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. Many clubs help students to develop leadership skills, indeed some are run by students for students.
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 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 are all enjoyed during lunchtimes and after academy by many students. Students can learn to play keyboards, have singing or drumming lessons and then join a band to put their performances together.
The opportunity to lead others is something we believe really benefits students, in terms of self-esteem, confidence and future success. The Duke of Edinburgh award is available for older students. All students have the opportunity to lead activities in clubs and groups and are recognised through our leadership development programme, “Compass”.
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. Applications are at the start of the Autumn term and training sessions will usually begin after half term in November.
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 is a competition that all pupils and staff are involved in. Each tutor group (students and tutor) is assigned to a House as well as all other full-time members of staff being assigned to a House.
The House System
The House system offers seven areas of competition:
- Main House Trophy
- Attendance Trophy
- Sport Trophy
- Quiz Trophy
- Behaviour Trophy
- Charity Trophy
- Reading Trophy
These seven areas allow different ways that students can compete and help their House in all aspects of school life.
|Trophy||How to Win|
|House Trophy||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||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. When a form wins a game, they get 3 points or if teams draw then it is 1 point. Those points go towards the trophy and the winning house is the one with the most points – every game matters!|
|Quiz||There used to be a weekly quiz done in Tutor Time, however this has gone so now quiz nights happen during the year and these will go towards the Quiz trophy. During Covid times however, no quiz nights have been able to take place. This trophy staff and students can contribute to!|
|Behaviour||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||The charity trophy is the amount of money each House raises for money in a year (details to follow). 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.|
All trophies are displayed outside the Theatre in the trophy cabinet with the colour ribbons of the winning House tied to them.
The six Houses are:
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
Students complete a parental consent form in order to volunteer and are assigned a date.
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