Middlewich Rd, Rudheath, Northwich CW9 7DT

Rudheath Senior Academy wows visitors with transformation

Rudheath Senior Academy have proudly unveiled their finished £4.5m transformation at an Open Day.

Parents and children were invited to see new state-of-the-art facilities, speak to teachers, meet students and take part in practical activities so they could get a feel for life at the Middlewich Road school.

Rudheath Senior Academy’s stunning new classrooms, drama hall and outdoor spaces were among the eye-catching changes which proved a big hit with visitors.

Headteacher Lee Barber said: “It was great to see the reactions we received.  

“We are basically a brand new school with new facilities, new thinking and new confidence.  

“Everyone was particularly impressed with the Year 7 Hub which allows children who are moving up from primary school to do all their lessons in what is essentially their own school.    

“While they benefit from all our facilities, their base is a stand-alone area which makes the transition to secondary education much smoother.   

“This is a new era for Rudheath. We’re not just a different school to look at, we are improved in every way.”   

North West Academies Trust (NWAT) took over the running of the school in 2018 and began an ambitious restructuring and renovation project, which included reimagining a large area devastated by an arson attack in February 2018.  

The first phase, which cost £3 million, saw the construction of a new entrance, staff hub, staff toilets, office space, the Year 7 Hub, six new classrooms and a revamped garden space.   

The recently-completed final £1.5m phase as seen the creation of a large drama hall which boasts a stage and specialist lighting, and five new fully equipped classrooms.  

NWAT CEO Steve Docking said: “The school is in a very good place and the ‘can do’ culture is impressive. 

“The building now reflects the high standards that are making this school truly exceptional.” 

For more information about Rudheath Senior Academy email: admin@rudheathsenioracademy.org.uk or tel: 01606 42515.    

We’re looking forward to welcoming Year 6 students to our annual Open Evening on Wednesday 22nd September 2021 at The Rudheath Senior Academy.

The evening will be an opportunity to find out what life is like at Rudheath, speak to our teachers and students, take part in some exciting practical activities and find out about the admissions process.

There will be a Head Teacher’s Welcome at 5.30pm.

To secure your place, please book a ticket by clicking here.

Please note only 1 ticket is required per family.

We look forward to welcoming you to The Rudheath Senior Academy.

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Head Teacher Update

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of observing a music lesson taught by Miss Wise, one of the fantastic Trainee Teachers we have hosted at Rudheath over recent months. The Year 7 performances were excellent and I had the pleasure of meeting some of our young performers at lunch on Thursday.

Developing creative skills is a key priority for us in developing the confidence and skillset of our learners. The LORIC token board is filling up quickly with clear recognition for those who have demonstrated acts of leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative and communication throughout the school day. I am personally very excited to see the development of those creative and cultural skills throughout the end of this year and into next.

I have also been humbled to see our Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh students out in the local community with Mr Lambert and Miss Heaton. They have been litter picking in the nearby Griffiths Park, with more detail included in the newsletter.

As we start to prepare for the next academic year, I can already see a number of exciting activities in the calendar. There are a number of trips/visits scheduled in, including the cultural overseas trip to Barcelona and skiing trip to Italy. If you have any questions, please speak to the lead teacher for the trips. A reminder that the second deposit of £125 for the Barcelona trip is due on 12th July.

We are now just a few weeks away from the end of term, in what has been an unusual year for all concerned. I continue to express my gratitude to all students, parents/carers and staff for the support and flexibility in these unprecedented times.


Duke of Edinburgh Award

As part of their volunteering section for their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award, a number of Year 9 pupils are undertaking a regular litter pick of Griffiths Park and will be involved in other activities to improve the park for the local community.

In the next few weeks, the Duke of Edinburgh group will be involved in an outdoor expedition across a number of days.

Well Done Year 9 – a fantastic start! The community are delighted with this positive approach.

