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Rudheath Senior Academy Headteacher’s Newsletter

Friday 29 March 2019

Publication of “The Secret” on Amazon
Earlier on in the year Lily Davey, Paige Keen, Sasha Soares, William Tidbury, Kelsea Ainsworth, Filip Losinski, Rio Southern, Racheal Allcock, Ryan Jackson and Laurie Wilkinson worked with the University of Keele and White Water Writers to produce a novel, “The Secret”.
This week, that novel was published. “The Secret” is available to buy on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Secret-T-M-Cooks/dp/1796359262/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=secret-t-m-cooks&qid=1553877979&s=gateway&sr=8-1
What an amazing feat and embodiment of our values of resilience, scholarship and ambition. Well done to all involved and thank you to Mrs Lycett for organising this for us.

GCSE Dance Exam
Our year 11 dancers performed their GCSE dances on Monday – a culmination of many weeks of hard work. All the girls looked great and we’re really proud of their efforts. Now ….. the theory! #scholarship

Timpson Trust Board Meeting
The Timpson Trust met at the academy on Tuesday. Sir John Timpson is one of the Trustees of North West Academies Trust and we were really pleased to have the opportunity to show our guests our academy and share our plans for the future. We look forward to working with the Timpson Trust in the future as we develop our academy’s ambitions.

Rudheath Primary Academy STEM Visit
On Wednesday we welcomed pupils from Rudheath Primary to work with our year 10 STEM ambassadors. Pupils took part in a variety of science experiments led by Mason Lockett, Alex Taylor, Rachel Mann, Nickole Foster, Alex Hargreaves and Lewis Gibson. It was great to see primary and secondary learners working so well together and we were very impressed with some of our young visitors’ knowledge and skills. Love science, love learning and a great way to develop scholarship.

Queensbury AP Presentations
Queensbury AP worked with learners from Rudheath Senior and other local secondaries as part of a programme to develop self-confidence and life skills. We love working with Queensbury – they really make a positive impact on learners, supporting them build their resilience.

Science Shows
On Wednesday our Associate Teachers did a science show for key stage 3 learners during lunch time. If you haven’t seen the videos on our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter pages, you really should! The gasps and cheers were just delightful. As a science teacher, I may be biased, but science is just the best!

Student and Staff Voice and Changes for the New Term

To help me get a better idea of what all the members of our academy community want as we move forward, I have been meeting with staff and learners formally and in lessons and lunch times to discuss next steps.
There have been lots of great suggestions from houses to trips, changes in the academy day to lunches and benches to fundraising. I really believe our academy will be excellent with so much talent and passion and commitment from all in the building.

Following these initial meetings there will be a number of changes after the Spring break:

  • Academic review will now be from 12:00 to 12:20pm
  • All learners will go to lunch at 12:20pm
  • The lunch break will be 10 minutes longer to allow all to have time to their lunch and take part in a variety of extracurricular activities including netball, football, gym, choir, ukulele group, pop choir, coding club, creative writing club, debate club, origami, Japanese, STEM, jewellery making, Friday film club and lots, lots more.
  • Learners will decide on house names and mottos and there will be a variety of house competitions from sports to drama after May half term.
  • Students in year 10 will apply for the posts of Head Boy/Girl and Heads of Houses – giving more opportunities for leadership. The new leadership team will be in place after May half term.
  • Expectations of appearance and behaviour will remain high

o Full uniform, polishable black shoes, no jewellery and minimal make up to conceal blemishes.
o Mobile phones will not be allowed to be used during the academy day unless specifically directed by staff for the purpose of learning
o All learners must have a planner and pen, pencil and maths equipment. Learners who come to academy without planners may collect a day planner from reception in the morning and stationary may be bought in the library.
o Failure to comply with these expectations will result in a 3 strikes system and on the third strike a 30 minute detention will be issued.

I want our standards to be high because our learners all deserve to have the best and I am really excited about all the opportunities they will have to try something new or develop an existing skill so please encourage them to come along to the lunch time clubs and have a go.

Year 11 Holiday Support and Intervention
With only 6 weeks left to the start of the written GCSE exams there are a number of interventions and support classes taking place during the Easter break. It is our expectation that behaviour is exemplary to ensure all get the most of this time. Please encourage your child to come along. They should come into academy via the usual gate and make their way straight to their class. The interventions are as follows:

Day Date Subject Time
Tuesday             02-Apr-19         Art and D&T                    10am – 3pm
Wednesday       03-Apr-19         Art and D&T                    10am – 3pm
Thursday           04-Apr-19         French speaking HRO   10am – 12noon
Thursday           04-Apr-19         Spanish speaking HRO 12:30pm – 3pm
Friday                05-Apr-19          Food and Nutrition        9am – 12noon
Wednesday       10-Apr-19          Drama                               9.30am – 12.30pm
Wednesday       10-Apr-19          French speaking NHO  12:30pm – 3:30pm

Auschwitz Trip
Mr Lambert has organised a trip to Auschwitz to take place next February. To secure flights, deposits must be paid by May of this year. Please check eezeetrip for more details. This is a great opportunity to see history close up and I would encourage all learners studying history or thinking of taking it at GCSE next year to consider going.

Goodbyes
We said goodbye to Mrs Brookes, Mrs Maddock and Miss Pogson from our admin team, Mrs Connell from maths, Mrs Siddall from PE and Mr Hammond, teaching assistant, today. They are all off to pastures new and we’ll miss them very much. We wish them the very best of luck and joy in their new endeavours and hope they will join us when we reopen the front of the academy.

Project Phoenix
The build continues – there is so much to do but Buildzone are keeping on track and when I visited the site today I could really see the changes as the plaster is being removed and the girders prepared for the new roof.

Finally, I would like to wish all our learners and families a holiday full of sunshine, friendship and activity and to thank you all for your support in my first half term as Headteacher. It has been a wonderful 5 weeks and I can’t wait to see us going onwards and upwards on our return.

Ms Roslan