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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.


The half term break is fast approaching and all pupils will have homework set. It is crucial that our year 10 and year 11 pupils are making revision notes, mind maps and looking at exam board websites for exam questions and details of what they need to know. The more time and effort spent now and spreading out their revision plans the better their GCSE results will be. The GCSEs are certainly more demanding and challenging, so putting maximum effort in now will prevent the panic later on.

I have asked y10 and y11 teachers to advise and guide pupils so that our pupils:

 Know their exam boards and that they access past papers, mark schemes, the specifications, examiners reports during the half term break

 Research exam revision websites, to find the best sources and justify to others why they are useful when they return

 Create revision mind maps, flash cards, or practice exam questions in preparation

There is a strong correlation between the amount of effort you put in and outcomes you get; so the more you try the better you get. This is evident when you look at the best athletes or musicians, there is no way they just turn up without putting in the hard work behind the scenes. So preparation for their GCSES is crucial, they need to get into good routines, they need to break bad habits and have a power hour of hard work where phones and electronic devices are removed. My 3 children survived even though they really thought they wouldn’t, after a very short time it just became the normal thing to do.

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