Richmond Park School is a new educational centre, opened in 2019, but owned and led by a strong team of highly experienced educators. The leaders have had key positions in schools, founded others, and participated in major initiatives, for example the development of the British inspection system in Spain. We bring to this project what we have learnt and thought over many years, so others can think and learn for the present and future. The school is both traditional and distinctively modern.
Our working practices are underpinned by clear moral and ethical values, such as respect,kindness,empathy towards others, and integrity. We keep our focus clearly on the pupils and the needs of the whole school community. Everyone has a voice, and all those voices will be heard.
Although the school’s facilities are not the key influence in learning, they play an important role. Situated in the city of Madrid and designed by our educational leaders, Richmond Park School offers a wide range of attractive learning spaces, which are bright, inviting and stimulating for pupils and teaching staff. As well, there are excellent specialist facilities, including library/ resource centres, ict rooms, laboratories, a food technology room, a sports hall/gymnasium, a sports field, swimming pool, theatre and music rooms.
The greatest impact on pupils’ education is made by the teaching staff. We have a blend of young and more experienced staff, who have quickly melded into a team characterised by tight collaboration, enthusiasm, and creativity. In primary, we have specialists in ict, music and physical education and all secondary subjects are taught by specialist teachers. Almost all staff are native speakers. The team will continue to grow in terms of numbers, depth and strength.
Richmond Park School, as a British school in Spain, has to follow the English curriculum and offer the obligatory Spanish subjects, but we have taken advantage of the flexibility granted to extend and deepen our curriculum. We place a strong curricular emphasis on the creative arts and sport ensuring they receive the necessary time and resources. Our co-curricular initiatives, such as communication and thinking skills, and sustainability, help set us apart from many schools and make a vital impact on pupils’ education. Extra- curricular activities, for example in a wide range of sports and the arts, also allow pupils to gain further knowledge and skills. Finally, our whole school culture – the ways in which we think, perceive and act as teachers and learners-is also fomented and reinforced by mindfulness.
There is no single method of teaching and learning. Pupils learn in different ways, have varying needs, and possess multiple intelligences. All our school learning spaces have interactive monitors, and teachers are constantly using and experimenting with apps, online resources, meets and platforms. Pupils will continue to benefit so much from their time in school, but we must also create further possibilities, for example blended learning. We also have connections with schools in other countries and offer exchanges, links and visits. Our pupils can learn in any place at any time.
We are confident that Richmond Park School provides a distinct kind of education in an exciting learning environment. Its firm commitment to the best of traditional -in some cases, even ancient – education, blended with a willingness to discover new methods and resources, will ensure our pupils are fully prepared for our present world and future times.
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