Rudheath Senior Academy Headteacher’s Newsletter
Friday 26 April 2019
It’s been a strange week with most of our year 11 engaged in exams or completion of NEAs for their coming GCSEs. This time of year brings a change of pace around the academy as our senior learners start to really focus on their future. It has nevertheless been busy and if you follow us on social media you will see that a lot has been going in the classrooms and in our new lunch time clubs.
MP Esther McVey
Today, we welcomed Esther McVey, MP for Tatton, to our school. She spent time talking to our Niamh Mahon and Jake Hartley – our Head Girl and Boy – and to Alfie Barker, Alex Hough and Grace Palmer who are part of group of learners going to the Houses of Parliament next week. Ms McVey spoke to them about their plans for the future and about our school and I was so proud of them all as they articulated so well what it is that makes Rudheath Senior Academy unique.
After meeting with learners, Ms McVey had a tour of the school including the building area, where Paul Robinson, our project manager told her about the work being done and some of the challenges we have faced.
Ms McVey was very complimentary of our learners and we look forward to seeing her again next week in her place of work!
This week we had the first session of the Hummingbird Project, a unique six-week programme in secondary schools to support young people’s mental wellbeing. The course was designed in partnership with psychologists at the University of Bolton and is based on key concepts of Positive Psychology.
The Hummingbird Project Co-ordinator, Ian Platt, a psychology graduate from the University of Bolton, said: “The chance to help improve the mental health of young people was one that I couldn’t pass up. I was just finishing up my master’s degree when the charity began putting the project together and being able to build an intervention from scratch was a very exciting prospect. We’ve delivered the Hummingbird Project to hundreds of students already and it’s been a very rewarding experience.”
This week saw the final 10 hours of the art exams completed – learners will now be ensuring that all their work is complete and displayed for the external examiner to assess. Well done to all involved – staying focussed and creative for an entire day is challenging and even frustrating at times but they’ve done it!
French and Spanish Speaking Exams
French and Spanish speaking exams have been taking place throughout the week and will go on in to next week too. This is 25% of the final grade and all have worked hard practising at school and at home. A big thank you to all the parents who have been polishing up their school days languages to support our learners at home – it really makes an enormous difference.
The week appears to have flown by and I still have lots to do! I wish you all a great weekend despite the weather.