Our annual whole school musical has quickly become a highlight of the school calendar. Performing in July with auditions in September, students rehearse weekly to produce a performance that has become widely recognised as highly professional, bursting with energy and a fantastic night out that truly showcases the talent here at Rushden Academy. Previous shows include ‘Our House’, ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘Footloose’, ‘Little shop of horrors’ and last year’s sold out performance of ‘Grease’. Rehearsals are already in full swing for our July 2019 production of ‘The Addams Family Musical’.


Our annual musical held in summer term each year gives instrumentalist the opportunity to join our show orchestra. Every musical needs music and we are proud of our student orchestra always stepping up to the plate to deliver a professional sounding show. The choice of show will depend what we look for within our orchestra as arrangements change annually, this allows all students that want to play and that are competent musicians the opportunity to join.


Our performance group is made up of students who have demonstrated commitment in the previous school musical and continue to be involved in the shows. The performance group is invited to represent Performing Arts on occasions such as open evenings, additional showcase performances and school events well as taking on the ensemble role each year in the BTEC Level 3 Pantomime.


Alongside our performers, the academy offers the opportunity to be a part of the Rushden Academy crew. Students work hard throughout the year to bring to stage the many shows that we have throughout the year including the Pantomime and the Spring Showcase. Students in the crew gain experience in working pre and post production and with a variety of departments backstage. As well as making and sourcing props, our crew make the sets for our performances and are given the opportunity to specialise in an area of technical theatre.


At Rushden Academy we are very proud of the work produced within our Performing Arts lessons and look for every opportunity to showcase the talent we have throughout the school year.

We begin with our year 6 into 7 open evening whereby students share just a small selection of Drama, Dance, Music & Musical Theatre created the previous year as well as teasers for the year to come.

In February we hold our Spring Showcase, celebrating work in Dance, Drama & Music from year 7 to year 13. Students across the school are able to perform pieces created in lessons to a packed audience of friends and family.

From April onwards we hold numerous showcases, focusing on specific year groups. Year 9, 10, 11 & Level 3 BTEC each host an evening, often performing exam or assessment work in preparation for external exams or, in some cases to be formally assessed in front of an audience. Once again all disciplines are showcased and all students taking a performing arts subject are encouraged to perform.

After a few years off, Rushden’s Got Talent was re-introduced last year, bigger and better than ever and is already in the calendar for 2019. Held at the same time as Britain’s Got Talent, RGT allows students from across the school to showcase their skills and talents in whatever discipline they choose. Previous years have seen Magicians, Bands, Dancers, Impressionists, gymnastic displays and even gun throwing! And you never know, there may even be one or two staff members making an appearance.


At Rushden Academy, our extra-curricular dance club is very popular. The club is open to all year groups and abilities across the school. The sessions involve a mixture of techniques and dance styles creating a great opportunity for students to improve movement memory, physical strength, flexibility, agility, coordination, balance, control, and mostly confidence. Roles of Student leadership are given, assisting and creating choreography within the group. Our dance club focus not only on the physical benefits of dance but also on the social aspect too. We promote a fun and creative environment with the chance for students of all abilities to improve.

Head of Department: Mrs J Ede

Head of Department: Mrs J Ede

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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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