Rudheath Senior Academy Headteacher’s Newsletter
Friday 19 July 2019
So we say goodbye to this academic year and it has been one full of change, challenge and opportunity.
Last Friday, 49 learners and 6 teachers went off to Barcelona for a week. Mrs Rooney had planned a brilliant week of activities including a trip to the Nou Camp, Port Aventura, La Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell.
With the £1000 they had all worked really hard to raise, with events from cake sales to sponsored runs, our learners bought hoodies, went on the cable car ride to Montjuic Castle had ice cream and more.
During their week, they bumped into a parade, many street artists and had the most complicated journey home on 3 coaches, stops with the Spanish and French police, bongo bingo and some very dodgy singing and dancing from Miss Cooper! Certainly lots of memories to last a lifetime.
Trips like this can only take place when colleagues give of their time so a very big thank you to Mrs Rooney, Mrs Witter, Miss Cooper, Mrs Blackmore, Mrs Breithaupt and Mr Wright who will be looking forward to a restful summer holiday.
Our final week is activities week and it has been full of enrichment opportunities for our learners to try something new, pushing them out of their comfort zone and spend time with different people in different surroundings and grow as individuals.
There have been a whole host of activities organised by all colleagues including a trip to Manley Mere (if you haven’t seen the video of Mr Threadgold you should check it out @RudheathSenior), Delamere forest, Liverpool Hope University, West Kirby beach, Chester Zoo, Stoke Waterworld, art, DT, sports and music workshops, Liverpool World Museum, “healthy living” and “Lifeskills” with Morrisons and more.
Thank you to Mr King, who led on the week, and to Mrs Lockett for making sure all the paperwork and bookings were in place. It has been exhausting but absolutely worth it to see our learner thrive.
The restoration of the buildings on Middlewich Road destroyed by last year’s fire is in full swing: due to the age of the site there have been a number of complexities that have led to delays but we look forward to opening the build in December. In the meantime over the summer more will be done around the rest of the school site to go on improving our learning environment.
November brought us into the North West Academies Trust family of schools and since then the school has gone from strength to strength. At the end of February, I was delighted to take up the post of Headteacher here at the Rudheath Senior Academy and with the support of the Trust, my new senior leadership team, and my brilliant colleagues, a number of changes have taken place to make our school a great place to study and work.
This year we have seen so many opportunities for our learners including a trip to China and a return visit from our partner school in Wenzhou, visits to the theatre in Chester and Liverpool, we have worked with the British Army, a British Lion, the LFC Women’s manager, Morrisons, Barclays and universities across the North West. There have been a number of workshops with Sir John Deane, Warrington and Vale Royal College, Cheshire College South and West and Reaseheath College, learners have written a novel and achieved the “Respect” award with the Diana Anti Bullying Ambassadors. There have been a number of extracurricular clubs from Japanese to football and it’s been joyful to see children develop and grow in confidence.
September will see more changes, notably the format of the school day to ensure that all our learners have time with their form tutors at the beginning and end of each day to support their wellbeing and academic success. There will also be the launch of a variety of trips and visits, an update of the PSHCE programme and further work with the community to build on our values of resilience, scholarship and ambition.
Catering will be “in house” and we look forward to an updated menu, we are also aiming to run a more sustainable school, increasing recycling and reducing the use of paper so please give us your e-mail address so that communication is not lost in the bottom of school bags!
We will be welcoming our biggest year 7 cohort in 7 years and along with them a number of new teachers, Miss Heaton, Mr Davies, Mr McGee, Miss Shaw and Miss Stockley. We say goodbye to Miss Holt, Miss Carrington and Mr Woolley and wish them the very best in their new endeavours.
It really has been a great year. A huge thank you to my wonderful team here at Rudheath Senior and to our learners and their families who have been so supportive. I wish you all a wonderful summer break full of all you love most and look forward to the return of all our children on Tuesday 3rd September (see end of term arrangements for times).