Our Learning & Teaching Philosophy

‘Great schools are filled with teachers talking about learning and teaching’ Dylan Wiliam

At St Richard Reynolds Catholic College our core purpose is to provide outstanding learning and teaching for all pupils.  This is achieved in an environment that encourages, supports and develops the spiritual, intellectual, moral and physical development of the child.  We are committed to providing children with an inspiring academic experience which is  child-centered and academically rigorous. We foster an environment where pupils are loved, listened to, challenged and inspired. We are deeply committed to opening the hearts and minds of our young people towards God. 

Our learning rhythm outlines our focus each half term for professional development and research.  Each member of staff completes an evaluative research project annually based on  College development priorities and reflects on findings to develop their pedagogy.  

Our learning and teaching approach is based on our SRR10, including Rosenshine’s ten principles of instruction – Principles of Instruction: Research-Based Strategies That All Teachers Should Know, by Barak Rosenshine; American Educator Vol.   This includes devoting lesson time to review previous learning, providing modelling and scaffolds, high quality questioning and introducing new concepts in small steps (Teaching for Mastery Maths curriculum). 

Cognitive load theory informs our curriculum sequencing by revealing the role of memory in helping pupils build the ‘cognitive architecture’ required to access the curriculum effectively.  The children review prior learning each lesson and logically sequenced episodes of learning allows them to accumulate in small stages, securing understanding before moving on to the next.  

Research from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and Voice 21 on the impact of developing pupil’s spoken language skills has been used as a basis for developing an Oracy curriculum from Reception to Year 6.  Key oracy skills are taught throughout the whole curriculum and the Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI) programme is used to support pupils in EYFS and KS1.  Objectives are progressive and sequential; teaching the children the skills to confidently and effectively use the spoken language for educational progress, and for life in general.  

High School Tours – Tours for September 2024 entry will start after May half-term. Please keep an eye on our website for a link to book a place on one of our tours.

Offer Day - Friday 1st March 2024

Offers of High School places for September 2024 were made on National Offer Day, 1st March 2024 by local authroities on behalf of the College. If you were unsuccessful in gaining a place you have the right to appeal to an idependent appeals panel. For more information, please visit our High School Admissions page HERE.

Please note: The College Office staff do not have visibility of the waiting list and are unable to give personal information regarding positions on the waiting list. Should you have any further questions, please contact admissions@srrcc.org.uk.


Sixth Form

Applications for our Sixth Form have now closed. Should you need any further information, please contact sixthform@srrcc.org.uk.

Primary School

Applications for our Primary School have now closed. Should you need any further information, please contact primary@srrcc.org.uk.