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School will end for students at 1.15 pm on Friday 18th December 2015.  Lunch will be available on this day.  Please be advised that this will also be a non-uniform day for all students.

Manchester Airport became a sea of blue varsity jackets yesterday as fifty Ralph Thoresby Sixth Form students were joined by six members of staff in the school’s biggest ever transatlantic adventure.  


Flying direct to New York’s JFK airport gave students plenty of time to experience an overload for the senses in the city that never sleeps. After settling into their midtown accommodation, we headed to experience the lights of the Times Square area. There was plenty of time to go shopping in the famous stores and more than a couple of selfies were taken.  


It was then time to take our seats at Maddison Square Garden, where the New York Rangers took on the Carolina Hurricanes in a nail-biting ice hockey match. Whilst students enjoyed dinner at ‘The Garden’, it seemed that even the world’s biggest ice hockey team was excited to see our talented students. The Megatron screen proudly welcomed Ralph Thoresby to NYC, much to the delight of the assembled masses.  


Despite the exciting cultural experiences, Tuesday will see students learn more about the history of NYC’s immigration with a visit to Ellis Island, from where they will be able to take photos of the iconic Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty. The afternoon’s activity will see the group split into two smaller teams with a walking tour of the downtown region, pictures with the Bull of Wall Street and end with quiet reflection at the 911 Memorial.  


Dinner at Hard Rock Café will provide the sustenance required to enjoy the Royal Shakespeare Company’s award winning ‘Matilda the Musical’ on glittering Broadway.  


The non-step itinerary continues at pace on Wednesday. After a delicious diner breakfast, students will be learning about world diplomacy with a private tour of the UN building, before enjoying the opportunity to spend some bucks on 5th Avenue. Ice skating in Central Park provides the perfect sunset activity as we gear up to take in the best views of the city from the top of the iconic of the Rockefeller Center as the jewel of NYC’s Christmas crown, the plaza Christmas Tree, is illuminated.  


There will be more shopping opportunities at Macy’s department store on Thursday, where students will get to grips with how this retailing giant has grown to be one of the most well-known brands in America. This will provide the basis for economic and marketing analysis following our return to Leeds.  


Trip organiser, Stewart McGill, commended all the students and has added, ‘It’s a unique privilege to be sharing this adventure with our Sixth Formers. The trip will provide incredible memories, but will also provide the foundations for excellent research when we are back in the UK.  


‘This is just one of the many exciting opportunities open to our Sixth Form students. Put simply, there has never been a better time to join us! 

Students have boarded flight AA211. All  are well and very excitied. Check out Twitter (@ralphthoresby) for regular updates.

The FORT meeting has been postponed this evening due to unavailability of parents’.  Either myself or Martina Pearson will be in touch in the New Year to arrange another meeting date.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.


Ralph Thoresby continues to be at the cutting edge of developments in Teaching and Learning, and our extensive package of support to develop reflective learners is set to yield outstanding results for our Year 7 students. 


Following government reforms to the way Key Stage 3 students are assessed, a brand new ‘banding’ system has been devised to ensure that every learner is working on tasks tailored to their needs and designed to ensure outstanding progress is made by every single student. 


In October, parents and carers filled our school hall to learn about the exciting changes. From 30th November, we are asking for every home to support with a centrepiece of our reforms. 


‘Reflection Week’ will take place in the fifth week of every half term and provides the unique opportunity to evaluate recent learning. 


Every department has been busy planning activities that will allow students to choose an area of personal development and use lesson time and the expertise of the school’s outstanding teachers to ensure that there are no gaps in their knowledge. 


Departments have interpreted the challenge in different ways to ensure that all students will have a week where exceptional progress is made and that there is a real engagement in learning. 


Parents and carers are being asked to support the initiative by reviewing work with students. Students will bring home work from each of their lessons and there will be the space for you to comment on work being done to support progress on individual needs. 


Assistant headteacher, Steve Hackshaw, has spearheaded the changes. He is excited by the change and adds, ‘Reflection weeks are a fantastic way for students to embed learning that has taken place so far. Our whole approach to the changes at KS3 is to enable both staff, and parents/carers, to support our students with greater personalised learning. When students are given regular opportunities to reflect, they are able to retain and recall more and more information. I am very much looking forward to our first reflection week, and I hope that all our students find the week to be incredibly engaging and supportive. ’

One of the biggest nights in the RTS talent calendar is on the horizon and scores of students have already begun to prepare for their moment in the spotlight.


The grand finale of Talent Show 2015 will take place on Wednesday 16th December, with a full dress-rehearsal taking place on Tuesday 15th. Both evenings will start at 19:00 and showcase the multitude of talent from across all year groups.


Singers, dancers and musicians are rehearsing feverishly to wow the crowds at what is certain to be two sell-out events. All of the acts believe they have what it takes to follow in the footsteps of Mya Craig, who raised the roof and subsequently took the overall prize at the 2014 event.


The evening brings together almost 70 students, including performers, the technical crew and front of house team. Participants gain outstanding skills in team-work and leadership.


Tickets go on sale in a few weeks and further information will be available via the webpage and through mentor times.

Please see the attached document for key dates for Year 11. These include exams, coursework deadlines and other key events.


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Please note that for security reasons, neither Ralph Thoresby School or Chartwell's (the school catering company), hold change at school. This means that we are unable to exchange cash notes for students so they can top up their catering balance. Please ensure your child brings the necessary change in order for them to buy any food from school.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


Please find attached a break down of Y11 results by subject for 2014/15.


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Purpose and the task itself:

u  To develop students’ resilience and independent study skills

u  Allows parents to support their children with developing important key skills

u  Helps students develop the skills that they need to succeed later on in their school careers

Students will be set 12 different tasks that all link to developing a theme park from scratch. All subject areas have set a task that links into this theme.  Students have 11 weeks to complete all of the tasks.

The project was launched during the 3rd week of Term 1 and the deadline is Wednesday 9th December. Students are encouraged to be as creative as possible and produce all kinds of work from models/posters/art through to live music and drama performances alongside scientific research and mathematical tasks.

Each of the tasks carries a points value and students will also be credited with handing work in early and showing excellent organisation and communication skills, as well as being as creative and original as possible with their ideas. The teams with the highest points scores will win an all-expenses paid pass on the end of year trip.


For more information and to see the tasks that have been set please download the Y7 Extended Learning Project Task Booklet. If you would like to discuss the project further, please contact Mr Hackshaw on the following email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



2015 has been a historic year for Ralph Thoresby School. With the recognition by Ofsted that Ralph Thoresby is a ‘good school’, our best ever Post-16 results and the exciting news that our students bucked the national trend and achieved more A* results than ever before, it is easy to see why more families are choosing the school as the school in which their children can excel.


Saturday 26th of September saw us throwing open our days to hundreds of families who were eager to find out the amazing opportunities our students enjoy.


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


In the science department, for example, students tested pH levels, discovered starch and sugar content, explored biology through dissection and even had the chance to (safely) set fire to their hands. Food technology students learned how to make healthy pizzas, artists painted mini-portraits and in maths, children were using technology in a challenging quiz.


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


Perhaps most importantly, parents and students heard in one of our presentations of our continued drive for exceptional change. They heard from headteacher, Will Carr, about the initiatives that are helping all of our community to achieve the highest standards. Head Boy, Shoaib Hussain and Head Girl, Emma Boyes, were proud to 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.


At the end of the event, one parent put it simply, ‘It’s clear that [your] students are successful, but more importantly they are happy, their confident and they want to be here.’


Associate Assistant Headteacher, Stewart McGill, helped to organise the event and added, ‘It was pleasing to see young people engaging in the fantastic facilities we have at Ralph Thoresby. However, choosing the right high school is one of the most important decisions a family will take. 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 me 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. ‘

Leeds City Council has developed a YouTube video offering a step by step guide to completing the online admissions application form for year 7 places in September 2016. The video is designed to help parents through the application process. Please see the link below.




GCSE Launch and ReviseWise Night


Thursday 17th September 2015



Resource market on The Street

English maths and Science presentaions

ReviseWise presentations

Y10 students & parents/ carers




Y11 students & parents/ carers


Not available for Y11









Resource market on the Street

We will have subject stalls available on The Street. Here you will be able to talk to subject specialists about courses and purchase or order revision materials. A price list for revision materials can be viewed by clicking here for Y10 and here for Y11. Light refreshments will also be available.

English maths and Science presentations 6.00 – 6.30 (Y10 only)

At 6.00 there will be a short presentation in the theatre, where we will talk about GCSE courses in English, maths and science.

ReviseWise Night: 6.30-7.45

The ReviseWise event (for Year 10 and Year 11 students) will run in the theatre from 6.30-7.45. We will inform you about strategies for how to revise, how to plan and manage revision and how to ensure that revision and exam preparation is useful and not overly stressful. Strategies will be presented by staff from a range of subjects and by students who used revision strategies successfully in Year 11.




A bigger number of students than ever before are celebrating with A* qualifications at Ralph Thoresby School, with almost three dozen students achieving at least one of the coveted grades following the release of their GCSE results. 


The students’ successes reflects the culture of ‘Ambition and Achievement for All’ that underpins everything that is done at Ralph Thoresby, which was recently graded ‘Good’ by Ofsted. Pleasingly, a growing number of students from every background are benefiting from the highest standards of education, with almost 20% of students in receipt of the Pupil Premium achieving at least one top grade. 


Two students with every reason to celebrate were Nida Naqvi and Samia Hajji, who graduate their Key Stage 4 studies with 9 A* grades each. Their study programmes have been carefully planned to stretch and challenge them and both will go on to Ralph Thoresby Sixth Form armed with study skills that place them ahead of their peers across the city. 


Ralph Thoresby Maths Department built on its success as being the only school in the city to achieve the A-Distinction Grade in the challenging ‘Further Maths’ course in 2014. This year, Samia’s mathematical flare was rewarded with the ‘super-grade’, which is reserved for just a handful of students nationally. Almost a third of students achieved a grade A or higher on the course, two times better than the national average on this qualification, which is designed to emulate the rigour of A-Level maths and stretch the most able through complex problem-solving questions. 


