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.

 

Equipment

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.

 

Water

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

 

Uniform

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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Please find attached the slides from the GCSE Options presentation

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Ahead of formal exams in summer 2018, Year 12 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 mock exams, which will reflect on the content of A level content undertaken so far. Exams will take place between Monday 19th and Friday 23rd June 2017.

 

Exam Timetable

To support forward planning, the exam timetable is published below. 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.

 

Applications for Study Leave

All lessons and study periods will run during this period. No study leave will be offered for students taking vocational qualifications, whose portfolio work will be developed over this week.

 

Students on the Academic Pathway (all A levels) may apply for study leave, comprising two day’s leave on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th June. Successful applicants may be off-site at any time when they do not have exams during their exam week.

 

In order to apply for study leave, students must provide information to Mr. Stubbs by 14:50 on Friday 26th May. Late applications will not be considered.

 

* A signed permission slip (provided to students in school)

* A copy of their revision timetable

* A short letter (100-200 words) explaining plans for the use of that time.

 

Applications will be reviewed alongside comments from teaching staff and permissions will be granted in the week commencing 5th June.

 

Students without Study Leave

All remaining students will be expected to be in school between 08:35 and 14:50 on all school days. Subject teachers will deliver content.

 

Exam results

Results will be distributed by departments following the students’ return to school.

 

Focus on Your Future Week/Work Experience

Lessons will not be delivered during the weeks commencing 26th June and 3rd July. A full and comprehensive schedule for the first week will be posted to you in due course and participation is compulsory. The second week (3rd-7th July) will be the week of compulsory work experience.

 

Return to Lessons

All lessons will resume on 10th July. Full attendance is expected until we break for the summer holidays on 21st July.

Please contact Stewart McGill at at school or via e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with questions surrounding this important provision.

Putting business knowledge to good use is a key part of Ralph Thoresby School’s commitment to developing enterprise skills and our relationship with the University of York is enabling us to give eight of our students the opportunity to develop a business idea that may be pitched to Google executives…in New York City.

 

The Big Deal, now in its 8th year, is a supported competition that seeks to tease out leadership and communication skills, whilst allowing young people to hone their entrepreneurial spirit.

 

Over the course of 14 weeks, students will work with mentors from Barclays Bank via a series of online Web-ex meetings as well as face-to-face visit at Barclays’ impressive Canary Wharf HQ in London.

 

In the launch event, our two teams came face-to-face with the other thirty teams who will be competing for the business trip of a lifetime in The Big Apple, where they will learn about the development of industries across America’s busiest city.

 

Before June, students will be asked to continue to develop their business ideas before preparing to pitch in a Dragon’s Den presentation at the University of York’s main campus. From here, three teams will be selected to present the final pitch to all delegates before the winner is announced.

 

Assistant Headteacher, Stewart McGill, has spearheaded the school’s involvement and adds, ‘It’s great that our students will continue to see the amazing opportunities that exist following successful students at Ralph Thoresby School.

 

‘Being able to bring to life the world of business with mentors from successful international companies is something we will continue to offer.’

Ralph Thoresby School’s innovative careers programme has continued to offer outstanding opportunities to students, which have included this week’s visit to Headingley Stadium, the home of Leeds Rhinos.

 

The Superleague team were keen to host young people to give them an insight into the multitude of different careers in the world of construction. Our students were treated to a hands-on day, in which they gave electrical engineering, clay work and surveying a go. All students even got to test their skills in using a forklift truck in a special game of ten-pin bowling.

 

One of the most famous names in rugby league, Jamie Jones-Buchanan was also on hand to support the students across the activities.

 

Organised by Head of Careers, Carolyne Coop, and the work-experience manager, Sue Green, the day was just one of a multitude of experience this year to give students the real exposure they need to make informed decisions about the pathway they will take.

 

Backed up by visits to the county’s biggest careers fayre, fortnightly presentations from local and national employers and the reintroduction of work experience for Y10 students, our young people are receiving the best possible package of support to step into engaging, challenging and relevant careers

 

Assistant Headteacher, Stewart McGill, is delighted by the opportunities the careers team have offered. He adds, ‘Work to support the students aspiring high starts from the very first day in school. The introduction of Unifrog is helping us to track all of the phenomenal opportunities on offer to our students. It’s particularly pleasing that we can be confident that all of our learners engage with external employers in every year of study

 

‘We are proud to offer a diversity of future pathways. Whilst some students will go on to world-class universities, others will take on apprenticeships which will help them to transform their communities.’

