British Council International School Award success for Rushcliffe!
Rushcliffe school has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.
The International School Award celebrates the achievements of schools that do exceptional work in international education. Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need for life work in today’s world.
Rushcliffe’s international work includes partnerships and visits with linked schools in France, Spain ,Nepal and China , fund raising and sponsorship of school children in Guatemala in collaboration with a local Charity ‘Education for the children’ , whole school fundraising and creating international awareness re the plight of world refuges and the work of the International Rescue committee, as well as the introduction of Mandarin with live video links to China and close collaboration with the Confucius institute at the University of Nottingham.
On hearing the news that Rushcliffe had received the award Mr S. Lewis, Executive Head teacher, said ” We are delighted to be recognised for our work connecting our pupils with communities throughout the world. We celebrate diversity and a hunger for knowledge about different cultures. Our pupils are enriched by their connections with people who have very different life experiences This enables them to reflect on the world we live in and the opportunities and responsibilities they have as citizens in an ever more interconnected world.”
Sir Ciarán Devane, CEO of the British Council, said: ‘The school’s fantastic international work has rightfully earned it this prestigious award. The International School Award is a great chance for schools to demonstrate the important work they’re doing to bring the world into their classrooms. Embedding an international dimension in children’s education ensures that they are truly global citizens and helps prepare them for successful lives and careers in an increasingly global economy.’
Owl Experience at Rushcliffe
Bob Morley from Risley recently visited the school with three of his owls. Over 50 pupils took part in the owl experience where Bob talked about each bird, it’s habitat and it’s characteristics. He also allowed the birds to fly free in the sports hall.
The pupils were fascinated and most students were given the opportunity to catch them and hold them. It was lovely to see our less confident pupils taking part.
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An exciting new Partnership between Trent Academies Group and Spencer Academies Trust
Chair – TAG
When Phil Crompton, our current CEO, made the decision to retire, the Board determined that the best way to build on the legacy of TAG was to add more capacity to the Trust. We wanted to find a partner, who had the same values, ethos and commitment to excellence as TAG. In Spencer Academies Trust (SAT), we believe we have found not only that, but also a Trust that has huge ambitions for its future. It has undergone significant change itself over the past 18 months to ensure that it remains one of the leading Trusts in the region.
All schools in the group will have a valuable role to play and the support of SAT, with a track record of high standards and performance improvement, will ensure that we too build on the current strengths of Arnold Hill and Farnborough Academies. Rushcliffe particularly will have a key role to play across the enlarged group.
I would like to again thank Phil Crompton for his continued commitment to TAG. He will remain in role until his retirement at the end of the summer term. Paul West, the current CEO of SAT, will take on an advisory supporting role during this period.
We look forward to concluding the formalities over the next few months and anticipate that the full merger will take place on the 1st Sept 2018 when Paul West will become the CEO of the enlarged Trust.
I look forward to an exciting new future for both our students and employees.
The press release on the merger of The Spencer Academies Trust and Trent Academies Group can be found here:'Spencer Academies Trust and Trent Academies Group agree partnership'
A copy of the letter sent to Rushcliffe parents today can be found here.
'Respecting Difference' enrichment
On Thursday 25th January, pupils in years 7-11 engaged in the third enrichment session this year. Enrichment sessions are an opportunity for pupils to explore topics and areas that aren’t necessarily covered in the main curriculum. On Thursday the topic was ‘Respecting Difference’. Pupils explored the importance of mutual respect and equality and diversity with a specific focus on the LGBT community.