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.

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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. 


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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.).

Thursday 22nd June saw our annual award ceremony, affectionately known as ‘Golden Owls Evening’, in which we were able to celebrate the successes of over 120 students who have committed to the school’s ethos of ‘Ambition and Achievement for All’.


This year’s award ceremony came at the end of a special year, in which we have achieved our best ever results, sent the highest ever number of students to outstanding ‘Russell Group’ universities and secured even more success on the stage and playing fields.


As ever, the event allowed us to reflect on a great many successes in Will Carr’s ‘Review of the Year’. Recognising the tough international landscape, Mr. Carr paid homage to the tolerance and respect that is the lifeblood of our school community.


With student attendance at its highest level, with a figure that far exceeds the city-wide average, it was only natural that scores of students lined up to collect their Golden Owl.


The lapel badge is part of the civic emblem of our city and is worn by students for the next year to commemorate their ambition to succeed.


The 360-strong audience and full staff contingent were this year treated to music from Y7 band ‘Four Floors Up’ as well as an anthology of performance poetry delivered by creative writers who were fresh from their poetry camp in Arvon, Shropshire.


Progress awards were given by each department, with Heads of Department depicting the exceptional work that takes place across our corridors during every hour of the day. However, it was Armita Merrikhi and Lewis Bird who scooped the top prizes for Outstanding Contribution to School Life and Chair of Governors, Simon Deacon was on hand to present the award.


Event Organiser and Assistant Headteacher, Stewart McGill, explains ‘Golden Owls is just one of the many ways we reward our students. Teachers agonise over the decisions and the talent from which they could choose made this year’s decision the hardest ever.


‘There has never been a better time to join Ralph Thoresby School, and with over-subscribed year groups becoming the norm in our fast-improving school, we can excitedly look forward to next year when even more of our students will take their moment in the spotlight.’

Ralph Thoresby School seeks to provide exceptional opportunities for students to learn about the world in which they live. This week’s visit to Cologne for some 36 Y8 students has encouraged an increased awareness of German life and culture during the transition to KS4 language study.

The week is structured to encourage students to ‘learn as they do’ in a series of real-life cultural and social activities. On Tuesday, students learned more about the history and architecture of the incredible Cologne Cathedral. The students learned the history of Europe’s most famous chocolatier at the Lindt factory, before enjoying an altogether different vantage point from one of Europe’s longest cable cars. Last night's bowling trip provided the expected high level of competition. Students had a great time at PhantasiaLand, home of the world's steepest log flume and the coach was full of lively chatter about which was the best ride...and just which staff member screamed the most! The Wednesday night disco will see students putting on dancing shoes and enjoying both German and international music.

Boppard will provide the location for an altogether different cultural experience on Thursday. The town, famed for its traditional buildings, falls in the bank of the Rhine, from where students will enjoy a scenic river cruise.

Let’s hope they have been listening carefully, because Thursday evening will see the students pitted against one another in our annual quiz.

Assistant Headteacher, Stewart McGill, notes, ‘Giving young people exposure to the broader global environment is incredibly important to Ralph Thoresby School. Students are increasingly feeling confident to use their German speaking language skills and are really flying the flag for RTS across the continent.’

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. ‘

Ahead of formal GCSE exams in Summer 2018, Year 10 students are undertaking a regular programme of assessment to ensure that they have the skills required to be successful under exam conditions.


An important part of this programme is the official internal exams, which will reflect on the content of course content undertaken so far. Exams will take place between Monday 12th and Tuesday 20th June 2017.


Exam Timetable

To support your forward planning, the timetable can be viewed in this article. This will be useful for students to begin to plan the extensive private study and revision that should be undertaken ahead of the exams.


Exam Revision

Students will work with mentors in the coming weeks to plan a revision timetable. We would expect students to undertake between 12 and 16 hours of private study per week to maximise their potential.



Students will be expected to bring black biros, pencils, an eraser, a maths geometry set (including a pair of compasses, ruler and a protractor), a scientific calculator and highlighters. These should be in a transparent bag or pencil case. Students without full equipment will be sanctioned.



Students may bring water bottles, but they must be transparent and have all labels removed.



All students are required to wear full uniform during the exams.


Outside of Exam Time

All students will have lessons with their teachers outside of exam time. Full equipment for these sessions should be brought to school.


Exam Results

Results will be distributed in a special ‘results ceremony’ on Wednesday 5th July.


Return to Lessons

All lessons will resume on 3rd July following their Work Experience. Full attendance is expected until we break for the summer holidays on 21st July.


If I can answer any questions about your child’s mock exams, please don’t hesitate to contact me at school or via e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Ralph Thoresby School is once again delighted to offer students in Year 8 the opportunity to experience the excitement of visiting the vibrant Germany city of Cologne.


For many students, the opportunity to bring their language speaking to life in the ‘real world’ gives them the confidence to excel in languages upon their return.


The trip, which takes place between 11th-15th June 2018 provides the perfect balance of cultural and fun visits.


Students will learn more about Germany’s impressive chocolate industry at the Lindt factory before putting their sporting skills to good use at the Olympic Museum. We will visit the imposing Cologne Cathedral before shopping and enjoying tasty local delicacies.


Students will also learn about local town life in a visit to Boppard, where they will enjoy impressive views from a river cruise as well as taking part in a city tour aboard the local land train.


There will be plenty of fun to be had at PhantasiaLand, Germany’s most successful theme park and evenings will be full of entertainment with a sports night, a bowling evening, a disco party and a quiz night.


Students will travel by executive coach and ferry before staying in the impressive Koeln-Riehl Youth Hostel in single-sex en suite rooms. Food will be varied and served on a full board basis.


The total cost of the visit is £420.


More information can be found in the letter which can be downloaded (below) and students are asked to return the E1, passport information as well as a deposit of £120 (cash or cheque made payable to ‘Ralph Thoresby School’) by Friday 12th May 2017. All payments should be taken to Mrs. McGill. Please note that reception staff will be unable to accept payments for this visit.


More information about the trip, including additional financial support, can be obtained from Mr McGill at school or via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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