Welcome from the Principal

I would like to extend a special welcome to Ralph Allen School.  Thank you for your interest in a very well-established Bath School now approaching its Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

We are very proud of our high academic standards, which bear close comparison with any school in Bath and North-East Somerset.  Many selective schools would envy our consistent placing in The Times top 250 schools nationwide in both KS4 and the sixth form.

Ralph Allen has a holistic view of learning; we understand that History and English thrive on narrative; that Music catalyses abilities in Maths; and that the same student can enjoy Sport and also Science without contradiction – indeed, that there are many links.  We believe our job as educators is to support students in developing their abilities in a wide range of related areas. 

Prospective parents often ask about our co-curricular offer to students.  We are very committed to offering additional opportunities beyond the classroom.  A huge range of sports, clubs, and other activities are on offer; up-to-date information can be found on our school website http://www.ralphallen.bathnes.sch.uk/125/clubs-and-extra-curricular-activities

Our greatest asset is our students, who are a very impressive group of young people.  We believe it is essential to hear the students’ voice, and this plays a key part in decision making.  If you are visiting the school, please take the chance to test out some of the things we are saying about ourselves.

Ralph Allen’s most recent Ofsted inspection report, March 2014, found that, ‘The most notable strengths of teaching include secure subject knowledge, excellent working relationships with students, well planned lessons that make use of stimulating resources and questioning that is used to check and develop understanding. As a result, students invariably respond well, displaying confidence and maturity’.

I hope this serves well as a very brief introduction to some of the things which we feel are most important.  It will be clear that our values are at the heart of what we do:  respect, personal best and team work.

Parents and others who visit us often comment on the friendliness and accessibility of the school, and I am sure you will find this when you visit.

Tim Withers