Welcome from the Head Teacher
The last half term was a tremendous success. By September, we had celebrated last year’s Year 11 GCSE results with them and showcased our new building and courtyards for the first time in several years.
Since then, the school has felt stronger and more positive; students have returned from a lengthy break with an appetite to learn and help one another. I am particularly proud of the Year 7 Hub which has started with much accomplishment and interest. The students are, rightly, nurtured and developed in their own dedicated area of the school; they have shown an exceptional tenacity towards their new surroundings and already they are accustoming to the larger secondary school environment. In the next half term, we will meet with parents and carers virtually for meetings with form tutors and other leaders to ensure children are settling in well.
Upon the return to school on Tuesday 3rd November, you may notice a few changes. The newest phase of building work to renovate existing classrooms and buildings has started during the October break. A new roof and facilities will be constructed between now and July 2021, ready for opening in September next year. However, this does mean there will be some additional noise and work for the duration of the next few months. The contractors have organised for most of their deliveries to take place outside of school operation hours, but work will take place throughout. This will not impact the current learning environment at Rudheath and I’m sure you will join me in looking forward to seeing the outcome of another renovation in due course.
The additional work on the school site does mean that we have had to rethink our operational guidance, as outlined in this bulletin and in my attached letter for parents and carers. Please take the time to read and familiarise yourself with the information and encourage your child to be safe at all times when entering and leaving school, as well as on site too.
As you will have seen in the news, Covid-19 continues to have a significant impact on daily lives. I refer you to already published guidance around how to stay safe during these challenging circumstances, including how to limit the risk of transmission. As a school, we are continuing to following national guidance, assess the local picture at RSA, and ensure that community safety is put first at all times.
One of my favourite days of the school calendar is the final day before the Christmas break. The shared sense of celebration and joy amongst students and staff is truly warming. For me, that is the goal to strive toward during the next half term. Whilst there may be challenges beyond our control and the shorter days and poorer weather, I am confident that the spirits of team work, excellence and kindness will prevail for another successful term.
Click here to read The Rudheath Bulletin – October Half Term Update