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

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

 

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Click on a link below to book.

Please find attached information regarding the Y7 Residential 2018.

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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.

Please see the attached document for information about this years Y7 residential.

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Year 13
100% pass rate
75% achieved an A*-B
Progress at A level ranked in the top 10%
Progress in applied general qualifications ranked in the top 25% for the last 3 years
 
Year 11
 
We are delighted with our performance on the new, more demanding 9-1 GCSE examinations.  % of students achieving a standard pass (equivalent to the old C grade):
 
English Language 66%
English Literature 61%
Mathematics 60%
 
Please find further subject information in the attachment.
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Please consult the table below for timings for the Y11 mock exams- core subjects only.

A reminder that the MAT consultation meeting will be taking place on Tuesday 3rd October at 6.30pm. All parents are invited to join in with discussions and ask questions about the process.

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Thank you to everyone who managed to attend last Thursday evening.  If you didn’t, here is a copy of the presentations from the evening along with some useful strategies for revision.  Revision guides and workbooks are still available and can be ordered directly from your son/daughter’s teachers.

If you have any questions about our GCSE and vocational qualifications, please get in touch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The whole school community, and in particular Year 13 students and their families, are celebrating another excellent set of A Level and BTEC results at Ralph Thoresby School this year.
 
75% of our students achieved at least one A*-B grade and the pass rate for the cohort was 100%. An improvement on last year in terms of A Level results is particularly pleasing and value added scores in both academic and vocational qualifications look very positive. As always with Year 13 results, the key is destinations beyond school and I am delighted to report that, yet again, 100% of applicants have been successful in gaining a place at a higher education institution.
 
You may have seen Ralph Thoresby students featured throughout results day on the Sky News channel. Great to see the positive atmosphere and the phenomenal achievements of our young people captured on national TV. A number of students were interviewed live and made a great impression. Headteacher Will Carr was delighted with the school's performance, 'I'm very proud of the students and staff for achieving such an excellent set of results. It is very encouraging that we have performed particularly well in the new 'linear' A Levels. This is testament to the dedication of staff and a clear focus on independent learning.'
 
With strong results also at Lawnswood School this was a great day for our Sixth Form Partnership, now in its fourth year. Both schools are still recruiting for September and the excellent results gained in 2017 will surely make the partnership an even more desirable post-16 option for young people across the city.
 
Congratulations to everyone involved and good luck to our class of 2017 as they take the next big step in their lives and careers...

 

Every year, we seek to support students in progressing into Higher Education. Whilst the process can be daunting, the presentation delivered on 12th July gave parents and students alike the opportunity to learn about the process. 

 

Download the slides to gather all the key information and contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information or guidance.

Chris-Y12- Reflection of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

On the 4th April 2017 at 7 am, Tione and myself boarded a trip taking us to Krakow, Poland where we would spend the day travelling to and looking around Auschwitz-Birkenau. If I was to describe how I was feeling before I got on the plane, tired would be a fairly accurate word to use, but afterwards, it became merely an understatement. Upon arrival, we grouped together and went off in our separate groups. We first visited Oświęcim where we went to the town square in order to gain an understanding of how life was like for the Jews before the Nazi regime and the imprisonment of the Jewish community. This was seemingly necessary and made the trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau even more overwhelming.

Following this, we travelled to Auschwitz via coach with the organisers of the trip and the other students. I'd already heard about what was there from a friend who visited the museum with his parents earlier on in the year, so when I arrived I knew what to expect, I knew about the shoes, the hair, the personal belongings that had been stored there. One thing I wasn't aware of, however, was the actual scale of it all. To see that over one tonne of hair had been removed from the heads of people whose only crime was following Judaism was infuriating, to me, it was completely obscene that something like this was actually possible and nobody said anything to stop this from happening. It really was eye opening to see that things like this had happened on such a large scale, of course I had knowledge of what had happened, but just learning about it in a classroom from a teacher doesn't do it justice, to see it and to see what had happened really made it much more realistic, statistics became people and it instantly became more personal.

After the trip to Auschwitz, we travelled to Birkenau, the extermination camp. The scale of this was huge in comparison to Auschwitz, making it look tiny by comparison. The first thing you see, of course, is the very famous railway line which took millions of innocent, unaware Jewish people to their very painful death.Though much of Birkenau was destroyed, it was evident that this was used for much more than Auschwitz was, there were more and bigger gas chambers for a start. This side of the trip was a lot more emotional than the first I found, it was seemingly more personal and morbid. The pictures of the people who had died there especially made it feel this way.

I imagine when people visit this museum they say it was heartbreaking, personally, this wasn't the effect it had on me, I was more overwhelmed than anything. Maybe I was too tired to appreciate it to the point where I was heartbroken, but where I wasn't feeling upset over what happened, it was more anger. Seeing the scale of everything really opened my eyes to the actual scale of the persecution that the Jews were faced with at the time and knowing that all of this had been conducted through the ideas of one man made it all worse. History, quite unfortunately in some circumstances, has a tendency to repeat itself, all we can hope is that the exhibitions within this museum stop that in this instance and we aren't faced with such a mass genocide again.

Tione-Y12- Lessons from Auschwitz.

April the 4th, a 5am start. The first thing I thought was ‘wow I’m exhausted’, we’ve all been there. We complain that we have to go to school by taking the bus or our parents driving us. We say that we’re starving because we haven’t eaten breakfast and have to wait two hours for lunch. We take these things we have for granted, but for many men, women and children these were considered privileges. Basic human rights were taken away from them and I got just a glimpse into their lives and it’s an experience I will take with me for the rest of my life.

