI students have been provided with the tools they need to do studio work and electric composition, not only in exam classes but also during KS3.”

Students are now able to access high quality music technology that allows them to engage, actively, with music composition – a key component required in the new GCSE and A level music courses.

Y9 students Joe Harrison and Kieran Colefax have been using the brand new computers and had this to say, “We love being able to hear back our own music on the iMacs, the instruments sound so real and this is really inspiring.” Students are able to write and create their own music and hear it played back with high quality music samples, this really brings their music to life and allows them to learn and create in an exciting and inspiring way.

Y11 student Sam Michaud has just finished using the computers for his GCSE compositions, and says “We have been lucky enough to have the computers for Y11 as we have been able to use them to produce realistic sounding compositions. Before Y11 we had to do everything on paper, which took time and you couldn’t properly hear back what you were writing. I’m really pleased with my compositions and I know that I will hopefully get better grades as a result”

                                                                             

“Seeing our GCSE and A level students experience music in such a creative and visceral way is truly amazing to witness”, says Steve Hackshaw, one of the Assistant Headteachers at school, “Our music department is going from strength to strength and I know that the funding that we receive from EMI goes so much further than we see in the classroom. Our students are accessing music lessons and music education in and out of the classroom as a direct result of the support and funding that we receive from EMI, for which we are incredibly grateful.”

It’s not just the GCSE and A level students that access the new computer suite. Students in the younger year groups as well will now use computers to create their own piece of film music, using film clips and ensuring that their music hits the action cues present in the clips. They also learn how to sequence music via a project on ‘minimalism’. The department is also looking at further ways to incorporate music ICT into the KS3 curriculum and beyond, with plans to look at ways to start courses in music production and music technology.

                                                                                

Dear Parent/Carer,

 

Ralph Thoresby School is committed to supporting students to achieve outstanding progress. A key part of us being able to support students to make further improvements is the rigorous assessment programme we have. An integral part of this is our formal exam week, which takes place between 18th and 21st June 2018.

 

Exam Timetable

Your child’s exam timetable is printed on the back of this letter. Students will take each exam listed and I would be grateful if you could spend time talking about the importance of each assessment with your child.

 

Punctuality and Attendance

It is important that students are very punctual during this week, as lateness to the registration of an exam or absence from school will have a significant and negative impact on your child’s outcomes. Please avoid making any non-emergency appointments during this time.

 

Equipment

Students are responsible for bringing the following equipment to every exam: 2 black pens, two pencils, a ruler, an eraser, a geometry set (protractor and pair of compasses) and a calculator. All equipment should be brought in a clear pencil case or polythene bag.

 

Water

Students may bring one bottle of still water in a clear bottle without a label.

 

Revision

Students should undertake revision tasks on each work day, and spend some time at the weekend revising for their exams. However, examinations can have a negative impact on emotional wellbeing, if not managed correctly, so it is also important that students spend some time relaxing and pursuing their hobbies and interests, so as not to become overly anxious or stressed. Students will be set revision work and it is important that they commit to undertake this revision, throughout the period leading up to the exams.

 

If you have any questions about these examinations, please don’t hesitate to contact me at school or via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Yours sincerely,

Mark Hancock

Mark Hancock

Acting Assistant Headteacher


 

Dear Parent/Carer,

 

Ralph Thoresby School is committed to supporting students to achieve outstanding progress. A key part of us being able to support students to make further improvements is the rigorous assessment programme we have. An integral part of this is our formal exam week, which takes place between 18th and 22nd June 2018.

 

Exam Timetable

Your child’s exam timetable is printed on the back of this letter. Students will take each exam listed and I would be grateful if you could spend time talking about the importance of each assessment with your child.

 

Punctuality and Attendance

It is important that students are very punctual during this week, as lateness to the registration of an exam or absence from school will have a significant and negative impact on your child’s outcomes. Please avoid making any non-emergency appointments during this time.

