Once you reach Year 9, you now have an idea about what activities you like more than others, and we allow you to choose a “pathway” based on your preferred activities. Typically there are “games-based” pathways that include traditional school team sports such as football, netball basketball etc and “individual-based” pathways that include activities that you perform on your own. Within each pathway is are options for groups to choose with their teacher activities that they would like to pursue that they may not have ever covered before. Examples of these may include Australian Rules Football, Inclusive Sports, Tchoukball, Dance and other Fitness activities. Students have 3 one-hour lessons across the two week timetable and we continue to change activities regularly to enable students to experience a wide range of activities across the year. Extra-curricular activities are still available to all students in year 9 at lunch times and after school.

Students who wish to deepen their understanding of Physical Education get the option to choose a Sport option as part of their KS4 options process for their GCSEs in addition to their “core” PE lessons. Currently we offer the BTEC Sport qualifications, and we take the opportunity in year 9 to prepare students in 5 lessons across the two week timetable for the academic as well as practical demands of the course. Students will study units in fitness and training, leadership as well as have further practical opportunities to develop their performance in sport.


Supporting your Child

Know your child’s timetable and which days of the two week rotation that they need to bring their full PE kit.  Promote physical activity on regular occasions and emphasise that Physical Education is a compulsory part of your son or daughter’s learning in school.  Also be aware that extra curricula clubs are offered to ALL students on most days at lunchtime and after school.

Head of Department: Mr B Street

Head of Department: Mr B Street

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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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Rushden Academy

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