Rutlish School Full Governing Body Annual Statement 2018/19
As one chapter in the history of Rutlish School ends, another begins. The year of responsibility for acting co Headteachers Ms Heather Ford and Mr Kevin Curran is drawing to a close, and I would like to thank them both and the whole Senior Leadership Team for their huge efforts and contributions over the past year. Transitional years are never easy, even with an experienced interim management team in place and especially when the bar is raised high as at Rutlish School, but as the academic year comes to an end, we are confident that this arrangement has been successful.
Looking forward to September 2019, Ms Laura Howarth starts as Headteacher of Rutlish School. Laura is currently Deputy Headteacher of Orleans Park School, Richmond-upon-Thames. Laura has recently visited Rutlish, where she spoke and met parents at our Year 6 Induction Evening and spent time with a number of our staff. Laura brings considerable educational experience from her previous roles, fresh energy, new ideas and much ambition to further develop our School.
Rutlish School became an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted School in April 2017 and our academic results continue to place us right at the top of the national league for boys’ comprehensive schools. I am confident that our KS4/GCSE results and KS5/A Levels/B.Tech results this August will reflect this status.
The Rutlish School Governing Body and School Senior Leadership Team are already looking ahead, and have made it our ambition for 2019/20 and beyond to ensure we are ‘Outstanding’ across the whole School spectrum. This ambition encompasses areas including the arts, music, competitive sport, mental health and wellbeing, pastoral care and extra-curricular activities.
Starting in September 2019, we intend to channel more resources to these areas, without diluting our academic success. Money is extremely tight – we have a limited but well-managed budget –but it is our intention to spend every penny we can on the School, our boys and our staff. I’m aware there have been some frustrations with after-school clubs and extra-curricular activities. This will be addressed, arrangements made and resources allocated. The School may well ask parents and carers to make a financial donation early in the autumn term; we will make it clear what the money is to be used for and ensure it is used to deliver results to a high standard.
Rutlish School is a Year 7-13 School where we see it as our responsibility that every boy who leaves at the end of Year 13 is a young adult well prepared for the next stage in his life. Year 11 has been an excellent cohort, and as I mentioned at their recent Graduation Event, the School hopes to see as many as possible of these boys continuing their education with us next year. Rutlish School delivers ‘Outstanding’ results at the end of year 11, both in terms of attainment and progress, and the boys can look forward to the same levels of excellence in Teaching & Learning at RR6 through Years 12 & 13 (in partnership with Ricards Lodge High School, another Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ School). Rutlish School sometimes is a little shy on communication and publicity, but we are delighted that his academic year five students from RR6 hold Oxbridge offers for this October. Many others expect to progress to strong Russell Group universities. I have every confidence that they will obtain the grades.
As I mentioned in a previous correspondence to parents and carers, a new ICT suite is to be built this summer holiday thanks to the generosity of a donor, and this will be used to boost our teaching in computing from September. A School project to replace the School Pavilion will also start in earnest this coming academic year, with architectural and fundraising plans among our first priorities. We hope the whole School community will support this project.
I would like to conclude by thanking you all, parents and carers, for the loyal and committed support that you give to Rutlish School, our staff and teachers. To all the teaching staff of Rutlish School whose brilliance in the classroom is matched by their dedication outside of the classroom going the extra mile for the boys. To the non-teaching staff of the School who are the glue that keeps our School operating smoothly. And to the boys of our School, who are a delight to teach and educate. It is a privilege and a joy to support every one of them in their bid to fulfil their full capabilities and ambitions.
Please all enjoy your summer break as we prepare in September to welcome 240 new Year 7 boys into Rutlish School to start their secondary school education.
Chair, Rutlish Full Governing Body