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Spring Term 2019 - Issue 2 Newsletter click here to view

About Richmond Methodist School

Our Origins

Richmond Methodist Primary School has its origins as "The Wesleyan School" in the 19th Century. It was established as a Day School by the local Methodist Church and the school continues to have strong links with the local Methodist Church, largely through the Governing Body, but also through assemblies and numerous shared activities. You can visit the church website at www.richmondmethodistchurch.co.uk .

We are now a ‘Voluntary Controlled’ School - we are run by the Local Authority - and admission is open to all children between the ages of 4 and 11 years. The school provides an inclusive education for all, regardless of ability, gender, race, or religious affiliation.

What We Aim To Do

We aim to provide children with a stimulating, challenging and enjoyable learning environment. We offer a rich, broad and balanced curriculum and aim for the highest standards, enabling all children to strive for their personal best in every aspect of their learning. We have high expectations of the children’s behaviour and we expect the children to take responsibility for their actions, to take pride in their achievements above all else, we teach children to understand that together, as a school and a society, when we work together, the sky is the limit!

Where We Are Now & What We Can Offer

In 1970, the school moved to the current premises on Darlington Road. These premises consist of twelve classrooms, library, Computing Suite, kitchen, administrative block. There are also playgrounds, an established pond and vegetable growing area, an exciting Foundation Stage outside classroom, a large playing field and access to Richmond High School's All Weather Area. Our children benefit form attending our Collaboration Partner School's Forest School Area in Arkengarthdale.

The premises have been extended and modernised over the past few years. We have an established outside teaching area for Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 and exciting play facilities for all children.

The governors and staff realise how important it is to provide modern facitities for the 21st Century and are committed to providing our children with the best facilities available.

We are currently raising money to completely transform our outdoor spaces to provide something for everyone. In a phased development, there will be an all weather games space, a climbing wall, quiet and reflective areas, areas to play board games and areas to play small scale thinking and moving games.

What Being A Methodist School Means

The Methodist Church was founded by John Wesley in the mid-1700s. He believed that Christianity was for all and he travelled Britain, America and Europe spreading this belief. Our school was founded by the Methodist Church in the mid 1800s and still today provides education for all. Our school's ethos is based on Christian principles and the Methodist principle of "for all" is reflected in the inclusive nature of our school. We believe in developing each child as an individual and nurture their particular skills or aptitudes. We believe that all children have an equal right to a high quality education.

We still have close links to our local Methodist Church, and members of the church (including the minister) come in once a week to lead an assembly. Four members of the governing body are appointed by the local church and the school visits the church for a service at least once a year.

 

Safeguarding

Richmond Methodist School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school. All concerns are passed through the members of staff who are trained as "Designated Child Protection Officers" in school in compliance with the "sharing of information" guidance.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Susan Gardner and deputised by Mrs Julie Swinbank and Mrs Susan Welch, members of the senior leadership team. All staff who work at our school have had training in PREVENT and are committed to preserving the safety and well being of every child in our care.

If you have any serious concerns about your child or any other pupil at Richmond Methodist School please do not hesitate to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead which in the first instance, is the headteacher via admin@richmondmethodist.n-yorks.sch.uk All safeguarding concerns are treated with the strictest confidentiality. However, where necessary, the Headteacher may decide to request support form the NYCC PREVENT team.

 

Safeguarding Concerns within School

In the first instance where there is concern over a child’s well-being the teacher will draw the concern to the attention of the designated safeguarding lead. There will be a confidential written account of concerns. When appropriate, a meeting with parents will be arranged to share concerns and discuss how in partnership, we can find solutions to ensure the best possible outcome for every child.


Attendance

As a school we place attendance at school as paramount to a child’s success in the future. This is in every aspect from social and emotional to academic. We recognise that some absence is unavoidable, specifically around illness and we always take into account each child’s particular circumstance. However, where absence is prolonged, we work hard to create a collaborative approach with families to support improved attendance. In the first instance therefore, we would request a meeting with parents and/or carers to open a supportive dialogue. We are fully inclusive and committed to finding solutions so every child has the best possible start to each day.

For our full Safeguarding Policy see our policies page

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