Ralph Thoresby School

Ambition and Achievement for All

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Why work at Ralph Thoresby?

Important information

Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The details of the DBS Code of Conduct can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dbs-code-of-practice.

We promote diversity and want a workforce which reflects the population of Leeds.

We are proud to be a successful, truly comprehensive school serving a diverse local community. RTS is a fantastic environment in which to work and study. Our innovative curriculum is implemented by a talented and cohesive group of staff. The calm and purposeful atmosphere around school is underpinned by an emphasis on restorative practice and a clear focus on staff and student well-being.  

The school has repeatedly been judged good by Ofsted in recent years and we have a strong record of academic achievement, whilst ensuring that all students are well supported. Students make good progress here because, ‘the working atmosphere in classrooms is positive’ and ‘pupils take pride in their work’ (Ofsted).  

The school is a mixed community school with over 1,000 students on role. Approximately 30% of our students come from ethnic minority backgrounds and we have a resource provision for physically impaired students which really adds to the positive and harmonious atmosphere around school. Our superb, modern school building further enhances the atmosphere and supports students’ learning. ‘This is a school where staff and pupils celebrate diversity and promote values of tolerance, mutual respect and care for others’ (Ofsted). 

We have an excellent 6th form partnership arrangement with Lawnswood School (another good local school) and together we offer post-16 provision to rival the best in the city – ‘The quality of provision for post-16 students remains good. Students make consistently good progress over time’ (Ofsted).  

Our school motto is ‘ambition and achievement for all’. We firmly believe in giving all students the opportunity to achieve their very best regardless of the circumstances in which they find themselves. We also have a strong emphasis on staff well-being with a professional staff coach, a staff well-being committee and a range of well attended social, sporting and fun activities. Our staff are proud to be at RTS and the team spirit is second to none. 

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