Diversity Week

Year 8 have been celebrating diversity week recently by creating their own two-part assembly, one about awareness and supporting those within the LGBTQ+ society and the other about how as a year group they would like to raise money for two charities, Ark for homeless LGBTQ youth and The pride trust.

They have also created some creative Rudheath logos that reflect diversity.


Local COVID-19 Guidance

You may be aware that Cheshire West and Chester Council have seen a large increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 resulting in a number of outbreaks in businesses and schools. The current increase in the number of new cases are more likely to belong to the Variant B.1.671.2 ( Delta variant) which is more transmissible than other previous variants. To reduce the spread of the virus, and understand the extent of spread, Cheshire West and Chester Council Public Health Team are now advising all residents in Northwich and Winsford to book a PCR test regardless of whether they have symptoms or not.
To book a test you should visit https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test and select ‘My local council or health protection team has asked me to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms‘ or call 119. Lateral Flow Device home tests should not be used instead of a PCR test in this situation. We would advise everyone who lives in a household to go along to get a test together, pupils who are under 16 will need to be accompanied by a parent/carer to access a test. Please notify the school if you or anyone in your household tests positive.

While waiting for your test result you do not need to self-isolate unless:

  • You develop symptoms of COVID-19 – a high temperature, or a new and continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
  • Someone you live with develops symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19
  • You are contacted by the school or NHS Test and Trace and advised to self-isolate

Does my child have to wear a face covering?

In response to the increasing number of cases of COVID-19 the Director of Public Health is advising the re-introduction of face coverings for all staff and pupils in year 7 and above indoors while in school and college in the affected areas of Northwich and Winsford, including in classrooms where social distancing cannot be maintained, with the exception of certain lessons such as PE.

The Local Authority will continue to monitor the need for face coverings to be in place on a weekly basis and issue further guidance once we have assessed that cases of the virus have reduced enough to no longer require face coverings.


STEM Talks

In the week commencing 14th June, the students at Rudheath Senior Academy had the opportunity to host STEM professionals to discuss careers. On Tuesday 15th June, students from all year groups attended a presentation from Flight Lieutenant Dave Kane, a former Fast Jet Pilot who served over 30 years in the Royal Air Force. Flt Lt Kane spoke about the exciting STEM careers in the Armed Forces such as Engineering and Air Traffic Control. He also discussed his experience in the RAF and how he gained his degree whilst serving. The students asked some interesting questions such as ‘What was the fastest speed you have travelled? and have you ever seen a UFO?’.

Flt Dave Kane wished to pass on the following message to the staff and students of RSA:

  I’d like to thank Rudheath Senior Academy for giving me the chance to visit the school and meet Years 7, 8, 9 and 10. What a great school you have! Hopefully the students found my presentations useful and enjoyable; I certainly enjoyed my day with all the students and staff. Thank you to all the year groups for the interesting, varied and at times challenging questions. I hope that perhaps you gained an insight into what opportunities are out there, not just in the Royal Air Force, but across other sectors too. I truly believe that you are going to be found to be an incredibly resilient generation, living through COVID-19 and the all the challenges that you have faced is not to be under-estimated. Thank you all for welcoming me for the day, I hope to see you all again. Good luck to you all.

On Friday 18th June, Year 9 and 10 students studying Health and Social Care had an interactive careers session with an NHS midwife from Bolton Hospital who shared her experience as a midwife and the different education pathways into a career within the NHS. The students were very engaged with the midwife, asking a range of questions and took part in a midwifery practical taster session.

A number of students were asked whether the talk gave them an insight into career in the NHS and they replied ‘Yes, it’s a real eye opener and it’s something that made interested in a career in the NHS’. Another student wanted to pass on their thanks – ‘Thank you for changing my mind on my career. It helped me a lot to see what I want to do’.

The students thoroughly enjoyed the talks and look forward to other career events in the future.


