From Whitley to Wembley

July 22, 2015 / Alison Critchley

Over the last term pupils from Whitley Academy and Holyhead School have been participating in a RSA Academies supported project with Football Beyond Borders. The project uses the boys’ love of football to inspire them to achieve their goals both on and off the pitch. At the end of term a group of Whitley students […]

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The RSA Cup: as it happened

July 17, 2015 / Roisin Ellison

Tension filled the air in the packed theatre at Arrow Vale RSA Academy – the crowd was hushed in anticipation, on the edge of their seats. Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the RSA, was poised Paxman-like with his question sheet between the two competing teams, Redditch and Holyhead School, who were going head-to-head for the […]

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RSA Academies Teachmeet

July 14, 2015 / Alison Critchley

On 29 June the RSA Academy, Tipton hosted the latest Teachmeet, with a selection of presenters from across the Family of Academies presenting a range of ‘nano’ (three minute) and ‘micro’ (seven minute) presentations. The topics covered included ‘Literacy across the Curriculum’, ‘Engaging students with social media’ and ‘Challenge Immersion’ presented by Sam Gallivan from Eos. The […]

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RSA Academies Arts Day 2015

July 10, 2015 / Georgina Chatfield

‘Boop! Boop! We’ve got the power!’ sang a chorus of students from Ipsley CE RSA Academy, Arrow Vale RSA Academy and Whitley Academy to a packed house in the RSA’s Great Room. Joined by fellow students from Holyhead School and the RSA Academy, Tipton, the full family of RSA Academies undertook a dive into the […]

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‘Nobody’s afraid of a frock’: a lesson in creativity

July 3, 2015 / Georgina Chatfield

“I have personally witnessed many times, the magic light up in the eyes of young people, when they realize what the combination of art & science can summon within them – you can see potential start to shine, when they realize that it is their own lives which are the materials for growth and self-realization.” […]

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RSA Academies Sports Day 2015

June 19, 2015 / Georgina Chatfield

On 9 June 2015, Whitley Academy hosted the first RSA Academies Sports Day for all the schools in the RSA Family of Academies across Years 7, 8 and 9.  On the day, Whitley Academy, Holyhead School, Arrow Vale, Ipsley and RSA Academy in Tipton all turned up with full squads, ready and raring to go for […]

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Redditch schools consult on joining RSA Family

May 18, 2015 / Alison Critchley

Two schools in Redditch, Abbeywood First School and Church Hill Middle School, are currently consulting parents, staff and local schools on converting to Academy status as part of the Redditch RSA Trust. The plans, if they go ahead, would see these two schools working even more closely with one another and with Arrow Vale and […]

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Whitley Academy Principal collects OBE

May 18, 2015 / Georgina Chatfield

Our congratulations to Mrs Lorraine Allen OBE, Principal of Whitley Academy who collected her OBE for ‘Services to Education’ from His Royal Highness, Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace on Friday 15 May. Mrs Allen joined Whitley Academy in 2004, at this time the school was in financial deficit and with a cohort of 746 was experiencing falling […]

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RSA Academies and the Royal Designers for Industry

May 11, 2015 / Georgina Chatfield

Would you like to know more about how the RSA Academies work with the Royal Designers for Industry? We have just launched a new booklet in our ‘Being part of the RSA Family of Academies’ series about the relationship that RSA Academies have with the RSA’s Royal Designers for Industry (RDI). The booklet illustrates seven […]

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Student Blog: New Voices on Climate Change

April 28, 2015 / Roisin Ellison

Two students from Arrow Vale RSA Academy, Alliyah and Lisa, write below about the New Voices on Climate Change event, the first event the RSA have held in conjunction with RSA Academies: “On the 17th March 2015 RSA Arrow Vale Academy, along with 4 other schools, were invited to the RSA to take part in a very […]

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