New name for Rushden school as part of improvement plan

Rushden Community College will be known as Rushden Academy
Rushden Community College will be known as Rushden Academy
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Rushden Community College has adopted a new name as it strives to improve and provide better education for its pupils.

The school, which was taken over by The Education Fellowship in January 2013, will now be known as Rushden Academy.

It comes as the school is working to improve its performance after a poor Ofsted report earlier this year.

Inspectors said the school needed improvement, giving it a rating of three out of four.

Criticisms included that students were not achieving well, especially in Years 9, 10 and 11, some teaching was not good and students not learning quickly enough, and pupils’ behaviour was not consistently good.

However, inspectors also said students had made more rapid progress since the school took academy status and there had been significant improvements in the areas of leadership, teaching, academic results and behaviour.

A Section 8 monitoring inspection by Ofsted has since been carried out and it said senior leaders and governors have been taking action to tackle the areas needing improvement.

It said there was a robust action plan and that foundations for effective leadership were in place with teaching at the heart of school improvement.

An efficient system for recording and monitoring students’ progress is in place, marking has improved, and behaviour has improved alongside a culture of high expectation.

It also said the academy receives excellent support from The Education Fellowship and in particular the director of education.

Johnson Kane, chief executive of The Education Fellowship, said: “Rushden is making excellent progress in delivering the best education to its pupils and now seems the appropriate time to change the name of the school as it looks forward to a bright future.

“The steps we are taking to deliver outstanding education is recognised in the recent Ofsted inspections and we are further cementing these changes by committing Mark Stenton, one of our executive principals, to support the acting principal Jude Goodacre and to ensure we remain on target.

“Mr Stenton has been graded as an outstanding principal in his last two Ofsted inspections and a valued member of the senior fellowship team.

“We look forward to his positive and impactful input as Rushden Academy progresses towards the desired outstanding status.”

For more information about Rushden Academy visit www.rushden.northants.sch.uk. To arrange a visit call 01933 350391 or email info@rushden.northants.sch.uk.

To see the school’s latest Ofsted report and monitoring inspection letter search for Rushden Community College at www.ofsted.gov.uk.