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Find out about the Orleans House Gallery summer programme for families here: Explore the exhibitions and grounds, draw with us, and visit the cafe.


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As lockdown restrictions lift, remember that it’s OK to feel anxious. Try to think about checking in with yourself or others who may be feeling anxious using our MOT


It might be outside, being performed in year group bubbles, and with socially distanced family groups spectating but


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How can support a child who has had a sexual image or video shared online? If they're under 18, they can use 's & 's Report Remove tool to get it taken down: (info also for 18+)


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We are all looking forward to the warmer weather this weekend, but everyone is reminded that it is incredibly dangerous to swim and jump off the bridge at Teddington Lock. explain why ⬇️ If you see someone in trouble, call 999 and ask for the coastguard.


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Dear and - it might not be the result we wanted, but THANK YOU. We know your incredible team spirit, work ethic, inclusivity and compassion will have inspired millions of children and that means everything. Bring on the World Cup ❤️


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How can support a child who has had a sexual image or video shared online? If they're under 18, they can use 's & 's Report Remove tool to get it taken down: (info also for 18+)


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We have been alerted to a dangerous platform that is highly likely to expose users to extreme sexual content, including bestiality. If you are a safeguarding professional, parent or carer watch our safeguarding alert below & visit our website for more info


We were delighted to welcome our new Year 7 intake for their induction day today, having fun and making friends. Can’t wait to see you again in September!


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From Monday 26 July until Friday 27 August, young people and families in receipt of benefits-related Free School Meals will be able to access a regular source of FREE activity groups and nutritious meals over the summer!


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FUEL Summer Holiday Club at Richmond Rugby Club. Fun multi-sport activities - Football, Cricket, Rounders, Tag Rugby etc. A cooked lunch will be provided. Free for children aged 5 to 16 years who are eligible for benefits based free school meals


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When Dan was 16, he went to a party and never came home. His story is a compelling reminder of how important it is for parents and carers to have up-to-date information about drugs, which you will find in Fiona’s book ‘I Wish I’d Known’. Find out more:


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Do you have children living in Kingston & Richmond aged 5 -16 receiving free school meals? Make their summer the best one yet by booking places on the FUEL programme. Free, fun activities over the summer holidays.


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Are you enjoying the Euros? Fulham FC Foundation Kicks - free football session every Tuesday during August from 3 to 7pm. Young people aged 11 to 16. Kingsmeadow Weir Archer Centre. Also hot meals and fun activities.

Train to Teach with School Direct

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Richmond Secondary Teaching Schools Alliance: School Direct Programme

Richmond Teaching Schools Alliance (RTSA) is a group of local secondary schools led by Waldegrave School, supported by Orleans Park School.  The Alliance offers an outstanding place to work and learn and provides a supportive and tailored learning opportunity in partnership with our partner universities. The Alliance is pleased to be offering School Direct training again in 2021/22.

The new recruitment cycle begins on 6 October 2020 and courses will be visible on UCAS Find from this date.  Applicants will be able to submit an application from 13 October 2020.

All of the RTSA schools have experience of teacher training and are already supporting School Direct trainees. To train teachers bring many advantages to a school and we fully embrace the energy, drive and enthusiasm they bring.  School Direct (unsalaried) vacancies for 2021/22 are available at Waldegrave School, Orleans Park School, Christ’s School, Hampton High, Twickenham School, Richmond Park Academy, Turing House, The Richmond upon Thames School and St Richard Reynolds Catholic College.

We will be recruiting for the following School Direct (unsalaried) courses:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • Drama
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Religious Education

Successful completion of this course leads to qualified teacher status (QTS) and a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with Masters credits.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement

Remember, if your degree isn’t in the subject you wish to teach, you may be eligible for a funded course to increase your subject knowledge before starting your training.

Please check our school website and twitter feed for information on recruitment events and observation days or contact  

Secondary Schools

Please see the list below of the secondary schools in this partnership offering School Direct places for 2021 entry. For further information on all of our Alliance schools see their websites below:

General information about the School Direct Programme (training and salaried routes) from the Department for Education can be found here.

Partner Universities:

Roehampton University is our partner HEI for the following subjects (training routes): Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Drama, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Music, Physics. Click here to view the School Direct page on their website

St Mary's University is our partner HEI for  Religious Education - Click here to view their website


The teaching profession looks for the highest quality candidates, so you will need to meet the following requirements before you can be accepted for teacher training.

  • Hold and be able to provide certificated evidence of having an undergraduate degree conferred by a UK university or an equivalent qualification. Most successful applicants will have 2:1 degree classification or better, a candidate with a 2:2 degree classification will be considered, if he or she is able to provide additional evidence of potential, such as the award of a higher degree or substantial relevant professional experience.

  • Have achieved at least a grade C or above in both Mathematics and English Language GCSEs (or approved equivalents). If you do not currently hold a GCSE grade C or above in Mathematics and English Language, please note that we accept the equivalency tests in both Mathematics and English offered by Equivalency Testing.

  • For PE and Science subjects you will also need at least a C grade in GCSE Science.

  • Teaching is physically and mentally demanding, and there are fitness requirements set by the Department for Education for applicants to initial teacher training programmes. Please see the Roehampton and St Marys University websites for further details.

Further requirements

If you studied outside of the UK, you should visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels and an undergraduate degree.


You will need to provide two references to accompany your UCAS application. Your application cannot be processed without them. We recommend that you start your references early as often this element of the application process is the slowest.

School Observations

We recommend that applicants spend some time observing lessons in a UK secondary school.  All observational experience should provide an opportunity to gain insight into teaching, learning and reflection upon the professional responsibilities of teachers.