 

Equipment

Students are responsible for bringing the following equipment to every exam: 2 black pens, two pencils, a ruler, an eraser, a geometry set (protractor and pair of compasses) and a calculator. All equipment should be brought in a clear pencil case or polythene bag.

 

Water

Students may bring one bottle of still water in a clear bottle without a label.

 

Revision

Students should undertake revision tasks on each work day, and spend some time at the weekend revising for their exams. However, examinations can have a negative impact on emotional wellbeing, if not managed correctly, so it is also important that students spend some time relaxing and pursuing their hobbies and interests, so as not to become overly anxious or stressed. Students will be set revision work and it is important that they commit to undertake this revision, throughout the period leading up to the exams.

 

If you have any questions about these examinations, please don’t hesitate to contact me at school or via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Yours sincerely,

Mark Hancock

Mark Hancock

Acting Assistant Headteacher

 

Dear Parent/Carer,

 

Ralph Thoresby School is committed to supporting students to achieve outstanding progress. A key part of us being able to support students to make further improvements is the rigorous assessment programme we have. An integral part of this is our formal exam week, which takes place between 25th and 28th June 2018.

 

Exam Timetable

Your child’s exam timetable is printed on the back of this letter. Students will take each exam listed and I would be grateful if you could spend time talking about the importance of each assessment with your child.

 

Punctuality and Attendance

It is important that students are very punctual during this week, as lateness to the registration of an exam or absence from school will have a significant and negative impact on your child’s outcomes. Please avoid making any non-emergency appointments during this time.

 

Equipment

Students are responsible for bringing the following equipment to every exam: 2 black pens, two pencils, a ruler, an eraser, a geometry set (protractor and pair of compasses) and a calculator. All equipment should be brought in a clear pencil case or polythene bag.

 

Water

Students may bring one bottle of still water in a clear bottle without a label.

 

Revision

Students should undertake revision tasks on each work day, and spend some time at the weekend revising for their exams. However, examinations can have a negative impact on emotional wellbeing, if not managed correctly, so it is also important that students spend some time relaxing and pursuing their hobbies and interests, so as not to become overly anxious or stressed. Students will be set revision work and it is important that they commit to undertake this revision, throughout the period leading up to the exams.

 

If you have any questions about these examinations, please don’t hesitate to contact me at school or via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Yours sincerely,

Mark Hancock

Mark Hancock

Acting Assistant Headteacher

 

Dear Parent/Carer,

 

Ralph Thoresby School is committed to supporting students to achieve outstanding progress. A key part of us being able to support students to make further improvements is the rigorous assessment programme we have. An integral part of this is our formal exam week, which takes place between 2nd and 4th July 2018.

 

Exam Timetable

Your child’s exam timetable is printed on the back of this letter. Students will take each exam listed and I would be grateful if you could spend time talking about the importance of each assessment with your child.

 

Punctuality and Attendance

It is important that students are very punctual during this week, as lateness to the registration of an exam or absence from school will have a significant and negative impact on your child’s outcomes. Please avoid making any non-emergency appointments during this time.

 

Equipment

Students are responsible for bringing the following equipment to every exam: 2 black pens, two pencils, a ruler, an eraser, a geometry set (protractor and pair of compasses) and a calculator. All equipment should be brought in a clear pencil case or polythene bag.

 

Water

Students may bring one bottle of still water in a clear bottle without a label.

 

Revision

Students should undertake revision tasks on each work day, and spend some time at the weekend revising for their exams. However, examinations can have a negative impact on emotional wellbeing, if not managed correctly, so it is also important that students spend some time relaxing and pursuing their hobbies and interests, so as not to become overly anxious or stressed. Students will be set revision work and it is important that they commit to undertake this revision, throughout the period leading up to the exams.

