Football Fun for Finley’s Friends Appeal

FFFPsYear 8 student Kylie Allison-Howard is leading the charge to raise money for the Finley’s Friends Appeal.

Local lad Finley Rosbotham was born with cerebral palsy and since the appeal began £19,467.53 has been raised in his name. This money will be used to buy a computer suite for youngsters at Holly House at Acorn Health Centre in Accrington.

Kylie and her family are hoping to raise a further £532.47 to bring the total to £20,000 by holding a charity football match at the Soccer Dome in Blackburn this Saturday.

Around £350 has been raised so far and are collecting donations in school for this fantastic event. For more information, contact Miss Hussain on 01254 231051.

Maths Stars of the Week

Congratulations to Maths stars of the week Thomas Johnston (8JY) and Reece Pickering (8HN).
Well done also to the Year 11 students who attended the Maths revision classes.
Reminder – Maths intervention classes: Tuesday and Thursday with Ms Jackson in B3, and Wednesday with Ms Begum in B2.

TV Star Brian hasn’t forgotten his Rhyddings roots


Former Rhyddings student Brian Fletcher popped into school recently to talk to Year 7 students about his career in acting.

Brian, who starred in BBC One’s recent five-part WW1 drama ‘The Passing Bells’, returned to Rhyddings to help inspire our new intake of budding actors.

Brian in Mamma MiaBrian got his first taste of real acting here at Rhyddings, playing the role of Sam in our production of Mamma Mia. He gained a Distinction* in BTEC Performing Arts and went on to Accrington & Rossendale College, before signing up with the Curtis Brown talent agency. He initially worked as an extra and featured in such programmes as ITV’s ‘Scott & Bailey’.

Whilst back at Rhyddings, Brian talked to students about his experiences filming The Passing Bells in Poland, answered lots of questions and spoke about his next role as ‘Little Stan’ in upcoming ITV WW2 drama ‘Jambusters’.

Brian, who still lives locally, said: “I’m the first person to say I wasn’t the best student and didn’t always do my best in school when I was younger. But the opportunity to do Performing Arts in Year 10 and be a part of the school shows really focussed me on what I wanted to do in life, which was to become an actor. I got my head down and turned it around in the end.

“I’m enjoying every single moment of my acting career, it’s a fantastic experience and feel lucky to be where I am now.”

Anna Booth, who taught Brian through his BTEC in Performing Arts, said: “We are really proud of him. To see one of your former students on the BBC is something really special.”

Vivo Round Up

It’s great to see this week’s top Vivo earners coming from all year groups. Congratulations to the following students:


Our top forms for the past week are: 8CW, 10TS, 7AG, 7JB and 7KC. Well done to those forms. It won’t be long now until we have our first end of term winners, so keep earning your Vivos!

As usual there are lots of students still needing to pick up their rewards. Some of these have been sitting in the cupboard since early September! Come and pick them up from me Monday – Thursday, after school.

Miss Bedwell.

Business Students Visit Cassons

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image008A group our students swapped the classroom for the boardroom as they became apprentice accountants for the day.

Year 11 Business Studies pupils from Rhyddings made a ‘behind the scenes’ visit to Cassons in Haslingden.

The students were set various accounting challenges, including calculating the mocked up profits from a Courteeners concert and working out the tax on a pay slip.

They also learnt about the importance of marketing a business and utilising the power of video and social media channels.

Click here to continue reading the press release from Cassons.

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Year 11 Parents’ Evening

A reminder to parents and carers that Year 11 Parents’ Evening will take place on Monday 24 November, from 3.45-6.15pm. Letters have been given to students, and they should now be making appointments with their subject teachers.

Should you be unable to attend, please contact Mrs Cryne at the school so that alternative arrangements can be made.