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All students are provided with a wide body of knowledge, skills and experiences to develop an exceptional character, flourish academically, and lead a happy and remarkable life.

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Mastery is defined as ‘fluency with the unfamiliar’ and we lead our students to this through the Mastery Flow Model. This is underpinned by an ambition and commitment for them to be their best version and realise their potential.

Character…

Student character development is underpinned by curiosity, confidence, and resilience. It ensures students are fully prepared to succeed in today’s world and tomorrow’s future whilst also encouraging a mindset to do the right thing when no-one is looking.

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Perspective is about being open-minded, having compassion, challenging wrongs, and promoting what’s right. The entire Academy will have pride in their communities and embrace all opportunities beyond the classroom and into the wider world.


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Winter Showcase Performance

New Rickstones Academy's Winter Showcase will take place on Thursday 9 December at 7pm. Tickets are available to purchase via ParentPay only.

Tickets will NOT be available for purchase on the door.



Year 11 Parents Evening

Year 11 Parent Evening takes place on Tuesday 7 December. Parents have been sent a letter with details of how to book virtual meetings with their child/ren's teachers.


Laptops for Students

All Year 11 students at New Rickstones Academy, in Witham, are being given a Chromebook laptop for their GCSE year.

During the annual Year 11 welcome evening, students and their parents were surprised with the gift from the school. Head of school Simon Gibbs said: “We are here, as an academy, to support our students and their parents. The evening is all about getting them ready for their final year of secondary school. “To recognise the difficult year this cohort have had with the pandemic and to make sure no student has a barrier to achieving their very best, we gifted them a Chromebook laptop each. Every student has been allocated a Chromebook, which can be used at school and at home to complete their work. “It has become apparent over the last year, with remote learning, how many students do not have laptops for themselves and are having to share with the rest of their families. The gift means students no longer have to worry about sharing laptops with other students or classes at school and means those without their own devices at home can work whenever they need to, rather than waiting until the family laptop is available. Everyone should be able to access what they need to. “As a Google school, all coursework is on Google Classroom and so the Chromebook helps them to access this system, as well as revision sites. It really sets them off on the right foot for Year 11 by removing what can be a massive barrier to some. “The laptops were really well received. There was a real buzz during the evening.”

During the welcome evening, students were given an insight into the year ahead, with revision tips and resources shared, as well as in-depth conversations with their subject teachers. Student Leah said: “These will really help us to achieve the best grades we can in coursework and exams.” Rianna said: “Homework and online revision is going to be way more effective now we have our own device.” Joe said: “Everything just becomes more accessible with your own Chromebook, in school and at home.”

YEAR 11 PARENT INFO/SUPPORT EVENING - 16 Sept

Please find below the slides from this event

Y 11 Progress Evening 2021

Farewell to the Class of 2021

Teenagers who missed out on a special farewell due to pandemic restrictions have returned to their secondary school. Last year’s Year 11 students from New Rickstones Academy, in Witham, were treated to a delayed leavers day, months after they finished their schooling.

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When they had completed their lessons last academic year, they simply went home as restrictions meant they could not celebrate in the traditional ways.

Now, they have marked the end of their secondary school days with an assembly, a BBQ, fairground rides and inflatables – as well as the traditional shirt signing.

In the evening, the former students glammed up for their delayed prom.

Head of school Simon Gibbs said: “We had a fantastic turnout, with 90 per cent of the year group returning for leavers day. The fact they wanted to come back and spend time with their friends and teachers is testament to the mutual respect and relationships they built here.

“This was an opportunity to have students back to celebrate their successes, have some well-earned fun and to give them a good send-off.

“They had a tough road being off of school for all of those months and not knowing what they would be facing with regards to exams.

“It was fantastic to have them back in school; they had instantly matured from Year 11 students to young adults. At the end of the prom, they just did not want to leave as they were enjoying being with their friends and teachers.”

Congratulations to Tyrik, who won the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge. Watch his winning speech below.


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