Inter-school Masterchef Champion!

Congratulations to Morgan Herne (8LP), who this week competed in the Inter-school Masterchef competition run by North Lancs Training group. She took part in her round against Millie from Mount Carmel on Monday, and made it through to today’s grand final – which she won! As the youngest competitor taking part, Morgan also beat students from Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar, Shuttleworth College, and The Rose School.

With menus based on food served aboard the Titanic (for which the NLTG restaurant is named), Morgan demonstrated the skills and confidence which saw her make the Rhyddings Masterchef semi-finals for the past two years. During Monday’s heat she cooked a smoked haddock tart in filo pastry, lamb pasanda with saffron rice and mini coconut cheesecakes for dessert. Today’s final was another three course meal: a selection of canapes – cheddar and bacon devilled eggs, devils on horseback, and peach crostini; steak Marilyn Monroe with roasted potatoes and asparagus; and chocolate eclairs with vanilla cream – using the same recipe used in the kitchens on the Titanic.

Morgan has won a selection of prizes for herself, including her chef whites, apron, trophy and £50 of vouchers to spend. She has also won thirty embroidered aprons for the school.

We would like to thank North Lancs Training Group for hosting the competition and supporting the students involved. We would also like to thank the staff who have supported the competition, along with governors Mr Brunskill and Mr Hargreaves for adding to the support Morgan had today. We look forward to returning for more Masterchef next year!

Miss Bedwell and Mrs Neary.

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Vivo Update

As a community school, we have been seeking ways to include local businesses in the Vivo system. We are very grateful to several businesses who have already helped us out.

Each half term, the top earner from the school will receive a £10 voucher to spend at Perfect Plaice on Union Road.


From now until July, families can support our efforts to reward students by shopping at Asda in Accrington, collecting tokens and placing them in the Rhyddings collection box. Whichever box has the most tokens at the end of July will win £200, which we would endeavour to use for end of year rewards for our students. Please help us out!

We have other donations coming our way, which will be used for end of year rewards.

If you run a small business and would like to get involved, please contact the school.

Duke of Edinburgh: Practice Expedition

Last weekend our DofE students travelled to Silverdale for their Practice expedition. The aim of the weekend was to prepare and practise for their final expedition to the Yorkshire Dales in July.

Over the weekend we walked a total of 25km carrying everything we needed to be self-sufficient for two days: this included tents; cooking stoves; pots and pans; sleeping bags; hot chocolate; batman onesies; super noodles and more super noodles!

We walked through the stunning and varied landscape of Silverdale and camped on a site overlooking the sea and the Lake District. Our students have again shown themselves to be motivated, mature and map-savvy!

The expedition section of the Duke of Edinburgh Award is not easy and it takes determination and enthusiasm to complete, something which all students demonstrated. I hope that they are as proud of themselves as we are of them!

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Vivo News

Congratulations to all students who have been earning and spending their rewards this week. We have handed out over 200 rewards in the last couple of days! This week’s top earners are:

weekly top 10 16 may 2014


Our Year 7 students are leading the way in the league tables, as many are getting more involved in the school community.

The opportunity for Year 11 students to purchase vouchers for prom tickets and leavers’ hoodies has now passed. The names of students who purchased vouchers have been passed to the office staff to take from the amount owing.

We have new rewards for students coming soon, including separate awards for the top earners each half term. Keep an eye out for new products in the Vivo shop.

Finally, the KS4 reward lunch will take place on Wednesday 21 May. Year 10 and 11 students who are members of the Gold Club will have received an email about this; the lunch will be held during normal dinner times in the Zone. Pop down for some pizza!

Miss Bedwell.

Congratulations, Azhar Khan!

azharWe’d like to congratulate former Rhyddings student Azhar Khan on his success since leaving in 2013.

His album “Rahey Madina” is available on iTunes!

We like to think he was talent-spotted after his star turn in last year’s production of “Rock of Ages”!

If you would like to update us about what former students are up to, please contact