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  • #Talbot2021 – 2021 Miles for The OddBalls Foundation

    Published 24/03/21

    During this half-term, the boys of Talbot House have been taking part in a charity fundraiser for The Oddballs Foundation. Thomas Williams (Y13) reports on what they've been up to. 

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  • Ranby House Puts Social Skills and Community at Top of Lockdown Agenda

    Published 18/02/21

    As we continue through lockdown, the impact on very young children's emotional development remains at the forefront of our pastoral care at Ranby House. It is essential to ensure that student's timetables are packed with face-to-face opportunities to combat the negative impact of isolation.

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  • Slimy Science at Home

    Published 17/02/21

    After the recent success of delivering our Slimy Science event at home, we have half-term science activities for you to enjoy with your little ones. Mr Newton, our resident Slimy Science expert and current Reception Teacher at Ranby House has prepared three experiments that are fun, child-friendly and easy to prepare.

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  • Five Scenic Spots For Winter Walks

    Published 21/01/21

    We've all had lots of time inside recently and keeping active is crucial in keeping our minds healthy.

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  • BLOG: Outside the classroom – the importance of co-curricular ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

    Published 18/01/21

    With in-person clubs, activities and leisure pursuits cancelled for the foreseeable, how important is it to ensure young people are getting that all-important balance of academic work and a chance to relax and recharge?

    Stevie Partington, Co-curricular coordinator for Worksop College, describes how offering something outside the school day encourages responsibility and broadens horizons.

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  • Virtually No Question Why We Moved Schools

    Published 07/01/21

    When the clocks struck midnight marking the end of 2020, the thought of Zoom calls and virtual learning was something we thought we may start to let go of - but with the announcement of a third national lockdown, virtual learning is back.

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  • Worksop College Appoint New Bursar

    Published 11/12/20

    We are delighted to announce that we have appointed a Chief Operating Officer (Bursar) for Worksop College and Ranby House, who will take up the position in January.

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  • BLOG: Inspiring education that’s future-proof

    Published 08/12/20

    With the news that GCSE’s and A-Levels will ‘absolutely’ go ahead – our Headmaster Dr John Price reflects on the past year but believes the pandemic has merely brought the subject to focus. Education reform is long overdue.

    It’s no secret that our young people are likely to have a variety of careers in their lifetimes – working differently to their parents – where work is something you ‘do’, not somewhere you go. And so employers are looking for far more than just results. Emotional intelligence, adaptability, resilience – these are the transferrable skills that are key across every industry and increasingly so.

    Is the national curriculum really providing that?

    Our life skills and co-curricular programme are a key part of our offer and as much emphasis is placed upon these additional opportunities as it is on academic input. The world is changing and education reform is sorely overdue. Teaching children that academic results are all that matter destroys confidence and pupils switch off. How can you possibly get the best from that child?

    Our teaching is designed to build confidence and resilience - that’s what parents are paying for when they entrust their children to us.

    In order to do this, we must create an environment in which our young people feel safe to express themselves both academically and vocationally. We have a team of staff here that are keen-eyed to recognise the talents and individuals quirks that make students unique, and instill a sense of pride in individuality giving our students the confidence to excel.

    Our key advantage in tackling curriculum diversity and being able to recognise areas for improvement is that we are an independent school. This means that we aren’t constrained by the national curriculum. Ultimately, our curriculum allows us the flexibility to react to individual student needs where we can to develop an education that works for them. We believe that happy children in schools are more engaged, focused, and can help them to develop a sense of confidence in and out of the school environment.

    With a subject such as reform, we cannot rule out the impact that mounting concerns are having on young people’s mental health. It’s been an intense situation and there is severe pressure on young people at the moment. We ensure our students have timetabled one-to-one support with their tutors, as well as creating a sense of community at our school that students feel they can reach out to any member of staff to receive support.

    We are actively offering a developed curriculum at Worksop College and we are confident that our offer is one of student-focus and it is important to us that our approach as a non-selective school is beneficial to every young person who comes through our doors.

    To inspire change in the world, we need to be the change that we hope to see. We believe that the curriculum as a whole needs to be more exciting, more fit for purpose and we need to ensure that we do all that we can so that students are fit for employment in the 21st century.

    To find out more about life at Worksop College, view our student stories  here.

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  • New ‘idyllic’ Nursery opens at Ranby

    Published 13/11/20

    Based in the grounds of Ranby House School’s idyllic 60 acre site in Retford, the Big Yellow Door Nursery will open this Monday 16 November, offering a warm and homely environment for infants aged three months to two years.

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  • “Many opportunities to try new things!” – October half-term camp ​​​​​​​

    Published 05/11/20

    At the College, we're used to remaining open for Exeats, but when it comes to the half-term holidays, this was a whole new offer for 2020-21. 

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  • Avoid drinking vinegar! Year 5’s eggsperiment yields some interesting results...

    Published 15/10/20

    As part of the topic ‘Teeth’, Year 5 has been investigating which drinks are best to keep teeth healthy. Science teacher Mrs Sullivan runs us through their findings.

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  • Cut to the chase: how barbering is helping tackle male suicide

    Published 09/10/20

    Just over three years ago, Old Worksopian (OW) Darren Birch (P 97 – 02) opened his own barber shop as part of an initiative with The Lions Barber Collective, a mental health awareness and suicide prevention charity, designed to encourage men to open up. Having been in the Police force prior and his experiences significantly affecting his mental health – his work now centres around preventing male suicide. 

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