Teaching and Learning

Teaching and learning is at the heart of all we do at St Richard’s. It is our core business as a Catholic school and permeates all aspects of college life. Put simply, our pupils deserve a world class education; this is built on the foundation of outstanding teaching and learning in the classroom.

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We are blessed to have a hardworking, committed and talented staff in our college. Our teachers are always willing to go the extra mile for our pupils. As a result, we only appoint teachers who have the potential to be outstanding teachers.


It is our ambition that every lesson should be an outstanding lesson. Central to this vision is the ‘St Richard’s 6’. These are the key features that we believe make an outstanding lesson:

  • Thorough and reflective planning
  • Inclusive teaching and learning
  • Challenging activities promoting stretch and engagement
  • Effective use of data to impact on learning
  • Feedback conversations (written and verbal) enabling pupil progress and positive behaviour for learning
  • High level questioning, challenge and opportunity for greater independence


Finally, it should be acknowledged that outstanding teaching and learning is not only about our pupils leaving St Richard’s with the best qualifications possible. Our aim is for pupils to develop a love of learning; to always do their best and to become independent and lifelong learners.

Curriculum Booklet 2022-2024

Curriculum Booklet 2023-2025