 

If you have any questions about these examinations, please don’t hesitate to contact me at school or via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Yours sincerely,

Mark Hancock

Mark Hancock

Acting Assistant Headteacher

Parent/Carer Forum on Wednesday 13th June at 6.30pm – 7.30pm 

All parents/carers invited to discuss any concerns they may have or just a drop-in session for them to meet with Mr Carr.

 

 

To be able to track our progress during our trip to Cologne this is the link you will need to use

 

https://locatemytrip.uk/map/interval/login/9FE5F557 

No user name or password required.

 

This will not become active till we depart.

We have recently written out to all parents to advise that they are required to complete an online renewal form if they wish for their child to continue to use the school bus services for the next academic year. The closing date for these applications is  June 30th 2018. 
 
The online renewal form can be found here on generationm.co.uk. All applications must be received strictly no later than the 30th June, 2018. Any applications received after that date will not be prioritised.
 
 
It is crucial that we receive applications for all those wishing to use your school services,  as after June 30th2018 we will be looking at the amount of applications to determine the demand for services.
 
Please could you assist us by publicising this to parents and students in school newsletters & on your website? 
 
New starters and students staying on to years 12 & 13 must complete a new application form which can be found here on our website. 
 
The Education Transport team will also be sending out reminders using the @metrogenm Twitter feed and details can be found on the schools transport website at www.generationm.co.uk. And we will be sending further reminder letters out to parents.
 
Thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions or comments please get in touch.
 
Education Transport
West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Mental health safeguarding drive taking place from now until Easter. Click the PDF below to see what your child is learning about in school.

Attachments:
Download this file (mentalhealthassembly.pdf)mentalhealthassembly.pdf[ ]756 kB

Please click the image below to view the options booklet for 2018-2021. The presentation for the evening is attached below.

Attachments:
Download this file (GCSE Options Evening 2018.pptx)GCSE Options Evening 2018.pptx[ ]432 kB

Please see the attached letter for guidance from West Yorkshire Police regarding dealing with missing children.

 

Attachments:
Download this file (missingchildrenletter.pdf)missingchildrenletter.pdf[ ]1120 kB

Click on the link below to book.

 

Please find attached information regarding the Y7 Residential 2018.

Attachments:
Download this file (KitList.pdf)KitList.pdf[ ]341 kB
Download this file (Letter to parents 16.04.docx)Letter to parents 16.04.docx[ ]163 kB
Download this file (Y7residential2018.pdf)Y7residential2018.pdf[ ]245 kB

 

Ralph Thoresby School is committed to supporting students to achieve outstanding progress. A key part of us being able to support students to make further improvements is the rigorous assessment programme we have. An integral part of this is our formal exam week, which takes place between 22nd and 24th January 2018.

 

This exam week will form significant parts of the conversation on parents’ evening on Thursday 22nd February and will help us to make recommendations for subject choices and pathways that students will take in the GCSE options process. Additionally, it will help to inform some departmental decisions in setting students to commence GCSE studies.

 

Exam Timetable

Your child’s exam timetable is printed on the back of this letter. Students will take each exam listed and I should be grateful if you could spend time talking about the importance of each assessment with your child.

 

Punctuality and Attendance

It is important that students are very punctual during this week as lateness to the registration of an exam or absence from school will have a significant and negative impact on your child’s outcomes. Please avoid making any non-emergency appointments during this time.

 

Equipment

Students are responsible for bringing the following equipment to every exam: 3 black pens, two pencils, a ruler, an eraser, highlighters, a geometry set (protractor and pair of compasses) and a calculator. All equipment should be brought in a clear pencil case or polythene bag.

 

Water

Students may bring one bottle of still water in a clear bottle without a label.

 

Revision

Students should undertake approximately 60 minutes of revision each work day and spend some time at the weekend revising for their exams. Students will be set revision work and it is important that they commit to undertake this revision throughout each stage of the next few weeks.

 

 

If you have any questions about these examinations, please don’t hesitate to contact me at school or via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.