We would like to welcome your son/daughter to Rushden Academy. We hope your child will be continuing through the next stage of their education with us, and we look forward to meeting them over coming months. Mrs Finney, Director of Pastoral Care, will be visiting your child’s primary school in the coming months to provide them with information about Rushden Academy.

Mrs Finney, and her team, will ensure that the transition from Year 6 into Year 7 is a smooth one. Our priorities throughout the school year will be to get to know the cohort of students that will be in our care during their first year in our community. We will be meeting with Year 6 teachers and other key members of staff, as well as the children themselves, to enable this to happen.

In the meantime, should you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us at the Academy. We will be more than happy to answer questions or concerns you may have.

So, how's it different?

  • You will be taught by nine or ten different teachers.
  • You will be taught new lesson (e.g Food Technology)
  • You will need the correct books and equipment for all your different lessons.

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School Life

Our core purpose is ensuring maximum success for every student. We set challenging targets which are reviewed regularly. Parents are kept well informed through a tutor evening, subject teacher evening, and a full report each year. We also have four key assessment points during the year. All information is shared with parents.

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When your child comes to Rushden Academy, they will be given homework to do each night. This checks that they have understood work completed in class and helps them to prepare for something that they might do in their next lesson.

Homework could be:

  • Online Activities
  • Research
  • Revising
  • A Project
  • Writing

Do not worry about your child getting lots of home work straight away. We will gradually increase the amount of homework set over the first term as students settle into life as part of Team Rushden.

What's to eat?

In the school canteen we have a wide range of food to choose from.

At lunch times there are always sandwiches and baguettes with a variety of fillings together with the option of a salad bar if your child prefers a cold meal. Hot meals are available every day.

We also have a wide range of cold drinks and fresh fruit which are available on the day.

Students are welcome to bring in their own packed lunches and eat either in the canteen or in other designated areas around the school.

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We politely ask that parents refrain from including foods such as nuts in packed lunches as we do have students in the school with severe nut allergies. Thank you for your consideration in this matter

We warmly welcome all parents/carers to come and have a look around our Academy. If you would like to come and have a tour please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Heads of Years

Mrs A Gurnham - Head of Year 11

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Mr S Harris - Head of Year 10

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Mrs S Finney - Head of Year 9

Email Mrs S Finney

Mr C Smith  - Head of Year 8

Email Mr C Smith

Miss K Monkman - Head of Year 7

Email Miss K Monkman


Rushden Academy

Rushden Academy

01933 350391


KS3 Head of Years

Head of Year 7 - Mrs K Monkman

Head of Year 8 - Mr C Smith

KS4 Head of Years

Head of Year 9 - Mrs S Finney

Head of Year 10 - Mr S Harris

Head of Year 11 - Mrs A Gurnham

KS5 Head of Year

Head of Year 12 & 13 - Mr P Chapman

Deputy Head of Year 12 & 13 - Mrs A Owen

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Contact Information

Rushden Academy

Hayway, Rushden, Northamptonshire. NN10 6AG
Tel: 01933 350391
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This organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We operate a Safer Recruitment policy and all personnel involved in regulated activity will be required to complete an enhanced DBS disclosure.