The Richmond Primary Academy April newsletter

Principal Update

One of our winning pupils - her design won the competition for the design on ERIC - the Lincolnshire Sustainability Bus.

Message from Vicky Ross, Principal

April showers...definitely! A bit of sun starting to appear, and amazing advances at The Richmond Primary Academy!!

Since Easter, there has been a determined focus on aligning the school to the proven DRET curriculum - we have been introducing our new Talk4Reading curriculum - the children have been enjoying the focus texts- and producing wonderful work in response. Next half term, we will be moving to Talk4Writing and Effective Maths in school. To support these, we have also had a transformation in the classrooms - all our classrooms are set out with newly designed working walls and a new timetable.

Of course - for our amazing children - this is not enough. I have been so proud to receive emails from families - sharing their children's achievements outside of school too. A big 'well done' to: Albie for winning the FA goal of the month; Archie for his fantastic footballing success in Barcelona; and to Millie for winning her league by beating against local's Louth - even despite the shock of bumping into me just before the game. I am so proud of them and all the children for their courage and dedication to their teams.

I was also a very proud Principal, just before the end of the Spring term, when I was invited to a presentation of launch of the East Lindsey Home Energy Bus - ERIC. Our pupils work was on display inside and on the van having come first and third in the design competition.

Our two winners with the Energy team and ERIC the energy bus.


A reminder that we are communicating via:

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This term, will be a full focus on learning. The children are ready and so are we! We look forward to sharing it with you

Mrs Ross - Principal

Trust News

Academy Launch

We have had a trust launch this month. Stuart Burns, DRET CEO and Simon Rose, Director of Primary Education, came for the day to join the children

Mr Rose, Mrs Ross, Mr Burns and our top models!


Our children met with the press - to show off their new uniform and to talk about the experiences and opportunities available with the trust. You can read the whole article (and watch the video) on the Skegness Standard Website

Skegness Grammar School - Y5 Visit

This month, our Year 5 were invited to Skegness Grammar School. The children had amazing opportunities to experience a secondary education - including visiting the music room, experiencing a history lesson, enjoying a dance experience, and had fun in the art studio - as well as touring the school. A big thanks to the SGS team for making us feel so welcome.

Whole School Music Day

Last week, we were thrilled to be visited by Tim Wilson and Libby Lane who provided us with an amazing Music Day. Every child had a chance to join in with a taster of the upcoming music curriculum. The smiles, singing and rhythm were a joy to behold. Absolutely stunning!

Mr Wilson in action!

Staff Spotlight

Here to Help...

This is 'Sam' - Sam McMillan - our Parent Support Advisor. Sam has been working at the school for a couple of months now, and is an essential contact for many of our children and families. Sam is our first port of call for any families that may need a listening ear or advice. Sam is also a key safeguarding lead, making sure all our children are safe. Sam is our attendance champion so is keeping a close eye on children's attendance. Remember, if you're not in school, you can't learn!

Look out for Sam on the front gate Monday-Wednesdays

Class News

Tremendous teaching and learning at Richmond!

Now that we are part of the David Ross Education Trust, we will be changing parts of our curriculum so that our children have access to a world class curriculum, which is filled with lots of knowledge to support them become life-long learners! Our Reception classes have been the first to implement our new writing scheme – Talk4Writing. The children begin their unit of work by learning a story through the use of a story map and actions, and they learn it so well that they are able to retell it on their own! Reception are currently learning The Enormous Turnip. Ask your child to retell you the story at home and be prepared to be amazed at what they can remember!

A story map for 'The Enormous Turnip'
Mrs Lake and Reception talking the text

You Said, We Did

Uniform Update

Thank you to all the parents that have completed the online form to order their free uniform - As a reminder, as part of our support for parents with our new uniform, we are providing 2 free sweatshirts and a free PE T-shirt for all children in Reception-Year 5 ready for the new academic year.

To answer the most common questions:

Cardigans - Unfortunately we are not able to provide cardigans as part of this offer but they will be available on the Nationwide website once operational - we expect this to be in June.

Which Grey? - we would encourage families to purchase charcoal grey trousers, skirts and pinafore dresses are allowed.

Green Summer Dresses - the summer dresses are GREEN and available from most supermarket chains.

Sample Sweatshirt from September 2024
Sample PE shirts from September 2024
Grey trousers and skirts
Plain white polo
Green Summer Dresses