RSA8 – recruiting student leaders!

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 together at Warwick University to celebrate their success. A social action project took place in each Academy and the students took the time to reflect on the impact on both themselves and their school community.

  • At the RSA Academy in Tipton, a slam poetry competition took place for the Year 7 cohort where they persuaded the Birmingham Young Poet Laureate and Warwick University Slam Society help out to judge the competition.  A great outcome for the project, which raised the profile of literacy within the group as well as getting Slam Poetry on the English curriculum!
  • At Ipsley Academy the RSA8 students organised a successful drama club with a performance at the local theatre where the local community and parents attended. Further outcomes included the group organising successful celebration assemblies for their peers.
  • Holyhead RSA8 put together a fantastic enrichment programme and used their skills to market the events to increase attendance.
  • Whitley RSA8 led a campaign to get more music into their curriculum.  After a successful after school programme, the group performed at the Symphony Hall during an inter-academy concert!

During the celebration event we heard from Christina Hughes, Pro Vice Chancellor at Warwick University, and the students were awarded with trophies, designed by Dale Holt from the RSA Academy in Tipton.  Fellows who had supported the programme also attended to congratulate the students’ achievements including Matthew Greene from Policyworks, Eleanor Bernades from LMKco and Uprising Birmingham.  It was also great to see parents, governors, Principals and board members of the RSA Family of Academies attending the event.

Related project: RSA8 Student Leadership Programme