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Head Teacher Update

You will know from local media that Cheshire West and Chester has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. This week, it has been confirmed that the area will become part of an Enhanced Support Package.

At a school level this means that the local authority reccomend the wearing of face coverings for all staff and pupils in Year 7 and above. This includes in the classroom settings. We also continue with the asymptomatic testing routes; in Cheshire West and Chester, residents are being asked to take part in routine PCR testing, as well as twice weekly testing through the Lateral Flow Devices. As always with this guidance, we continue to read and reflect on any updates and communicate with you at the earliest opportunity.

Unfortunately, the ongoing restrictions nationally and locally means that a number of key events have had to be changed. The Year 11 Prom, due to take place on Friday 2nd July, will no longer take place as planned. The team are working hard to confirm an alternative arrangement. Likewise, the planned transition events for students and families of future Year 7 children will now take place virtually. We continue to be guided by the Director of Public Health on such situations. Be assured, we will work to ensure that the experience of students will not be severely affected.

Positively, we do continue to adjust some plans for activities such as Sports Day. Such activity can still take place under the guidelines of COVID-19 advice. Mr Russell will provide an update in due course to students.

Finally, you will note from the last newsletter that we had a fantastic opportunity for Year 8 and Year 9 students to take part in a Combined Cadet Force (CCF) taster session. I am delighted to say that there will be another taster session taking place very soon. If your son/daughter has any questions, please speak to me or their Form Tutor.


School Uniform

School uniform can be purchased from the Uniformity shop or online. The shop is based at 22-26 Handbridge, Chester, CH4 7JE.

The uniform will be stocked at the shop all year round, embroidered and ready for you to take away as and when you call.

The opening times are:

  • 8.30am to 4.45pm on Monday to Thursday
  • 8.30am to 4.15pm on Friday
  • We will also be open on the following Saturdays during the Summer holidays:

31/07, 07/08, 14/08, 21/08, 28/08 & 04/09. Opening hours will be 9am to 4pm.

These above dates and opening times may vary due to Covid restrictions, please be aware that due to government guidelines you may not be able to try garments on.

Due to social distancing we will be introducing an appointment system, details will follow.

Revision Book Donations

Year 11 – your unwanted revision books can be used again!

Please feel free to donate any revision books you may have so they can be distributed to a new home. Please drop them off at main reception.

If you have any questions, please speak to Miss Cooper.


Local COVID-19 Guidance

You may be aware that Cheshire West and Chester Council have seen a large increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 resulting in a number of outbreaks in businesses and schools. The current increase in the number of new cases are more likely to belong to the Variant B.1.671.2 ( Delta variant) which is more transmissible than other previous variants. To reduce the spread of the virus, and understand the extent of spread, Cheshire West and Chester Council Public Health Team are now advising all residents in Northwich and Winsford to book a PCR test regardless of whether they have symptoms or not.
To book a test you should visit https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test and select ‘My local council or health protection team has asked me to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms‘ or call 119. Lateral Flow Device home tests should not be used instead of a PCR test in this situation. We would advise everyone who lives in a household to go along to get a test together, pupils who are under 16 will need to be accompanied by a parent/carer to access a test. Please notify the school if you or anyone in your household tests positive.

While waiting for your test result you do not need to self-isolate unless:

  • You develop symptoms of COVID-19 – a high temperature, or a new and continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
  • Someone you live with develops symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19
  • You are contacted by the school or NHS Test and Trace and advised to self-isolate

Does my child have to wear a face covering?

In response to the increasing number of cases of COVID-19 the Director of Public Health is advising the re-introduction of face coverings for all staff and pupils in year 7 and above indoors while in school and college in the affected areas of Northwich and Winsford, including in classrooms where social distancing cannot be maintained, with the exception of certain lessons such as PE.

The Local Authority will continue to monitor the need for face coverings to be in place on a weekly basis and issue further guidance once we have assessed that cases of the virus have reduced enough to no longer require face coverings.


