GCSEs in England are being reformed and will be graded with a new scale from 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest grade. English literature, English language and maths will be the first subjects to be graded in this way from August 2017. The subjects with the highest numbers of candidates (e.g. arts, humanities, languages) will follow in 2018 and most others in 2019. This is happening as GCSEs are being reformed to make them more challenging, to keep pace with employers’ and universities demands.

In the first year each new GCSE subject is introduced, students who would have got a grade C or better will get a grade 4 or better. Students who would have got a Grade A or better will get a 7 or better in the first year. Grade 9 will be more difficult to achieve than a grade A*. The extra top grade will also make it easier for employers and universities to distinguish between the most able students

To see how the numbered grades compare to the current A* to G system, click here or Google "ofqual 9 to 1 postcard". More information about when subjects will switch to the new grades is available on the Ofqual website here.

Our culture of 'Ambition and achievement for all' has been celebrated at a recent event for 96 specially chosen students from across Y7-Y11.

Ralph Thoresby School is delighted to have partnered with York University to enable dozens of young people to engage with their innovative university programme, Shine.

Shine has been created to help young people to learn about the huge range of opportunities that lay ahead of them.

Students will continue to participate in the programme over their remaining time at school and will visit the university at least once a year. Every year, there is a special competition to widen their understanding of university. What's more, Y10 participants will head over to the university to take part in a three day 'Easter Residential', where they will live as students.

This is just one of the many opportunities open to students at RTS. This year, more than 50 Sixth Form students have taken part in award-winning university programmes, including one current Y13 who spent time learning about the American system at Yale University.

Assistant Headteacher, Stewart McGill, has added, 'We are honoured to be taking part in the programme, which will offer so many opportunities to our young people. Learning about university life will help each participant to make a reasoned decision about whether HE is for them.'

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Thursday 13th October saw the official launch of work experience to Y10 and Y12 students and their families.
Work experience for all students in these two years has been introduced to our calendar and reflects our ethos of 'Ambition and Achievement for All'.
Y10 students will take part in the week-long scheme between 26th-30th June 2017.
Y12 students will develop their skills between 3rd-7th July 2017.
All students will have exceptional access to support from the careers team and their mentors. The attached PowerPoint is designed to help you in supporting with the process.
The return of OP1 forms should take place on or before the deadline of 4th January 2017.
Additional information can be obtained from Stewart McGill at school or via e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Ralph Thoresby School believes that leaving education with exceptional opportunities alone is insufficient for students.

Participating widely in extra-curricular opportunities helps to develop many skills, which is why our staff offer an exceptional range of extra-curricular activities. Participation is free and students should speak directly to the member of staff leading the provision.

Additional information can be obtained from Stewart McGill (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Please find attached information relating to Eid-Ul-Adha.


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Please see the comprehensive list below for class codes which relate to your child's timetable.

Code Description
Ab Arabic
Ar Art
B3 BTEC Business 12/13
Ba Applied Biology
Bi Biology
Bs Bus St
Cc College Catch up
Ch Chemistry
Co College
Cp Computing
Dr Drama
Ea Eng(A)
Eb Econ/Bus
Ec Economics
Ee Ex English
El English Literature
En English
Er Eng/R
Fm Further Maths
Fr French
Ge German
Gg Geography
H2 H&SC L2
H3 BTEC Health & Social
Hi History
Hs Health & S
Ia ICT Applied
Im I Media
In Intervention 121
Li Literacy
Ls Life Skill
Lt Literacy
Lw Law
Ma Mathematic
Mb BTEC Music 12/13
Me Mentor
Mf Further Ma
Mr MathResit
Mu Music
Nu Numeracy
Pd Product Design
Ph Physics
Po Politics
Pr Philosophy Religion and
Pt Photography
Py Psych
Re Relig
S3 BTEC Sport L3
Sc Science
So Sociol
Sp Sports Stu
St Supervised Study
Su Supp
Tf Food
Tg Graphics
Tr Tech/R
Ts Theatre
Tx Textiles
Ur Urdu


The hard work has paid off and for an outstanding cohort of Year 11 students, who are today celebrating Ralph Thoresby School’s best ever GCSE results. 


One of the many impressive measures shows that 60% of students have secured good GCSE qualifications in both English and maths, representing a 12 percentage point increase since 2015. This is set against a backdrop of a national decline in the proportion of students achieving this in recent years. 


Key to Ralph Thoresby School’s success is a commitment to ensuring that every student makes exceptional progress, irrespective of the outcomes they have achieved in their primary schools. In English, for example, a substantially higher proportion of students at Ralph Thoresby School have made the high level of progress the government expects students to make. Pleasingly, almost a half of our students have made progress that exceeds that national expectation. 


Our popular Saturday School, which is widely offered by departments to boost confidence in the challenging Year 11 exams is one way that students accessing the Pupil Premium have benefited. This year, over a half of students at Ralph Thoresby School accessing the fund achieved GCSE passes in maths and English, a figure which is more than 10% higher than elsewhere in the country. 


Building on success at every level is in the DNA of staff at Ralph Thoresby School. In the maths department, for example, 2 students achieved the monumental feat of securing the A-Distinction in the fiendishly challenging GCSE Further Maths qualification. Less than 1 school in every hundred has been able to support 2 or more students to this, the highest level of maths attainment in UK assessment. 


One student who will be celebrating more than most is Sam Whitaker, who overnight became Ralph Thoresby School’s most successful ever student. His 10 A* and 1 A grade is testament to his exceptional work ethic. Sam achieved 12 grades higher than his target, and demonstrates how Ralph Thoresby School’s innovative aspirational target setting is driving forward ambition at every level. 


