Rudheath Senior Academy Headteacher’s Newsletter
Friday 19 April 2019
As you will have seen on social media and our website, Mrs Morrell, Grace Palmer, Daniel England, Lydia Orton, Aimee Lapworth, Kate Dewsbury, Alex Taylor, Emma Parsons, Tyler Mitchell and Emily Hayes visited China during the Easter break. They had the most fantastic experience and visited the cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Wenzhou and also walked along part of the Great Wall of China and the famous Tiananmen Square. They appear to have eaten some of the best food in China and were treated to several days at our partner school where they made new friends and shared unique experiences.
After 10 wonderful days sightseeing, visiting families and school, they were delayed for 24 hours in Beijing and arrived back in Manchester in the early hours of Sunday morning – exhausted but excited to see their families.
The learners were an absolute credit to themselves, their families and the school and I would like to extend a big thank you to them for their exemplary attitude and behaviour throughout their journey. I would also like to give my thanks to Mrs Morrell who looked after our learners throughout their stay and kept us up to date.
Please read their blog and have a look at the photos on our website, resilience, scholarship and ambition in action https://rudheathsenioracademy.org.uk/china-blog-2019/
Working With Our Partner Schools
On Monday, I met with our cluster school Primary Headteachers. It was a great opportunity to share ideas about how we can work together to develop our staff and how we can best support transition for year 6 coming to Rudheath Senior Academy in September.
If you have a child in year 6, or know of a someone with a child in year 6, who has been offered a place at Rudheath Senior Academy, please ensure that their place has been accepted on the Cheshire West and Chester website https://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/residents/education-and-learning/school-admissions/school-admissions.aspx
Diana Anti Bullying Ambassadors
On Tuesday, Jake from the Diana Anti Bullying Ambassadors spent the day training over 40 learners to be anti-bullying ambassadors. Anti-Bullying Ambassador training empowers students and staff to change the attitudes, behaviours, and cultures of bullying by building skills and confidence to address different situations both on and offline. This is all delivered through The Diana Award’s renowned peer-led approach.
The day aims to empower young people and staff members by providing knowledge of what bullying is and how to tackle it. At the end of the day, students will make an action plan of how to approach reducing bullying in their schools and will become Anti-Bullying Ambassadors!
At the end of the day, there was additional training for parents and for colleagues at the academy so that we can all make Rudheath Senior Academy a place where everyone knows that they’re not alone. A very big thank you to Rudheath and Witton Together for funding this training and further training to follow and to Mrs Skellington for organising the day for us.
Year 11 artists had their art exams on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. They all worked really hard and produced some extraordinary pieces that will be displayed for the external examiner later this term. Thank you to Miss Walker for her preparation and support and well done to our artists.
On Thursday, Mr Lambert ran our historical eggs competition. Learners made ‘eggcellent’ models of historical figures and the winner was Violet Curwell in year 7 with Henry VIII. I look forward to seeing the full ‘egghibit’ on Tuesday.
Changes for the New Term
As you know there have been a number of changes this term:
- Academic review from 12:00 to 12:20pm
- Lunch for all learners at 12:20pm
- The lunch break is 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.
The changes have been well received and we are working on next steps.
Please note, expectations of appearance and behaviour remain high:
- Full uniform, polishable black shoes, no jewellery and minimal make up to conceal blemishes;
- Mobile phones will not be allowed to be used during the academy day unless specifically directed by staff for the purpose of learning;
- 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;
- 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.
As you are aware, 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.
With only 3 weeks left to the start of the written GCSE exams please continue to encourage your child to study at home as well as at school. Revision now is more important than ever and all learners have access to online and hard copy resources so there is plenty for them to be getting on with.
Parents often ask what they can do to support their children during this challenging time. My top tips as a mum of a child that did their GCSEs a couple of years ago are:
- Make sure they eat properly – especially breakfast – it really makes a difference to their ability to concentrate;
- Give them a space to study that is quiet;
- Help by asking quizzing them or timing them when they do questions;
- Give them time for doing nothing or going out with friends to shop or play football or just chill. They need this space to breathe;
- Encourage early nights – without their phones in their rooms – this is probably the toughest one!
Getting the balance between being focussed and ‘on it’ and being too stressed to function is challenging but possible. Talk to us if you’re worried about your child: together, school, parents and learners, we can make GCSEs a success.
Mr Lambert has organised a trip to Auschwitz to take place next February. Deposits must be paid by the 4 May so that flights can be secured. 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.
And finally, apologies for being late with the bulletin this week – the days have run away with me. I hope you all have a wonderful Easter break and the Easter bunny brings you something delicious to enjoy!