Extra-Curricular

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]

All students and staff are placed in one of the six divisions – Belvoir, Bosworth, Charnwood, Harborough, Melton and Rutland – when they start life at Rushey Mead Academy. The Divisions play an important part in school life in 2 major ways – charity work and competitions.

A large part of the Divisions work involves increasing student awareness of local, national and international charitable causes. Staff and students work together through the Divisions to raise awareness and money for a number of charitable causes. Beneficiaries in recent years have included the British Red Cross, Oxfam, Teenage Cancer Trust, Comic Relief, Sport Relief, Rushey Mead Foundation, Rainbows and LOROS.

The Division system also aims to promote healthy competition and Inter-Division rivalry through a number of competitions across various areas of the curriculum e.g. sport, music, dance and cooking. The new ideas of students and staff alike are actively encouraged so that new competitions are frequently introduced. At the same time popular competitions have become a regular part of the school calendar.

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