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The Richmond upon Thames School

The Richmond upon Thames School

Excellence Through Endeavour



We are an inclusive school and all students are stretched and challenged to exceed their personal best. To secure every child’s academic success and independence, they experience demanding teaching.

Our approaches ensure that all teaching fosters students’ critical thinking and engagement in sophisticated concepts. While our curriculum is in many ways very traditional, we aim to take an enterprising approach to its design, capitalising on innovative applications of digital technologies and partnership agreements. Our extended day allows us to ensure students benefit from rich and varied learning experiences. All students study a broad range of subjects including Art, Computer Science, Design and Technology, Drama, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, a Modern Foreign Language, Music, PE, Prep, PSHCEE, RE and Science. In Years 7, 8 and 9, students elect two enrichment options, which they change termly.

Our enrichment options include catering, dissection, choir, Karate, 3-D model making, gardening, a range of sports clubs and more.  Peripatetic teachers offer optional paid 1:1 and small group music tuition through the  Richmond Music Trust. We also compete in sporting tournaments against other schools and hold an annual sports day which links to our house system.

At RTS, learning extends far beyond the walls of the classroom, from explorations of Kew Gardens for Science Week to trips to theatres, galleries, masterclasses with commercial industry leaders, projects with universities and weekend camping trips. As a technologically aware school, all of our students use their school iPads to access cloud-based classrooms for each of their subjects where they make use of resources from lessons and work through independent extension activities.

Pre-learning activities (homework), which are mostly completed on site during Prep time, provides support for students who require it, and a calm, well-resourced study space for more independent learners.

Through our best endeavours, we strive to prepare our students for the next stages of their lives. We do this through a combination of methods, including PSHCEE, Academic Tutor-led Citizenship, through assemblies, presentations, employer visits, seminars, masterclasses, workshops, drop down days and 1:1 sessions.  

As a school, we are committed to ensuring that the learning experience supports all of our students to develop to their full potential. We recognise that some students may have particular strengths, whether academic, musical, artistic or sporting and that others require support with special educational needs or disabilities. To support all students our dedicated staff work together to ensure no student is left behind and we do this by providing stimulating, engaging learning experiences delivered by excellent teachers.