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Rudheath News: Friday 21st May

Head Teacher Update

As we approach the end of this half term, it is important to reflect on the achievements so far since we have reopened as a full school.

Back in March, we reopened to all students with an extensive testing programme to ensure they could return to the classroom in a safe manner. Operating an on site testing centre was no small feat, and thanks to our team of support staff who took part in training the operation was smooth.

We have migrated from home learning back to face-to-face learning seamlessly; thanks to our teachers a great effort has been made in closing gaps in knowledge through regular (low stakes) testing and feedback in lessons. The next round of formal assessments will take place during the week of 21st June and 28th June. Students will take part in a series of short assessments across all subjects, with attained grades shared with parents and carers in the end of year reports.

Our curriculum team have also gone to great efforts to offer additional sessions to help students catch up due to the impact of the pandemic and lockdowns. From the week of 7th June, some children have been selected to take part in extra tuition with an emphasis on English, Maths and Science. This will be delivered by a specialist tutor through the National Tutoring Programme.

For Year 11, the Year 11 pastoral team have worked hard to make their final weeks with us as special as possible. We know that the change in GCSE exams has altered the way of usual working these last few months, but next week will be a celebration of their time with us over the last five years. A reminder that there is a useful destinations day being held at UTC Warrington on Thursday 27th May and a special last day of term for our leavers on Friday 28th May. Details about the Year 11 Prom have also been sent home via Arbor email.

Parents/carers of other year groups will be invited for a phone call with your child’s form tutor. Please await the email information and booking instructions to secure an appointment. As mentioned previously, reports will be sent home at the end of the next half term.

We have also been hard at work preparing for the transition of Year 6 students who will be joining us in September as Year 7. Plans are afoot and we look forward to welcoming all our future families in due course.


Working with Industry

This week, some Year 9 students have had a fantastic opportunity to work alongside an industry professional to develop their lighting skills in their Drama lesson.

Chris Bailey (Bailey Audio Systems LTD) very kindly volunteered his time to share his skills and experience in the technical Theatre industry. Our students demonstrated excellence and professionalism when learning these new skills.

The Creative Faculty would like to thank Chris for taking the time to inspire our students and allow them to experience job roles within the Theatre industry. 


School Lockdown Procedure

On Friday 21st May, we conducted a test of the school lockdown procedure. This is to be used in the event that a lockdown situation emerges and students/staff need to be kept safe.

Students and staff are asked to walk to a safe place, stay close to others, hide out of view, cover the windows and lock doors.

This forms part of our commitment to safeguarding and school security. The drill was completed at 10.45am and checks of the school site conducted to ensure the procedures were followed. Thank you to all staff and students for their diligence.


Future Careers

Apprenticeship Success

On 27th May, Year 11 will have the opportunity to take part in a careers day at UTC Warrington, a technical college specialising in Science, Healthcare, Digital and Engineering. This week, another of their Year 13 students have secured prestigious degree apprenticeships with Sellafield Ltd – a nuclear engineering company. Students will have the opportunity to experience college life and take part in some A Level taster sessions.

To take part in this trip, please complete the consent form sent by email and return to form tutors. Students will leave Rudheath between 8.45am and 9.00am and will leave Warrington at approximately 2.00pm.

Year 7 Food Technology

Year 7 have been looking at sensory analysis to evaluate a food product.

As part of this process, the students have worked in groups to use the sensory evaluation technique to make design changes to a product.

Enrichment

After school sport is back! Check out the below list of clubs that start from Monday 26th April. Each club starts at 3pm and finishes at 4pm. All students must wear full RSA PE kit and trainers.

Monday
> Year 9 Football club – An opportunity for all students in Year 9 (boys and girls) to play football in small sided games.
> Year 9 Athletics and Fitness club – The track is ready for all students in Year 9 to practice their athletics events. Students can choose to sprint 100m or develop their cardiovascular endurance by running up to 1500m.
> Year 8 Rounder’s club – The bats and balls are ready. Let’s play! Please get changed in the dance changing rooms.

Tuesday
> KS4 Football club – An opportunity for all students in KS4 (boys and girls) to play football in small sided games.
> KS4 Athletics and Fitness club – The track is ready for all students in KS4 to practice their athletics events. Students   can choose to sprint 100m or develop their cardiovascular endurance by running up to 1500m.
> Year 7 – Zumba club – Dance to the latest moves and get fit at the same time! Please get changed in the dance changing rooms.

Thursday
> Year 8 Football club – An opportunity for all students in Year 8 (boys and girls) to play football in small sided games.
> Year 8 Athletics and Fitness club – The track is ready for all students in year 8 to practice their athletics events. Students can choose to sprint 100m or develop their cardiovascular endurance by running up to 1500m.
> Year 9 Rounder’s club – The bats and balls are ready. Let’s play! Please get changed in the dance changing rooms.   Please get changed in the dance changing rooms.

Friday
> Year 7 Football club – An opportunity for all students in Year 7 (boys and girls) to play football in small sided games.
> Year 7 Athletics and Fitness club – The track is ready for all students in Year 7 to practice their athletics events. Students can choose to sprint 100m or develop their cardiovascular endurance by running up to 1500m.


INSET Day – 25th June

Further to the letter that was sent home on 28th January stating that the INSET Day planned for Friday 5th February would be cancelled, we are now in a position to confirm a rearranged date and time for this day.

Therefore, the rescheduled INSET Day will now take place on Friday 25th June and, as such, school will be closed to all students.


Renovation works near completion at Rudheath Senior Academy

Paul Challinor, Contractor from Building Projects, who is leading the project on site at Rudheath.

THE £1.5m second phase of work to transform Rudheath Senior Academy is near completion.

Finishing touches are being applied to renovations at the school, which will result in five new fully equipped classrooms and a large drama hall boasting a stage and state-of-the-art lighting.

The first phase, which cost £3 million, saw the construction of a new entrance, staff hub, staff toilets, office space, a Year 7 Hub, six new classrooms and a revamped garden space.

Lee Barber, who joined the school as Headteacher in 2020, said: “We now have a brand new school with facilities that rank amongst the best in the area.

“The renovations have been so extensive that it allowed us to completely changed the layout of the school.

“We now have a Year 7 Hub, so children moving up from primary school do all their lessons in what is essentially their own school.

“While they benefit from all the other facilities, their base is a stand-alone area which makes the transition to secondary education much smoother.

“This is a new era for Rudheath. We’re not just a different school to look at, we are improved in every way.”

North West Academies Trust (NWAT) took over the running of the school in 2018 and began the ambitious restructuring and renovation of parts of the buildings devastated by an arson attack in February 2018.

In June, the school will learn whether it has been successful in securing a Government Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) grant to complete work on the roofs and heating systems in the remaining areas of the school – completing 95 per cent total transformation.

NWAT CEO Steve Docking said: “The school is absolutely unrecognisable and we are very proud of what has been achieved through a lot of hard work and determination.

“The school building now reflects the high standards that are making this school truly exceptional.

“I will never forget my first visit to Rudheath Senior Academy – I quickly realised we had a truly monumental task ahead.

“Quite simply, it is not the same school.

“Now I am so proud of what we are providing to pupils at Rudheath.”