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