Ralph Thoresby School

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Ralph Thoresby School
Ralph Thoresby School 21 June 2009.jpg
Holtdale Approach

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Coordinates53°51′20″N 1°36′27″W / 53.85559°N 1.60739°W / 53.85559; -1.60739Coordinates: 53°51′20″N 1°36′27″W / 53.85559°N 1.60739°W / 53.85559; -1.60739
TypeComprehensive community school
Motto"Ambition and Achievement For All"
Local authorityCity of Leeds
Department for Education URN108075 Tables
HeadteacherWill Carr
Age11 to 18

Ralph Thoresby School is a community trust state school in Holt Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.


Named after the antiquarian Ralph Thoresby, the comprehensive school accommodates about 1000 pupils aged between 11 and 18. Ralph Thoresby School is part of the North West Leeds Education Partnership Trust with local Primary Schools. At 6th Form Level the school is part of a partnership arrangement with Lawnswood School. The school provides for pupils with severe physical and visual impairment.


The original Ralph Thoresby High School was built on Farrar Lane in the 1973 and opened for pupils in 1974, as part of the overall development of Holt Park. It was situated alongside, and used the facilities of, Holt Park Leisure Centre, contained a public library and was also adjacent to Holt Park Middle School.

The first Head Teacher was Dawn Lynes with Derek Webber as her Deputy.

Both schools were demolished in 2007 and replaced with the present Ralph Thoresby School building which incorporates a community library and community theatre. It is adjacent to the Holt Park Active Centre which opened in 2013.

Ofsted inspection[edit]

Ralph Thoresby School was inspected by Ofsted in March 2015. The inspectors rated the school Grade 2 (Good) in all areas and for overall effectiveness.[1]

Academic performance[edit]

The School viewed from by the Tinshill BT Tower

Results at both Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 improved in 2013. At Key Stage 4, 52% of pupils achieved at least 5 grades A*-C including English and Maths (an increase of 5 percentage points since 2012); 87% of students achieved at least 5 A*-C grades in subjects (an increase of 20 percentage points since 2012). In A-level, 45% of pupils achieved A*-A grades and 98% of students achieved A-E grades. All A-level applicants successfully managed to gain entry to higher education.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Ralph Thoresby School, Ofsted report March 2015. Requires pdf download.

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