What a difference a year makes...
The CEAT Rugeley Academies have now started their second year and having achieved some impressive examination results in the summer, particularly at Hagley Park, the Academies are looking ahead to another fantastic year. I would like to thank all the staff and students from Hagley Park, Fair Oak and The Rugeley Sixth Form Academy for their hard work and I wish all of them the very best of luck in the forthcoming year.
During our first year as academies, we have worked hard to lay the foundations that will ensure our main aims are achieved. We have been through a substantial staffing restructure so that we are utilising staffing expertise across all three academies. A number of our staff now teach in two or three of the Academies and our administrative and technical staff are able to pool resources to ensure that they support learning across Rugeley. We have also added some excellent new staff to our team and I am particularly impressed by the quality of our newly qualified teachers who have brought expertise, enthusiasm and energy to our team and who dovetail beautifully with the experience of our more establish staff members.
Our Key Stage Four Curriculum enables the majority of our students to have the opportunity of studying the English Baccalaureate subjects of Maths, English, Science, History or Geography and a Modern Foreign Language, which will stand them in good stead for university applications. Our students in Year 10 and 11 are also moving between the Academies for their option subjects which means that we have been able to make the most effective use of teacher expertise and widen the choices of options they can follow.
Our Year 9 students are following a Key Stage Four foundation year providing them with the opportunity to start their preparations for the GCSE and vocational qualifications to be taken in Years 10 and 11.
One of the unique features of the Academies is our Key Stage Three Design Curriculum which is now being followed by Year 7 and 8. The Design Programme combines a strong conceptual framework with practical skills. Six Key Concepts are the foundation for all the projects in Key Stage 3: Structure, Pattern, Fabrication, Meaning, Performance and Human Interaction. As well as underpinning the teaching and learning of Design, the Key Concepts allow meaningful connections to be made with other subjects in the curriculum. If you would like to find out more about the Design Curriculum please visit our CEAT website: www.creativeeducationacademies.org.uk
Creating a vibrant and safe learning environment is very important to me and during the summer break we have carried out further improvements to both Fair Oak and Hagley Park. We have continued to enliven the corridors and classrooms by redecorating them with bright and colourful hues recommended by the professional interior designers who made such great improvements last year.
At Hagley Park we have also completely refurbished the design studios so that we now have six multi-purpose design studios where we can teach Design, Art,Technology and Photography. This means that students at Hagley Park will enjoy first class facilities similar to Fair Oak. Our Maths and Humanities’ classrooms at Hagley Park have also been completely refurbished; we are just starting to refurbish the reception area there and at Fair Oak we have refurbished the student reception area. We are also replacing roofs at both Fair Oak and Hagley Park following our successful application for a grant of approximately £450,000.
Last year was a challenging but exciting year and the foundations for a bright and successful future have been laid not only in the physical changes to learning environments but in the shared vision of teaching and learning that will underpin the academic success of the Rugeley Academies. I look forward to working with everyone to achieve this brighter future for the children of Rugeley.
The Rugeley Academies