The achievements of Rhyddings’ recent Y11 leavers were celebrated at our annual awards ceremony at the Hope Centre, Oswaldtwistle, last week. They were presented with their GCSE certificates, as well as some special awards for the highest achievers and most dedicated students.
Congratulations to former Rhyddings student Harriet Swindells who recently played her first game for the Barry University Buccaneers women’s basketball team in Florida.
Harriet, who had recently been playing for Leicester Riders, has signed for the Bucs on a four year university scholarship.
We remain proud of Harriet and of her achievements, both here during her time at Rhyddings and in all her future sporting and academic endeavours.
Rhyddings is celebrating a significant upturn in results which has meant we are the most improved school in Hyndburn, and second most improved local authority school in Lancashire!
Rhyddings’ Progress 8 score has improved by 0.5 points over last year, which is the equivalent to five grades per student. This is a significant achievement in a year where more than half of schools’ progress fell, some significantly.
Progress 8 measures a student’s progress between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4 across eight key subjects, including English and Maths.
Headteacher Paul Trickett attributes the improvement to the school’s principles of a broad and balanced curriculum.
He said: “In education, one size certainly does not fit all.”
“We work continuously to ensure each individual student’s needs are met and that they are pushed and encouraged in option subjects just as much as they are in English and Maths.
“There is no doubt anywhere in life that achievement only comes through hard work and dedication, which both staff and students have clearly demonstrated over the last 12 months.
“At the beginning of the 2016/17 academic year, we set ourselves and our students ambitious targets then monitored them closely to ensure the journey to improvement was on track.
“I am extremely proud to be Headteacher at Rhyddings. It is once again an honour to oversee a school that sees amazing value added to our students’ results. This would certainly not be possible without the continued efforts of my extremely conscientious, professional staff.”
So far this year, Rhyddings has helped hundreds of local primary school children gain their first ever nationally-recognised qualification – the Arts Award Discover.
Most recently we have had three class groups from Hyndburn Park Primary in Accrington who have been in touch to give us feedback on their music, drama and art sessions.
“The children loved all three sessions. Each day was very interactive and this allowed the children to be creative.
They especially loved the drama day and because of wearing masks and acting out with actions (rather than speaking) they had lots of confidence to be creative, silly and have fun!
It was brilliant for the children to be given the opportunity to try new instruments too! Not only that, but they loved presenting their pieces on an amazing stage with both light and sounds effects.
The sessions have been absolutely brilliant! The children and adults have had a really great time.
- Well resourced
- Children had great relationships with staff leading sessions
- High expectations from all staff members
- Children wanting to go each week and try a new skill
- Each enterprise skill linking in with the previous week
- AND the juice and fresh croissants were a BONUS! 😊
OVERALL, it was brilliant and I’m so glad our children got the opportunity to benefit from it. I’d recommend it all over again.
Hyndburn Park Primary School”
Congratulations are due to former Rhyddings student Daniel Hogg, who scooped this year’s Best Aerospace & Defence Apprentice Award at the North West Aerospace Alliance New Talent Awards.
Daniel, who left Rhyddings in 2010 with great results, now works at BAE Systems Ltd. His hard work and resilience made him the standout candidate for this year’s £1000 prize.
Well done, Daniel!