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Armed Forces ​Community Covenant

We were the first school in the country to sign government-backed covenant; formalising and celebrating the union that we have with the Armed Forces community and their families.

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Educational Outcomes Award - Specialist Schools Academies Trust

Awarded for being in the top 10% of schools nationally for progress made by pupils between Key Stage 2 at primary school and GCSEs at the age of 16.


​The FA Charter Standard Schools

This accreditation is awarded to clubs and leagues rigorously adjudged to be well-run and sustainable. We prioritise child protection, quality coaching and implement the ethos of the ‘Respect’ programme.

Inclusion Quality Mark

​​Inclusion Quality Mark

Recognises how we are benefitting different groups of learners, and how their outcomes are improving as a result of their work.

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​National Citizen Service 'Champion School' status

Awarded Bronze Champion School status for exceeding expectations in promoting the NCS programme as well as recruiting students to take part. Open to all young people, regardless of circumstances or additional needs, NCS focuses on three core principles of social cohesion, social engagement and social mobility, all of which have benefits not just to the participants but to communities and society as a whole.

​​National Healthy Schools Award

Awarded for high quality provision which contributes to the health and wellbeing of students.

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​Proud Partner of the University of Sunderland in Initial Teacher Education and Continuing Professional Development

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​Positive Allies - Level 1 - valid until June 2020

Recognises that as a school we are friendly toward, and inclusive of, people living with HIV and that we actively challenge HIV stigma. Level 1 accreditation valid until June 2020.

"Positive Allies is the first charter mark of its kind in the world and by gaining this charter mark, you are showing that you are an HIV-friendly organisation with an environmental ethos of tackling HIV-related stigma in all its forms. By achieving Positive Allies, you are showing the world that you are an inclusive and equal organisation that values all of its diverse people, whether it’s your employees or your volunteers."

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​Quality in Careers Standard - valid until June 2022

This award recognises the high standard of careers guidance provision we offer at Risedale and that as a school we have achieved the national Quality in Careers Standard fulfilling our statutory duty regarding Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG). The latest Statutory Guidance (January 2018) from the DfE to schools builds heavily upon the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks for "Good Careers Guidance", and "strongly recommends" all secondary schools to work towards and achieve the national Quality in Careers Standard: here is the link.

Click here to find out more about the national Quality in Careers Standard by Prospects.

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STEM Ambassadors

Recognises the commitment of Risedale's staff; encouraging and inspiring young people in STEM subjects through the use of STEM Ambassadors.

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​​Stonewall School Champion - valid until December 2020

Recognises that as a school we are committed to:

  • Tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.
  • Making school a place where all pupils and staff - including lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people - are accepted without exception.
  • Championing diversity and celebrating difference.

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Youth Sport Trust

As a member of the Youth Sport Trust we help our students to achieve their full potential using the power of PE and school sport to change lives.