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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

Building work around site is well under way now and will continue throughout February so if you do have an appointment booked at the Hair & Beauty centre please do take extra care when on site.

Tove Trust have visited again this week, we are already making strong connections with Sponne School and have an amazing opportunity to learn from the best and gain resources to use. Team Rushden are absolutely determined to continue raising standards and firmly believe that team work is crucial, we want all our stakeholders to play a part in our journey to outstanding J2O. We have a vibrant student body that make decisions for our school and we want a larger parent forum who are willing to get involved in aspects of school decision making too. If you are interested in joining a parent forum please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

Turning a school around takes time, last summer the Attainment 8 scores were much improved from a poor baseline, so more pupils gained a standard 4 GCSE (old C grade) than previous years. However, the government Progress 8 measure was not good, this means that pupils may have met a standard 4 but did not meet their target grades, which were higher.

Exciting times ahead for Team Rushden; the listening period ended on the 18th January which means no more comments can be submitted to the DFE regarding the trust transfer. The evidence will now be considered and decisions made regarding the next steps, which you will be informed about.

Building work has started on site and we anticipate completion by the end of February. We are making good some of the walk way areas, and building a fence down the side of the school to increase security. Reception will be moved to the vocational centre and we will be increasing parking spaces to cope with demand.

This week our vocational course offer and delivery was inspected successfully, thank you to Mr Brotherston and the departments who deliver BTECs. This is really important for us as we carefully consider what the best curriculum offer is for our pupils.

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Hayway, Rushden, Northamptonshire. NN10 6AG
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