Richmond Primary School has undergone many changes over recent years and is striving towards its mission of ensuring that ‘Building Leadership and Character, Together We Will LEARN – Learn, Enjoy, Achieve, Respect, Nurture.’ Our principle aim is to continue to raise standards in all curriculum areas so that all children attain highly and make progress.
We joined Success Academy Trust in February 2017. Our mission as a Trust is ‘Building Leadership and Character Together’, which we have combined into our overall school mission. Take a look at the Success Academy Trust website in conjunction with ours for additional information about the Trust.
Philosophy for Children is an important part of the curriculum at Richmond and underpins much of the work that we do. We are delighted to have been accredited with a SAPERE Bronze and Silver Award and are currently working towards becoming a Gold school. Teaching children how to be effective in their thinking skills is essential for them to thrive as learners and developing 4Cs thinking - Caring, Collaborative, Creative and Critical – is central to all that we do.
Our 5 Keys to Success are Organisation, Getting Along, Confidence, Persistence and Resilience. These form the basis of our ‘character traits’ that we work on to become effective learners in addition to our 4Cs thinking. Building our character muscles is a focus in our Route To Resilience work where we focus on how we learn as well as what we learn.
We are very proud of our buildings and grounds. Our Year 4, 5 and 6 building opened in October 2010 and is purpose built for learning in the 21st Century. Children and staff were actively involved in the design of the building. We opened another new building in 2018 for children in EYFS and Year 1. Our school grounds are extensive and enhance our learning environment.
We pride ourselves on the fact that Richmond is a caring school that places an emphasis on nurturing our children, paying attention to their social and emotional as well as academic needs. Our work in this area has been very successful and enables children to act as responsible citizens. We provide all children with opportunities to become leaders within the school. Our leadership passport identifies criteria for leadership from EYFS through to Year 6. Children are consulted and have a voice in policy decisions including policies related to Behaviour, Feedback and Marking and Learning and Teaching.
We have a successful Nurture Group that is led by Rebecca Manning. We also have a successful pastoral team which includes Jayne Warren, our Family Link Worker and Tracey Moran our Behaviour Mentor. We opened our Place 2 Be and Place 2 Work in September 2018 to enhance our provision. Working with parents and families is something that we strive to do and recognise that children achieve well when a strong partnership between home and school is in place. We have an active Parent, Teacher and Friends Association (PTFA) which meets regularly and organises social events for children and their families. The funds they raise are greatly appreciated in further enhancing the facilities that we have at Richmond. We also host a monthly ‘Take Five’ coffee morning for parents whose children have Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND).
It is important that children have a voice at Richmond. We have an active and successful School Council in Key Stage One and Two, Eco Warrior Team and School Sports Champions that meet regularly with members of the governing body. They regularly talk to children in their class about things that are going well and things that need improving. Other leadership positions include P4C Champions, Digital Leaders, Tidy Turtle monitors and House Point monitors.
Encouraging children to participate in Sport and Music are particularly important to us. We employ a full time Sports Coach, Mr Fincham, who runs a range of after school clubs. The children thoroughly enjoy the sports that they take part in. There are also many opportunities for children to take part in Music events; for example we have taken part in Young Voices at the NEC in Birmingham.
We currently have 480 children in school. Our planned admission number is increasing to 630. We have 17 classes which are organised mainly in single age groups. Each class has a teacher and a Learning Support Assistant for part of the day. They work hard to provide a lively and enjoyable learning environment for the children. We all work together as a team.
We have a strong and active governing body who take their role in supporting the school to achieve the best standards possible very seriously. They meet regularly as a Full Governing Body, as well as in committees. They regularly visit the school to meet with staff and children. Lee Finney is our Chair of Governors.
We would be delighted to show you around our school and invite you to make an appointment. Our office staff, Lorraine McKee, Sharon Widdowson and Trisha Barnsley, are friendly and helpful and would be pleased to answer any questions you have or arrange for you to meet with the person that you would like to talk to. We look forward to meeting you.