I went to Oswiecim, Poland to visit Auschwitz Birkenau and Auschwitz II. You initially walk into the Birkenau museum and it seems ordinary, what you’d expect  a museum. But the minute you walk in through those famous gates, the reality hits. This was a work camp where thousands of prisoners were worked until their death, men, women and children. We’ve all heard the stories of how they were taken, worked and eventually killed. But to see it is something else. To see the rooms stacked full of lost belongings; shoes, bags, hair brushes, to see the cases full of human hair, to walk the halls filled with the forgotten faces, row after row. You can only imagine the pain, you can only imagine the grief. On the site of Auschwitz Birkenau, the first, and only remaining gas chamber of Auschwitz that was later used as a bomb shelter.

 

Auschwitz II is what you expect of a concentration camp. A wide-open landscape, prison blocks as far as the eye can see. The famous railroad track that many marched along, unknowingly towards their death. One of the greatest graveyards in history. There’s nothing much to tell of Auschwitz II because most of it was destroyed as an attempt to hide the horrific things that occurred there, an attempt to erase what they had done and ease their guilt. But such devastating acts cannot be forgotten. Being on site of where so many lost their lives, where so many dreams and hopes were killed before they were given a chance to grow. It has an effect on you, walking in the footsteps of prisoners most of them only committing the crime of being Jewish. There is so much emotion that demands to be felt and you walk out of those gates with a heavy heart for those who never did. There’s a blissful serenity of Auschwitz II, the silence is comforting and sombre because everyone there with you is having the same experience. Reflection, sorrow, empathy are among the things we take from Auschwitz. It’s hard to ignore the warning signs that Auschwitz shows us, it shows us what happens when humanity goes wrong.

Visiting Auschwitz Birkenau and Auschwitz II, it stops being a figure. It stops just being one and a half million people who were killed by the Nazis. It becomes much more personal. You begin to comprehend that one and a half million lives were lost, their dreams never realised, their stories never told, their faces and names forever forgotten. Auschwitz is here to ensure that their deaths are never forgotten. That the brutality of what happened less than a century ago is never forgotten. History has a way of repeating itself, Auschwitz stands as a lesson to humanity, to the generations yet to come, to us.

 

Please find attached a letter regarding upcoming events

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Arrangements for the last day of term – Friday 21st July 2017

·    Please be advised that school will finish at 12.15 pm on Friday 21st July 2017. 

·    School uniform is to be worn on this day. 

·    No lunch will be served, although there will be packed lunches available for those students eligible for free school meals.

 

Examination results days over the summer holidays

·    Sixth form examination results will be available in school from 10.00 am on Thursday 17th August 2017

·    Year 11 examination results will be available in school from 10.00 am on Thursday 24th August 2017

 

Arrangements for the start of the Autumn term

Monday 4th September 2017

School closed for all students – staff training day.

Tuesday 5th September 2017

 

 

Year 7

 

 

Year 8

 

Year 9

 

Year 10

 

Year 11

 

8.50 start

 

 

Home for lunch

at 12.00

 

 

8.50 start

 

 

Home for lunch

at 11.30

 

8.50 start

 

 

Home for lunch

at 11.00

 

 

10.50 start

 

 

Home for lunch

at 1.15

 

 

10.50 start

 

 

Home for lunch

at 1.15

 

Full school uniform is to be worn.

 

 

Normal timetable starts on Wednesday 6th September 2017 – students should be in school in full uniform (with PE kit of they have PE on this day) by 8.25 am at the latest.

 

 

Year 12

·    During the period Tuesday 5th – Friday 8th September 2017, students will enroll on courses and take part in induction activities (details will be communicated separately).

·    Year 12 will start their timetables on Monday 11th September 2017.

 

Year 13

·    Not in school on Tuesday 5th September 2017.

·    Year 13 starts with assembly in the Theatre at 8.45 am on Wednesday 6th September 2017 for all upper sixth students.

 

 

 

Although the thought of moving to secondary school is daunting for any young person, it was our pleasure to see 190 new students confidently engaging within their new school community, delighted to have secured a sought after place in our most over-subscribed year.

 

With 2017 showing that our school is the natural choice for many hundreds of local families, the 28th June saw our new students joining us for a day of intensive work with their mentor. That evening, our theatre was packed to the rafters with 350 family members who were eager to learn of the unique opportunities open in a school where academic, personal and professional progress is at the heart of what we do.

 

The transition programme is integral to students being successful and begins as early as Y5 with special in-school events in PE, technology, maths and English for our local feeder primary schools. However, it is the opportunity to visit every single child and their teacher that gives us the biggest opportunity to help them to hit the ground running.

 

The programme allows us to put in place procedures to give children to chance to flourish from the first day. From their invitation to attend a residential visit to the transition lessons they take, our new recruits are equipped to succeed in every walk of life.

 

Assistant Headteacher responsible for transition, Stewart McGill, comments. ‘Transition to Ralph Thoresby School is achieved through a collaborative approach. Working with primary schools means that there is enhanced continuity.

 

‘Most importantly, it is essential that students feel happy and safe, and it is clear to see why every child feels so positive’.

 

Future applicants are encouraged to attend our Open Day on Saturday 23rd September (09:30-12:30). Further information can be obtained from Stewart McGill (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).