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The Richmond upon Thames School

The Richmond upon Thames School

Excellence Through Endeavour

Ofsted

Following our first Ofsted Inspection, which took place 29-30 January 2020, it is with great pleasure that we can report that Ofsted has rated the school “Good” overall and “Outstanding” for students’ personal development. RTS is very pleased that Ofsted have recognised all the exceptional work of the staff and students at the school; and in particular our outstanding work to develop the students in readiness for their future endeavours. You can directly access the report below; or via Ofsted's website here.
 

Careers Information

Summary of the  Careers Programme

The current careers programme is delivered through a combination of methods, including:

  • PSHCEE in Years 7, 8 and 9 
  • Academic Tutor-led Citizenship in Years 8, 10 and 11 and for Years 8 to 11 through assemblies, presentations, employer visits, work experience, seminars, masterclasses, workshops, drop down days and 1:1 sessions
  • Additionally, several special events are planned such as the Year 8 careers week, careers events held during focus weeks such as STEM Careers during Science Week and Business and Commerce during Enterprise week
  • Developing an employability portfolio

Parent Involvement

Parental involvement is encouraged at all stages. The Richmond upon Thames School recognises that parents/carers remain the biggest influence on a young person’s career choices and as such we offer parents help and guidance at critical stages in the students’ time with us; for example, in Year 9 with options decisions, and Year 11 with 16+ choices.

Parents also have the opportunity to speak to the Careers Leader by phone, by appointment or at any Year 9 to 11 parental consultation events.

Employer Access

This section sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of Providers to students at the school for the purposes of giving them information about the Provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Students in Year 8-13 are entitled:

  • To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point
  • To hear from a range of local Providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships
  • To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses

Employer Access

This section sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of Providers to students at the school for the purposes of giving them information about the Provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Students in Year 8-13 are entitled:

  • To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point
  • To hear from a range of local Providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships
  • To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses

How pupils, parents, teachers and employers may access information about the careers programme

A student, parent/carer, teacher or employer wishing to request access should contact Mr Kemp via 0208 891 2985 or careers@rts.richmond.sch.uk

Opportunities for access

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents:

Year Autumn Spring Summer
7

Curriculum evening for parents

 

RTS Talks

Science week - STEM Careers assembly and academic tutor group opportunities and lesson, job profiles/masterclasses

 

Parents’ Subject Consultation evening

Life skills – assembly and tutor opportunities
8

Curriculum evening for parents

 

RTS Talks

 

Life skills – assembly and tutor  group opportunities

Science week - STEM Careers assembly and academic tutor group opportunities and lesson, job profiles/masterclasses

 

Parents’ Subject Consultation evening

Careers and work experience week
9

Curriculum evening for parents

 

Options information pamphlet

Life  Skills  – work experience preparation sessions Life skills – assembly and tutor group opportunities
10

Life  Skills  – assembly  on

opportunities at 16

 

Small  group education,

employment options

11

Post 16 evening

Workshops – FE and higher

apprenticeship applications

   

How we measure and assesses the impact of the careers programme on students

  • Monitoring, review and evaluation of Careers provision is conducted annually as part of the whole-school self-evaluation process and reviewed by the Trustees when any additions or amendments are made. 
  • A report is published on an annual basis, including an account of activities, a review of progress and an evaluation of student and parental responses to provision. 
  • Parents are welcome to give feedback on any aspect of the Careers programme to the member of the senior leadership team responsible for Careers and/or the Careers Leader.
  • The Careers Leader’s work is evaluated at least annually by the line manager from the SLT via the school’s quality assurance activities, including lesson observation and work scrutiny.
  • Student voice activities are conducted with students from various year groups at least once a year, with a separate survey used to collect feedback on the Year 8 Careers Week. 
  • Monitoring, review and evaluation of Careers provision is conducted annually as part of the whole-school self-evaluation process and reviewed by the Trustees when any additions or amendments are made. 
  • A report is published on an annual basis, including an account of activities, a review of progress and an evaluation of student and parental responses to provision. 
  • Parents are welcome to give feedback on any aspect of the Careers programme to the member of the senior leadership team responsible for Careers and/or the Careers Leader.
  • The Careers Leader’s work is evaluated at least annually by the line manager from the SLT via the school’s quality assurance activities, including lesson observation and work scrutiny.
  • Student voice activities are conducted with students from various year groups at least once a year, with a separate survey used to collect feedback on the Year 8 Careers Week. 

Date for the school's next review of the information published

Autumn 2020

Autumn 2020

 

Coronavirus Catch-up Premium

The Department for Education has recognised that young people across the country have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). Those from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds will be among those hardest hit. 

The government announced £1 billion of funding to support young people to catch up. This includes a one-off catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all students make up for lost teaching time.

Although all students have had their education disrupted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, it is likely that disadvantaged and vulnerable groups will have been hardest hit. That is why, alongside the universal catch-up premium, the DfE has launched the National Tutoring Programme to provide additional, targeted support for those students who need the most help.

Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their students to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months, in line with the guidance on curriculum expectations for the next academic year.

Our Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up plan sets out details of:

  • how it is intended that the grant will be spent
  • how the effect of this expenditure on the educational attainment of those students at the school will be assessed

Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up plan

Parent View

Parent View gives parents/carers the chance to tell Ofsted what you think about their child’s school, from the quality of teaching to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour.

Our Parent View survey results can be view here

Performance Tables

RTS will feature in the school and DfE Education and Performance Tables from 2022.

Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is funding that is given to schools by the Government to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. This includes pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years. If you believe your son/daughter would be eligible for free school meals and would like more information, please contact the main school office on 0208 891 2985 or click here.

The pupil premium strategy for 2020-2021 and a review of last year’s aims and outcomes can be found here.

School Information

You can view information about the school on the Get Information for Schools website.

SEND Information Report