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About Richmond Methodist School

Our Origins

Richmond Methodist Primary School has its origins as "The Wesleyan School" in the 19th Century. It was established as a Day School by the local Methodist Church and the school continues to have strong links with the local Methodist Church, largely through the Governing Body, but also through assemblies and numerous shared activities. You can visit the church website at .

We are now a ‘Voluntary Controlled’ School - we are run by the Local Authority - and admission is open to all children between the ages of 4 and 11 years. The school provides an inclusive education for all, regardless of ability, gender, race, or religious affiliation or lack of it.

What We Aim To Do

We aim to provide children with a stimulating, challenging and enjoyable learning environment. We offer a rich, broad and balanced curriculum and aim for the highest standards, enabling all children to strive for their personal best in every aspect of their learning. We have high expectations of the children’s behaviour and we expect the children to take responsibility for their actions and to take pride in their achievements and their school.

Where We Are Now & What We Can Offer

In 1970, the school moved to the current premises on Darlington Road. These premises consist of twelve classrooms, library, Computing Suite, kitchen, administrative block. There are also playgrounds, an established pond and vegetable growing area, an exciting Foundation Stage outside classroom, a large playing field and access to Richmond High School's All Weather Area. Our children benefit form attending our Collaboration Partner School's Forest School Area in Arkengarthdale.

The premises have been extended and modernised over the past few years. We have an established outside teaching area for Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 and exciting play facilities for all children.

The governors and staff realise how important it is to provide modern facitities for the 21st Century and are committed to providing our children with the best facilities available.

What Being A Methodist School Means

The Methodist Church was founded by John Wesley in the mid-1700s. He believed that Christianity was for all and he travelled Britain, America and Europe spreading this belief. Our school was founded by the Methodist Church in the mid 1800s and still today provides education for all. Our school's ethos is based on Christian principles and the Methodist principle of "for all" is reflected in the inclusive nature of our school. We believe in developing each child as an individual and nurture their particular skills or aptitudes. We believe that all children have an equal right to a high quality education.

We still have close links to our local Methodist Church, and members of the church (including the minister) come in once a week to lead an assembly. Four members of the governing body are appointed by the local church and the school visits the church for a service at least once a year.



Richmond Methodist School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school. All concerns are passed through the members of staff who are trained as "Designated Child Protection Officers" in school in compliance with the "sharing of information" guidance.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Miss Helen Ring, Headteacher.  She is supported by a team of other teachers and members of the support staff.

If you have any serious concerns about your child or any other pupil at Richmond Methodist School please do not hesitate to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead who knows who to contact for the best advice and help and is experienced in using the appropriate degree of confidentiality.

For the best interests of all our children we use the following safeguarding measures:

Cause for Concern

Teachers are asked to report any causes for concern to the School Safeguarding Team using a written proforma. Any concerns will be shared with parents as early as possible as more often that not there are extremely reasonable explanations for the concern. Concerns may range from children being visibly upset to persistent lateness to children ‘disclosing’ concerns.


All lateness and absences are recorded. Attendance is monitored and referrals to the Safeguarding Team can be made. Parents will always be informed of concerns around attendance at the earliest point. If attendance concerns continue the school will refer to the Education Welfare Officer.

For our full Safeguarding Policy see our policies page

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