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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

Today we say goodbye to year 11, they have been a fantastic year group and will be missed. We wish them every success as they move upwards and onwards, but before they do we still have to a couple of events like the last few GCSEs to sit for some, the prom, which is always stunning and of course results day on the 23rd August. Incidentally, we would really appreciate receiving back any revision guides, any text books or library books and any donations of school ties.

Year 10 are busy preparing for their end of year exams that start next week, a useful tool is GCSE pod and they should be accessing this along with other revision material. Year 10 have made good progress this year and are really stepping up to the demands of their challenging GCSEs. We are also preparing for the y10 enterprise event where they will have an opportunity to seek out information and guidance about certain jobs/careers. If you think you could offer some careers advice and have ideas to share please do get in touch with Mr Brotherston.

This week our Academy Improvement Board (AIB) was set up with Tim Foster taking the Chair of the board. Later in the bulletin you will see a letter from Tim, I am really looking forward to working with the AIB as we continue to forge forward.

This week Team Rushden received a glowing email from Spendlove, the company who maintain our school grounds. They work with 50 other schools and have been established for around 30 years. I am grateful that they took the time to email us and pay compliments about our school site having a lack of litter, they also praised our cheerful, smartly dressed staff & students. We always set high standards of ourselves and collectively Team Rushden aim to be the best we can be. This is time and again recognized by visitors to the school. Our pupils are polite, they smile, they open doors and greet people and they are really helpful.

What's On?

19 Dec
Panto Performance
19 Dec 2018 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
21 Dec
21 Dec 2018 - 04 Jan 2019
7 Jan
Traning Day
07 Jan 2019 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
8 Jan
Start of Term 3
08 Jan 2019

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KS3 Head of Years

Head of Year 7 - Miss J Neville

Head of Year 8 - Mrs M Blackmore (interim)

KS4 Head of Years

Head of Year 9 - Mr S Harris

Head of Year 10 - Mrs A Gurnham

Head of Year 11 - Miss R Burrows

KS5 Head of Year

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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