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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

Thank you to parents attending the year 9 parents evening last night, it was good to see so many positive parents and pupils. I would like to take this opportunity to let you know that reports will be changing in the near future so that you get a true reflection of how you son/daughter is performing over a period of time and a snap shot of how they perform under exam conditions in an assessment. We have listened to your comments and believe that this will help and be a fairer process.

This is an incredibly stressful time in households at the moment as pupils prepare for their forthcoming exams. There is a lot of support available to help during this period, whether it be advice on coping with the exam period or last minute revision tips. I would say prepare by not leaving it to the last minute and cramming, to know how you best learn by trying different strategies and give yourself breaks (as long as the breaks don’t become longer than the revision period)! We have invested in GCSE pod for all pupils and it is worth accessing and watching the video clips. You cannot beat practicing past papers and reading through examiners mark schemes so I would highly recommend that. We will be offering holiday revision at May half term again.

Yet another exciting week at Rushden Academy. Year 11 ‘Real GCSE’ exams have started kicking in with preparations underway for Drama and Art. Everything appears to be going to plan; staff and pupils are busy and there is a real sense of determination amongst Team Rushden.

Today we have 12 hours of sport taking place, over 70 pupils paid £20 each to participate in sport all day, madness, but a fantastic effort for charity. Today we also had a volcano extravaganza in Humanities. I am sure that you will see some photos at some point, but I did want to share this photo of some volcano cake that appeared on my desk today from two y7 pupils.


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22 Oct 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
23 Oct
Addams Family Rehersals
23 Oct 2018 3:15 pm - 5:15 pm
29 Oct
Training Day
29 Oct 2018 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

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KS3 Head of Years

Head of Year 7 - Miss J Neville

Head of Year 8 - Mrs M Blackmore (interim)

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Head of Year 9 - Mr S Harris

Head of Year 10 - Mrs A Gurnham

Head of Year 11 - Miss R Burrows

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Head of Year 12 & 13 - Mr P Chapman

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Rushden Academy

Hayway, Rushden, Northamptonshire. NN10 6AG
Tel: 01933 350391
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