You can’t put a price on education. Well you can but we’re not going to try. Here at twickerati we learned our lessons not at the School of Hard Knocks but at the College of Mildly Unfulfilled Potential. It was a great college but it could have been even better if only everyone had worked that bit harder. And been cleverer. Or should that be ‘more clever’. And that, dear readers, is the whole bloody point.
Anyway, school fans will be pleased to hear that the borough’s newest secondary school has just welcomed an intake of 140 shiny new Year 7 pupils. The Richmond upon Thames School (in Twickenham, obviously!) is in Egerton Road on the site of Richmond College. It is the non-selective secondary school that has been much promoted by El Brute over the last few years and which is part of REEC. Who reek? It’s the Richmond Education and Enterprise Campus of course. It’s a joint enterprise of Richmond upon Thames College (aka the sixth form college), Haymarket Media, Harlequins, Richmond Council and Achieving for Children who are putting together a campus offering a range of options for children and young adults. The Clarendon School and Waldegrave School are also involved.
As well as the new secondary school, the site will continue to be home to RuTC and will eventually house new purpose-built accommodation for the Clarendon School and Haymarket Media’s new tech hub and digital media incubator. Haymarket’s main presence locally continues to be at Bridge House by Twickenham station.
The new school is governed by the Richmond upon Thames School Trust and is currently based in temporary accommodation on the site while building work on the new campus continues. There’s an open evening coming up on October 9th to find out more about 2018 admissions.
And on the subject of school building projects, work continues on the large new block at St Richard Reynolds in Clifden Road. You can’t really miss it.