Headteacher, Will Carr, notes that outstanding outcomes for year eleven are just one part of the entire school community’s track record of achievement. He comments ‘I’m delighted we have achieved our best ever results at both GCSE and A Level this year. The relentless focus on achievement from Year 7 onwards is really starting to pay off. We’ll celebrate briefly but the hard work of ensuring that success continues to grow at Ralph Thoresby has already begun’

Ralph Thoresby Sixth Form students had double the reason to celebrate on A-Level results day as twice the national average of students were accepted to prestigious Russell Group universities.

According to the most recent Department for Education (2012) statistics, one in ten university students study at traditional research intensive universities, which include Oxford, Cambridge and Durham.

Ralph Thoresby’s continuing upward trend has seen more than 20% of university applicants accepting courses including medicine, law and architecture at universities where globally renowned research is deemed to be outstanding. Results at Ralph Thoresby have exceeded targets again this year with 94% of students achieving 3 or more A Levels and 86% of students achieving at least one A*-B grade. What’s more, a higher proportion of students have received the top A* grades than ever before.

These outcomes buck the regional trend, where there has been a recent decline in the number of Yorkshire students commencing studies at Russell Group universities and the number of students securing the highest grades in subjects like economics, maths, further maths and physics.

Assistant Headteacher, Stewart McGill, argues that the mixture of outstanding lessons and individualised pastoral guidance helps the students in reaching their true potential. He adds, ‘It’s great to see so many students going on to universities where world-class research will place them at the cutting edge of their chosen field. This aspiration begins early, with students accessing university programmes from as early as Key Stage 3. This year, for example, more than a quarter of students have participated in summer schools, which have been provided by the likes of Cambridge and Yale.’

Students at Ralph Thoresby School are prepared for their futures through innovative study programmes. Continued work with Lawnswood School in developing an exciting Partnership Sixth Form, means that course selections will be designed to ensure that every child can achieve and exceed their targets.

With almost 80% of students choosing to go on to university study and many more securing Higher Apprenticeships, Ralph Thoresby School has evidenced that it is a school that strives to pave the way to rewarding futures.

Headteacher, Will Carr, notes that outstanding outcomes in Sixth Form are just one part of the entire school community’s track record of achievement. He comments ‘I’m delighted to see that we have exceeded our targets yet again this year as the school continues to go from strength to strength. More importantly, it is fantastic to see that every Ralph Thoresby student who applied for higher education will gain a place.’



Adam Bricklebank in year 10 has been awarded 'Young achiever' award by the Yorkshire Choice Awards this year.  Adam has been recognised for his extraordinary fundraising work with Wheatfields Hospice.  Amongst other things, Adam took part in a 'Brave The Shave' campaign which raised thousands of pounds for this worthy charity. We at Ralph Thoresby are proud to work with Adam who is an inspiration to many and look forward to supporting him with all his future fundraising events. Well done Adam. 







There is a Progress Evening for selected Y11 students on Monday 14th March.  It is from 4.30pm until 6.30pm.  Your child will have received a letter to inform them of the subjects they need to make appointments with.  It is not an event for all students, just those that have received a letter.
It is important that you attend if your child has been requested to come.
Any issues please contact Mr Babington or Mrs McGill.

The UKMT ‘Intermediate Maths Challenge’ is a fiendishly difficult annual maths quiz for students in Years 9-11. 


This year, almost seventy of our talented students took part in the Challenge, which seeks to test algebra, geometry and numeracy skills from outside of the National Curriculum. 


Only a tiny percentage of students nationally receive a certificate. Such is the level of difficulty, that to receive a certificate requires a mark of just 41 out of 135. 


13 of the participants will receive either a Bronze, Silver or Gold certificate, which rewards the high-level problem-solving skills the maths team seeks to develop in all of our students. 


What makes this a truly outstanding year is that for the first time ever, a student has achieved FULL MARKS. 


Year 9 student, Joe Plumb, achieved the incredible feat after benefiting from the department’s problem-solving curriculum. 


Year 10 students Travis Byrne and Oscar Jackson also achieved marks high enough to be entered to the next round and will engage in a worldwide maths challenge in March. 


Both Joe and Oscar fall within the top 500 maths problem solvers in the UK and may well be invited to participate in a special maths summer school at Oxford University’s ‘Maths Institute’. 


Assistant headteacher and head of maths, Stewart McGill, has added ‘All certificate winners have every reason to celebrate. However, the three students who have been entered into the next stage of the competition ought to be incredibly proud of their unique achievements. 


Ralph Thoresby School’s maths department strives to prepare all learners for an increasingly challenging STEM economy. Developing a love of problem-solving is at the heart of what we do and it is excellent to see the hard work of the students and the maths team is really paying off.’

This year, we’ve seen the introduction of our Student Leadership Team, and as part of our role as prefects we’ve organised a fundraiser for a charity of our choice, which this year is Guide Dogs.

 Every hour, another person in the UK goes blind, which means Guide Dogs need to train more guide dog puppies. It costs Guide Dogs around £50,000 to support a guide dog from birth to retirement. We would like to raise at least £1500 to name a puppy (we’re hoping to name it ‘Ralph’) and if we’re successful we’ll get updates and a visit in school from our puppy.

We will be hosting a fundraising day on Friday 12th February; information on how you can be involved will be up on posters around school. This day will also be a non-uniform day throughout school, and we ask for a donation of £1 per student, to help us achieve our target amount, to name our puppy.

Click the preview to view our Y9 Options booklet for 2016-18


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. ’