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July 2019

Dear Parents and Carers

Another academic year draws to an end! This is always a very varied term with examinations as well as a number of major school events. It has also been a particularly busy time for our Educational Visits Co-ordinator, Mr Walton, with around 40 trips going out of school on a whole range of visits and experiences, with some trips going far afield, to South Africa, Australia, Belgium and France.

This week we celebrated our heritage with our annual Founders’ Day service, led by Bishop Philip, who has been a stalwart friend of the school. It was great to hear from four year 7 pupils who shared the challenges they undertook as part of the Archbishop of York’s Young Leaders award. They, and all the pupils in the year group, have made a real difference to our local area through the many community and personal challenges they completed. It is heartening to see the spirit of service and generosity, as exemplified by Julia and Thomas Ripley, continuing 155 years after Ripley opened.

Well done to all those who attended the District Athletics this week and thank you to the PE department for organising the event. Congratulations to year 7 and 10 girls and year 10 boys who became district champions and to all the teams who contributed to making Ripley the overall winners, hence the very large shield in the porch – soon to be hung up! Three District records were broken, by Mollie Altham in the 300m, Joe Clarke in the 200m and Dylan Leeming, who, astonishingly, broke a record which has stood since 1988 in triple jump – well done!

“We Will Rock You”, our school production, was a great success, with many of our young people able to showcase their talents. This show was quite different to others we have staged in the past and was greatly enjoyed by all who attended. Well done to staff and pupils!

In such a large and busy school it is impossible to cover the many events, activities and successes which happen. We try to keep a steady stream of news on the website and many of the departments are very active on Twitter so do keep in touch with us via these media.

You may be aware that Ofsted are launching a new framework to be used in inspections from September, focusing much more on the curriculum. Ripley volunteered to be part of a developmental exercise with Ofsted, helping them to test out this new framework. We had two days with an Ofsted team earlier this term and found the exercise very beneficial; no written report is provided but we were very encouraged by the positive verbal feedback.

Congratulations to these exceptional young people who have been appointed to the honour of being our senior students for the next academic year:

Main school:
Head Boy: Lukas Walls
Head Girl: Tineka Jennings
Deputy Head Boys: Will Parker, Seth Hutchinson
Deputy Head Girls: Jess Pugh, Jasmine Austin
Senior Team Members: Louis Chamberlain, Joel Tomkins, Juan Banchero, Isla Tomlinson, Phoebe Heywood, Hazel Carter

6th Form:
Head Boy: Nathan Halford
Head Girl: Sophie Fowler
Deputy Head Boy: Enrico Pelganta
Deputy Head Girl: Freya Monks
Senior Team Members: Faheema Hushein, Thomas Rae, Meagan Windle

Farewells! We are saying goodbye at the end of this term to Mrs Townson (History), Mr McCartney (Geography), and Mrs Armstrong (English), who, between them, have given 93 years of service to Ripley – an amazing contributio, and Teaching Assistants Mrs Richmond and Miss Herman. We wish them all well in the next chapter of their lives. We also bid farewell to our three Ripley Scholars, Miss Ellie Consadine, Mr Matthew Park and Mr Alex Peters, all of whom are taking up their places at university after a very successful year with us.

Our term ends on Tuesday 23 at 12.25pm; pupils and staff will be attending end of term services in our local churches in the morning. Years 7 and 8 should meet at the Priory at 8.45am, Year 9 should meet at school and will walk to St Thomas’s, Year 10 will have their service in the chapel and Year 12 will walk from school to St Paul’s.

The following buses will be available outside school at 12.25pm – 935, 500, 501, 502, 503, 567, 487 and the 581 (across the road). Pupils should go to the bus station for 55A, 55B and 80 (leaves at 1.15pm) and 582 (leaves at 1.45pm). Pupils should go to Scotforth Road for Garstang, Catterall and services beyond (services 40/41/42).

Welcome! We look forward to welcoming our new Principal, Mrs Jackson, next term. Mrs Jackson has been on several visits to the school over the past few weeks and spoke to prospective parents and pupils at our recent Open Evening. Additionally, a number of staff will also be joining Ripley in September:

Miss Emily Hirst -  Subject Leader, Mathematics
Mrs Cath Knight Lead - Practitioner, English and Literacy
Mrs Rachel Newsham -  English
Mrs Ema Blechynden -   English
Miss Ellie Vedick -  English
Miss Chloe Demetriou -  Mathematics
Miss Rebecca Maddox -  History
Mrs Laura Cooper -  Biology
Mr Jacob Woodland -  Physics
Mrs Lindsay Irwin -  Music
Mr Graeme Thompson -  Network Manager
Miss Georgia Payne - Teaching Assistant
Mrs Joanne Shaw -  Teaching Assistant 


Policies: We would be grateful if you would ensure that you are familiar with our Mobile Devices policy, our Uniform policy, our Behaviour for Learning policy, Equipment list and our Home/School agreement.

And so I have come to the end of my second stint at Ripley, a very unexpected but very enjoyable experience! I wish you all a restful and peaceful break over the summer and pray that Ripley and all its staff and pupils will continue to flourish under Mrs Jackson’s leadership.  School begins again on Tuesday 3 September for Years 7 and 12 and on Wednesday 4 September for all other year groups.

Yours sincerely


Mrs Liz Nicholls
Acting Principal

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