INSET Day – 25th June

Further to the letter that was sent home on 28th January stating that the INSET Day planned for Friday 5th February would be cancelled, we are now in a position to confirm a rearranged date and time for this day.

Therefore, the rescheduled INSET Day will now take place on Friday 25th June and, as such, school will be closed to all students.


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Head Teacher Update

It has been a great opportunity to organise and lead a school trip for a group of Year 8 and 9 students interested in developing their team work, leadership and resilience skills.

The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) exist in around 400 secondary schools across the UK, offering young people a range of challenging and adventurous educational activities. The aim is to enable the development of personal responsibility, leadership and self-discipline. This aligns closely with our core value of excellence, further strengthened by the LORIC rewards system, whereby students are rewarded for demonstrating acts of Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication.

Those who took part in the trip met with the 75 Engineer Regiment in Warrington for a fantastic taster session, supported by the CCF from UTC Warrington. As you will see from the pictures in the newsletter, they had a fantastic time in the first session. There will be a second session before we finish for Summer and we will communicate further information about an official launch of the CCF in September.

As you will know from our communication last week, there has been an increase in the delta variant of COVID-19 in the Northwich/Winsford area. Further information and guidance is outlined below. Whilst we continue to follow UK Government advice on school operations, Cheshire West and Chester Council have advised that staff and students return to wearing a face covering in the classroom and in situations where social distancing is difficult to maintain. We will keep you updated as and when the guidance is amended.

Before half term, we wished our Year 11 well in their final farewell following five years at Rudheath. I’ve had the great pleasure of teaching Year 11 PE since September and have struck up a good rapport with many of the group. We wish them well in their next steps, and look forward to further celebrations in the coming months.

Finally, it is with sadness that we say goodbye to Linda Wright this week, who leaves us for a healthy and prosperous retirement. Linda has worked in the school kitchen since 2000 and is one of Rudheath’s longest serving members of staff. We wish her well and thank her for her service over the last 21 years.


Career Talks

Mr Farrell has organised a number of exciting career talks over the next few weeks, aimed at providing our students with a real life insight into the world of work.

On Tuesday 15th June, Year 7 and Year 9 will hear from an RAF Typhoon Pilot from RAF Woodvale who will be coming in to talk about STEM careers in the Armed Forces. Year 8 and Year 10 will hear from an NHS nurse from Warrington Hospital who will be discussing careers within the health sector.

On Friday 18th June, students studying Health and Social will have an insight session with an NHS midwife from Salford Hospital to share her experience as a midwife and the different career paths into the role.

National Tutoring Programme

As part of our efforts to reduce the impact of the pandemic on our student’s education, we have been running some small group tuition programme.

A number of children have been selected for this programme following some identification from subject teachers. This is an excellent opportunity for them to gain confidence in English, Maths or Science.

This will take place for 3 weeks and students have been notified. They will take place in school during lesson times.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school directly.


Local COVID-19 Guidance

You may be aware that Cheshire West and Chester Council have seen a large increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 resulting in a number of outbreaks in businesses and schools. The current increase in the number of new cases are more likely to belong to the Variant B.1.671.2 ( Delta variant) which is more transmissible than other previous variants. To reduce the spread of the virus, and understand the extent of spread, Cheshire West and Chester Council Public Health Team are now advising all residents in Northwich and Winsford to book a PCR test regardless of whether they have symptoms or not.
To book a test you should visit https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test and select ‘My local council or health protection team has asked me to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms‘ or call 119. Lateral Flow Device home tests should not be used instead of a PCR test in this situation. We would advise everyone who lives in a household to go along to get a test together, pupils who are under 16 will need to be accompanied by a parent/carer to access a test. Please notify the school if you or anyone in your household tests positive.

While waiting for your test result you do not need to self-isolate unless:

  • You develop symptoms of COVID-19 – a high temperature, or a new and continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
  • Someone you live with develops symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19
  • You are contacted by the school or NHS Test and Trace and advised to self-isolate

Does my child have to wear a face covering?

