Curriculum

Our challenging and varied curriculum provides an opportunity for all pupils to shine at Richmond House School. We offer excellence in National Curriculum subjects and topics, alongside an enhanced programme to give children the very best academic education. Our extensive range of subjects are supplemented and broadened by expert workshops, activity days, academic clubs, and a broad range of excursions and residential trips.

Reading continues to be given a significant focus as children move up the school, with children frequently borrowing books from our well stocked Library; benefitting from visiting authors, book fairs and book swaps; and regular individual and group guided reading forming part of our Literacy curriculum.

Homework is an important aspect of the academic curriculum, not only to help children to consolidate what they are learning and to practise their skills in maths and literacy, but also to encourage time management and organisation. Supervised homework time is available for children in Upper School until 4.30pm each day. Additional computer programmes, such as Mathletics and Purple Mash are used to enhance learning, both at school and at home.

Specialist Teaching

All children are taught Music, PE, French and Outdoor Learning by specialist teachers,  and as they move through the school, additional specialist teaching is provided in Art, Design and Technology, ICT, Modern Foreign Languages, Science and Humanities. We also have a dedicated Special Educational Needs department to ensure that expert help is always available for any child who may require extra support.

Results

We have excellent academic credentials, supported by our regular and informative PIPS and NFER assessments. These tests are used in the place of SATS to enable the school to monitor individual pupils’ progress and learning at a standardised national level. Results of these are reported regularly to parents and show our pupils to be consistently and significantly above the national average expectations.

Our pupils leave us at 11 as high-achieving and well-rounded individuals, with continually outstanding senior school examination results. Having received multiple offers, pupils often have their choice of leading senior schools, and a substantial number are awarded with scholarships each year.

Academic success is celebrated and culminates in our annual Prize Day at Leeds Town Hall – a highlight of the year for children, parents and staff.