Don’t forget to download our latest Seagull newsletter!  Welcome To The Jo Richardson Community School Head's Welcome Welcome to the Jo Richardson Community School website. JRCS, which opened in 2002, was the first new secondary school to be established in Barking and Dagenham for over...



To The Jo Richardson Community School

Head’s Welcome

Welcome to the Jo Richardson Community School website. JRCS, which opened in 2002, was the first new secondary school to be established in Barking and Dagenham for over 40 years

Our motto “Success for All” underpins everything that we do at the school and puts the students’ achievements at the centre of our vision.  We have a commitment to the highest academic standards combined with a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular activities aimed at enhancing the opportunities offered to all our students.

In January 2023, OFSTED said that; “Jo Richardson Community School continues to be a good school. There is enough evidence of improved performance to suggest that the school could be judged outstanding if we were to carry out a graded (section 5) inspection now.”

“This school is a welcoming and vibrant community where pupils thrive. Positive relationships are at the heart of the school’s ethos, and staff take time to get to know pupils. Pupils are safe and supported at school. There is a culture of high aspiration. Pupils say that this is a school where everyone can succeed.”

JRCS is a community school in the true sense of the word, benefiting from all the sports, social and educational facilities available on Castle Green. As headteacher of JRCS my aim is to ensure that every one of our students is fully equipped and experienced to face the challenges of their chosen pathway. I am hugely proud of what we have achieved since the school was founded in 2002. We have strong values, ambition, excellent outcomes and an inclusive ethos.

I hope that you find everything you need on our website. If I can be of any further help please do not hesitate to contact me directly at the school or by email on

Lisa Keane

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Year 9 Immunisations - 7th/8th May 2024

Year 11 – Exciting Progress!


It has been a very busy return to school in 2024 and we are busy now in year 11 preparing for what this year has in store. As part of this, year 11 have all completed an Exam Stress Workshop with our Mental Health Support Team this week to help them prepare for when their GCSEs start in just 18 weeks. During the session student learnt about managing expectations, controlling anxiety, overcoming the barriers to good revision and how to prepare better to avoid exam stress. Every student left with a booklet of useful information and further links to support. We will have copies of this available at progress evening to give to any interested parents too!


Furthermore, we have our final Y11 Progress Evening coming up where our year 11 students will have their final opportunity to sit with you and their teacher to work out what they need to do to get the best grades possible. During the event, students will receive an envelope (just like on results day) which will include their mock exam results. We can’t wait to welcome you then!