Academics at St Richard's are crucial and the standards are high. Children are carefully nurtured and encouraged so that they want to and do give their best. All the traditional curriculum subjects are covered as well as one or two more diverse subjects such as Latin, which is compulsory, and Greek, optional. Exams are taken towards the end of the Michaelmas and Summer Terms in all academic subjects. Parents are kept informed of their child's progress by three mid-term assessments for both effort and achievement on behalf of the child. Regular formal parents' evenings are arranged whereby the parents are invited to the school to meet their child's teachers and parents are also welcome to arrange an appointment to meet a member of staff if required.
The varied academic curriculum prepares children well for their entrance examination, or common entrance, to their senior school. St Richard's has an excellent track-record for children going on to their first choice in senior school, with many achieving an academic, sport, music, drama or all-rounder scholarship. To see recent awards our past children have won, please visit our Scholarship page. A system of streaming within the school ensures that children progress as fast as they are able, commensurate with their abilities.
The Learning Support department at St Richard's provides individual support for any children who need extra help with literacy and, occasionally, numeracy skills. The team liaise closely with the other members of staff and give advice on how children’s needs can best be met in class. Where it is thought to be necessary for the individual’s needs, all efforts are made to provide appropriate IT equipment for use in lessons.
Included among the many resources used are PAT (Phonological Awareness Training), which strengthens basic phonological skills for reading and spelling; Nessy - a multisensory computer-based program designed specifically for children with dyslexia; and Nessy Fingers, a program to teach touch-typing, in use throughout the school. Maths resources include Number Shark and Mathsphere.
The half-hour sessions are on a rolling timetable to help ensure that no one subject area is affected by a child receiving extra support. Sessions are designed to target the individual needs of each child and to give them the valuable assistance that they require.