VERY school worth its salt wants to inspire young people to develop a genuine love of learning.
All sorts of programmes and initiatives have come and gone with the seasons as clever folk have concocted even cleverer schemes to crack the perceived nut. The point is, however, that there is no nut to crack. Young people are naturally very curious and genuinely want to be challenged.
Because of this, Rishworth School has developed an intellectual curiosity programme that endeavours to harness that natural energy and put the thrill of quest and discovery back into learning.
Pupils are routinely challenged to think differently and create exceptional things. They are urged to confound their own expectations, not just through the teaching that they receive, but through numerous challenges, competitions and enrichment initiatives, such as the school’s ‘Space programme’ and its ‘Formula 1 in Schools’ initiative – designed to draw out their natural intellectual curiosity. It is Rishworth’s belief that every child, no matter what their ability, can be intellectually curious and that it is our mission to tap into and release that spirit of thinking and intellectual adventure.
The school wants to raise a new generation whose minds instinctively embrace and entertain new ideas and ways of looking at things; a generation whose minds are generous with the hospitality that they offer to bold thinking; a generation that understands that intellectual off-roading is not only good, but the route to innovation and revelation.
Rishworth is a boarding and day school that, in keeping with its heritage and Church of England foundation, wants to recognise the skills and talents of each pupil within its community whatever they are.
It is its ambition that pupils have the opportunity to achieve the very best they can academically and at the same time enjoy a range of extra-curricular activities that will develop them as rounded people who can meet the challenges of life.
The current extra-curricular programme includes team sports, drama, music, and all sorts of clubs and societies and trips and expeditions – both within the UK and overseas. Coupled with superb on-site facilities, such as a 25-metre indoor swimming pool, state-ofthe-art fitness suite and squash courts, plus a modern performing arts centre, it is not surprising that recent inspection reports achieved the highest rating of ‘Outstanding’.
The school recently saw the founding of its new Ford Rugby Academy, established in conjunction with England player George Ford, a former pupil, and his father Mike Ford.
To really experience the vast opportunities on offer, stop by one of the open events in September, October and November. Alternatively, you could make an appointment to have a look around or to meet with the headteacher. For more information visit rishworth-school.co.uk, email admissions@rishworth-school. co.uk, or call 01422 822217