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A very warm welcome back to you all, I trust that you had a good family break, relaxed together and maybe even enjoyed some shopping expeditions to Rushden Lakes. I certainly did and was amazed to see so many of our pupils working there and deservedly so. They portrayed the perfect retail skills, smiling, being incredibly polite and attending to customers incredibly maturely. There are so many great opportunities for our youngsters and it is literally on the door step, I think we are very lucky.

The school has been a hive of activity over summer, the English department has had a make-over, there are new windows in the main corridor of the school, a new boiler amongst other projects being completed too. We are so keen to improve our environment and with a lack of money it is always a challenge to say the least. That’s why it is crucial that we look after what we have and that’s exactly why respect and smartness are part of Team Rushden values.


The exam results improved again compared to last year, last year 46% of our students gained a good grade in English and Maths and this year 60% of the students achieved it. That is a dramatic increase and I am thrilled that more of our pupils went on to their first choice courses, with TENC being a popular choice. Rightly so as pupils do well in our 6th form college, the average A level grade increasing again this year along with the vocational grades.

We have had a good start to our academic year, there are still uniform issues to resolve, but tell me a school that doesn’t. The BBC news reported on one school where 400 detentions were issued on day one! We all have to follow rules in life, no matter what we do, and I believe that it is good preparation. What I would say is if it’s in the policy then follow it, sometimes statements can open to interpretation and need clarifying further, so I am pleased that Mr Middleton is working with our student body to ensure we have a joined up understanding. After a delay in production Karl Sports will be delivering more ties this week should anyone still be without.

The behaviour continues to be very positive and I am more than happy to show any parent around with any doubts at any time of the day. Schools can be misrepresented and sometimes it is hard to shake off historical issues. Team Rushden are very proud of what we are achieving for everyone in our community, we are determined and we will continue to improve and provide the best education for our Team. When we have parent’s evenings across the year, senior leaders will be available (with tea and cake) so that you can informally talk to us too.

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