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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

Monday evening was a great success and this was reflected beautifully in the feedback we received, Team Rushden pupils were brilliant and I am looking forward to welcoming on board new y6’s into 7 this year. Head Girl, Connie, Deputy Head Boy, Thuso and 4 year 7 pupils Tilly Bacon, Cody Beecher, Ruby McElligott and Robert Toderasc gave incredible speeches, they were articulate, confident and informative. The school was buzzing and everyone worked really hard to make sure we delivered our best. I am very proud of how far we have come, so are the pupils and we would warmly welcome any visitor into our school to show what we do on a daily basis. It is calm, it is industrious and we are determined to be the best.

Our recent Ofsted report highlighted the following:

 Pupils say that senior leaders are everywhere and staff feel utterly supported in all that they do.

 Staff morale is high

 The ‘Team Rushden’ ethos permeates through all aspects of the school.

 Pupils and staff feel that Rushden Academy is ‘on the up’.

 There is a clear sense of collaboration and determination to improve further.

 The leadership of the quality of teaching, learning and assessment is strong.

 Pupils recognise the positive atmosphere that has been created and understand the importance of behaving well. As one pupil said, ‘We’re here to learn.’

 Pupils say that bullying is rare and they remain confident that staff would deal with it swiftly and effectively should it occur.

 Far greater emphasis is now placed on celebrating success. Pupils report a sense of ‘healthy competition’ and say that school is more enjoyable as a result.

Two weeks to go until we finish for the October half term break, it has flown and there is still much to do. This term is always crucial, in settling pupils and really cracking on with teaching high quality lessons and pupils learning well. It sets the tone for the year and we expect this year to be a highly successful year for Team Rushden.

These next few days are going to be extremely busy for the school; we are embarking on our learning for life days which aim to cover many of the important Team Rushden values and the personal, social, health and wellbeing issues that are so important for our pupils. Tomorrow is the first of several days planned throughout the year to cover many issues.

Monday is our Year 6 Open Evening from 6.30 until 8.30pm; many of our current pupils will be showcasing what Team Rushden have achieved this year and will be supporting teachers in all curriculum areas. I am looking forward to hearing our Head Girl, Connie and Deputy Head Boy, Thuso talk about their experience at Rushden Academy. We are also in for a treat, pupils have already been cast for parts in the new production Grease and have already been rehearsing, so on Monday evening we will be getting a taste of what’s to come. I have no doubt that it will be first class.

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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 11  - Miss J Neville

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Rushden Academy

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