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The Richmond upon Thames School

The Richmond upon Thames School

Excellence Through Endeavour

Curriculum

We are an inclusive school and all students are stretched and challenged to exceed their personal best. To secure your 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 your child benefits from rich and varied learning experiences.

All students study a broad range of subjects including English Literature, English Language, Maths, a Language, PE, PSHCEE and Science. In Years 7, 8 and 9, students elect their enrichment classes, which they change termly. Our enrichment offer currently includes cookery, dissection, choir, Karate, 3-D model making, a range of sports clubs and more.  Peripatetic teachers offer 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 ‘Cloudbased’ Classrooms for each of their subjects where they make use of resources from lessons and work through independent extension activities.

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

As a school, we are committed to ensuring that the learning experience supports all of our learners to develop to their full potential. We recognise that more able students have particular needs, whether academic, musical, artistic, creative or sporting. Staff challenge our more able learners through stimulating, engaging lessons delivered by excellent teachers across the Curriculum. To support students with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities, our dedicated team of Learning Support Assistants work closely with teaching staff to ensure every child is challenged from their starting point.