In response to the increasing number of cases of COVID-19 the Director of Public Health is advising the re-introduction of face coverings for all staff and pupils in year 7 and above indoors while in school and college in the affected areas of Northwich and Winsford, including in classrooms where social distancing cannot be maintained, with the exception of certain lessons such as PE.

The Local Authority will continue to monitor the need for face coverings to be in place on a weekly basis and issue further guidance once we have assessed that cases of the virus have reduced enough to no longer require face coverings.


CCF Taster Session

On Tuesday 8th June, a group of Year 8 and 9 students took part in a CCF (Combined Cadet Force) taster session.

CCF units in schools give young people the life skills and self-confidence to take charge of their lives so they can reach their full potential at school and beyond, including in employment.

Each CCF is formed of sections from one or more of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army or the Royal Air Force.

If you are interested in being a part of the CCF, please speak to your Form Tutor or Mr Barber.


INSET Day – 25th June

Further to the letter that was sent home on 28th January stating that the INSET Day planned for Friday 5th February would be cancelled, we are now in a position to confirm a rearranged date and time for this day.

Therefore, the rescheduled INSET Day will now take place on Friday 25th June and, as such, school will be closed to all students.


Year 7 Student Receives Recognition From Prime Minister

Congratulations to Year 7 student Jack Maddock for receiving recognition from the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, following his entry to a worldwide music competition. Jack wrote a rap about conflict, following studying WW1 Poetry in English. He performed it (recorded on Miss Pierce’s iPad) and we are so proud of him. This is a brilliant achievement and we are delighted that his talents have been recognised.

Head Teacher Update

As we approach the end of this half term, it is important to reflect on the achievements so far since we have reopened as a full school.

Back in March, we reopened to all students with an extensive testing programme to ensure they could return to the classroom in a safe manner. Operating an on site testing centre was no small feat, and thanks to our team of support staff who took part in training the operation was smooth.

We have migrated from home learning back to face-to-face learning seamlessly; thanks to our teachers a great effort has been made in closing gaps in knowledge through regular (low stakes) testing and feedback in lessons. The next round of formal assessments will take place during the week of 21st June and 28th June. Students will take part in a series of short assessments across all subjects, with attained grades shared with parents and carers in the end of year reports.

Our curriculum team have also gone to great efforts to offer additional sessions to help students catch up due to the impact of the pandemic and lockdowns. From the week of 7th June, some children have been selected to take part in extra tuition with an emphasis on English, Maths and Science. This will be delivered by a specialist tutor through the National Tutoring Programme.

For Year 11, the Year 11 pastoral team have worked hard to make their final weeks with us as special as possible. We know that the change in GCSE exams has altered the way of usual working these last few months, but next week will be a celebration of their time with us over the last five years. A reminder that there is a useful destinations day being held at UTC Warrington on Thursday 27th May and a special last day of term for our leavers on Friday 28th May. Details about the Year 11 Prom have also been sent home via Arbor email.

Parents/carers of other year groups will be invited for a phone call with your child’s form tutor. Please await the email information and booking instructions to secure an appointment. As mentioned previously, reports will be sent home at the end of the next half term.

We have also been hard at work preparing for the transition of Year 6 students who will be joining us in September as Year 7. Plans are afoot and we look forward to welcoming all our future families in due course.


Working with Industry

This week, some Year 9 students have had a fantastic opportunity to work alongside an industry professional to develop their lighting skills in their Drama lesson.

Chris Bailey (Bailey Audio Systems LTD) very kindly volunteered his time to share his skills and experience in the technical Theatre industry. Our students demonstrated excellence and professionalism when learning these new skills.

The Creative Faculty would like to thank Chris for taking the time to inspire our students and allow them to experience job roles within the Theatre industry. 


