Rushden Academy

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Rushden Academy
Established 1977
Type Academy
Principal Mark Stenton
Location Hayway
NN10 6AG
England England
Coordinates: 52°17′53″N 0°36′18″W / 52.298°N 0.605°W / 52.298; -0.605
DfE URN 139013 Tables
Staff 103
Students 761
Gender Co-educational
Ages 11–18
Website Rushden Academy website

Rushden Academy is an Academy school in Rushden, Northamptonshire, which was founded in 1977. The school was formerly the Chichele College for Girls until 1991 when it was amalgamated to become The Rushden School, rebranding as the Rushden Community College in 2005 and as Rushden Academy in 2014.[1] There were 761 students in Years 7 to 13 on roll in the 2015-2016 college year, including the Sixth Form which is shared with two other local schools. There were 64 teachers and 17 teaching support staff.[2]


The school was found to be inadequate by Ofsted during their last visit in July 2016 and was placed in special measures.[3] In 2012 the college hit the headlines when it achieved a result of only 6% of students gaining 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at C grade or above, the worst results of any comprehensive school in the country. The then Principal, Mark Lester said this was due to students being entered for the wrong examinations. [4]

Percentage of students achieving 5+ GCSEs including Maths and English[edit]

  • 2011: 47%[5]
  • 2012: 6% [5] see note
  • 2013: 39%[6]
  • 2014: 40%[2]
  • 2015: 37%[7]

Note Approximately 45% of students achieved 5 A*-C grades including English and Mathematics but the combination of examinations for the majority was not recognized by the DfE, hence the discrepancy.[4]

Progress 8 score[edit]

  • 2016: -0.82 [8]

Feeder schools[edit]

Rushden Community College

The College gains over 95% of its Year 7 students from six local feeder schools.

  • South Rushden: Whitefriars Junior and South End Junior
  • North Rushden: Denfield Park Primary
  • Central Rushden: Alfred Street Junior
  • West Rushden: Newton Road Primary
  • Higham Ferrers: Higham Ferrers Junior

Sixth form provision[edit]

The college's sixth form is part of the East Northamptonshire College with two other local schools (Huxlow Science College and The Ferrers School).

Academy Status[edit]

On 1 December 2012 the Rushden Community College became an academy with sponsorship through The Education Fellowship Trust based in Northamptonshire, with partners including John Lewis and Waitrose.[9] In 2015 the Trust was told by the Department of Education that it must urgently improve students' achievement. [10] In March 2017 The Education Fellowship gave up all 12 of its schools after financial problems and concerns regarding poor outcomes for pupils.[11]


  1. ^ Weaver, Stephanie (20 September 2014). "New name for Rushden school as part of improvement plan". Northants Telegraph. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Rushden Community College". Performance Tables 2014. Department for Education. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Rushden Academy Ofsted report July 2016" (PDF). Ofsted. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Richardson, Hannah. "Schools miss top university grades". BBC News. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Rushden Community College". Performance Tables 2012. Department for Education. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Rushden Community College (Academy)". Performance Tables 2013. Department for Education. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Rushden Academy on Performance Tables 2015". Department of Education. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Rushden Academy data 2016". Schools data. Retrieved 10 May 2017. 
  9. ^ "Our Schools". The Education Fellowship. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Trust told it must improve". Northants Telegraph. 
  11. ^ "Education Fellowship trust gives up all 12 schools over poor performance". Schoolsweek. Retrieved 10 May 2017. 

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