Rushey Mead students have a wealth of clubs and extra-curricular opportunities to choose from. These activities are not only fun but also a great way to develop friendships with others. The large variety of clubs at Rushey Mead develops many skills in our students, including leadership, team building, organisation and problem solving, to name a few.
The PE faculty offers students the chance to compete as part of a team or to attend participation clubs. No matter the prior standard or experience of the students, there is something for everyone. Sports and activities on offer include basketball, football, netball, cricket, rugby, tennis, trampolining, badminton and fitness development.
There are similarly many opportunities to perform. Dance in many forms, Drama (including an annual academy production) and Music (including an annual concert) are all enjoyed during lunchtimes and after school by many students. Students can learn to play keyboards, have singing or drumming lessons or join a band to put their performances together.
Students from all years can all take part in a range of leadership activities that are established across school. Some of the activities are organised within faculties and take place in school, for example, ‘Science Assistant’. Some of the activities are extracurricular activities– for example, ‘Journey Through Fiction’.
The aim of the Leadership Log and the activities on it is to develop a broad range of skills and qualities outside of academic achievement, and to provide students with material for their CV that they could discuss at a college interview.
Students are asked to also record how they have demonstrated and developed qualities once they have completed stage 4 as a self-reflection activity,
All extra curricular activities contribute to our Rushey 3 Passport.
Rushey 3 Passport
We encourage all students to develop themselves through our extra-curricular provision, so that they leave Rushey Mead Academy as well-rounded citizens who are equipped with the skills they need for life. The Rushey 3 passport ensures that all students will be rewarded for their non-academic achievements so that, as a school, we celebrate their successes beyond results.
Each time a student is involved in anything outside of the classroom, they will record this on their passport and will accumulate points towards a Rushey Graduation Ceremony. The opportunities range from: helping out at school evening events, being on the student council, attending a club each week, helping to organise a charity event, taking part in a school assembly or school production and many more, all of which are listed in the passport.
The more things students do in school and outside of lessons, the more points the will accumulate. The higher the number of points, the higher the level of graduation. This gives all of our students the chance to graduate with Rushey First Class Honours in our graduation ceremony at the end of the year.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is recognition of a young person’s successful journey of self-discovery and development. Achieving the Award isn’t a competition or about being first, it is all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries. Through the D of E programme students have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive, enhancing CVs and University or job applications.
There are three progressive levels of D of E programmes which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. At Rushey Mead we offer the Bronze Award to our Year 9 students.
Students must have at least their Stage 1 Leadership badge and must be able to demonstrate leadership skills and experience.
In order to achieve the award, participants need to complete a programme of activities in four sections that involve:
Helping the community/environment (volunteering),
Becoming fitter (physical),
Developing new skills (skills),
Planning, training for and completing 2 expeditions.
With the help of DofE Leaders, participants select their own programme of activities and set themselves objectives as the award is all about self-development.
In order to achieve the Bronze Award, students must attend all of the training sessions, plan and prepare for a practice expedition and complete an assessed expedition.
Rushey Mead is a Licensed Organisation and participants pay for a Participation Place. This fee includes registration with E DofE (an online recording and reporting system), the cost of the expeditions, the assessors’ costs and all resources. This fee is non-returnable.
If you would like further information about the D of E Award please click here to go to the D of E website: http://www.dofe.org
If you require specific information about the D of E at Rushey Mead Academy please email [email protected]
Rushey Mead Houses
The House system at Rushey Mead is a way to encourage and enhance our Rushey Family feeling. We want to ensure our students work together and have a sense of belonging across all aspects of school life. Therefore, we assign each tutor group (students and tutor) to a House at the beginning of Year 7. The houses will then compete against each other in a number of competitions throughout the academic year.
We have 6 houses: Rutland, Melton, Belvoir, Harborough, Bosworth and Charnwood; all celebrating the areas of Leicestershire.
Belvoir Bulls – Mr Murch
Bosworth Bears – Mr Smith
Charnwood Cobras – Mrs Kew-Moss
Harborough Hawks – Miss Anthony
Melton Mustangs – Miss Blackburn
Rutland Ravens – Miss Stephenson
The House system offers several areas of competition:
- Main House Trophy
- Attendance Trophy
- Sport Trophy
- Quiz Trophy
- Behaviour Trophy
- Charity Trophy
- Reading Trophy
These seven areas allow different ways for students to compete and develop themselves across the school outside of the classroom.
|Trophy||How to Win|
|House Trophy||This trophy is a celebration of the number of Rushey Rewards. Each reward point goes towards the total for each House.|
Since the House system started, over 30,000 reward points were needed to secure victory! Every reward each student collects makes a difference.
|Attendance||This trophy is the celebration of the house with the highest attendance across the year. Each week the House attendance is calculated. 3 points go to the winning House, 2 to second place and 1 to third place. These points are then added up over the year and the winning house is the one with the most points.|
|Sport||There are 3 inter-form competitions each year, for each year group. This is where forms will compete against other from groups during tutor time. These can vary from dodgeball to cricket. When a form wins a game, they get 3 points or if the teams draw then it is 1 point each. These points then go towards the trophy and the winning house is the one with the most points – every game matters!|
|Quiz||This trophy is to celebrate the winners of our Quiz evenings. We will be having quiz evenings which will be either staff or staff and students. The houses with the most correct answers will win the trophy.|
|Behaviour||This is to celebrate the house with the least number of behaviour points, celebrating the best behaved house. Each consequence has points assigned (C1 = 1, C2 = 2 etc). These points are calculated for the year and the winning House is the one with the LEAST amount of behaviour points. Every consequence matters!|
|Charity||This is to celebrate the amount of money each house raises for charity. The charity trophy is the amount of money each House raises for money in a year. The winning House is the House that raises the most money. This is for staff and students!|
|Reading||The reading trophy goes to the House that has read the most books over the year. This is monitored by the library staff to ensure students actually read the books. Every book the students read helps their House towards this trophy.|
Open Hands and The Rushey Mead Foundation
Charity has become a key part of the House system as the school encourages students to help and care for those around them. The school formed a partnership in 2021 with a local charity called Open Hands that provide food, clothing and educational support to people who are homeless or living in poverty. All money raised is split 50/50 between the Open Hands and the Rushey Mead Foundation that supports a school in India providing education to those students who wouldn’t otherwise receive one.
Students and staff can contribute to the Charity Trophy by:
- Organising a charity event
- Purchasing merchandise
- Donating clothing