The urgent need to focus on Design and Technology

October 8, 2015 / Georgina Chatfield

The design profession is rising up to the pressure felt by schools around the teaching of Design and Technology (DT). The Design and Technology Association have launched a campaign called Designed and Made in Britain…? to raise awareness of the issues surrounding DT and lobby for change. So what is the problem? 1. There is […]

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RSA Fellowship for RSA academies staff and governors

October 7, 2015 / Georgina Chatfield

Did you know? As a staff member at an RSA academy you are entitled to complete a fast-track application form (removing the need to submit details of referees) and can take advantage of a permanent 75% reduction on the Fellowship fee and no joining fee, the annual cost of Fellowship is currently £168, so this […]

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Whitley Academy celebrates 60 years

October 6, 2015 / Georgina Chatfield

On Thursday 1 October, Whitley Academy celebrated 60 years of the school’s existence. In 1955 Whitley Abbey Community School opened to the local community having cost £228,000 to build. The school’s initial intake was 480 students who were taught by just 20 teachers. Roll forward to 2015 and there are 815 students with 58 teachers and 22 teaching […]

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The power to create: if not us, who? if not now, when?

September 11, 2015 / Georgina Chatfield

This is a guest blog written by Stephen Steinhaus, Vice Principal, Whitley Academy.   As part of the second annual RSA Academies’ Arts Day in July,Whitley Academy Vice Principal, Stephen Steinhaus and Upton Blues Festival Chairman, Oliver Carpenter, both working musicians in their own right, were asked to co-deliver a keynote “address” on the topic […]

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RSA Academies Teaching School Alliance Launch

September 9, 2015 / Roisin Ellison

The newly established RSA Academies Teaching School Alliance is holding an official launch at the Ikon Gallery on Thursday 17th September. The event will give you the opportunity to hear from the RSA’s Chief Executive, Matthew Taylor, from practitioners and from RSA Fellows about our unique approach to teacher CPD, school to school support, and our […]

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RSA8 – recruiting student leaders!

September 7, 2015 / Alison Critchley

With the start of the new school year, schools across the RSA Family of Academies are recruiting a new cohort of pupils to take part in RSA8, our Year 8 leadership programme. Last year’s programme culminated in a fabulous celebration in July, with the students from each of the Academies (with Year 8 cohorts) coming […]

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New year, new opportunities

September 7, 2015 / Alison Critchley

The RSA Academies’ Teaching School Alliance is committed to improving student outcomes and we believe that the best teachers make the most impact. Support for individual development and career choice is at the heart of our alliance and we provide training opportunities for all levels of experience. We facilitate intensive professional learning, ranging from trainee […]

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GCSE results 2015

August 21, 2015 / Georgina Chatfield

Well done to all the students in our academies who received their GCSE results today. Whitley Academy in Coventry have seen their best ever Mathematics results, with 72% getting A*-C, up 8% from last year. Students taking Additional Mathematics gained 88% A*-C. 54% of students gained Five A*- C grades including English and Maths. Whitley also […]

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A Level results 2015

August 13, 2015 / Alison Critchley

Students from across the RSA Family of Academies are celebrating a wonderful crop of A Level results. Whitley Academy in Coventry once again achieved a 100% pass rate. Over in Redditch, Arrow Vale RSA Academy students secured the school’s best ever A level results, with 48% passed at grades A*-B, and more than two thirds […]

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RSA Civic Day 2015

August 5, 2015 / Georgina Chatfield

On Friday 10 July, forty members of staff from the RSA gave up their time to participate in the 2015 Civic Day. The RSA organises this ‘volunteering day’ for staff every year, previous excursions have included painting a community hall in Bognor Regis, painting an arts centre in Hackney, gardening, cleaning and more painting in a disused […]

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