School Lockdown Procedure

On Friday 21st May, we conducted a test of the school lockdown procedure. This is to be used in the event that a lockdown situation emerges and students/staff need to be kept safe.

Students and staff are asked to walk to a safe place, stay close to others, hide out of view, cover the windows and lock doors.

This forms part of our commitment to safeguarding and school security. The drill was completed at 10.45am and checks of the school site conducted to ensure the procedures were followed. Thank you to all staff and students for their diligence.


Future Careers

Apprenticeship Success

On 27th May, Year 11 will have the opportunity to take part in a careers day at UTC Warrington, a technical college specialising in Science, Healthcare, Digital and Engineering. This week, another of their Year 13 students have secured prestigious degree apprenticeships with Sellafield Ltd – a nuclear engineering company. Students will have the opportunity to experience college life and take part in some A Level taster sessions.

To take part in this trip, please complete the consent form sent by email and return to form tutors. Students will leave Rudheath between 8.45am and 9.00am and will leave Warrington at approximately 2.00pm.

Year 7 Food Technology

Year 7 have been looking at sensory analysis to evaluate a food product.

As part of this process, the students have worked in groups to use the sensory evaluation technique to make design changes to a product.

Enrichment

After school sport is back! Check out the below list of clubs that start from Monday 26th April. Each club starts at 3pm and finishes at 4pm. All students must wear full RSA PE kit and trainers.

Monday
> Year 9 Football club – An opportunity for all students in Year 9 (boys and girls) to play football in small sided games.
> Year 9 Athletics and Fitness club – The track is ready for all students in Year 9 to practice their athletics events. Students can choose to sprint 100m or develop their cardiovascular endurance by running up to 1500m.
> Year 8 Rounder’s club – The bats and balls are ready. Let’s play! Please get changed in the dance changing rooms.

Tuesday
> KS4 Football club – An opportunity for all students in KS4 (boys and girls) to play football in small sided games.
> KS4 Athletics and Fitness club – The track is ready for all students in KS4 to practice their athletics events. Students   can choose to sprint 100m or develop their cardiovascular endurance by running up to 1500m.
> Year 7 – Zumba club – Dance to the latest moves and get fit at the same time! Please get changed in the dance changing rooms.

Thursday
> Year 8 Football club – An opportunity for all students in Year 8 (boys and girls) to play football in small sided games.
> Year 8 Athletics and Fitness club – The track is ready for all students in year 8 to practice their athletics events. Students can choose to sprint 100m or develop their cardiovascular endurance by running up to 1500m.
> Year 9 Rounder’s club – The bats and balls are ready. Let’s play! Please get changed in the dance changing rooms.   Please get changed in the dance changing rooms.

Friday
> Year 7 Football club – An opportunity for all students in Year 7 (boys and girls) to play football in small sided games.
> Year 7 Athletics and Fitness club – The track is ready for all students in Year 7 to practice their athletics events. Students can choose to sprint 100m or develop their cardiovascular endurance by running up to 1500m.


INSET Day – 25th June

Further to the letter that was sent home on 28th January stating that the INSET Day planned for Friday 5th February would be cancelled, we are now in a position to confirm a rearranged date and time for this day.

Therefore, the rescheduled INSET Day will now take place on Friday 25th June and, as such, school will be closed to all students.


Renovation works near completion at Rudheath Senior Academy

Paul Challinor, Contractor from Building Projects, who is leading the project on site at Rudheath.

THE £1.5m second phase of work to transform Rudheath Senior Academy is near completion.

Finishing touches are being applied to renovations at the school, which will result in five new fully equipped classrooms and a large drama hall boasting a stage and state-of-the-art lighting.

The first phase, which cost £3 million, saw the construction of a new entrance, staff hub, staff toilets, office space, a Year 7 Hub, six new classrooms and a revamped garden space.

Lee Barber, who joined the school as Headteacher in 2020, said: “We now have a brand new school with facilities that rank amongst the best in the area.

