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All admissions to the school for boys 11-16years are managed by the Merton Borough Council. You can find details of the admissions criteria, waiting lists and apply online at the London Borough of Merton Website or by calling School Admissions Tel: 020 8274 4906.
For our sixth form all admissions information is on our RR6 page.
Rutlish School Open Evening is held in September each year for prospective students and parents to look around the school. In September and October, after the Open Evening, we hold morning tours for parents and students who missed the open evening or who simply want to visit the school during a normal school day.
Further information about the admissions process is sent through primary schools.
|Headteacher||Ms Laura Howarth|
|Address||Watery Lane, Merton, London SW20 9AD|
|Telephone||020 8542 1212|
|DfE number||315 4500|
|Number of places||240 places for boys only|
|Open evening||September 2020|
|Open mornings||All tours for this year have taken place.|
Transition from primary to secondary school is an important stage in all children’s lives. We work closely with our Parents to ensure that every child achieves their very best, in a happy, caring, calm and purposeful learning environment. Our comprehensive transition programme includes staff visits and meetings with Year 6 students as well as a full induction day at the school in July.
Our induction programme ensures that our newest students already feel a part of the Rutlish community before officially joining us.
Important Dates – for intake September 2020
CATs Test (Cognitive Ability Tests) – June Saturday morning Date TBC
All Year 6 students who have been offered a place at Rutlish will be invited in to sit these tests. These are a vital tool to help us place students in the appropriate set and tutor group.
Induction Evening – July 5.45pm to 7pm Date TBC
The Headteacher and Head of Year 7 will speak to students and parents. Students will also have the opportunity to meet the rest of their tutor group.
Induction Day – July 9am to 2.15pm Date TBC
Students will spend the day at Rutlish getting to know the School, taking part in taster lessons, touring the buildings and making new friends.
Students will need to bring a packed lunch, pencil case and wear their primary school uniform.
Details for purchasing uniform will be sent out in the Induction Pack. The School sells some key items of uniform, including PE Kit. Please see the uniform page on our website for details and prices.
At Rutlish, our expectations are high and we believe in challenging students to achieve their full potential, both inside and outside the classroom. We aim to create a stimulating environment where students behave responsibly and contribute fully as they develop a clear sense of belonging to the school community. All achievements are acknowledged and rewarded so that everyone feels valued and our house system helps to develop a clear sense of belonging. The high academic attainment of our students was recognised and commended by Ofsted: “In 2016, pupils’ GCSE progress was again higher than the national average for the majority of subjects, including English and mathematics”.
Our specialist status as a Mathematics and Computing College enabled us to build on our outstanding Maths Department and enhance our ICT facilities across all departments. We are totally equipped to support our students’ education. Our boys mature into confident, articulate and sensitive young men, fully prepared to take up a place in our Sixth Form (RR6), higher education or employment.
We offer a balanced, traditional curriculum, taught by subject specialists and designed to meet the academic and creative needs, interests and abilities of all students. Key Stage 3 students follow the National Curriculum and are taught in ability sets where possible, or in mixed-ability tutor groups. Throughout the school, boys enjoy a full programme of personal, social and health education.
At Key Stage 4, students are able to follow the English Baccalaureate and the majority study the core subjects. Additionally, a wide range of GCSE subjects are offered, including: separate sciences, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, Art, Drama, ICT, Media studies, Music, PE and Technology. Vocational qualifications are also offered, including BTEC courses in expressive arts, science, sport and business studies.
At Rutlish, our caring and committed teachers offer students support when needed and ensure gifted and talented students are identified and encouraged to reach their full potential. Staff in our Progress Centre teach individuals or small groups of students for literacy and numeracy ‘catch-up’ and booster classes. If needed, students have access to expert help, such as speech and language therapists, counselling, or the advice of a learning mentor.
Members of the Rutlish Head Boy Team have proved to be excellent role models and inspirational leaders throughout the school.
We are committed to developing the talents our students bring to Rutlish, achieved through opportunities which we offer beyond the classroom and school day. We aim to ensure that all our students take part in a range of these activities.
One of our strengths is the students’ work within the community and their extended charity activities; we also support a linked school in The Gambia and individual children in South Africa.
The core of our sports provision is made up of the more traditional games but we are constantly expanding the activities we offer to give every student the opportunity to take part in the sport he enjoys. Sports teams in all years have reached pan-London finals and won borough leagues. The school enjoys terrific help and support from external coaches, many come from the Rutlish old boys’ club, the Old Ruts.
The house system introduces fun, competition, achievement and teamwork into the school, with every student being able to represent his house in an activity he enjoys or at which he excels.
Our combined Sixth Form with Ricards Lodge, RR6, offers students dedicated Sixth Form facilities and resources. Our specialist teaching and rich programme of extra-curricular activities enables students to achieve and succeed.
Students have access to traditional A level and a variety of BTEC level 3 courses across the curriculum. Our academic curriculum and pastoral support, is designed to encourage students to achieve, as well as challenging them to think and study independently, in preparation for their futures at university and employment.
“….the sixth form is good and rapidly improving. Strong leadership and highly effective teaching are driving up students’ achievements” Ofsted 2017.