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Welcome …

I offer you a very warm welcome to King Richard School and thank you for taking the time to find out more about us.

Mr Gareth Hughes

As the new Headteacher I am delighted to be leading a school where the staff care so much about every individual. We want everyone to be the very best that they can be and by getting to know each student really well we make sure that everyone grows in confidence, achieves excellent results and so is ready for the next stage in their lives. King Richard continues to go from strength to strength. OFSTED recognised our achievements last autumn and this summer our year 11 students achieved the school’s best ever results.  As our new year 7 students have found out it is an excellent time to join such an ambitious school and I look forward to meeting you at the school in the near future. Gareth Hughes Headteacher.

Results 2014

Congratulations to all students and staff for achieving the best results the school has ever had. 46% 5 A*-C Incl English and maths represents a great effort by all, well done.

Aircraft Carrier

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On Friday 20th June year 7 students spent the day working with BAE systems building a model of the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. The finished model will be displayed in HM naval base, Portsmouth to coincide with the launch of the aircraft carrier in Glasgow. Well done to all students who took part in the workshop.

National Women in Engineering Day

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Winchester Science Centre was taken over by females on 23 June, all in support of ‘National Women in Engineering Day’

The Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium opened its doors to over 80 girls between 12 -14 years old from local schools and a number of (mostly) female STEM Ambassadors from local companies.

The idea behind ‘National Women in Engineering Day’ was to raise the profile of engineering to female school students and to celebrate the achievements of women in engineering.

The morning part of the day saw the girls divide into groups for workshop purposes. Matchtech, an engineering recruitment agency led a workshop asking the girls to test their soft skills, creativity and teamwork in a challenge named the ‘Spaghetti Tower’. The girls were asked to create the tallest and strongest tower with just the listed items; String, spaghetti, sticky tape, marshmallows and scissors. Naturally, this activity was particularly popular with the girls, the top prize being; marshmallows of course!

GE Aviation led two sessions, one ‘Paper Aeroplane’ challenge and in the second workshop STEM Ambassadors discussed the role of ‘Airline Data Analysts’ within GE Aviation.

Local technology company IBM came to work with the girls on design and thinking, giving them a problem to solve and then to develop their solution. Amongst many other fantastic ideas, the girls invented; ‘Motorised Shoes’, ‘Robot Doctors’ and ‘Underground Recycle Shoots’.

BAE Systems, a local navy manufacturer, worked with the girls to build and dismantle, build and dismantle, build and dismantle large lego ships!

The second part of the morning aptly titled ‘speed networking’ gave the girls the chance to speak to a number STEM Ambassadors in small groups. The girls were given free reign of questions to ask the STEM Ambassadors resulting in honest and inspiring answers!

After lunch, the girls were gathered in the Planetarium for a small awards ceremony, which highlighted some of the most creative individuals, followed by three inspiring talks from female STEM Ambassadors from BAE Systems and Matchtech. Abbi and Stephy from BAE Systems spoke about their very different journeys to becoming female Marine Engineering Apprentices and their love for the profession. In a final inspiring push, the Matchtech STEM Ambassadors(Selina and Charlotte) informed the girls of the severe shortage of engineers in the UK and the number of companies who want to attract more females to the industry.

At the end of the day the girls were treated to a bespoke show in the Planetarium.



On Monday 9th June, year 9 History students visited the International Port and the D Day Museum in Southsea to learn more about remembrance and Portsmouth’s role in the two world wars. They worked with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to look at how we remember those who have fallen in war. Thank you to all of those students who took part and represented the school so well and also to Mr Aston for his help on the day.

Mrs Dedman

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Cyber Bullying


At King Richard School every single student has the right to feel safe and free from harrassment of any sort, including cyber bullying. We have been offered the chance to pilot a powerful piece of software whose aim is solely to keep people safe but maintain their all important privacy.

Registering via our website will allow our students to feel a little more secure, knowing that any offensive, threatening or intimidating remark that anybody, anywhere makes about them, will be registered. This will also allow us to keep our parents aware of any potential dangers.

I have no doubt that this will soon be a feature of many schools and I am proud that King Richard School is at the leading edge of e-safety and safeguarding issues for our community.


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Summer Term Events

In order to celebrate the success of our students over the past academic year together with the 100th Anniversary of World War One I would like to make you aware of a number of events being held between now and the end of the Summer term.  Dates for your diary are:

23 June Art Exhibition 4.00 – 7.30 pm, Hillside & Wymering Community Centre

Exhibition of Yr 11 students’ art work.  Also on display will be art work by a number of King Richard staff who had the brief “to create a postcard which shows an interest that you have or a little bit about what is important in your life whether it be your favourite football team, your cat, family, dancing, world war 2, canoeing or taxidermy”.

2 July Lest We Forget2.00 – 6.00 pm, King Richard School

First World War Commemoration – Lest We Forget Exhibition and Community Project for the local area.

9 & 10 July Arts Showcase Event7.00 pm, King Richard School

The evening will include a range of performances in dance, drama and music as well as an exhibition of work from students studying art and media studies. The work in the showcase will include that from Key Stage 3 and 4 students and is an opportunity to see the high standards achieved and the emerging talent in a range of different subjects.

15 July Awards Evening Yr 7 & 87.00 pm, King Richard School

To celebrate students’ success over the last academic year.

16 July Awards Evening Yr 9 & 107.00 pm, King Richard School

To celebrate students’ success over the last academic year.