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Key Stage 3

The school provides a curriculum that is balanced and meets the needs of Rushden Academy students.

All students study English, maths, science, information technology, physical education, humanities (geography, history and religious education), art, drama, music, technology and languages. Students are taught in mixed ability groups apart from in English, maths and science where they are set so that student’s specific needs can be met. Students in Key Stage 3 follow a programme that includes citizenship, spiritual, personal, social and health education which is delivered through faculties, form time and Learning for Life days.

Although academic lessons form a majority of a student’s life in school, Rushden believes that opportunities for students to flourish in an extended curriculum are also important. We have an excellent reputation for developing skills and increasing participation in drama, music and physical education.

There is an extensive programme of opportunities at lunch time and after school. Field trips and study experiences outside of school happen throughout the year, these are organised by individual faculties. There have been recent visits to Paris and Berlin so that pupils can immerse themselves in another culture. The academy has been visited by both authors and theatre companies to deliver a range of experiences for students.

Learning for Life days take place throughout the year for all year groups. These days allow students to look at areas of the extended curriculum for longer periods of time. Last year at Key Stage 3 students participated in Learning for Life days that included Healthy Relationships, British Values and E-Safety.

Drama at Rushden is a strength both in terms of the results that students achieve in their formal exams but also in terms of the experiences available to participate outside of normal school hours. Recent major productions have included ‘Grease’ and ‘Little Shop of Horrors’. The audience always comment on the high quality of these productions and the standard of student’s performances.

Sport is an important part of many student’s lives at Rushden Academy. The academy has tennis courts, Sports Hall, gym, fitness suite and a very large playing field. Students compete against other schools in various sports, including, football, netball, athletics and rounders.

Students follow a two week timetable and the allocation of hours per fortnight is below;

Maths

7

Science

9

English

7

PE

3

ADT

5

Drama

2

Music

2

French

5

Humanities (inc. 2 hours RE)

8

IT

2

TOTAL

50

 

Key Stage 4

Students at Rushden Academy complete a three year Key Stage 4, starting their GCSE/BTEC examination subjects in year 9. Students will build upon their knowledge and skills from Key Stage 3 when they enter Key Stage 4.

The Options process starts in March, just after the year 8 Parent’s Evening. Parents and students are spoken to about the process and the different courses that are available to follow. Staff from each Faculty are then available afterwards in the hall to provide guidance and answers any questions about their subject’s qualification.

Students follow a two week timetable and the Allocation of hours per fortnight is below;

Maths

8

Science

10

English

10

PE

2

Option 1

5

Option 2

5

Option 3

5

Option 4

5

TOTAL

50

 More specific subject information can be found under the specific faculty area information.

 

 

 

Rushden Academy

Rushden Academy

01933 350391

info@rushden-academy.net

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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