2017 has been a year in which Ralph Thoresby has continued to go from strength-to strength.

Building on an excellent of outstanding summer results, which showed our school to buck the trend and substantially increase the number of students achieving an A* across subjects, our work to become Outstanding has continued at pace. This year, the educational league tables indicated we were ‘significantly positive’ in many areas when compared to local and national schools, meaning that you can be confident that your child will make exceptional progress at every stage of their studies.

Our focus on developing independent and resilient learners has seen an overhaul of the Key Stage 3 curriculum to ensure that every student is actively engaged in all of their lessons.

We were recognised for our exceptional new methods of assessing pupil progress in Year 7.

More than two times the national average of our most successful Sixth Form in recent years have secured places at ‘Russell Group’ and research intensive universities, with students accepting places on medicine, law and architecture now commonplace.

This year, over 150 students in Y7-11 are participating regularly in work with universities and over 300 will have visited or participated in a university workshop. Every one of our Y10 and Y12 students participate in funded work experience and students and their families are given unbiased guidance about progressing their learning through our innovative Unifrog software.

Our success on the sport field has been matched by great outcomes on the stage. More Year 7 students than ever have played in one of our league-winning teams or performed in our toe-tapping performance of ’Ghost-The Musical’, which has received many nominations at the Wharfedale Arts Festival.

Our school visit provision, which always ensures access for every learner, has included, amongst others, Ecuador, New York, London, Brussels, and Marseille. Students return from the trips with a renewed confidence and with an enhanced cultural awareness.

Most importantly, our students are the happiest they have ever been, with almost all of our learners saying they are ‘Extremely proud’ to be a student at Ralph Thoresby when we asked them in a recent survey.

Our hugely popular school, with over-subscribed year groups, now invites you to learn more about us in our annual Open Day.

The Open Day

On Saturday 23rd September (09:30-12:30), we will throw open our doors to hundreds of families who are eager to find out the amazing opportunities our students enjoy.

Every department will be alive with scores of Key Stage 2 pupils experiencing the outstanding facilities that our own students enjoy on a daily basis.

In the science department, for example, students will test pH levels, discover starch and sugar content, explore biology through dissection and even have the chance to (safely) set fire to their

hands. Food technology students will learn how to make healthy pizzas, artists will paint mini-portraits and in maths, children will use technology in a challenging quiz.

Families will be given an ‘access all areas’ pass to see our impressive sports and recreation facilities, world-class performance spaced and will also be provided tasty lunchtime snacks by our catering team from Chartwell’s.

 

Perhaps most importantly, parents and students will enjoy one of our presentations of our continued drive for exceptional change. They will hear from headteacher, Will Carr, about the initiatives that are helping all of our community to achieve the highest standards. Our Head Boy and Girl will explain the changes that have helped them to take part in a multitude of extra-curricular activities, study-enhancing trips and the chances to chances to achieve their highly ambitious university plans.

Our Open Day is just one of our opportunities to see the school and we would encourage all families to visit us on a normal working day. Feel free to contact Mark Hancock, Assistant Headteacher, at school or via e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) to arrange a personal tour. ‘