Head Teacher Update
It has been a great opportunity to organise and lead a school trip for a group of Year 8 and 9 students interested in developing their team work, leadership and resilience skills.
The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) exist in around 400 secondary schools across the UK, offering young people a range of challenging and adventurous educational activities. The aim is to enable the development of personal responsibility, leadership and self-discipline. This aligns closely with our core value of excellence, further strengthened by the LORIC rewards system, whereby students are rewarded for demonstrating acts of Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication.
Those who took part in the trip met with the 75 Engineer Regiment in Warrington for a fantastic taster session, supported by the CCF from UTC Warrington. As you will see from the pictures in the newsletter, they had a fantastic time in the first session. There will be a second session before we finish for Summer and we will communicate further information about an official launch of the CCF in September.
As you will know from our communication last week, there has been an increase in the delta variant of COVID-19 in the Northwich/Winsford area. Further information and guidance is outlined below. Whilst we continue to follow UK Government advice on school operations, Cheshire West and Chester Council have advised that staff and students return to wearing a face covering in the classroom and in situations where social distancing is difficult to maintain. We will keep you updated as and when the guidance is amended.
Before half term, we wished our Year 11 well in their final farewell following five years at Rudheath. I’ve had the great pleasure of teaching Year 11 PE since September and have struck up a good rapport with many of the group. We wish them well in their next steps, and look forward to further celebrations in the coming months.
Finally, it is with sadness that we say goodbye to Linda Wright this week, who leaves us for a healthy and prosperous retirement. Linda has worked in the school kitchen since 2000 and is one of Rudheath’s longest serving members of staff. We wish her well and thank her for her service over the last 21 years.
Local COVID-19 Guidance
You may be aware that Cheshire West and Chester Council have seen a large increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 resulting in a number of outbreaks in businesses and schools. The current increase in the number of new cases are more likely to belong to the Variant B.1.671.2 ( Delta variant) which is more transmissible than other previous variants. To reduce the spread of the virus, and understand the extent of spread, Cheshire West and Chester Council Public Health Team are now advising all residents in Northwich and Winsford to book a PCR test regardless of whether they have symptoms or not.
To book a test you should visit https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test and select ‘My local council or health protection team has asked me to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms‘ or call 119. Lateral Flow Device home tests should not be used instead of a PCR test in this situation. We would advise everyone who lives in a household to go along to get a test together, pupils who are under 16 will need to be accompanied by a parent/carer to access a test. Please notify the school if you or anyone in your household tests positive.
While waiting for your test result you do not need to self-isolate unless:
- You develop symptoms of COVID-19 – a high temperature, or a new and continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
- Someone you live with develops symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19
- You are contacted by the school or NHS Test and Trace and advised to self-isolate
Does my child have to wear a face covering?
In response to the increasing number of cases of COVID-19 the Director of Public Health is advising the re-introduction of face coverings for all staff and pupils in year 7 and above indoors while in school and college in the affected areas of Northwich and Winsford, including in classrooms where social distancing cannot be maintained, with the exception of certain lessons such as PE.
The Local Authority will continue to monitor the need for face coverings to be in place on a weekly basis and issue further guidance once we have assessed that cases of the virus have reduced enough to no longer require face coverings.
CCF Taster Session
On Tuesday 8th June, a group of Year 8 and 9 students took part in a CCF (Combined Cadet Force) taster session.
CCF units in schools give young people the life skills and self-confidence to take charge of their lives so they can reach their full potential at school and beyond, including in employment.
Each CCF is formed of sections from one or more of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army or the Royal Air Force.
If you are interested in being a part of the CCF, please speak to your Form Tutor or Mr Barber.
Year 7 Student Receives Recognition From Prime Minister
Congratulations to Year 7 student Jack Maddock for receiving recognition from the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, following his entry to a worldwide music competition. Jack wrote a rap about conflict, following studying WW1 Poetry in English. He performed it (recorded on Miss Pierce’s iPad) and we are so proud of him. This is a brilliant achievement and we are delighted that his talents have been recognised.