The development of new GCSEs has seen the introduction of the first new grade since 1992. Grade 9 represents a new ‘super grade’ which will be reserved for just the students who achieve within the top 20% of the historic A* grade. 

Ralph Thoresby School is committed to supporting its many exceptional students to achieve the very highest grade possible and 28 Y10 students were treated to a ‘Challenge Camp’ at Leeds City Council’s Herd Farm facility.

 

The three day residential event had two main foci. Firstly, students worked with staff members from across the curriculum-offer on the higher level skills that they will need to develop to secure the very top marks.

Problem-solving and reasoning skills for maths were cultivated in a ‘Lock-in room’ escape challenge, whilst rigorous discussion, analysis and evaluation was the focus for the Philosophy for Children debate organised by Head of RE, Miss. Bell.

 

Mr. Gill was keen to help students focus on logic skills that employers and the top-flight of universities are demanding, particularly where they rely on new technology. Mrs. Gillott encouraged students to develop resilience in investigation as part of her exciting activity on scientific strategies.

The camp also allowed students to improve skills in communication and leadership through a series of physical activities which included crate-stacking and a high rope assault course. Despite initial trepidation, all the students through themselves into the activities which required quick-thinking and high level support.

 

Assistant Headteacher, Stewart McGill, noted, ‘It’s important that we find ways of ensuring the highest level of progress for all of our students. Whilst many students are likely to get a Level 8, it is opportunities like our Challenge Camp that will help to give the impetus to strive for the highest.

 

The students represented Ralph Thoresby School exceptionally well and will be able to put their new skills to good use in both their lessons and upcoming GCSE mock exams. Ultimately, it is the development of confidence, resilience and a love for learning generated by opportunities like this that really help our students to stand out from the crowd.’

Each student has been provided with an 'Options Booklet' to help to inform their choices when selecting the GCSE and vocational courses they will pursue in our extended Key Stage 4. This document can be downloaded below.

This booklet has been designed to help you in continuing conversations with your son/daughter about the important GCSE Options they will soon take.

The booklet is separated into the core curriculum (subjects that all students will take) as well as three sections of subjects over which students will have choice (GCSE Options Subjects, Technology Choices and Vocational Options).

Pathways

Students will be guided into making options that promote their best choice of success. All students are separated into three pathways (EBacc, Core and Foundation) and each Pathways is constructed to offer the students the chance to explore subjects in which they will make outstanding progress.

Parents’ Evening

Students will be provided with information about their Pathway during our parents’ evening on Tuesday 28th March. It is imperative that every family attends the event, which will offer the following:

  • Individual consultations with subject teachers

  • Appointments with our independent careers adviser

  • Subject stands from lessons that students have not previously taken

  • Two information sessions on making GCSE Options.

You will receive an appointment booking form with precise details about Parents' Evening from Miss. Saunders in due course.

 

In the meantime, 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.).

Click the image below to preview the options booklet.

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 13th and 16th March 2017. 

 

This exam week will form significant parts of the conversation on parents’ evening on Tuesday 28th March 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 exam. 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 exams 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 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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 17th and 22nd March 2017. 

 

This will be the first exam week that Y7 students have taken at Ralph Thoresby School and it is designed to give them exposure to the rigour of the new GCSE specifications, which are almost all exclusively examined. However, significant work will be done to support the wellbeing of the students and we would urge them to talk to teachers and their mentors if they have anxieties about their exams. 

 

Exam Timetable 

Your child’s exam timetable is printed on the back of this exam. 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 exams 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 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

School leaders from across Europe were treated to a day of Ralph Thoresby learning at a special event organised by Leeds City Council.

 

Headteachers from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland are participating in a two-year programme focused on raising educational attainment in their respective countries.

 

Organisers of the ERASMUS-funded programme approached Ralph Thoresby School after hearing about our successes in developing our young people to achieve outstanding academic outcomes and to go on to the best universities and jobs.

 

The headteachers were given the opportunity to talk to many of our students across the year groups, including both the Head Boy and Head Girl, who talked about the significant positive changes to the school.

 

Our guests explored a great many lessons across the school and saw teaching and learning that is helping our students to make amongst the best progress in the city. The insight they received will help them in reshaping their own curriculum to focus on knowledge, skills, resilience and independence which are central pillars to our own positive story.

