|Ripley St Thomas C E High School|
A Designated Language College
|Ashton Road, LA1 4RS, UK Lancaster|
+44 (0)1524 64496
We are a large secondary school and specialist Language college with approximately 1600 pupils, 300 of whom are in our sixth form. We are proud of our strong traditions and our sense of community which we believe enables our students to develop and grow in confidence during their time with us. We believe that every child, created in the image of God for eternity, matters, and our aim is that every child should indeed know that he or she matters to us at Ripley.
Our Anglican foundation and Christian ethos underpin all that we do and, as a worshipping community we try to witness to the Christian faith in all our activities and interactions.
"Our vision, at Ripley St Thomas Church of England High School is to develop to the full the academic, spiritual, aesthetic and physical potential of each pupil, encouraging throughout our whole community a real and living faith in God."
We see the acquisition of a foreign language as an essential skill for our young people. In 1996, the school was designated a centre of excellence for the study of modern languages and granted Language College status. The extra funding that came with this award enabled us to enhance our language provision and extend opportunities for our young people. Pupils have the chance to study French, German, Spanish, Russian and Japanese, depending on their interest, aptitude and age. Our language facilities are increasingly used by the local community, including pupils in local Primary schools, St. Martin’s College, Blackburn Diocese, the Adult Education College, the Friends of Ripley St. Thomas and parents.
We aim to give our pupils the highest quality of educational experience and our focus is on continually improving teaching and learning. We believe that teachers have the right to teach and pupils to learn without disruption. Facilities have been, and are being improved to ensure pupils benefit from up to date provision. Three quarters of a million pounds has been spent on improving IT facilities, and a new sports hall has just been completed.
Ripley has a long tradition of academic excellence; based on value-added performance, the school is placed within the top 10% of secondary schools nationally and features in the DfES list of “Outstanding Schools”. The school was designated a Language College in 2002, has achieved both Sportsmark and Artsmark status and received the International Schools Award in 2005.
We offer you…
- A personal tutor to guide you through your decision making
- A Sixth Form centre, with four dedicated study rooms, with computer and internet facilities
- An enrichment programme, including an international experience course and expert speakers on personal, health and social issues
- Induction work
- Higher education and careers advice
- Outside speakers on key issues
- Opportunities to add to your CV
- Field trips
- Sports fixtures
- Theatre visits
- Close links with Europe for Comenius and Leonardo projects
- UCAS conference visit in March/April
- Opportunities to work with younger pupils in school
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