Community at Ricards Lodge

Ricards Lodge is commited to ensuring all students succeed to the best of their abilities- not just academically but socially as well. This is achieved through a wide ranging community program which Ofsted said “shows that the school is making a strong contribution to promoting community cohesions within a local, national and international context” and that the “students’ contribution to the school and wider community is outstanding.”

In order to contribute practically, to the achievement of a cohesive community, our school aims to: Promote understanding and meaningful engagement between different communities. Encourage all children and families to feel part of the school and wider community. Understand the needs and hopes of all our communities. Identify and tackle all forms of unlawful discrimination. Increase the life opportunities and choices for all the school’s stakeholders. Ensure teaching, learning and the curriculum, explore and address adequately, issues of equality and diversity relative to the needs of all stakeholders.

The School Community
Our students come to us from over 65 primary schools both within and outside the Borough. We serve an ethnically diverse population with over 64% of students from minority ethnic backgrounds. 36.7% have English as an Additional Language, who speak nearly 40 different languages. We have an ethos where all students, regardless of their ethnic background, have the same opportunities to succeed. The school has recently set up a Kitchen Garden with the help of Transition Town Wimbledon.

The Local Community
Ricards Lodge works particularly closely with local older people (specifically through a strong partnership with The Wimbledon Guild); the parents and carers of our students (through a variety of inter-generational events and activities) and local businesses. We work particularly closely with a number of schools (Bishop Gilpin, Wimbledon Chase, Wimbledon Park, Holy Trinity, The Priory, Orchard Hill and St Ann’s Special School) on arts related projects offering their students access to high quality dance, music, art and drama experiences. This is achieved by the sharing of our human and physical resources.

The Wimbledon Guild- Counselling for young people.
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Transition Town Wimbledon.
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The National Community
Ricards Lodge has some very good national links. These include: Students taking part in the Shakespeare School’s Festival where students get the opportunity to meet and work with students from other establishments around the country. Students taking part in the RSC Learning Performance Network where students have the opportunity to perform alongside other students in Stradford-upon-Avon. Students taking part in a special schools’ version of Billy Elliot with the opportunity to work alongside students from other schools in London.

The Arkwright Scholarships Trust
Ricards Lodge has recently joined the Arkwright Scholarships Trust which is a registered charity that administers the most prestigious scholarship scheme of its type in the UK. The trust helps to identify, inspire and nurture future leaders in engineering and related areas of design. This is done by awarding Arkwright Engineering Scholarships, through a rigorous selection process, to high-calibre students in year 11 (England and Wales), S4 (Scotland), year 12 (Northern Ireland). These Engineering Scholarships support students through their A Levels or Scottish Highers and encourage students to pursue engineering or related areas of design at university or through a higher-level apprenticeship and to take up careers in the field. The Engineering Scholarships are sponsored by industrial companies, universities, charitable trusts, trade associations, professional engineering institutions, the Armed Services and personal donors.

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Association of State Girls’ Schools (ASGS)

The ASGS is a leading advocate for girls’ education with a distinct commitment to the transformative power of all-girls schools.  The ASGS acts at the forefront of education thought, collaborating and connecting globally with individuals, schools, and organisations dedicated to empowering girls to be influential contributors to the world.

Merton Special Teaching Alliance

To ensure the most successful outcomes for all our pupils especially those with special and/or educational needs through a shared moral purpose and the development of outstanding practice across the Alliance

The International Community

This summer 16 students travelled to Tanzania with 2 members of staff. We were part of a Camps International expedition. Camps International is a not for profit organisation which works in several developing countries to support local people with sustainable projects and gives young people from the UK the chance to make a difference. The group were involved in working on both community and environmental projects, all of which involved local people. We are planning a second trip with Camps International in summer 2017 to Peru.  The school continues to make international links with a range of international organisations and holds the International Schools’ Award (Intermediate Level)

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