Ofsted and Exam Results

Sir Thomas Rich’s underwent a routine two-day Ofsted inspection on 6-7 October 2021, and the Overall Effectiveness of the School was judged Good as a result.

Ofsted said: “Pupils are very happy in the school. They feel a huge sense of loyalty. Those who join the school in the sixth form say the same. Every pupil wears the badge with pride. Pupils feel safe and say that they can go to anyone in the school if they have concerns. Leaders have very high expectations of pupils to which they respond willingly. Behaviour is impeccable. Led by the headteacher, there is a culture of respect that permeates the school.”

Ofsted Report

Self evaluation statement

Government performance tables

2023 is the first year that GCSE and A Level examinations have returned to being assessed in the way that they were in 2019 and before. Changes that were made for the 2022 cohort to account for the disruption caused by the pandemic have now been removed; these included modifications to the content that was examined and more lenient thresholds. Therefore, these examinations provided a rigorous challenge to the pupils that sat them, who have nevertheless experienced much disruption during their schooling.

2023 A Levels

At A Level, Year 13 students achieved the School’s best ever results as a cohort, with the exception of the pandemic years. In total just under 22% of the grades awarded were A*, and the average grade awarded was an A. In addition, 75% of pupils achieved at least one grade A or A*, with 65 students obtaining three A Levels at these grades – 19 of whom obtained at least three A* grades.

2023 GCSEs

At GCSE, on many measures these results represented the best GCSE results the School has obtained, with the exception of the pandemic years. Almost half of grades (49%) were at grades 8 or 9 with 72% at grade 7 or above and 98% at least grade 5. Of the 155 pupils in this year group, 74 individuals each gained at least eight GCSEs at grades 7-9.