Rudheath Senior Academy Headteacher’s Newsletter
Friday 1 March 2019
It’s been a really busy first week back at Rudheath Senior Academy with lots of activities taking place for our learners, staff and our partner primary schools too.
Monday saw my first day as Headteacher of Rudheath Senior Academy and I couldn’t have had a better start to the week. Learners, staff and parents have been really positive and there is a wonderful feeling of community at the school as we embark on this next stage of our journey
My vision for Rudheath is simple: Learners at the Centre with our core values of Resilience, Scholarship and Ambition. This week I have spoken to all staff and students about what this means to us as a school. We want our learners to be successful men and women who make a positive and lasting impact on our community. I believe that the academy with our parents, carers and community can make this happen.
Year 11 are busy preparing for their GCSE exams and are engaging in additional period 6 and lunchtime intervention. Although this is a really tough time of year for our year 11 learners, there is light at the end of the tunnel with prom just 16 weeks from now. Teaching and associate staff are doing what they can to support, however if your child is struggling, do contact Mr Woolley, head of year 11 who will put in further intervention at this challenging time. Exam timetables will be issued at the end of next week as will a calendar of holiday and weekend workshops to support revision.
Miss Heaton has welcomed year 5 learners from our partner schools on the “Rapid Graspers” programme to take part in a science project with bubbles. This was a great opportunity to see just how bright these young people are and we look forward to seeing them again on their next visit.
Our under 15 (year 10) handball team, led my Mr Russell, took part in a handball festival on Wednesday. As ever they were a credit to the academy with their resilience and sportsmanship. This is a relatively new sport to the academy and we look forward to developing it further as it’s a great way to keep fit and have fun with friends.
Ms Kirkwood, Principal at Sir John Deane College also visited us this week to reaffirm her commitment to supporting Rudheath Senior, as one of their partner schools. We are working together to provide the very best of opportunities here at the academy and at SJD and are looking to strengthen this partnership further as we go towards the summer.
The fire that took place this time last year caused damage to many areas around the site and until now, works have focussed on remediation and repairs so that we could run our lessons and key activities safely and well. We are now 3 weeks into the major building works at the front of school where we lost our assembly and exam halls and a number of classrooms and offices. I will keep you updated as the building proceeds.
I wish you all a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing our learners back in school ready to go on Monday. If you would like to see more of what happens here at Rudheath follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter #RudheathSenior.