Nida explains that there as high expectation for everyone, ‘I’ve received a huge amount of support throughout my time. I was given help during the challenge of GCSEs, which has helped me to achieve and exceed my targets..’ 


These students are just some of the many who will join Ralph Thoresby Sixth Form in September. Preparation is well under way for capitalising on their enviable portfolio of results. Assistant headteacher, Stewart McGill commented, ‘Hard work in GCSE really pays off for our students. Outstanding relationships with university partners means that our students are exploring opportunities at the very best of institutions. We have a growing number of students applying for Oxbridge degrees and to the best medicine, law and architecture courses.’ 


Headteacher, Will Carr, is optimistic for the continued trend of students achieving top grades, adding, 'we have worked hard to support the progress of our most able students and these results prove that students from Ralph Thoresby are amongst the brightest and most successful in the city.'


Congratulations to our Year 13 students who have achieved another fantastic set of A Level and equivalent results this year.

An impressive 61% of individual subject results awarded to Ralph Thoresby students were at A*-A grade this year which represents an increase of 23 percentage points since 2012. 71% of grades were at B or higher which is also up on previous years and, for the second year running, we had a 100% pass rate. 92% of students achieved 3 or more A Levels or equivalent qualifications.

While the overall results are important and it is great to see such impressive statistics, the most important thing where Key Stage 5 results are concerned is how well students have done in terms of securing places in higher education or on apprenticeships. I'm delighted to report that, once again, 100% of applicants were successful in gaining places at higher education with a number of students also successful in progressing to high level apprenticeship schemes.

When the comparative value added data is released I have no doubt these results will again compare favourably with other providers in the city.

There has never been a better time to join Ralph Thoresby Sixth Form and we're looking forward to welcoming our new Year 12 in September.

Years of hard work, months of revision and hours of responding well to the pressure of exams and final deadlines have paid off for our talented and tenacious Y13 students.


For one final time, our recent leavers entered the school to pick up their long-awaited results and The Street was awash with jubilant students who are ready to embark on the next stages in their exciting learning journeys.


The students had every reason to celebrate, with three in every five qualifications being graded at A*/A or equivalent. Over 70% of results were B or higher. Pleasingly, students across the excellent course selection secured even more points overall than in 2013 and 2014, showing the high level of support and challenge being provided by all A-Level teachers.


Whilst dozens of our alumni will be heading off to study at some of the country’s best universities, others have benefited from the exceptional support of our careers guidance and will begin Higher Apprenticeships in the coming weeks.


As students reflected on 7 successful years, all were able to contrast the robust academic and pastoral support Ralph Thoresby has provided with the fulfilling opportunities, excursions and extra-curricular provision that will make them stand out as fully-rounded and active members of our community.


Ralph Thoresby School is delighted to see that the high levels of aspiration we have for our students has translated to an increasing number of students exceeding their target grades. Students of English, Geography, Economics and Business, Law, Photography, Sociology, ICT, Health and Social Care and Applied Science were among those celebrating results that surpassed our high expectations.


Lauren Wharam’s exceptional results of a triple starred Distinction in her Health and Social Care studies, paired with outstanding Grade Bs in both English and Sociology A-Level are testament to her hard work, but also evidence the creative, purposeful and idiosyncratic study programmes that are designed to ensure that every student can flourish. She will begin Higher Education in September.


Rebecca Raven was also jumping for joy after securing 2 As and a B in English, History and Sociology. This purely academic Study Programme has helped Rebecca to develop a diverse skillset to prepare her for her upcoming university studies at Sheffield. Rebecca commented, ‘I am really proud to have achieved these results. It would not have been possible without the amazing support teachers provided whilst at Ralph Thoresby. It’s great that the hard work has paid off…and that I won’t be stooped over a revision desk for a little while to come.’


It was a similarly positive for many of our Year 12 students, who will go into their final year at school with an exceptional portfolio of results. The intensive support for the many students seeking to study at universities including Oxford and Cambridge and courses which include Medicine and Law will continue as the 2016 UCAS season begins in September.


It is without doubt that there has never been a better time to join Ralph Thoresby Sixth Form and incoming Y12 students will look forward to the biggest offer of courses in the school’s history as a result of our innovative Sixth Form partnership with Lawnswood School.


Parents of current Year 11 students both at Ralph Thoresby and beyond are warmly invited to discover the life-changing opportunities open to our Post-16 learners at our Sixth Form Open Evening on Thursday 22nd October (18:00-22:30).


Following the advice to schools of the increases planned by the Catering Agency with effect fromSeptember 2015, I am to informing  you of the increase to the PFI Meal Charges. Please note theseare the charges to be made at till point.

Pupil meals are to increase by 2p, adult meals by 2p and Nursery meals by 1p. The new amounts are shown below:

Paying Adults (teachers, visitors etc.)                             £2.80 (£2.33 + 47p VAT)

Students on Teaching Practice                                       £2.33

Secondary Pupils                                                         £2.23

Nursery Meals                                                             £1.41

Primary School Pupils up to Year 4 Incl.                          £2.03

Primary School pupils in Year 5 & 6                               £2.08