Ralph Thoresby School

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About Ralph Thoresby School

Name Ralph Thoresby School
Website http://www.ralphthoresby.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Will Carr
Address Holtdale Approach, Leeds, LS16 7RX
Phone Number 01133979911
Phase Secondary
Type Foundation school
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1042
Local Authority Leeds
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Ralph Thoresby School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

The school is proud of its inclusive nature.

Pupils enjoy being part of the diverse school community. They value the wide variety of enrichment opportunities on offer. These include crochet and knitting, politics club and tabletop cricket.

Pupils behave very well in lessons. Staff set high expectations, and pupils respond well to these. This contributes to a calm atmosphere, where pupils are keen to learn.

However, the high standards of behaviour in lessons are not consistently replicated at social times.

Pupils know that they have a trusted adult in school to turn... to if they have any concerns. Pupils say that bullying does sometimes happen but are clear that the school supports them if it does.

The school takes effective action to ensure that any instances of bullying are resolved.

The school has recently introduced a coaching programme. This is where pupils meet in small groups with a coach and fellow pupils to reflect on their feelings and achievements.

They also discuss personal safety, such as how to keep safe during Bonfire Night celebrations. Pupils value this time.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

The school has built a carefully considered curriculum that enables pupils to build knowledge securely over time.

The curriculum meets the needs of all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities. The school offers all pupils a broad curriculum. This is supported by leaders, who promote the suite of academic subjects that make up the English Baccalaureate.

A growing number of pupils are taking these subjects.

Many teachers use questioning skilfully to extend pupils' thinking and check their understanding. Sixth-form pupils are able to explain what they are learning now and how it links to previous learning.

For example, when studying Shakespeare's 'Measure for Measure', students made insightful links to previous love poetry they had studied. However, this is not consistently the case across all subjects. On occasion, teachers do not check the understanding of pupils as effectively.

This means that they sometimes move on to new topics before pupils are ready.

The quality of education that the school provides is effective. Pupils demonstrate that they can remember the information they have been taught.

However, this is not reflected in the outcomes achieved by pupils and sixth-form students in the summer examinations of 2023. Pupils in this year group were adversely affected by the pandemic. For some pupils, absences contributed to their gaps in knowledge.

Current pupils are benefitting from a curriculum and teaching approaches that are helping them to retain key knowledge.

Pupils in the early stages of reading are swiftly identified and appropriate support is put in place. Staff provide phonics teaching and literacy catch up to help pupils to become more fluent readers.

Pupils receive the short-term support they need to access their full timetable quickly. Developing a love of reading is woven into 'reading for pleasure lessons' in key stage 3. Leaders have carefully selected novels that pupils will read in their class.

During coaching time, pupils read extracts to explore particular themes, such as climate change. This is helping pupils to develop their reading skills, as well as a wider understanding of the world.

The school takes pride in how it supports the broader development of pupils.

Many pupils take up the impressive range of extra-curricular activities on offer. Pupils develop their leadership skills through involvement in groups such as 'The Allies Club'. Pupils recently designed and delivered an assembly to all pupils on the theme of Black History Month.

Sixth-form students take on roles of ambassadors, such as anti-bullying ambassadors. Pupils have been well trained to carry out these roles, offering pupils a different person with whom they can talk and share their concerns.

Staff set high expectations for behaviour, which is evident across lessons.

However, this is not consistently the case during social times. Some parents and pupils have expressed concern about this. Leaders are aware of this and are taking positive actions to drive improvement.

The school is keen to understand the views of parents. Coaches contact parents to speak with families about how their child is getting on in school. This gives parents the opportunity to understand how their child is progressing and explore any other concerns.

Leaders take care in supporting staff with their well-being. The school has appointed a well-being coach. Staff workload is carefully considered, and staff feel supported by leaders.

Staff are proud to work at Ralph Thorseby School.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Pupils' behaviour during social times is weaker than it is in lessons, and this is a cause for concern for some pupils and parents.

The school should take further action to improve pupils' behaviour outside of lessons and address the concerns of pupils and parents in this area. ? There is variation in the use of assessment. On occasion, teachers do not check pupils' understanding of important knowledge before moving on to new lesson content.

This means pupils sometimes move on to new content before pupils are ready. Leaders should ensure that effective strategies are in place to check pupils understanding in lessons.


When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the second ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in March 2015.

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