“The renovations have been so extensive that it allowed us to completely changed the layout of the school.

“We now have a Year 7 Hub, so children moving up from primary school do all their lessons in what is essentially their own school.

“While they benefit from all the other facilities, their base is a stand-alone area which makes the transition to secondary education much smoother.

“This is a new era for Rudheath. We’re not just a different school to look at, we are improved in every way.”

North West Academies Trust (NWAT) took over the running of the school in 2018 and began the ambitious restructuring and renovation of parts of the buildings devastated by an arson attack in February 2018.

In June, the school will learn whether it has been successful in securing a Government Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) grant to complete work on the roofs and heating systems in the remaining areas of the school – completing 95 per cent total transformation.

NWAT CEO Steve Docking said: “The school is absolutely unrecognisable and we are very proud of what has been achieved through a lot of hard work and determination.

“The school building now reflects the high standards that are making this school truly exceptional.

“I will never forget my first visit to Rudheath Senior Academy – I quickly realised we had a truly monumental task ahead.

“Quite simply, it is not the same school.

“Now I am so proud of what we are providing to pupils at Rudheath.”

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Head Teacher Update

This week has been mental health awareness week, and many of our students have taken part in activities aimed at enabling teamwork and support of eachother.

With this mindset, students should feel empowered to make the most of their time with us at Rudheath. The last two years have tested the resilience of all our young people, and staff too, and now that the restrictions are gradually easing we can focus on returning the school to some sense of normality.

For Year 11, the GCSE years should be the most enjoyable; specialising in subjects that excite and ignite a passion for learning. The pandemic has meant that much of the last two years have been different from the norm, but I am delighted to hear that we are heading towards September with all students securing a positive next destination.

In the coming weeks, we will welcome our next cohort of Year 7 in a range of taster sessions and visits from our partner primary schools. As the effect of the pandemic has been felt by all schools, our local primaries are no different. Many of our youngest learners have been out of the classroom and so the warmest of welcomes to Rudheath is vastly important over the coming months.

Last week, I mentioned that our LORIC test tubes were now ready to start being filled. Walking through the Assembly Hall has been a great pleasure, with the tubes filled with different coloured tokens representing a range of personal attributes being demonstrated in the classroom and around our school. I am also hearing that some students are in competition to fill their tube first.

I am also delighted to hear that the following Year 7 students have had some poetry published and will also shortly receive a certificate. There are some extremely talented writers in Year 7. Well done to Melissa Coppock, Bella Harrop-Dobson, Dylan Lishman , Miley Heath, Luke Wilkinson, Luke Kierans, Grace Foster, Lewis Marshall and Rhaghav Jevirajasingham.


Barcelona Trip

We are excited that the overseas cultural trip to Barcelona is now fully booked. Thank you to everyone for booking. Further information about the trip is available from Miss Stockley.

Year 7 Drama Club

Well done to the fantastic Year 7 students that joined ACTion Theatre Company on Tuesday. They had great fun building their confidence and improvisation skills. All Year 7 students are welcome every Tuesday 3-4pm in the Theatre. We look forward to seeing you all there. 


Future Careers

Apprenticeship Success

On 27th May, Year 11 will have the opportunity to take part in a careers day at UTC Warrington, a technical college specialising in Science, Healthcare, Digital and Engineering. This week, two of their Year 13 students have secured prestigious degree apprenticeships with Sellafield Ltd – a nuclear engineering company. Students will have the opportunity to experience college life and take part in some A Level taster sessions.

Mental Health Awareness

The 10th – 16th May marks Mental Health Awareness Week, a great time to evaluate mental health in school and to raise awareness of the issues that may affect a young person’s mental health.

Most students will have been experiencing a different style of learning over recent months, with lockdowns, remote learning and year group bubbles providing us with a different school operation. We know that this is different from the normal situation and our young people will be experiencing out of the ordinary challenges.

