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 Head of Year 7 will be visiting your child’s primary school in the coming months to provide them with information about Rushden Academy.

The role of the Head of Year is to 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 may 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.
  • You will have to record your home work in your planner.

School Life

Our core purpose is ensuring maximum success for every student. We set challenging targets which are reviewed regulary. 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 of which are shared with parents.


When you come to Rushden Academy, you will be given homework to do each night. This checks that you've understood what you have done in class and helps you prepare for something that you might do in your next lesson.

Homework could be:

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

Do not worry about getting lots of home work straight away we will gradually give you home work, and as you progress we will give you more.

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 students prefer a cold meal. Hot meals are available every day.

We also have a wide range of cold drinks and fresh fruit which is 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.

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.

Heads of Years

Miss J Neville  - Head of Year 11

Email Miss J Neville

Miss R Burrows - Head of Year 10

Email Miss R Burrows

Mrs A Gurnham - Head of Year 9

Email Mrs A Gurnham

Mr S Harris - Head of Year 8

Email Mr Harris Mr Harris

Mrs S Finney - Head of Year 7

Email Mrs Finney

Rushden Academy

Rushden Academy

01933 350391


KS3 Head of Years

Head of Year 7 - Miss J Neville

Head of Year 8 - Mrs S Finney

KS4 Head of Years

Head of Year 9 - Mr S Harris

Head of Year 10 - Mrs A Gurnham

Head of Year 11 - Miss R Burrows

KS5 Head of Year

Head of Year 12 & 13 - Mr P Chapman

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Contact Information

Rushden Academy

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