Ranby House held their annual Speech day and prize giving ceremony this morning, and the event was a massive success.


The proceedings started with a welcome introduction from Colin Anderson, Chair of the Board of Governors, who congratulated the pupils and prize-winners,


Colin Anderson, Chair of the Board of Governors opened the event

Headmaster, Christian Pritchard then welcomed Katie Slaney, the guest speaker and former Ranby House pupil to the event. Katie gave an inspirational speech to the pupils and parents about her time at Ranby House, Worksop College and beyond.


Guest Speaker Katie Slaney

Katie, 24, a Project Manager in the Construction Industry, and a graduate of Mechanical Engineering, closed her speech with encouraging quotes from Walt Disney, Michelle Obama and Tom Bradley.

Following Katie’s speech, the presentation of prizes commenced. Prize-winners were welcomed up to the stage to receive their book and trophy.

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Christian Pritchard provided a dose of comic relief with his Headmaster’s Address, where parent participation was mandatory!


Christian concluded his speech with a slideshow that rounded up events from the past year at Ranby House.

Head Boy and Girl, Luke Naylor and Tilly Marsden provided some words of wisdom for their fellow Ranbians.


Head Boy & Girl, Luke Naylor and Tilly Marsden

Addressing the Head Boy and Girl for next year, Luke gave these encouraging words of advice:

“Always be prepared.”

Head Girl, Tilly said to her Year 6 peers:

“Although you are leaving Ranby- Ranby will never leave you”

The proceedings were rounded off with a final musical piece from the Ranby House prize-winners, before refreshments in the Performing Arts Hall.

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Headmaster, Christian Pritchard said:

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank the children, staff and parents at Ranby House for their support as we review another remarkable year at Ranby House.”

Well done to all 2017 prize-winners!


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There aren’t many eight year olds who would ask for charitable donations for their birthday; but that is exactly what Alfie Hill did.

The Year 3 Ranby House pupil became inspired after hearing of a family friend who had visited South Africa. On their return, they wanted to raise money to build a centre in Ekewzi, to support local orphans and less fortunate children in the area.

There are currently 30 children enrolled at the centre, and it has become a safe place where the children can: learn, wash, eat, receive clean clothes and hear all about Jesus.

With his birthday approaching, Alfie asked for donations for the charity instead of birthday presents for himself. He raised £160, and the centre sent their thanks in the form of a photo!

Well done Alfie!

Extra Curricular

Ranby pupils enjoyed some fun-filled residential trips during these last weeks of term with the pupils enjoying learning new skills and plenty of teamwork activities.

Year 4 travelled to Whitby for a two night Youth Hostel experience.  They visited the Sea Life Centre in Scarborough, investigated rock pools and created beach art in Robin Hood’s Bay and enjoyed eating plenty of ice-cream!  One pupil said, ‘I enjoyed all of it. It was the best trip ever and I would love to go again!’

Meanwhile at Cholmondeley Castle, Year 6 had turned their attention to bushcraft!  During 5 days of survival-based activities, including shelter building, camouflaging and archery, the pupils developed resilience and built on their teamwork skills, often putting them very much out of their comfort zones.

An overnight camp to Perlethorpe Environmental Centre was a chance for Year 3 pupils to build dens in the woods and challenge themselves to a blindfold assault course, amongst many other team building activities.  Two pupils commented: “The best bit was working with my friends” and “I liked the water challenge activity; we lost lives and had to go back to the start.”.



It was a memorable Ranby House Sports Day with some supreme efforts all round and an extremely close set of final results.  One school record was equalled in the Year 3 and 4 High Jump when Henry Hardy produced an impressive 1m 05 jump and the final House positions were battled for right to the very end.  When the final points were totted up, it was a draw for 1st place with St Alban and St Dunstan both achieving 131 points, closely followed by 129 from St Columba and St Benedict finishing on 126 points.  As ever, a big thank you to all the staff, pupils and parents for their efforts and support and for making the day such a memorable occasion.

For a full round-up of all the results from the day please click on the links below:

Sports Day 2017 Track Final Results

Sports Day 2017 Field results

Sports Day 2017 High Jump results

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Extra Curricular

It was a successful Bank Holiday weekend for our talented equestrian teams when they competed at the NSEA Arena Eventing Championships in Hickstead.  Worksop College students Jodie and Emma Wright and Lucy and Ellie Hallam together with Ranby pupils, Edward and George Howard qualified at the start of the year to compete at Hickstead and they took part in the 80/85 and 90/95 Eventers’ Challenges.

This schools’ competition is open to students up to the age of 19 which made their 6th placing in both classes particularly impressive, especially as the youngest team member is just 9 years old.

Participating in 3 further qualifying rounds, brought 6th places in them all again, demonstrating that 6 certainly seemed to be the lucky number of the weekend.

Well done to all of the pupils, and their ponies, for such an impressive result!

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Pupils and staff enjoyed an impromptu picnic on the lawn yesterday as a regional power failure left Ranby House school and many of the surrounding homes and businesses without electricity.

Quick-thinking catering staff made up scores of lunch bags and the school headed to the fields to enjoy the sunshine.

Deputy Head Jeremy Harper, said: “Business as usual here at Ranby! We were lucky to have been linked up to a generator within a couple of hours and it was a bit of a treat for us all to share lunch outside together. We have a fantastic catering staff and as soon as it was apparent that the whole school was without power, they headed straight to the kitchens to rustle up hundreds of picnic lunches. A big thank you all round”.


Walking up the paupers’ path towards The Workhouse it is easy to imagine how the Victorian poor might have felt as they sought refuge here.

Our Year 6 pupils paid a visit to Southwell, the most complete workhouses in existence.

Here the pupils had the opportunity to experience what life was like for the poor in the Victorian age and reflect on how society has tackled poverty through the centuries.

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…and I think to myself what a wonderful world!

Year One led the Chapel service at Ranby House today, celebrating the wonderful world we live in. It was lovely that so many parents were able to join us for this special assembly.

The children finished by singing, ‘What a Wonderful World’ made famous by the great Louis Armstrong.
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Extra Curricular

On your marks, get set, pedal! Our brand new mountain bike adventure club got off to flying start in the grounds and forest at Ranby House on Friday afternoon!

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A very big thank you to the Ranby Parents’ Group and all our families for funding our new mountain bikes and equipment for the children – they are fantastic! We’ll bring you more photos of their adventures in due course…


Extra Curricular

Our Year 3 class have been to visit Woodside Wildlife Park!

Pupils saw a wide range of animals and even had the opportunity to hold some of the park’s reptiles.

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A fantastic day of hands-on learning!

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