What makes an exceptional school? The answer rests in a combination of factors, and it is that combination I sincerely believe Richmond International School possesses.
First, Richmond is a school whose quality and identity rest on its commitment to the British curriculum and promotion of internationalism. We live and breathe the spirit of internationalism, as reflected not only in our three programmes of learning but many of the activities outside the classroom which enhance and enrich an individual’s education, and the life of the school as a whole.
Second, we are a school with very high standards. We expect our staff to practise the highest standards of professionalism, and exhort our students to do everything in their power to make the most of their individual qualities. We aim to do all we can to ensure our students fulfil their academic potential, not least so that those who leave us at eighteen have the opportunity to go on to a university of their choice.
Finally, we are a school that prides itself on the cultivation and nurturing of an ethos and spirit rooted in the circumstances of the school’s foundation, as well as the principles and philosophy of Richmond. Among other purposes, we believe education should be seen as an end in itself as well as a means of enhancing career and life prospects "erudio pro vita"; we believe in the pursuit of academic rigour; we believe that doubt is an intellectual strength not a weakness; we believe in the promotion of compassion, tolerance and diversity; we believe in developing independent, confident, curious, lifelong learners who commit themselves to helping others as well as themselves.
These are some of the convictions that motivate us each school day, and lie at the core of our working lives.
Most Headteachers probably claim somewhere in the school’s publicity that their school is unique.
They may or may not be right. I can put my hand on my heart when I claim it about Richmond, a community whose ‘whole’ is considerably greater than the sum of its parts. Whilst our British Curriculum and status align us with other international schools across the globe, Richmond still has a ‘unique’ character, atmosphere and mission.
The only way you can put that claim, and the others I make in this introduction, to the test is by visiting us.
You would be exceptionally welcome.
MRS. N. FRENCH
A VERY WARM WELCOME TO RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL