Emeritus Pope Benedict received a commemorative mug marking the opening of the College from Cardinal Nichols and sent his thanks. See HERE

13th March 2014

Big bang compLast Thursday was a very exciting day for a group of 30 Y7 St Richard Reynolds pupils when the Science Department led a trip to the Big Bang Fair in the NEC, Birmingham. This is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK. Pupils had a fantastic day, getting hands on experience with all sorts of practical work from the real world. Together they combined their energy, cycling and rowing to produce enough electricity to boil a kettle for a nice cup of tea and had a hair-raising experience on the Vann de Graaff generator as they learnt about static electricity. Many took on the task of making an alarm clock, while others learnt how to mix chemicals to make lip balm, or took a tour through the human nose and intestine. There were light-bending glasses that distorted the students' vision, making writing a very hard task, along with a visit on the zoo bus to learn about animals. For those keen on fast speeds, there was an area dedicated to Formula 1, with hands-on experience in an F1 simulator, along with changing a tyre against the clock! There was also a section to learn all about aeroplanes and much, much more. Pupils from all over the country descended on Birmingham and it was a delight that St Richard Reynolds were there too. So, until next year, we will just have to sit back and enjoy the photos and the memories of a fascinating school trip.

13th March 2014

Science group aYear 7 encountered some rather exotic visitors from the tropical rainforest when the team from The Tropical Zoo Roadshow joined St Richard Reynolds Biology classes yesterday. Pupils had the opportunity to handle all manner of fascinating beasts including some snakes (including a venomous one), spiders (a few passed on this one!), iguanas and tortoises under the careful supervision of expert handlers. They learnt about their habits and habitat, what they eat and who eats them. It was a terrific experience and the creatures behaved as impecably as the students! If you would like to support the work of The Tropical Zoo, go to their website HERE 

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Our Faith in Action group filled 90 backpacks with all sorts of useful educational and fun items donated by St Richard Reynolds pupils and parents as part of the Mary's Meals Backpack project. This far exceeded our target thanks to the genorsity and committment of our community.

Most of the children who benefit from Mary’s Meals and the Backpack Project have suffered war, poverty, famine, or natural disaster. Very often families cannot afford to buy basic things like pencils and copy books, or even suitable clothes for their children to wear to school. And so their children miss out on school and an education. A simple backpack with educational materials can be a lifeline to these children as studies show that an education is the best way a chronically poor child can escape poverty in later life.

22nd February 2014


Cardinal-Vincent-Nichols-receives-his-red-biretta-from-Pope-FrancisArchbishop Vincent Nichols, who officially opened St RIchard Reynolds Catholic College last September, was this morning created Cardinal by Pope Francis. He received the ring, scarlet zucchetto and biretta from the Holy Father at the Consistory in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. He has been designated the titular church of St Alphonsus Liguori located on the Via Merulana on the Esquiline Hill of Rome. The church is one of the rare examples of neo-Gothic architecture in Rome. It was built between 1855 and 1859, designed by the Scottish architect George Wigley.

Watch the ceremony HERE.