Happy, secure students do better.
That is why it is just as important for us to be concerned about the welfare of our students as it is for us to focus on success and achievement. Our support for students begins before they arrive with us in Year 7 through a programme of induction activities, including visits to primary schools, Year 6 transition days at RMA and summer school.
Transition days for Year 6 students help them to become familiar with the Academy and meet key people. When they arrive at the beginning of Year 7, other students act as their starter buddies, meeting them between lessons, helping them find their way around and answering any questions. Who better to help Year 7 settle in than an older student?!
Our comprehensive pastoral care system includes a team of staff in each year group: a Head of Year, a teaching member of staff who leads the year group; an Assistant Head of Year who is a non-teaching member of staff whose focus is student welfare and safeguarding; a Learning and Behaviour Mentor who is also a non-teaching member of staff who tracks and monitors behaviour and mentors students in their year group; a Pupil Premium Champion and an Assistant Champion who mentor and support the students who receive the Pupil Premium. There is also a Senior Leader, a Reading and Language Development Mentor and a Level 3 Teaching Assistant linked to each year group. They work closely together to support any individual students in need of care, support or advice.
Rushey Mead students have a genuine sense of responsibility and care towards their Academy and each other. We welcome and value the opinions of students and there are many opportunities for them to make a difference at Rushey Mead, through the Student Council, a variety of action groups such as the Eco-Warriors and Anti-Bullying Ambassadors, and through our House System.