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KEEG5048 smallI am delighted to welcome you to our rapidly improving school, Rushden Academy. This year the school celebrates its Ruby Anniversary; originally opening in 1977 as Chichele College for Girls, later in 1991 it amalgamated to become Rushden School, which later became Rushden Academy, as we know it today. On site you will find an outstanding ‘First Friends’ day nursery, a wonderful, vibrant environment where some of our pupils gain work experience. We also have our own Hair and Beauty Salon that is open to the public, our trainees gain first-hand experience and the results they gain are top class.

Performing Arts and PE are strengths of the school, they regularly showcase performances or coach youngsters in local schools. Following a recent Ofsted monitoring inspection where the inspector observed a performing arts rehearsal they wrote that ‘pupils of all ages and abilities engaged with enormous enthusiasm and enjoyment. The high standard of their performance reflected dedication, hard work and collaborative team spirit’.

We are proud of the curriculum we have on offer, not only does it deliver the content pupils need to excel in today’s society it also develops their imaginations. We are excited about our plans to further develop the extra-curricular provision and bespoke interventions our pupil’s access. Team Rushden produce weekly bulletins, reading through these you soon get a strong sense of our values and purpose, and also get to see many fantastic photos of our pupils in action in the extra-curricular activities we already offer.

As the Principal of Rushden Academy, I am determined that we will deliver our pledge of outstanding leadership, excellent teaching, exemplary behaviour and great learning.  Ofsted recently stated that ‘leaders are highly visible and extremely proactive in supporting staff and pupils, that leaders are completely involved in all aspects of the school’s work’(June 2017). In terms of the behaviour Ofsted commented that our pupils fully understood the rules, routines and values; that the anti-bullying charter was well understood and pupils commented that bullying was rare and pupils also commented that staff would deal with incidents swiftly and effectively. We do have a highly supportive pastoral system, which is focused on ensuring our pupils succeed and leave us as confident, articulate and aspirational young adults.

This year we appointed several pupil prefects, this is due to expand even further so that our pupil voice is very powerful and they continue to shape our continued improvements. Everyone in Team Rushden has a role and responsibility, we have built a culture where together, students and staff are united in transforming our school. In Team Rushden we expect each member to be smart, respectful, hard-working and resilient and we are unwavering in our goal to be the best we can be. As the Principal I believe that it is our duty to ensure that every team member leaves Rushden Academy wiser, more fulfilled and ready to embrace new opportunities and take charge of their lives.

Our website aims to give you further insight into our values and purpose. However, to fully appreciate everything Rushden Academy can offer, I warmly invite you to come and see for yourself. I very much look forward to welcoming you and your family and speaking to you personally whilst touring the school.

Mrs Jane Burton

Rushden Academy

Assemblies this week have been about what it means to belong to a team, valuing differences between people because we all have different skills, no-one has a perfect set of skills and it’s important to have a range of skills; to know the rules, the Team Rushden expectations, Ready to Present, uniform expectations and then knowing the goals: good behaviour so we can LEARN, good teaching so we can LEARN, achieve great GCSE results, participate in outstanding physical and dramatic events, compete and win competitions and go on fabulous extra-curricular trips.

Thank you to parents who were able to attend the The Tove Trust presentation on Tuesday evening, there is a presentation available for parents that could not make it and if you have any questions please do make contact us. Their straight talking approach and wealth of experience stands Rushden Academy in good stead. As you are aware from recent Ofsted monitoring visits we are on track and making significant improvements. Once we join with Tove Trust it will be business as usual for us but with the added luxury of getting sound advice, support, challenge and resources. Team Rushden have made major improvements but we must continue to grow; already outstanding Tove Math’s and Science specialists have visited and will be continuing to link with us to add capacity.

This week has been exceptional! It started with the poor weather and a huge snow clearance from the site team to make sure our site was safe. We were determined to re-open, what with year 11 mocks and the pantomime we just could not wait another minute to get started. This week Father Christmas with his elves on a sleigh visited Stanwick collecting money for charity. It was very festive and the local residents donated generously. Our pupils once again gave up their time in freezing conditions to help others.

Thursday we had a visit from a local primary school to see this year’s panto, Puss in Boots, as ever a spectacular performance. Well done to Mrs Ede and the performing arts team; there were some fabulous performances from our pupils. On Thursday we also opened up the hall to the community for an annual Tea Dance, great dancing took place, our own Strictly come Dancing!

Next week it will be business as usual, I expect lessons to be focused and much learning to continue until the last moment on Wednesday. Pupils will be in lessons 1 to 4 on Wednesday, they will have lunch, then register with their form tutors before being dismissed at 2.10pm. Pupils will return on Thursday 4th January in the correct uniform please. Pupils will also be set homework so they don’t get too rusty over the 2 week period! However it is a time for family and rest so the homework situation should not be excessive.

What's On?

22 Jan
Addams Family Rehersals
22 Jan 2019 3:15 pm - 5:15 pm
22 Jan
Year 8&9 Boys Futsal
22 Jan 2019 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
24 Jan
Year 8/9 Girls Futsal
24 Jan 2019 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
24 Jan
Year 11 Parents Evening
24 Jan 2019 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Head of Year 7 - Mr C Smith (interim)

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Head of Year 10 - Mrs A Gurnham

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Rushden Academy

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