 

There was also plenty of time to ask Ralph Thoresby School’s senior leaders about the way we are engaging our community, developing strong partnerships within the Red Kite Alliance and offering an exceptional extra-curricular programme.

 

Assistant Headteacher, Stewart McGill, was delighted to host the guests and added, ‘Developing international partnerships is essential to continuing our work in raising aspirations for every student.

 

‘Sharing an insight into the way we have changed our practices to help our students excel is a real privilege. However, knowing that this will benefit students and young people across the continent makes a day like this one exceptionally special.’

Ralph Thoresby School is committed to ensuring every student benefits from an innovative curriculum that gives every student the opportunity to learn and achieve at the highest standards.

As you may be aware, recent changes to GCSE qualifications means that in the majority of cases there is a substantially increased amount of content and students will be assessed only through examination.

Our systemic review and consultation has led to us making the firm and positive decision to allow students to commence their GCSE studies in Year 9. This enhanced programme of study will enable students to develop the essential skills they need and the broad and deep content knowledge for each of their subjects.

This change means that students entering Year 9 will take ‘Options’ as well as ‘Core subjects’.

GCSE Options Evening/Year 8 Parents’ Evening

Each student will receive essential guidance from both their mentor and subject teachers. However, it is essential that we share with you key information by means of an information evening. As such we have changed the date of our parent/carer consultation evening.

This evening will take place on Wednesday 28th March and parents/carers can make appointments with subject teachers between 16:00-19:00.

Information presentations: It is essential that each family attends one presentation at either 17:00 or 18:00. This will be held in the Theatre.

Year 8 Timeline

It is important to support each family with the planning for this important change to study. Below are key dates to help you and your child in making these important decisions.

Tuesday 28th February-Assembly to students

Wednesday 29th February-‘Options Booklet’ posted to families

Monday 13th-Thursday 16th March-Year 8 Examinations

Tuesday 28th March-Year 8 progress reports to be distributed to students

Tuesday 28th March- Year 8 Parent/Carer Consultation evening and GCSE Options Evening

Monday 17th-Thursday 20th March (16:00-17:30)-Nightly drop-in sessions to support students in making course choices

Friday 21st April-Deadline for Options Choices

Monday 3rd July-Start of GCSE Studies

It is without doubt that these decisions will be amongst the most important that your child will make throughout their time at secondary school. Whilst there will be significant support for both students and families, it will be our pleasure to take any questions in the immediacy at school or via e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 

Each Day, The NSPCC ask schools to support them in fundraising to provide vital funds to run their telephone counselling service and other projects which enable thousands of young people to receive the support they need each week.

Number Day is an exciting opportunity to come together and celebrate everything numerical.

The Maths department will be running events throughout the week.

 

Wednesday 1st February

There will be a bake sale during breaktime, with cakes costing between 50p and £1.

 

Friday 3rd February

Students will be given the opportunity to enjoy a non-uniform day. We are asking every student and staff member to wear a number and a voluntary donation of £1 is requested.

There will be a multitude of number competitions in the sports hall at breaktime.

Every lesson will celebrate maths with some number work related to that particular subject.

Other games and contests will be run throughout the day.

Outstanding Y10 student, Somaya Hajyousef, has been recognised by the prestigious Rotary Club of Leeds for her efforts in improving cohesion across Ralph Thoresby School.

Somaya and fifteen other young people from across the city were celebrated at a glittering award ceremony at Leeds Town Hall on Monday 16th January.

Organised by the Rotary Club and the Lord Mayor’s office, guests at the event heard how young people are transforming our city with innovative programmes.

Somaya’s own story was particularly impressive after she spearheaded the Anti-Bullying Campaign at school. She has helped to form, train and develop of committed Y10 students to support students across the year groups. Somaya has spoken at assemblies and to staff about ways of embracing the programme, which has helped to prevent bullying in our diverse and vibrant school.

Somaya was recommended for the award by her Head of Year, Jamie Francis, who commented on her commitment to supporting others.

Assistant Headteacher, Stewart McGill, added ‘Whilst it would have been possible to select any number of our outstanding young people, Somaya’s tenacity and dedication has helped Ralph Thoresby to launch an innovative programme that is well-respected across the city. Somaya will undoubtedly continue to have a positive impact on our school and on the lives of her peers.

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 12th-16th June 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 3rd February. All payments should be taken to Ms. Saunders.

 

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.).