Rushden is proud to be an Education Fellowship Academy and we believe passionately in providing an outstanding education for all children who come here. As Principal I am committed to this Academy’s transformation into the best secondary school in the area. This can and will be achieved by strong and determined leadership and excellent team-work required of all who work and learn here: ‘Team Rushden’.
Students join ‘Team Rushden’ from the town and neighbouring localities in Northamptonshire, united by their strong desire to learn and work hard in order to reach their full potential. In partnership with our academy sponsor, we have high aspirations for all our students and know it is our responsibility to enable children to leave Rushden wiser, more fulfilled, and with greater choices in every area of their lives.
As Principal I demand the relentless pursuit of excellence and a focus on academic rigour. All staff are required, without compromise, to insist on outstanding behaviour by pupils and staff alike within a harmonious and respectful culture where pupils are happy and safe.
Every child is an individual and the curriculum must meet the needs of all. From day one in Year 7, every lesson is of critical importance across the academic curriculum. We must also nurture talent in the creative and performing arts and through our sports provision, and we give opportunities for leadership and personal development.
We share our values and ethos with The Education Fellowship, encouraging our pupils to become confident, independent young adults. Competition is ingrained in our daily lives but it is balanced by compassion and respect for others.
I want all of our students to ‘Aspire, Explore and Succeed’ and take enormous pride leading this outstanding community. I look forward to welcoming you to Rushden Academy and speaking to you personally whilst touring the Academy; our best ambassadors are our students – come and meet them soon and hopefully you will also choose to join ‘Team Rushden’.
Executive Principal for The Education Fellowship
Rushden Academy continues to be a vibrant community providing a wide range of exciting and extended opportunities to students.
However, in this edition I’d like to begin by recognising the achievements of some of our superbly dedicated staff. Firstly, huge congratulations to Ms Gail Wickens, who earlier this month, won the Inspirational Teaching Award at the annual Northants Newspapers Education Awards. Secondly, I’d like to thank all of the staff who are leaving us this summer for their hard work and dedication. But I must take this opportunity to highlight 2 members of staff individually.
Our Vice Principal, Mr Hannant retires this summer after 10 years of dedication to Rushden Academy and several decades of contribution to the teaching profession. Mr Hannant has performed several key roles in the Academy and has had a positive impact on 1000’s of students. Similarly, Ms Bevan leaves us after 21 years having started in 1995. Ms Bevan’s contribution to PE and Dance as well as the pastoral care of students over many years is immeasurable. This level of service to one community is increasingly rare and I am sure you will join me as we wish them both well in the adventures they have got planned.
Principal Blog May 2016
Welcome to my monthly blog. One of my favourite parts of the term is to reflect on the rich fabric and variety of activities that the staff and students of Rushden Academy participate in.
The exam season is well under way and the Year 11 students have started the process well. Staff and students have been working in partnership all year to ensure that the students enter the exam hall with the best preparation possible. Controlled assessments have all been completed and it is now all down to the exams. In recent weeks, session 6, additional revision sessions and even a revision residential have all aided the preparation process. I wish all of our students who are taking their exams the very best of luck. You have worked hard – now it is time to reap the rewards.
This month I have had the privilege of accompanying Mr Street, from the PE department, to Buckingham Palace to receive our Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award, Licensed Organisation plaque. It was a wonderful evening at the garden party in the spring sunshine, meeting the Countess of Wessex and receiving our plaque from Levi Roots. We look forward to increasing our DofE provision so that many more of our students gain the benefits of this fantastic award.
"I feel that Rushden Academy is a brilliant school with a lot to offer each and every student. With the large range of subjects and opportunities it offers, the students here are very happy. No matter what year a student is in, the teachers do a great job of creating a great learning environment for them, to ensure they do well. The academy has lots of new changes to look forward to in the future.
I feel privileged to be Head girl of this school."
Sofia Keilholz, Head Girl