In school, students across all year groups have been taking part in activities aimed at developing teamwork and keeping active and healthy. This included dodgeball, dance, art and teambuilding activities.

Enrichment

After school sport is back! Check out the below list of clubs that start from Monday 26th April. Each club starts at 3pm and finishes at 4pm. All students must wear full RSA PE kit and trainers.

Monday
> Year 9 Football club – An opportunity for all students in Year 9 (boys and girls) to play football in small sided games.
> Year 9 Athletics and Fitness club – The track is ready for all students in Year 9 to practice their athletics events. Students can choose to sprint 100m or develop their cardiovascular endurance by running up to 1500m.
> Year 8 Rounder’s club – The bats and balls are ready. Let’s play! Please get changed in the dance changing rooms.

Tuesday
> KS4 Football club – An opportunity for all students in KS4 (boys and girls) to play football in small sided games.
> KS4 Athletics and Fitness club – The track is ready for all students in KS4 to practice their athletics events. Students   can choose to sprint 100m or develop their cardiovascular endurance by running up to 1500m.
> Year 7 – Zumba club – Dance to the latest moves and get fit at the same time! Please get changed in the dance changing rooms.

Thursday
> Year 8 Football club – An opportunity for all students in Year 8 (boys and girls) to play football in small sided games.
> Year 8 Athletics and Fitness club – The track is ready for all students in year 8 to practice their athletics events. Students can choose to sprint 100m or develop their cardiovascular endurance by running up to 1500m.
> Year 9 Rounder’s club – The bats and balls are ready. Let’s play! Please get changed in the dance changing rooms.   Please get changed in the dance changing rooms.

Friday
> Year 7 Football club – An opportunity for all students in Year 7 (boys and girls) to play football in small sided games.
> Year 7 Athletics and Fitness club – The track is ready for all students in Year 7 to practice their athletics events. Students can choose to sprint 100m or develop their cardiovascular endurance by running up to 1500m.


INSET Day – 25th June

Further to the letter that was sent home on 28th January stating that the INSET Day planned for Friday 5th February would be cancelled, we are now in a position to confirm a rearranged date and time for this day.

Therefore, the rescheduled INSET Day will now take place on Friday 25th June and, as such, school will be closed to all students.


Year 11 pupil publishes own novel to raise awareness about mental health

A Rudheath Senior Academy pupil has published her debut novel aged just 16 to spread awareness about mental health.

Paige Keen will be giving all the proceeds from her book to charity and it is available to buy on Amazon.

Paige, a year 11 anti-bullying ambassador for her school, said: “The message is that ‘it’s OK to not be OK’.

“Young people feel very misunderstood about their mental health.

“It is always a difficult subject to talk about, it is very sensitive, but I think the more conversations we have about mental health, the more the stigma will slowly break away.

“Writing this book is a huge step forward for me.

“In Year 10 I wrote a descriptive language piece and I remember my dad saying I should write a book.

“I thought to myself ‘I can’t write a book’.

“But I had an idea and I kept working on it and building on it, and it finally turned into a book that is readable.

“My teacher Mrs (Jemma) Morrell has been a lifesaver throughout this process.

“I’d send her the script and she has been pushing me throughout all of this.

“Without her I wouldn’t be sat here with a book in my hand with my name on it.

“I hope that when people read this book it will help to see that there are people who have suffered from poor mental health from the age of 12.

“Too often things are put down to a friend issue, or just feeling sad, and people don’t always take it seriously.”

The story of Paige’s book, 1-in-4, explores the mental battles of main character Sophia, who is haunted by anxiety that never seems to go away, and Logan, who struggles with negative voices inside his own head.

Paige will donate all proceeds The Diana Award, which runs anti-bullying campaigns in schools across the UK, and Mind, which is a mental health charity offering people of all ages advice and support.

Rudheath Senior Academy also provides its own platform in the drive to stamp out bullying.