Academy Announcement: Simon Gibbs - 12 February 2024

We are so very sad to share the news that Simon Gibbs, our Principal, has passed away.  This is obviously devastating news and our immediate thoughts are with Simon’s family at this impossible time.

Devastating news like this will take time for everyone to process and come to terms with and our priority is to make sure that students and staff have the support available to help us all through this time.

Simon was a much-loved colleague and a brilliant headteacher and we will miss him enormously. He will be remembered for his integrity and passion for teaching, as well as his dedication to the community of New Rickstones.  As we come through the next days and weeks we will find the right way to remember him at New Rickstones and to celebrate his commitment to this community.

Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time.

Welcome to New Rickstones Academy!

Whilst learning is our core aim, mutual respect and fantastic working relationships between students and teachers is what makes New Rickstones Academy tick, and makes me proud to be Principal.

We have a real belief that everyone can succeed and we provide students with all the tools they require to do so. Our curriculum is designed to develop our 3 key drivers: Mastery, Character and Perspective. These 3 drivers provide a framework to deliver excellent learning, personal conduct and development, and pride in being part of our community.  

Mastery: Developing thinking from just simply understanding to expertise; students grow to be able to think creatively about problems and demonstrate a fluency of skills to apply in any context. They are ambitious and committed to their learning.

Character: We expect far more from our students than just academic success. They will be confident and resilient and importantly, they will do the right thing, even when no one is looking. 

Perspective: Students get to experience life beyond the classroom and how they might fit into the wider world around them. Trips and extracurricular activities are varied, well attended, and provide students with memories for years to come.

Everything we undertake is to allow students at New Rickstones Academy to be safe, to be happy, to be the best they can be, and most importantly for me, to be proud to call this their school. My responsibility is to ensure that we fulfil our aims and build on our achievements to enable current and future students from New Rickstones Academy to be well prepared for the challenges of life in the 21st century.


Mr Simon Gibbs



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