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Examinations - Please see examination information letter, examination timetable and examination guidlines for all of the May/June 2013 exams. GCE (A Level) Results Day will be Thursday 15th August and GCSE Results Day will be Thursday 22nd August, both will be in the Central Café at 10.00am.
Welcome to New Rickstones Academy
Welcome to New Rickstones, an 11-18 academy situated in North Witham. It is an exciting time as the New Rickstones Academy of today is a place where we aim to get the best out of every one of our students. Whether it is our most gifted and talented, who regularly go to university, or the student who needs extra help; everystudent at New Rickstones Academy is valued as an individual in their own right.
New Rickstones Academy benefits from a new £25 million state-of-the-art building and facilities that opened in February 2012. Not only does the building encompass an impressive atrium, the very best Science and ICT facilities and high quality performance spaces; it also has purpose built vocational studios for Construction and Hair & Beauty. We also share our site with the Academies Enterprise Trust’s (AET) National Teaching School Alliance; the government’s initiative to train highly effective teachers from across the UK directly in schools rather than universities.
Our primary aim is to ensure that all students fulfil their potential, but I am aware that they have a great deal to learn and much to enjoy in all that they do beyond their formal lessons. We therefore look to provide a wide range of sporting, cultural and adventurous activities for students to participate in, through which they can learn to work co-operatively and develop their leadership skills.
We hope to create an environment which promotes an independent work ethic and encourages all students to acquire a love of learning. I want students to enjoy their school life and be inspired by their lessons, whilst providing each one of them with an academic challenge that enables them to realise their potential. Alongside this, we are committed to nurturing a supportive community which encourages a sense of social responsibility and personal development for all at New Rickstones.
This is a challenging task, but my responsibility is to ensure that we fulfil our aims and build on our achievements so as to enable current and future students from New Rickstones Academy to be well prepared for the challenges of life in the 21st century.
Trenica King, Headteacher
At New Rickstones we believe that every young person deserves the opportunity to have a life that can be described as good quality, free from fear and danger where they can give and receive respect to and from others with a sense of wellbeing, belonging, worth and achievement. Individuals are supported to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence they need for their future success. The Academy has a diverse and vigorous programme of extra curricular activities. We encourage students to participate in these activities as we believe that this helps them form extended friendship groups, develop a wider range of interests and develop skills which they can use to support their learning and in their future careers.
We would be delighted for you to visit the Academy, education is very different now to when you were at school, so call in and see us, take a walk around our lovely new school and see how modern technology is used to enhance learning, how the students are made aware that they are part of the global society and what learning looks like today. You never know you may even want to return yourself.
Mrs Debbie Stokes, Executive Principal
A lesson in Catholic faith was an unexpected highlight of a school trip to Spain.
A group of 31 Year 8, 9, 10 and 11 students from New Rickstones Academy, in Conrad Road, Witham, spent a week touring around Gerona, Barcelona, Cadaques and Tossa De Mar.
They visited the famous Nou Camp football stadium as well as experiencing life around the country where they got to practise their Spanish.
Aline Cossu, who organised the trip, said: “Some of our students had never been to church before so it was really nice for them to show such interest in the Catholic faith and the part it plays in Spanish life.
“They also got to sample lots of local food and were curious about the tradition of shops closing in the afternoon. The trip helped them with their foreign language skills as well as their geography.
“This is the third year we have taken this trip with students and once again we have students who want to repeat the trip next year.”
Last week a two night run of the NRA Spring Dance Showcase proved popular with the Witham community with respectable ticket sales and an audience full of praise and enthusiasm after what has been described as an example of 'uplifting dance performance'. Head of Dance, Mrs Warnock said; ' I am so thrilled that our dance show was so well received - a number of the audience even came on both nights! The backstage atmosphere was professional and organized and the students were also hugely supportive of our new adult group; FLUX DANCE COLLECTIVE, made of up of ex-students and NRA Teachers including Mrs Warnock herself.
Upcoming Dance events include;
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