Welcome to Richmond Primary School. We are delighted that you have taken the time to access and read the information on our website. This is a new website that became live in March 2015.
Richmond Primary School has undergone many changes over recent years and is striving towards its mission of ensuring that ‘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.
Our School Improvement Plan is currently focussed on developing our teaching and learning in Writing and Mathematics. Ensuring that all children attain high standards in Reading, Writing and Maths is something we strive to achieve. At the same time, we place an emphasis on developing the wider curriculum, as you will see in other areas of our website. 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. We were particularly proud to win the Rice Bowl Cup in 2014 at the King Power Stadium. That was a real highlight for us. 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 for the past 4 years. Visit the Music section within the Curriculum tab to find out more.
We are very proud of our buildings and grounds. Our Key Stage Two 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. Our school grounds are extensive and enhance our learning environment. Our Site Manager, Les Berg, works hard with his team of Eco Warriors to ensure that the grounds offer an exciting outdoor learning space. The woodland walk and wooded areas are a fabulous resource. Our Kitchen Garden, chicken coop, sensory garden and outdoor furniture are just some examples of successful additions. We are very proud to have been awarded the Green Flag for a second time recently.
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. We use the Primary Strategy SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) materials to support children’s learning. Our work in this area has been very successful. This work enables children to act as responsible citizens and involves children in creating rules and charters for behaviour. Through discussion and consultation with the children we have established our Five Golden Rules. In addition we have a sanction system which is understood by all children. In a recent consultation exercise with the School Council they said that one of the most important things about Richmond is that it is fair.
We have a successful Nurture Group that is led by Rebecca Manning. We also have a growing pastoral team which includes Jayne Warren, our Family Link Worker and Tracey Moran our Behaviour Mentor. Again, 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.
We currently have 408 children in school. Our planned admission number is 420. We have 14 classes which are organised in single age groups. Each class has a teacher and a Learning Support Assistant. They work hard to provide a lively and enjoyable learning environment for the children. We all work together as a team and value the time when the whole school gets together on a Friday afternoon to celebrate the achievements of the week.
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. Susan Lamprell is our Chair of Governors. Find out more by clicking on the Governors tab.
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.
Carolyn Munton (Head Teacher).