Student Support

At The Rudheath Senior Academy, we understand students need support and guidance to help them become successful young adults and to identify the next steps in their career. Meetings with families before starting with us is an integral part of ensuring that we get to know our students as individuals.

All staff pride themselves on their abilities to build positive relationships with students. This ensures that their time at RSA is a positive and valuable experience.

All students are assigned a Form Tutor and Head of Year who will support students and parents throughout their journey. Other key contacts for student support are:

  • Jemma Morrell, Assistant Head Teacher / Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Lydia Garrett, Assistant Head Teacher / SENDCo
  • Edie Jardine, Children’s Advocate
  • Daniel Cooper, Pastoral Manager

Support & Inclusion

At The Rudheath Senior Academy, we work hard to provide appropriate support to all students. If a student has a specific educational need we will try our best to ensure learning is supported.

If you wish to discuss learning support please get in touch to make a personal appointment.

You can either contact us by email:

Or by phone: 01606 42515

We pledge to respect and value every learner as an individual, irrespective of ability, race, gender or need, and to enable every learner to participate fully in all aspects of RSA life.

Where it’s needed, we will adapt our environment and equipment as much as practicably possible, as well as seeking specialist external advice.

Student Voice

The Student Council offers students the opportunity to express their opinions and views in a safe and controlled environment where each person feels valued and respected. The Student Council provides the main outlet for student thought, and is used to solicit student response to a range of academy-wide issues.

The Student Council’s aims are;

  • to improve the academy ethos
  • to enhance citizenship education
  • to develop leadership skills
  • to raise self-confidence, personal organisation and emotional intelligence

Membership – A minimum of two members of each year group (elected by peers from tutor groups), plus additional members co-opted as necessary.

Meetings are held once per half term, as per the school calendar, and are attended by the Head Teacher and other senior leaders. Other staff are invited to listen to student thoughts as and when required.

E Safety

It is essential that you are aware of how to stay safe online. Please take some time to visit the Internet Safety page of this website to find guidance and helpful contacts.

External Support Agencies

Papyrus: Provide confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person through our helpline, HOPELINEUK. 0800 0684141.

Childline: Get help and advice about a wide range of issues, call us on 0800 1111, talk to a counsellor online, send Childline an email or post on the message boards. 0800 1111

42nd Street: Support young people with their emotional and mental health. 0161 228 7321

Young Minds: Helping young people with Mental Health.

Samaritans: Samaritans is a registered charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland, often through their telephone helpline 116 123

Action for Children: We protect and support children and young people, providing practical and emotional care and support, ensuring their voices are heard, and campaigning to bring lasting improvements to their lives

NHS advice:

Brook Sexual Health: provide a whole range of sexual health services including contraception and contraceptive advice, STI testing (though not all services have the full range, you should call ahead to check), pregnancy testing, emergency contraception and counselling.

Police: 101 non-emergency. 999 emergency

LGBTQ Support

Stonewall youth:


42nd Street:

The Proud Trust: