Rushey Mead Academy
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|Chief Executive Officer||Carolyn Robson CBE|
|Chair of Governors||Sally Cox|
|DfE URN||141916 Tables|
|Ofsted||Reports Pre-academy reports|
|Houses||Belvoir, Bosworth, Charnwood, Harborough, Melton and Rutland|
|Colours||Royal Blue, Red, Yellow, Purple and Green
Rushey Mead Academy, previously known as Rushey Mead School, is a mixed secondary school located in Leicester, Leicestershire, England for students aged 11 to 16. It is part of the Rushey Mead Educational Trust (RMET) which also includes Hamilton Community College.
Rushey Mead was originally a boys' school until the 1970s. The first headmaster was Charles Anson Smith. Under his leadership the school was often in the news, most notably for the "Spirit of Leicester", an ex city double-decker bus which initially took pupils to parts of Europe, unheard of at the time, and later around parts of the UK.
Previously a community school administered by Leicester City Council. In order to provide support to a number of local schools, Rushey Mead School converted to academy status in October 2015 and was renamed Rushey Mead Academy. The school continues to coordinate with Leicester City Council for admissions.
Its logo is three 'Rushes' on a green/black colour base. The name Rushey taken from the grass rushes which used to grow on nearby Rushey Fields.
Staffing and facilities
Rushey Mead has a diversity of staff and children in its community. The Academy also boasts a good example of an environmentally friendly building in their 'green' academy building (colloquially known as 'G' Block, which is now 'B' Block). Amongst the many features of this building are photovoltaic modules on the roof to power the lights.
In 2012, the school underwent major renovations. Under the Building Schools for the Future programme (BSF), it benefited from an £18 million upgrade to its buildings and site, that includes, a new 6 court Sports Hall and an Assembly Hall with retractable cinema seats. The Sports Hall is one of Leicester's best equipped sports facilities, now with professional Continental Basketball hoops that retract from the ceiling, Indoor cricket training facilities, and 6 Tennis or Badminton courts, at a cost of almost £6 million.
Divisions and charities
The Academy has five Divisions: Belvoir(green), Bosworth(blue), Charnwood(yellow), Harborough(red), Melton(purple) and Rutland(light blue), which play an important part in school life, having two major aims; to increase student awareness of local, national and international charitable causes through charity work, and to promote healthy competition. Staff and students work together through the Divisions to raise awareness and money for a number of good causes. Beneficiaries over the years have included the British Red Cross, Oxfam, Teenage Cancer Trust, Comic Relief, Sport Relief, Matt Hampson Trust, Rushey Mead Foundation, Rainbows and the Leicester charity LOROS (the Leicestershire and Rutland Hospice).
In its November 2007 Ofsted report, the school was rated "outstanding" for overall effectiveness. In 2009, Ofsted highlighted it as one of 12 outstanding schools serving disadvantaged communities.
Notable former pupils
- Sara Dhada — BBC Apprentice Series Four
- Jigar Naik — Leicestershire cricketer
- Tony Sibson — boxer
- Mark Morrison — R&B singer
- "Divisions & Charities". School website.
- "2007 Inspection report" (PDF). Ofsted.
- "Twelve outstanding secondary schools - Excelling against the odds". Ofsted. 24 February 2009.
- "The Leicestershire CCC Cricketer Archive". Leicestershire County Cricket Club.
- "Player Archive". The Professional Cricketers' Association.
- "Our Leicestershire Sporting Greats countdown - 40 to 25". Leicester Mercury. 10 February 2011.