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.

Ges Smith

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Update for Parents January 5th 2021

Following updated government guidance the school will only be open for vulnerable students and the students of critical workers from 5th January until February half term. We will send further details after the start of term. Please continue to check the school website for updates.

Remote Learning

We will be providing remote education for all students not attending school on Microsoft teams. If you have trouble accessing remote learning or do not have a device, laptop or internet access then please click the link to request support: Remote learning support and we will be in contact from Monday 4th January. Please click the link for a help guide on how to access Microsoft teams and remote learning. If your child does not have access to a fixed broadband connection you may be entitled to free mobile data for your child's device. Please click here and complete the form to apply.

January exams

We are currently awaiting further guidance about the January Exams and we will be in contact with the students involved via email as soon as we have more information.

Year 11 and 13 exams and final assessment grades

We recognise that this is an anxious time for all our year 11 and 13 students. Once we have received further guidance from the government we will write to all year 11 and 13 students and their parents with information about how students grades will be calculated.

Vulnerable students and the children of key workers

We will be running a support school for these students from Tuesday 5th January. We will contact all vulnerable students to invite them in. If you are a critical worker and would like to request a place for your child then please click on the link: critical worker request to apply for a place at support school. Please only apply for a place if absolutely necessary. We will be in touch by Monday 4th to confirm a place. We ask that all students wishing to attend support school get a PCR test at one of the boroughs testing sites before attending school If you test positive then please contact us on and follow government guidance on self-isolation.

Help and Support

Please keep in touch if you need anything. The school office hoors are open from 8.15am to 3.45pm or email any questions or concerns to

Please click here to access the consent form for lateral flow testing for students