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KEEG5048 smallI am delighted to welcome you to our rapidly improving school, Rushden Academy. This year the school celebrates its Ruby Anniversary; originally opening in 1977 as Chichele College for Girls, later in 1991 it amalgamated to become Rushden School, which later became Rushden Academy, as we know it today. On site you will find an outstanding ‘First Friends’ day nursery, a wonderful, vibrant environment where some of our pupils gain work experience. We also have our own Hair and Beauty Salon that is open to the public, our trainees gain first-hand experience and the results they gain are top class.

Performing Arts and PE are strengths of the school, they regularly showcase performances or coach youngsters in local schools. Following a recent Ofsted monitoring inspection where the inspector observed a performing arts rehearsal they wrote that ‘pupils of all ages and abilities engaged with enormous enthusiasm and enjoyment. The high standard of their performance reflected dedication, hard work and collaborative team spirit’.

We are proud of the curriculum we have on offer, not only does it deliver the content pupils need to excel in today’s society it also develops their imaginations. We are excited about our plans to further develop the extra-curricular provision and bespoke interventions our pupil’s access. Team Rushden produce weekly bulletins, reading through these you soon get a strong sense of our values and purpose, and also get to see many fantastic photos of our pupils in action in the extra-curricular activities we already offer.

As the Principal of Rushden Academy, I am determined that we will deliver our pledge of outstanding leadership, excellent teaching, exemplary behaviour and great learning.  Ofsted recently stated that ‘leaders are highly visible and extremely proactive in supporting staff and pupils, that leaders are completely involved in all aspects of the school’s work’(June 2017). In terms of the behaviour Ofsted commented that our pupils fully understood the rules, routines and values; that the anti-bullying charter was well understood and pupils commented that bullying was rare and pupils also commented that staff would deal with incidents swiftly and effectively. We do have a highly supportive pastoral system, which is focused on ensuring our pupils succeed and leave us as confident, articulate and aspirational young adults.

This year we appointed several pupil prefects, this is due to expand even further so that our pupil voice is very powerful and they continue to shape our continued improvements. Everyone in Team Rushden has a role and responsibility, we have built a culture where together, students and staff are united in transforming our school. In Team Rushden we expect each member to be smart, respectful, hard-working and resilient and we are unwavering in our goal to be the best we can be. As the Principal I believe that it is our duty to ensure that every team member leaves Rushden Academy wiser, more fulfilled and ready to embrace new opportunities and take charge of their lives.

Our website aims to give you further insight into our values and purpose. However, to fully appreciate everything Rushden Academy can offer, I warmly invite you to come and see for yourself. I very much look forward to welcoming you and your family and speaking to you personally whilst touring the school.

Mrs Jane Burton

Rushden Academy

As another week draws to a close I would like to take the opportunity to share some highlights of the week and some photos too.

This week we met with Tove Learning Trust as we rapidly move towards being re-brokered on the 1st April 2018. I believe that it is one of the best trusts around, led by people in education day in day out, we are already working with them and sharing great practice. It is good news for Team Rushden.

Year 5 pupils visited us this week, experiencing secondary school lessons, they left with some healthy food having made some interesting food kebabs in food tech. Parents also had the opportunity to see Team Rushden in action and again they were incredibly surprised how well our school is doing and how it feels, one visitor said it feels loved! I am sure you’ll see some photos later in the bulletin. Year 6 parents have visited the school this week too, all very positive.

Excellent start to the new term, so many positives to mention...

Safe and sound return of the sixth form trip, the Berlin trip and the Uganda trip. Please read the articles later in the bulletin. Our pupils were great ambassadors of Team Rushden, they conducted themselves impeccably and everyone, not just teachers but the general public too, complimented them on their manners and conduct. Thank you to you if your son/daughter went on the trips, they did us proud.

Year 11 returned in their droves to school during the half term break to receive intensive revision from our dedicated team of teachers. Everyday something was available and sometimes venues were bursting at the seams with well over 50 pupils. Such positive attitudes should pay dividends. Well done Team. March mocks are around the corner and pupils need to be revising at home as well as at school. This time the results will be issued in envelopes like the real results day.

What's On?

22 Mar 2018 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
GCSE Drama Performance
26 Mar 2018 - 29 Mar 2018
Year 8 Paris Trip
30 Mar 2018 - 13 Apr 2018
Easter Holiday
16 Apr 2018
Training Day

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Head of Year 7 - Mrs S Finney

Head of Year 8  - Mr S Harris

Head of Year 9 - Mrs A Gurnham

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Head of Year 10 - Miss R Burrows

Head of Year 11  - Miss J Neville

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Head of Year 12 & 13 - Mr P Chapman

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Hayway, Rushden, Northamptonshire. NN10 6AG
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