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Happy Thankful Thursday! Today we are thankful for for the relationships in our lives- our boyfriends, girlfriends, parents, friends-the people who are our biggest cheerleaders when times are tough. What are you thankful for today?


This is an allegation that we take very seriously. We would like the family to make direct contact with us to share the details of their concerns so that we can address them appropriately.


We are an open and inclusive school and these worries have not been shared with us. Please contact the school directly to share any concerns so that we can address them appropriately.


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Only 4 places left on our beginners course for 10-16yrs. Monday 6-7.30pm on zoom for 6 weeks. Contact for info


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We asked teenagers who had been bereaved what helped them to manage their grief. This is what they told us 👉


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Today is . Please take the opportunity to share the details of our Suicide Prevention Helpline HOPELINEUK - it could save a life.


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It's today; PAPYRUS believes that suicide is preventable. If you're aged 35 and under and are struggling with thoughts of suicide; or if you're concerned for a young person, call, text or email HOPELINEUK for free, confidential support.


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If you have suicidal feelings, you are not alone. Lots of people have felt like this and – with help – managed to get through it. However bad you are feeling right now, there is a lot of help out there for you.


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Teaching Assistant, Waldegrave School, Richmond upon Thames


It was so lovely to welcome our new Year 7 and Year 12 students for their induction sessions today. Learning and laughter returning to previously empty classrooms. Can’t wait see everyone else on Monday! 🤩


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If your teenager is struggling with their mental health, here are four things you can do.


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Almost half of young people are worried about their in relation to returning to education. Now is the time to talk about about mental health❗️ Here are our 5️⃣ tips for parents on having that conversation:


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We have launched a brand new guide for parents which offers practical and professional advice to help break the silence around self-harm and suicide and encourage parents to talk to their children. Download the guide here:


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Cases of domestic abuse have increased significantly since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. If you're concerned about your own safety or the safety of someone else in Kingston, call the DV Hub on 0208 547 6046 or Richmond, call Refuge IDVA on 0208 943 8188


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Visit our Emotional Health Service Resource Hub for self help resources include pre-recorded video workshops, helplines, online counselling and information leaflets - a wider range of support online for children and young people when they need it


It is a fantastic initiative & we have lots of supplies as a result 👍🏻


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If the thought of going back to school is making you feel a bit anxious, here are eight tips to help you cope with that first day back.

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 2020/21.

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 2020/21 are available at Waldegrave School, Orleans Park School, Christ’s School, Hampton High, Twickenham School, Richmond Park Academy, Turing House and St Richard Reynolds Catholic College.

We will be recruiting for the following School Direct (unsalaried) courses for 2020/2021

  • 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.

Visit UCAS teacher training course search and type in ‘RTSA’ in the ‘search for a training provider’ box for further information.   Please  note that all applications for School Direct must be made via UCAS.  

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 2020 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.