On entry to St Richard’s your son or daughter will be assigned a Personal Tutor whose role is to support, nurture and care for your child throughout their five years with us. In addition, there are five Pastoral Leaders who have the job of ensuring academic progress and fostering a year group identity where pupils feel appreciated, supported and developed.
Our Pastoral Leaders are as follows:
Mrs D. Bligh
Vice Principal who oversees Pastoral Care
Mr J. Bligh
Pastoral Leader of Year 7
Mr J. Steele
Pastoral Leader of Year 8
Mrs A. Hills
Acting Pastoral Leader for Year 9
Assistant Principal / Pastoral Leader of Year 10 / Attendance Lead
Assistant Principal and Pastoral Leader of Year 11
Assistant Principal and Pupil Premium Lead
Mrs E. Dann
Pastoral Support Manager
Never hesitate to contact your son or daughter’s Personal Tutor or Pastoral Leader over any matter that is causing worry or concern, however small. We always want to hear from you and will always return your call or email within 24 hours. We believe that working together is key to ensuring a happy and productive time at school for your child.
We look to provide an enriching school experience alongside academic success. All young people are different; we celebrate this and look for ways to involve everybody in our community. A plentiful and varied menu of extra-curricular activities exists at St Richard’s and pupils are actively encouraged to participate in those that most interest them. A plethora of sports clubs and creative expressive arts club (Music, Drama, Art, Dance) run alongside a wide variety of interest clubs such as philosophy, chess club, code club, debating team.
The St Richard’s Crest is an integral part of our rewards system, it sets out to develop character and the stage reached yearly (Bronze, Silver and Gold) will be recorded in your son/daughter’s report.
There are many opportunities for your son and daughter to get involved in the leadership of the school such as becoming a form representative, school council rep, liturgy rep, anti-bullying ambassador, student listener or Prefect.
We recognise that some young people may need more tailored help to guide them through a particular problem or time in their lives. When this happens we have a range of professionals who come into school to offer this support. These include:
School Nurse service
Behaviour & Attendance Officer
Parent Support Adviser
Substance misuse service
We also have many in house support workshops from anger management to social use of language groups. We have an excellent bereavement support group run by trained members of staff called ‘Spectrum.’