St Richard Reynolds Catholic College

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
St Richard Reynolds Catholic College
Established 2013
Type Voluntary aided school
Religion Roman Catholic
Principal Richard Burke
Location Clifden Road
Twickenham
Greater London
TW1 4LT
 England Coordinates: 51°26′52″N 0°20′03″W / 51.4477°N 0.3343°W / 51.4477; -0.3343
Local authority Richmond upon Thames
DfE number 318/4000
DfE URN 139121 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Gender Coeducational
Ages 4–18
Website www.strichardreynolds.org.uk

St Richard Reynolds Catholic College is a coeducational Roman Catholic voluntary aided school for pupils aged 4 to 18. It is located in the Twickenham area of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, England.[1]

The school is named after Saint Richard Reynolds, a Brigittine monk who was executed in 1535 for refusing the Oath of Supremacy to King Henry VIII of England.

St Richard Reynolds Catholic College consists of two 'schools': St Richard Reynolds Catholic Primary School for pupils aged 4 to 11 and St Richard Reynolds Catholic High School for pupils aged 11 to 18. It is administered by Richmond London Borough Council and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Westminster.[2]

St Richard Reynolds Catholic College is located at a site currently shared with Richmond Adult Community College, which will relocate to its other campus in Richmond by September 2014. The site was originally Twickenham Grammar School for Girls, and includes an Edwardian main building which will be refurbished for use by the school.[3]

History[edit]

St Richard Reynolds Catholic College was established in September 2013 after a campaign by the local Catholic community and others.[4][5] It had also been a 2010 election pledge of the local council administration to "work for a Catholic secondary school".[6] Richmond Council purchased the site for the school for £8.45M.[7][8] A local campaign group, Richmond Inclusive Schools Campaign (RISC), and local opposition politicians said that a community Academy should be considered for the site instead.[9][10][11] The local MP Vincent Cable, and Education Secretary Michael Gove, expressed an opinion that the school should leave 50% of its places open to the community, in line with the statutory cap on admissions at new Faith Academies.[12]

The establishment of the school was the subject of judicial review proceedings, when RISC, backed by the British Humanist Association, unsuccessfully challenged the legality of the process by which it was set up as a Voluntary Aided school rather than an Academy.[11][13][14] The judgement set a legal precedent for interpretation of the 2011 Education Act,[15] and the school's Voluntary Aided status enabled it to bypass rules applying to new Faith Academies which would have limited the proportion of students admitted using faith selection criteria to 50%.[16]

The school was formally opened and blessed by Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark on 19 September 2013.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Home - St Richard Reynolds Catholic College". Strichardreynolds.org.uk. Retrieved 2013-09-05. 
  2. ^ "Introduction - St Richard Reynolds Catholic College". Strichardreynolds.org.uk. Retrieved 2013-09-05. 
  3. ^ "Location - St Richard Reynolds Catholic College". Strichardreynolds.org.uk. Retrieved 2013-09-05. 
  4. ^ Teed, Paul (12 Mar 2011). "Parents and churchgoers petition council for Catholic secondary school in Richmond". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Teed, Paul (18 Mar 2011). "Archbishop of Southwark, the Most Rev Peter Smith, speaks of need for Catholic secondary school in Richmond". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Putting People First". The Conservative Party Manifesto for Richmond and Twickenham: 2010. Richmond and Twickenham Conservative Party. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Teed, Paul (15 July 2011). "Site found for new Catholic secondary school in Twickenham". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  8. ^ Bishop, Rachel (12 Sep 2012). "http://www.richmondandtwickenhamtimes.co.uk/news/9922894.Clifden_Road_site_cost_Richmond_Council___8_45m/". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  9. ^ Teed, Paul (26 Sep 2011). "Richmond Council's 'divisive' Catholic school consultation comes under attack". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  10. ^ Teed, Paul (5 Aug 2011). "Campaign group launches petition against Catholic secondary school in Richmond". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "The Clifden Road Campaign 2011 - 2012". Richmond Inclusive Schools Campaign website. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  12. ^ Harrison, Angela (30 March 2012). "Michael Gove calls for faith pupil limit in Twickenham school". BBC News. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  13. ^ Bishop, Rachel (13 Oct 2012). "New Twickenham Catholic school named, despite High Court battle". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  14. ^ Bishop, Rachel (16 Nov 2012). "Judicial review backs Richmond Council on Catholic school". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  15. ^ Wolfe, David. "No longer a presumption that new schools will be academies?". A Can of Worms. Wordpress. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  16. ^ Sutcliffe, Jeremy (26 Oct 2013). "Free but fettered". The Tablet. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  17. ^ "News - St Richard Reynolds Catholic College". Strichardreynolds.org.uk. Retrieved 2013-09-05. 

External links[edit]