Priorities for Development

The Character of Sir Thomas Rich's

Sir Thomas Rich’s is committed to preserving its status as an outstanding grammar school serving children and families from Gloucester City, Gloucestershire and beyond. We are committed to single sex education in Years 7 to 11 as the best means of fostering academic and personal self-confidence in boys.

We aim to maintain the current healthy demand for places. We plan to enhance our relationships with our feeder schools and other primary schools, particularly those that serve communities with higher than average levels of deprivation so that access to the School is widened. We will ensure that Rich’s reputation remains such that personal recommendation more than active marketing promotes the School.

Education

Outstanding relationships between learners and teachers are the bedrock of Sir Thomas Rich’s success. We will recruit the very best teachers and train and develop them so that they promote the School’s high academic standards and stimulating intellectual environment. We will seek to maintain and enhance our reputation for excellence in sports and continue to develop the expressive arts. We aim to maintain the outstanding pastoral care our pupils receive, ensuring they develop tolerance, kindness, leadership and resilience.

Sir Thomas Rich’s will continue to develop the intellectual curiosity of its pupils through innovative management of curriculum change at GCSE and GCE A Level; providing pupils with high levels of core knowledge and understanding. Sir Thomas Rich’s aims to maintain and improve its facilities. Astute financial management and substantial fundraising will remain top priorities.

Sir Thomas Rich's and the Community

Sir Thomas Rich’s recognises the importance of sharing its knowledge and experience with others through local, regional and international partnerships and other forms of collaboration. Sir Thomas Rich’s will seek to develop its links with other schools in order to deliver outstanding continuing professional development, initial teacher training and school-to-school support.

Mission Statement

Sir Thomas Rich's aims to develop students with self-discipline, a thirst for learning, enquiring and creative minds and an appreciation of our heritage. Pride in belonging to this Blue Coat school will ensure that pupils profit from the many opportunities they are offered. They will be well prepared to take responsible places in adult life.

The School aims to realise this through:

The achievement of the highest standards of work
The achievement of the highest standards of behaviour
The promotion of a wide range of extra-curricular activities
The achievement of the highest standards of support and guidance

The School encourages and expects students to work to the best of their abilities and to achieve the highest possible academic standards. It offers a broad and balanced traditional curriculum, which aims to stimulate students to develop interests and gain deep understanding and knowledge.

The School aims to know its students well, as individuals, in which there is a relaxed and friendly, yet purposeful and disciplined atmosphere. It expects students to show respect for and tolerance of other students and staff. It expects very high standards of behaviour and appearance.

The School provides, and encourages students to take part in a wide range of extra-curricular activities in order to offer enhanced opportunities for learning and achievement, to increase the sense of belonging and to foster good relationships within the School and the community.

We aspire to excel in our provision of teaching and learning opportunities and pastoral care so that all pupils are encouraged to have high aspirations and are well supported through excellent mentoring and social, moral and spiritual guidance to enable them to achieve their potential.

Key Priorities for 2017-2022

Through implementing the specific courses of action under the headings below, we are confident that Sir Thomas Rich’s will continue to flourish. Through combining a sense of tradition and a pride in our history, with a progressive and innovative approach to learning and teaching, we will offer the very best educational opportunities to all our pupils.

Achieving

Sir Thomas Rich’s prides itself on the achievement of the highest academic standards. We recognise that acquisition of knowledge is a foundation stone in education, but we will continue to place increasing emphasis on developing resilience, checking understanding and encouraging pupils to think for themselves. We aim to:

  • Provide outstanding pedagogies to inspire pupils to work hard, develop a thirst for learning and value academic endeavour
  • Embed the importance of coaching in the School so that a growth mindset is a pervasive attitude that empowers pupils to achieve

Supporting and Engaging

It is vital to us that pupils are happy at Sir Thomas Rich’s from the moment they join the School. We will ensure that every pupil receives a level of individual attention, which allows them to benefit from all that the School has to offer. We will:

  • Enhance our provision of help to pupils with specific mental health concerns
  • Refine the procedures, rewards and sanctions which we use with pupils and embed intervention strategies to support under-attaining pupils
  • Further relationships with our alumni and other stakeholders encouraging them to maintain their interest in the School and to participate in activities and events

Inspiring and Enriching

Sir Thomas Rich’s aims to provide a multitude of opportunities for success, achievement and enjoyment well beyond the classroom so that pupils can make their mark and be seen as individuals with gifts and talents. We aim to ensure that they are proud to be Richians for the rest of their lives. We will:

  • Maintain and enhance our reputation for excellence in Sports
  • Increase opportunities in Expressive Arts
  • Widen our reach through greater liaison with communities at home and abroad

Resourcing

We are determined that pupils should have access to the latest resources for learning. We will:

  • Further promote the ‘Development Fund’ and ‘regular giving’
  • Apply for funding from trusts and charitable grants
  • Work intensively on the medium and long term financial plan to ensure that the School operates as efficiently as possible
  • Consider carefully the size of our intake in order to ensure we are able to maintain a broad and balanced curriculum.