Following the most recent Covid-19 restrictions, our school site is now closed to everyone.

We will be unable to respond to telephone messages left, if you need to contact school, please use the following emails:

General advice and guidance: info@rushden-academy.net

Head of Year 7: k.monkman@rushden-academy.net
Head of Year 8: c.smith@rushden-academy.net
Head of Year 9: s.finney@rushden-academy.net
Head of Year 10: r.smart@rushden-academy.net
Head of Year 11: a.gurnham@rushden-academy.net
Head of 6th Form: p.chapman@rushden-academy.net

Head of Maths: s.evans@rushden-academy.net
Head of English: j.neville@rushden-academy.net
Head of Science: c.wiles@rushden-academy.net
Head of MFL: g.brainwood@rushden-academy.net
Head of Creative Arts: a.owen@rushden-academy.net
Head of Performing Arts: j.ede@rushden-academy.net
Head of PE: s.harris@rushden-academy.net
Humanities contact: p.bocking@rushden-academy.net

We send you our very best wishes and ask that you look after yourselves and your families. As hard as it is to self-isolate and distance yourself from others, it is a must now and certainly is in everyone’s best interest.

HEAD BOY/GIRL  - 6th Form 

Head Boy – Tom Casswell

Head Girl – Saskia Wright

Deputy Head Boy – Dominic Barr

Deputy Head Girl – Bonita Silsby-Watson

It is a major part of their role to represent Team Rushden both in school and in the local community at events such as our annual Rewards Evening, Open Evening and Remembrance Service. 

Another part of their role is to be active members of the Student Forum, Student Council and the 6th Form prefect team. As part of this they help provide the student voice and opinion to staff on key issues and raise awareness of any concerns that students may have. They will also be involved in projects around school and in the community such as improving the school environment and working with the elderly at the Tea Dance.



Keira Ridley, Ollie Wittich, Alex Clothier, Atasha Riveira and Kelsie Proulx

Made up of volunteers that were excellent candidates.

5 students, one delegated to each year group during forum meetings to guide discussions and gain feedback. They will then present their year groups ideas at the Student Council.



Established in July 2017 to get the students more involved in decision making around school and feeling like they have a say.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • To help gage what students would like to see change in school
  • To provide staff with ideas on how these changes might take affect
  • To inform staff of student opinion and give feedback on key issues


STUDENT FORUM - 2 reps per form – Yr7 (12), Yr8 (12), Yr9 (10), Yr 10 (10), Yr11 (14) - students to meet with Mrs Finney at least half termly

FORUM meet to bring ideas from their forms and then discuss these with their fellow form reps in their year groups.


STUDENT COUNCIL Yr11 Leadership Team + HB/HG/DHB/DHG - students to meet with Mrs Finney and Mrs Owen.

STUDENT COUNCIL meet to discuss ideas from different year groups that were suggested at the forum and then make key decisions on actions alongside key staff.


Feedback to staff via email from Mrs Finney as well as in briefings / meetings and students via briefings, assemblies, tutors and HOY.

Agenda and updates also displayed on Student Council boards for each meeting.


Topics discussed last year included:

  • Rewards – What rewards? Trips? Where to? What criteria?
  • Bullying – What is bullying? How can we stop bullying? How do we report bullying? What is done about bullying?
  • Behaviour – What does good/bad behaviour look like? What is done about it? Is this good enough?
  • Environment – How can we improve the litter situation in school?
  • Culture / community – How can we improve the sense of community? Run an event e.g. Carnival - each form has a stand to run
  • Other topic ideas: Charity work, restorative justice, teaching and learning policy, Learning for Life Days, trips, uniform……


Rushden Academy
Northamptonshire. NN10 6AG
t: 01933 350391
e: info@rushden-academy.net

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