SMUC parent evevningAround 100 Year 7 children who will transfer to St Richard Reynolds in September were welcomed at St Mary's University College on Wednesday 26th June. The day allowed the new pupils to meet their teachers and new classmates and to enage in a variety of activitites to help prepare them for secondary school. Principal Richard Burke said: 'It was a real pleasure to meet our new Year 7 pupils. They are a terrrific group of children and we had a very productive and enjoyable day. These young people have a very special role to play as the first cohort in the High School.' There were lots of smiling faces at the end of the session and the feedback about the induction day has been very positive. Reception children will have their own special induction in their new classroom at Clifden Road on 13th September. (Picture: Staff and governors at the parent information evening).

On the evening of Monday 1st July, around 150 new Reception and Year 7 parents assembled at St Mary's University College for an information evening to learn more about what to expect at St Richard Reynolds and to help them prepare their children for starting at their new school. The Principal, Mr Burke, welcomed them and spoke about how encouraged the staff were after the Year 7 induction day and how much they are looking forward to welcoming our first Reception and Year 7 children to the College. Parents were addressed by Andrew Cole, chairman of the governing body and vice principals, Susanne Farrar and Anne Murphy, head of the Early Years, Emma O'Byrne, and learnt about the partnership with The Richmond Music Trust from Bethany Calder before hearing a little about sport and PE from Director of Sport, Matt Whitfield, and PE teacher, Janet Byrne. Len Smiths were on hand with samples of the uniform. After the presentations, parents mingled with staff and governors to ask questions and many have already volunteered to help in many ways. A group of parents will meet to discuss setting up the College PTA. The support and encouragement of parents is gretaly valued and appreciated and will play a vital role in bringing success to the College.

The principal and the govnerors are very grateful for the kind hospitality of St Mary's University College. It is a partnership that will grow over the coming months and years.

Mortlake fair29th June 2013


Visitors to tthis year's Mortlake Fair were able to find out more about St Richard Reynolds Catholic College at an information desk manned by governors on Saturday 29th June. Lots of parents came along to ask questions and to offer support. The College uniform and sports kit was on display and drew very positive comments. Many thanks to St Magdalen's School for providing the pitch free of charge and for carrying an advertisement for the College on the fair programme. One lady even wanted to buy one of the College sports tops even though her children were at another school. 

Richmond Council plans to relocate Strathmore School on three sites across the borough in order to improve, enhance and make more accessible the borough's provision for children with complex learning difficulties which include Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) or physical and sensory disabilities. Two sites have been agreed - Russell Primary School and Grey Court School and it is proposed that the third site be Clifden Road accommodating up to 50 pupils. There is already a special unit, The George Tancred Centre, providing for the needs of children with ASD at one of our sister Catholic schools in the borough, St James's Catholic Primary School.

Those who attended our Open Day last October will know that the College is committed to removing barriers to learning for children with disabilities or other special needs that affect their ability to learn to allow each child to fulfil his or her potential. At the Open Day, Mr Cole, chairman of the governing body, also stated that governors and the leadership team will work with the Diocese and the local authority to try to provide suitable facilities for any designated group.

The Church places great emphasis on doing what she can to help those in our community who are disadvantaged and need extra help. This is part of our mission and pastoral duty and the Diocese of Westminster is committed to doing what it can to help children with special needs and the governing body and the Diocese is in discussion with the local authority and Strathmore School about the possibility of accommodating part of Strathmore on the Clifden Road site. The discussions are at an early stage; there is much to consider and there will be extensive consultation and involvement with parents, governors and staff of both institutions before any decisions are taken. Factors will include the capacity of the site, the logistics of having Strathmore pupils on the same site as SRRCC pupils, funding, shared facilities and so forth. For agreement to be reached, there must be benefits to both institutions.

The inclusion of part of Strathmore School on the Clifden Road site could provide wonderful opportunities for both St Richard Reynolds and Strathmore. Should the proposal be approved, it will not be until at least 2017 before they become a reality so there is time to examine and consider the proposal properly and our College community will be consulted and involved in any decisions.

As a Catholic school community we have a duty to consider and support the needs of those who need special help and to be open to working with the local authority to explore opportunities to do so. One of the benefits of the proposal is that the special units will be located at mainstream schools and the children can feel part of the wider community. For our pupils, it provides an opportunity to understand and care about children who have these difficulties. 

The College will post updates on the proposals as they emerge.

StEQuizAround 100 parents and friends of St Richard Reynolds took part in a quiz night at St Edmund's in Whitton on Saturday 8 June. Local quizmaster Sean Carey provided the questions and teams also took part in reverse bingo and heads and tails. Raffle prizes were donated by St Edmund's Parents' Association and Andrew Cole. After eight fiercely contested rounds the eventual winners (pictured left) were declared with the top four teams separated by only a few marks. The amount raised has yet to be finalised but it looks to be in the region of £1,200 all of which will go to the St Richard Reynolds Building Fund.


The children of St Edmund's, Whitton took part in Helping Hands Week during the half-term holiday. In return for a donation the children completed helpful jobs for their friends and family. Funds are still coming in but the total raised so far is £800. The money will be used to purchase a statue for the St Richard Reynolds Catholic College. The College is extremely grateful to the St Edmund's community for this very gesture and for all their hrd work.